Monday, May 7, 2012

Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!

I mentioned before we can be ready to head to the woods in a couple of hours.  How in the world can that be done?  With kids?  Well, --I don't really ever unpack...

I have 2 plastic tubs- the big 5 gallon plastic things.  They are both the same color blue.  All of our camping necessities stay in those tubs.

Tub one contains all the cooking necessities:  spatula, can opener, fire/oven mitts, marshmallow roasters,  scissors paper bowls, paper plates, trash sacks, plastic cups, , plastic ware, plastic tablecloths,  a couple of dish towels, tongs, spoon, foil, napkins, mugs, cooking oil, skillet, and a small pot.  A note on top reminds me to toss in the lighter, salt and pepper, dish soap, and baby wipes/antibacterial wipes.  (Yes, I have a problem with keeping the table clean...)

Tub two contains other camping gear: bungees, , bird book, binoculars, rope, cards, clothes pins, plastic bags, plastic containers, a short water hose, and a sprinkler-I'll explain later.  The note on the top of it reminds me to toss in batteries, bug spray, sunscreen, flashlights, fire starter, and cast iron dutch oven.

Our sleeping bags are all together in a closet.  After airing them out I repack them with an extra sheet inside.  The camp chairs are in the garage near the truck.

The tent, canopy, and coffee pot (I must have my elixir of life-brewed not instant), cots, and small propane oven are all together in the attic.

Our first aid kit is always packed.  I use it instead of a cabinet in the bathroom.

So if we decide to head our for a quick trip, we grab both tubs.  I add the last minute items to it while my husband pulls out the gear from the attic and the sleeping bags.  He'll pack up his clothes and then start loading the car while I get the kids to pack clothes, a couple of toys, and grab a pillow.  The kids go out to help dad while I pack my bag.

We have a standard short trip menu/shopping list ready.  After we get to the site and unload, the kids and I set up camp and dad does the grocery shopping at a nearby store.

After we get home, I get all the gear cleaned up and repack the tubs.  If I  need to re-stock, I do so before putting the tubs back in the attic to await the next adventure.

Oh, the sprinkler...
One hot, humid weekend trip to Palmetto State Park we needed a way to cool down.  My husband ran to a store in town and brought back the sprinkler and hose.  We hooked it up to the spigot at camp and let the kids (and parents) play.  It wasn't long before all the kids in our little area were over playing.  We made some great friends that trip.  We were the "coolest" site around.

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25 Comments:

At June 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM , Blogger Celeste said...

I love your blog. We are campers with young kids and I love these ideas. I'd love to hear more recipes and cooking tips. Thanks!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Sherron said...

Found you on Pinterest. I have used two totes for my camping gear and it is a life saver! I love being able to pull the things out and load them up. This works wonderfully!
Thank you for the hint about the aluminum foil on the outside of the pots- I am going to do that this summer!

 
At June 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Xanthe said...

I found your post on Pinterest...great ideas! thanks for sharing

 
At June 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Michelle Tweedy said...

found you on pinterest. Love your ideas. We are prepping for a camping trip in a couple of weeks. I will be adding your ideas to my list! Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Heather said...

So glad I found your blog on pinterest! My cousin has a tote that she takes camping but she's never been specific about what's in there! Thanks so much for the great idea!

 
At July 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM , Blogger Gareth Benton said...

Great ideas....I would really love to hear what your 'standard short trip menu' is! Now I'm off to buy tubs!!!!!

 
At August 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM , Blogger AmyP said...

Great post! We are tote campers also. Reading your packing routine make me think I should stream line how I do things. Thanks for the tips! I totally think you should post your "standard short trip menu/shopping list." What to make for meals is something I struggle with. Thanks again!

 
At March 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Sus said...

What is your standard grocery list? That's what I labor over...

 
At March 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Nuts in a Tree said...

Love this! As the kids grew older, I took that familiar shopping list and divided it into 4 parts...now Dh, two oldest, and myself (along with youngest) split the list and get through faster. Love camping! :)

 
At April 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Altered by Jenn said...

Love this idea! Just wish we had a bigger vehicle to do this with. We end up doing this with 2 reusable shopping bags since they take up less room (just no lid :( )

 
At April 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Sara Childs said...

My mom did this back when I was a kid (and I'm turning 40 this year). I've always been surprised more people didn't try this method. Thanks for the post!

 
At April 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM , Blogger amanda stillabower said...

I love this list you made! I'm totally going to pack this way! I also make sure not to forget an emergency kit with band-aids, tylenol, allergy medicine etc.

 
At May 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Jlynn said...

Just curious, what is YOUR staple grocery list when you go camping? Other than the obvious hot dogs and marshmallows? We usually bring food from home and pack it in our coolers before we leave(I usually have things like homemade chilli and muffins made ahead of time)

 
At July 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM , Blogger Rose Marry said...

I took many ideas from your post. Thanks for sharing this. keep sharing more.

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At February 1, 2014 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Karissa Reedy said...

Been doing this type of tub camping for a while. Same system, color coded. Red is kitchen and blue is utility. Our family is a family of four and only myself and my daughter are self motivated to go camping. My husband would rather not and my son says I 'drag him camping', so a system is a must!

 
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At June 20, 2015 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Danielle Lariscy said...

This is a great blog! The day before we camping we spend the entire day trying to locate everything we need to go camping! I'm so gonna try this!!

 
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