"My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown, but it's silver when it's wet,
And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet."
-Shel Silverstein

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Camping Organization

We love to go camping but sometimes getting everything ready can be overwhelming! Especially when we don't have a camper to store things in year round. My parents do, and we typically go with them, but I wanted to get something together to be prepared in case we ventured out alone! Here is the result:
I bought 2 plastic totes at the dollar store: (complete with cute pink lids, of course!)
I wanted to keep the silverware managable, so I separated the forks, spoons and knives:
Cut 2 pieces of velcro (one fuzzy and an equal length of the hook side)
And wrap them around the silverware to keep them together:
Then I put them in a little snap lock box that I also got at the dollar store:
Then I put things that could stay the summer in one of the totes (like our throw away dishes, coffee, creamer, splenda packets, coffee singles, table cloth, flashlight, batteries, toys for my son, cards, lighters/matches, Qtips, cotton balls, bug spray, sunscreen, mesh laundry bag, etc) I'll have to take the food supplies out at the end of the summer, but for the most part all of this stuff can live in this tote in the garage. I also got another tote that is the same size because I thought it'd be easier to pack our clothing and other stuff in a tote and throw it in the back of the car instead of trying to dig out a suitcase.
Then I made a list of things that need to be packed in the other tote. I printed it out and placed it in a clear sheet protector so that I can easily check the boxes off as I pack and it will still be available for the next time. I color coded in red the things that weren't necessary if we were going to a non-electric site so that I could easily figure out what I need.
I threw the checklist in the top of the tote, stacked the tote with stuff in side the empty one, put the lids on top and stuffed it in my garage until we head to the camp ground (like this weekend!)
Hope this helps all you tent campers (or even campers fortunate enough to have a camper to load full!)

Here are the things on my list to pack in case you'd like to make your own:
 Shirts x_______ days
 Pants x_______ days
 Shorts x ______ days
 PJs x _______ nights
 Socks
 Underwear
 Sweats
 Swim Suits
 Tennis Shoes
 Sandals
 Flip Flops for showers
 Firewood
 Newspapers
 Lighter
 Coffee Pot
 Roasting Stick
 Sleeping Bags
 Pillows
 Flash Light
 Matches
 Soap
 Shampoo
 Conditioner
 Deodorant
 Toothpaste
 Toothbrushes
 Towels
 Washcloths
 Lotion
 Sunscreen
 Bug Spray
 Books
 Balls
 Camera
 Camera Dock
 Cell phone charger
 Walkie Talkies
 Walkie Talkie Charger

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  1. what a great idea :) thank you for linking up to MMM!!!

  2. Great idea! Used to have my camping gear sored like this also. now it's permanent in our caravan!
    Hope you will have a great camping holiday!
    By the way... I almost finished my balloon wreath! Came short of balloons so have to run to the store tomorrow!
    love Miranda

  3. This is practical and SO useful! We are just getting into more and more family camping and I'm trying to figure out more ways to be organized so we can also be spontaneous...this is perfect!! I'll be putting this together very soon!!

  4. bookmarking this! im headed to girls camp (sob!) and i need all the help i can get!

  5. Seriously?!?!? I NEED to do this!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!! Please join the latest Linky at Dragonfly Designs!