The Tent Camping Checklist
Several times I have forgotten my own pillow, and had to Google directions to the nearest Walmart. I have also forgotten other small items but, it was when I was at Straits State Park, in the U.P., without a bed for one of my grandkids, that I decided that I needed a permanent camping checklist.
How could I go camping with everything except 1 bed? Easy!
Because we have families to feed and bills to pay, most of us work full time jobs. We have a few free hours after work to organize the camping equipment, the kids, their personal things, your own personal items, the food and everything else.
This mama was feeding her family in my back yard!
I have learned a lot about organizing camping trips. I keep all of my camping equipment together on shelves in my basement. I discourage my family from borrowing from our camping equipment when they need a flashlight or batteries.
Several days before the trip, I start staging everything in a line down the middle of the room. As I move things from the shelf to the staging area, I do the first run down on my check list. I check everything off the list again as I load it for the trip.
A friend of mine worked on this list with me. She has used it, I have used it, other friends have used it too! You might feel that it is overly detailed but, this is what works for me. My checklist covers personal items as well as camping gear. Since I have been using this list, I have not forgotten ANYTHING!
The curling iron is for my granddaughter, I just cover my unruly curls by putting on a hat! I hope that this camping checklist serves you as well as it has served me.
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- The featured photo is a bee hard at work
- A fawn nursing
- Me at Lillydale, N.Y.