I have to admit, I was not totally looking forward to this camping trip last week. I booked it and was SUPER excited until the week before. Then I made a packing list and was like, oh sh*t.
Because this is what I came up with:
|Tents/ Mallet||Snacks||3 outfits||4 chairs||First aid kit||Bowls|
|Sleeping bags||Meals (see food list)||Rain jackets||Old blankets||Wipes||Toys|
|Tarps||Cups/ water bottles||Watershoes/sneakers/ keens||Bug spray||Towels|
|Flashlights||Small table||Beach towels||toiletries||Bones|
|Book||Trash bags||Fire starter|
- Little boy nighttime backpacks
- Clothing Bag
- Food Bag
- Supply Bag
- Maggie Bag
FOR ONE NIGHT.
And boy, was Saturday morning interesting getting all this stuff into the car.
Find a campground well in advance. I booked 6 weeks in advance and it was totally booked almost everywhere. We ended up at Ash Grove and it was lovely, but wish I had started sooner.
Make a packing list. Only way to avoid forgetting things–because you have to take ALL THE THINGS. And do as much pre-work as possible (chopping, dividing, organizing). It was tough up front, but easy when we got there.
Plan SIMPLE meals. We ate hot dogs, fruit salad, and chips for dinner and cereal for breakfast. And of course, S’mores. This made things so easy.
Schedule too tightly. I over scheduled us on the first day and I hate being late–so I ended up stressed. It takes longer to drive places in the mountains, enjoy the moment and the scenery.
Be too strict about bedtime. I’m normally a bedtime stickler, but the boys had a blast playing in the tent together and eventually fell asleep around 10pm. And with us in the tents and not getting dark until 9pm, the normal schedule just isn’t going to happen.
Forget toiletries. See number 2 in the “Dos.” Whoops.