Sunday, October 6, 2019

Camping Adventures Part 3 - What I Pack and How I Organize When Camping with Little Kids


As I said...we are tent campers, but the car tent camping style.  Some might call us "glampers" which means that we enjoy comfort while we camp.

There are so many different ways to organize your camping supplies.  What has helped for us to have a few main categories and pack those items together.

I don't have anything about the food here since I'll have it's own blog post.

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I use one of the orange utility bins, two stackable plastic bins and a few big blue IKEA bags for clothes and bedding.  I love those IKEA bags.  They are not expensive, super durable, have duffle handles, and backpack loops.

I will say that we do not live in an area with actual bears.  Just Yogi.  But, if you have bears near by you will want to take extra precautions with anything that has food.

Calling out a few of my favorite things

First I will share a few of my favorite camping things and tricks.  Then I will inundate you with our official list.


1) Head Lamps for Kids - Tomato has his own headlamp that he has to wear after dusk.  It helps us keep an eye on where he is and also makes sure he sees where he is going.  We also sometimes have him wear light up shoes which also help us track his movements.


2) Easy place for trash - Pop-up hamper, with clothes pins holding up a trash bag.  This has been one of the BEST things we bring with us.  It's so easy to keep the campsite clean.  I have a few extra bags in the bottom and you can kind of see the rock in there too to help hold the bag down.  At night we move the bag into the car to keep the raccoons from messing with it.

3) Stackable bins (also in the above picture) - The size of which depends on how much stuff you are putting in them, but I really like having them the same size so that they stack well and we look more consistent.


4) Garden wagon - great for hauling stuff around the camp grounds...or hauling kids.  We bring this instead of a stroller.  When Blueberry was big enough to go in this, but too small to not have some sort of padding, we brought the boppy and put it in front of him and a blanket behind.


5) Perfect for them camping chairs.  Blueberry loves his portable highchair.  We also use it for brunch at Gramma's and trips.

6) A footmat - My best buddy, Crystal, got this Coleman foot mat for me for my birthday a couple years ago.  The shoes go inside the zipper areas so they they don't get all dewy at night but can still stay out of the tent.  No shoes inside the tent.  That's a hard and fast rule at our campsites.

Alright, and here is the whole list!


Let's Get It Started Bin --> orange bucket
This bin holds the stuff that we need to get the tent set up.
  • Stakes for the tent

  • Mallet & Hammer
  • Fire starter
  • Lighter
  • Fire poker
  • Paper towels/newspaper kindling
  • Bug flame fluid
  • Bright rope (I put around the camp site to denote where the kids need to stay)
  • Knife
  • Duct tape
  • Utility clamps
Kitchen Sink Bin
This is at a high level, anything we use to cook with.  Each time it might vary depending on what food we are having that time.
  • Cooking forks/Marshmallow roasters
  • Paper towels
  • Forks/knives/spoons
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Cups
  • Kid water cups
  • Coffee
    • French press
    • Ground beans
    • Cups
  • Table cloth
  • Table cloth Clamps
Supply Bin
To help keep things a bit more together in this bin, I have a few smaller bags for First Aide, Lights, Batteries, etc...otherwise they are all a jumble inside this box.  Or if I had them just in smaller bins, they got lost.  So a bin of bags ended up being a good solution for my family.
  • First aide bin
    • First aide bags
    • Tylenol
    • Bug spray
    • Mosquito bands
  • Grocery bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Extension cords
  • Power strips
  • Small broom with dustbin
  • Trash
    • Pop up hamper
    • Clamps
    • Bags
  • Bug Candles
  • Batteries
    • D for mattress
    • AAA for flashlights
  • Light bag
    • Hangable lights
    • Flash lights
    • Lanterns
    • Zander head lamp
    • Glow sticks



Home Is Where We Are Bag (Ikea Bag)
  • Phone chargers
  • Clothes
  • Dob kit
  • Diapers/wipes
  • A couple of towels
  • Pull ups
  • Door mat




 Kid Bin
Right now they share a small bin, but I think as they get older they might want their own bags with their clothes and toys together so they can manage their own items.
  • Bubbles
  • Bubble machine
  • Binoculars
  • Markers/paper
  • A few small toys
  • Trucks for dirt
  • Kid shovel
  • Pacis
  • Balls 
Bedding Bag(s) - Ikea Bags
Kids
  • Tomato's sleeping bag
  • Tomato's pillow
  • Sheets for Blueberry's pack and play
  • Blankets for under their bedding
  • Extra sleeping bag to use as a play blanket
Adults
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blanket for under the air mattress

Large and Loose
These items are just loose in our car
  • Tent
  • Tarps
  • Air mattress
  • Tomato's cot
  • Blueberry's Pack n play
  • Bjorn
  • Hiking pack
  • Diaper bag
  • Garden wagon
  • Chairs
  • Phones
  • Wallet
  • Campground site number
  • Roll extension cord

This sweet brotherly moment brought to you by camping!



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