We went camping for a couple nights this past week. It was so fun, relaxing, and cold. We had some awesome family bonding time and we consider it a total success - our best camping adventure yet! There were a few things that contributed to it going well, and I think the biggest thing was these camping bins:
Last year, before I was diagnosed with RA and AS (yes, yes, pity, pity) I got the camping fever organization bug that may or may not have been aided by pinterest. I decided to go all out and get everything that we needed for camping ready in a few easy to grab bins with laminated lists to make life easier for the future me. I got tired of needing to reinvent the wheel, make lists, and pack everything every time. So I went and bought a few things that we needed and got these bins all set.
Let me introduce you to the three bins that will make your family camping trip easier. Not easy mind you, I'm not a miracle worker, but easier.
1. The Kitchen Box
I laminated these lists and then wrote on them with sharpies to make it waterproof. I erase the writing with a magic eraser when ready.
Ta da! All packed away. Not exactly neat and tidy, but definitely functional. One of my favorite things is this collapsible sink and water carrier. It made doing the dishes so much fun that the kids were literally fighting over it.
I went to girls camp for an evening this year and they had individual mesh bags to hang the clean dishes in so they could air dry. Great idea! I'll add it to the list to get for next year.
Another great buy has been this lodge pot with a lid that turns into a frying pan. It's versatile and heavy as all heck.
I keep a printed up list of a bunch of camping food ideas in the kitchen box to make planning easier every year.
And then write the plan on the back so we're all on the same page.
2. The Tent Box
This has all the little odds and ends that you need while camping. Flashlights, hammock, rope, card games, etc. I put it in a clear container and keep it in the tent so that it's easy to rummage around and find what we need.
Our hammock is from ikea and I love it. It folds into itself in a little pocket which pleases me greatly.
I've made little bags for each of the kids that have a pocket for a water bottle and another pocket for anything else. They love each having their own binoculars. If you're going camping for more than one night it's so important to have ideas to keep everyone happy and entertained. I have a few ideas to share... another time. Muwahaha! The suspense is killing you.
I also keep the other packing lists (see printables below) in here so that we can find them when we need them.
3. The Fire Box
This is a bin that you fill with wood, charcoal, matches, a shovel, ax, etc to keep right by your fire so you have everything you need right there. Simple, and again, very heavy.
There you have it! Here are the printables if you want to make your own:
If you think that you're getting away without seeing more of this year's family camping pictures, you're wrong. They're coming in a couple days a long with our little printable family camp song book. :)