The one thing that’s not so fun about tent camping is the packing. Every time we go on a trip I vow to not bring as much stuff. To be more simplistic. It never works out that way, though. The other challenge I find is organizing all of that stuff so that while we’re there we can access everything we need easily. I despise rummaging through a bin to find the salt and pepper. My solution? More bins, of course! Beware: This method is not for the stream lined camper. 😉
A bin for pots, washtubs, cutting boards, etc.
This is for kitchen items. A drawer for plates and cups. One for the eating and cooking utensils. Spices in another. Dish cleaning stuff, etc. in another.
A set for extra items. Bandaids, Tylenol, insect repellant, sunscreen, lighter, twine, screwdriver, and so on. (This one is a new addition)
I didn’t show the bin for dry foods, the cooler for veggies, etc., the cooler for raw meats, or the small drinks cooler.
The problem is that van gets quickly filled…to capacity. I don’t think that we could fit one more thing in…
I guess we go for comfort. That’s why we find it difficult to be streamlined. I like having chairs to sit on, and good food to eat. I still can’t see how to cut it down further. The weather can change on a dime so you need to bring clothes for every contingency. Not to mention, shoes. Running shoes and sandals for each family member are a minimum requirement. The tent takes up quite a bit of space, too. And then there’s all of the blankets. A sleeping bag for each of us as well as an extra blanket each, too because the nights can get quite cool. Then there’s the fishing gear.
Now the beauty of the bins is that I leave them packed and ready to go. Hopefully, no more forgetting stuff which I am notorious for doing. Although, I was not the one to forget the adapter to the stove this last time!
Once we’re there, though, all of the organizing and packing seem worth it. We’re comfortable and can enjoy our time together as a family confident in the knowledge that we’re prepared for the worst. Of course, the worst doesn’t often happen and I find I’m unpacking stuff we didn’t use. But ya just know that the one time I don’t bring an extra tarp we’ll face rain, rain, and more rain. And if I bring the tarp I also have to bring the bungee cords to put it up.
One day, though, we’re definitely purchasing a trailer.
One like THIS would cool, but we don’t have an extra $20,000 hanging around.
As far as tent trailers go THIS one looks good. It has three pop out thingies instead of the traditional two.
THIS one looks funky. Too small for us, though. 🙂
At any rate, it might be a couple of years. So, it’s tenting and bins for us for awhile.