Planning a camping trip this year? Here are some helpful tips from fellow campers that will help you and your family stay organized.
At the end of the season I clean and pack all my gear into large plastic totes. On the lid, I stick a sandwich Ziploc bag with a detailed list of all the contents written clearly on a card inside. I can see what's inside at a glance and I know it's clean and ready to go. This is a good way to ensure I don't forget anything and if I want to go camping on impulse I just grab the tote, pick up my tent and go.
Submitted By: Juliet Gill
Keep a Camping Log
We start out by recording the time and mileage between our house and the campsite. I usually include a description, what we liked or disliked about the property and take a photograph to help us remember the grounds. This helps us to keep organized when we decide to reserve our next camping trip.
Submitted By: Joyce Johnson
Make a drawing of the storage areas in your RV or camper and list the contents of each area so you can see at a glance where all the items are stored. Update the list as you add or delete equipment.
Submitted By: Rosemary McLain
Use an empty coffee container to store plastic bags that can be used to collect trash. I also drill holes in the bottom of cans and stick the shaft of my screwdrivers inside. It keeps them organized and all in one place.
Submitted By: Dale Hellman
Make a Scrapbook
When we camp, we take a photo of the park and post it in our travel scrapbook. Our scrapbook is a small photo book with a slot for two photos on each page. In one slot we store a photo from the trip and in the other an index card listing the park, the site, the weather, who camped with us and any other little story to remember our trip.
Submitted By: Phyllis Wyatty
Tissue Box Storage
We drop all our receipts and paperwork in an empty tissue box to help keep our papers organized. We also use empty square tissue boxes as small waste baskets and then just throw them away when we leave to go home.
Submitted By: Nadine Olthaus
Chip Can Storage
Use chip cans to store your sharp knives, serving utensils, hot pads and other camping items. This keeps everything organized and you always know where they are. Remember to put the lids on them to avoid any kids from getting into the cans.
Submitted By: Merry J. Penn
I use stackable vegetable containers to organize our clothing and gear. They stack in the corner of the tent for easy retrieval. They can also be used as a night stand.
Submitted By: Sharon Lusk