When the weather gets cooler, camping is a great activity for everyone in the family or to get away with friends. Before the day comes, it is important to be prepared and to make sure that you have everything you need, including emergency aid supplies. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy this process and if you do forget something, it’s not the end of the world and shouldn’t affect what was planned for the trip. Think about dual purposes when you pack, and take pleasure in the simplicity of camping.
There are lots of things to think about when you’re packing for the family, but it is worth the time sitting down with a pen and paper to set out exactly what it is that you need to take. Before you start, make a wishlist of what you want when you go camping, such as enough clothes (layers, layers, layers) and all of the right equipment for your tent. Make sure you bring sleeping bags and enough food, drinks and snacks, any dietary restrictions and requirements, any special requests from family and friends. Don’t get overwhelmed, make the list and then divide the work amongst family members, so everyone has a responsibility before and during the trip.
The biggest benefit is probably to make sure that you don’t leave anything behind. If you have a physical list, you can slowly tick things off as they go in the back of the vehicle or in your bag (so long as you don’t forget the bag, yes it does happen). Once you have made your camping/packing list, it is a good idea to keep it in a place that is easy to see, such as on the front of the refrigerator, so that you can easily add to it or strike things off it as you go.
The other good thing about having a physical list is that other people can add to it as well. There may be things that you haven’t thought of that your partner, kids, friends or anyone else going with you would like to take. You can always take it off the list once they have put it on there, but at least it gives them that option.
To make this process easier for you because we love camping, we have created a camping print guide (download here) for you to use while you make your own list, download here
It’s also really important to make sure you put everything back in the car when you leave the campsite – too many people have left without a tent peg, pole or forget to take their trash with them. Again, same routine with the family – everyone has one or two responsibility for the packing list, do the same for the clean up routine.
Have a great camping trip and please tag us #decorworksdesign when you post photos