Frugal Summer Family Activities #4 organizing for camping

So, you have the tent, camp stove and lantern.  Ready to go camping!  You have chosen the camp ground and perhaps made a reservation, checked the weather and even bought marshmallows for around the campfire.  Sounds like a great time in the making.

But, let’s talk a bit about all the other stuff that needs to go along for an enjoyable camping trip.  Camping is a bit different than staying in a motel and eating in restaurants in that you have to bring EVERYTHING with you.  There is basically nothing provided, unless you consider the picnic table and dirt.

So, how do you bring everything you need and know where to find it when it is needed?  Organization!  We use Rubbermaid tubs and have since we began camping over 20 years ago.  The inventory changes especially as our family grew, but the basics are still the same.

Cooking equipment- all together in 3 tubs- includes

  • Plates, bowls, cups (hot and cold) , knife, fork, spoon for each person
  • Pots and pans, various sizes with lids, griddle
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Serving utensils- spatula, large spoon, can opener, skewers,pot holders, etc.
  • Dish pans (2) dish drainer, dish soap, wash cloth and dish towels

We have these items that we only use for camping and they are stored in Rubbermaid tubs in the barn, just ready to grab and go. 

Food Prep- these items are in addition to the actual ingredients that you bring for your meals

  • Coffee, tea bags, hot cocoa
  • cooking oil, non stick cooking spray
  • salt, pepper, cooking spices
  • aluminum foil, plastic wrap, zip lock bags- various sizes
  • clothes pins- to close bags of chips, cookies, etc

Extra items box- things that you may need from time to time, great to have

  • clothes line and pins- to hang wet clothes or towels
  • batteries and flashlight
  • small radio and batteries
  • TP and trash bags
  • bug spray and sun screen
  • fuel and mantles for lantern, funnel, matches in water proof container

Makes camping intresting box

  • games
  • fishing equipment
  • binoculars
  • hard candy- family fav Jolly Ranchers

This seems like a lot of stuff, but remember that when you get to your campsite, there is NOTHING there but dirt and a picnic table. Don’t get worried about having the best of these things, check your cupboards and Goodwill to stock your camping boxes.  And if you are not ready to invest in all that, try using disposable plates and cups the first time.  This eliminates having to wash all the dishes, but does take up more packing space.

Let me know how your trip goes.  Where did you camp and what was the most fun?


About dwolters

mama to 4 wonderful kids. live on a farm and raise sheep
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