Thursday, February 28, 2013

Camping Packing Tips

Camping Packing Tips
(Photo credit: Goamick)

Camping is a great way to vacation, whether you're alone or a family of 6.  Packing for a family vacation can be a stressful ordeal.

Here are a few packing tips for your camping getaway:

  • Camping checklists will ensure you don't forget important items so you can have a relaxing vacation.
  • Grab some large plastic containers with a secure lid.  You can find them at most discount stores.  Holiday plastic containers usually go on sale after the Holidays, so stock up.
  • These large plastic containers will help keep the rain out and most animals, too.
  • Group your camping supplies, and pack the rarely used items on the bottom.  For instance, one container will hold kitchen supplies.  If you won't need the strainer right away, put that on bottom.  If you're a coffee junkie, you'll want the coffee pot on top.
  • Remember the "first one in, last one out" rule.  Save one container for essentials you'll need when you get to the campsite.  This could be different for everyone.  Examples would be, if you'll need or want the first aid kit, flashlight, tools, jackets, etc., right away, pack those together and put in the vehicle last.
  • Be sure to put any liquid items (shampoo, cologne, etc) in ziploc bags.  You don't want them leaking all over everything.
  • If you have young children, take an entire outfit (shirt, shorts, socks, etc) and put them in large Ziploc bags.  You'll have less stress in the morning helping the little ones dress.  Just grab a bag and go.
  • Pack children's toys in their backpack.  They won't have to search for something to do when you're trying to set up camp. 
What other camping packing tips do you have?  I'd love to hear them!

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