Packing for a family can get complicated, depending on the number of kids coming along and their ages. Some are old enough to help and others are still too young to do anything but enjoy the adventure. Having a checklist on hand can really help you avoid forgetting something that you won’t realize you don’t have until you need it and can’t find it. We have a few ideas for creating your own camping checklist for the family.
Set your calendar to arrive early on the big day, especially if it’s on a Friday. No one likes to set up camp in the dark. If you have a long drive, try to time your arrival for at least a few hours before dark. You’ll then have time to get unpacked, setup, and explore the campground a bit before bedtime.
One good ideas we’ve seen is to have a backpack for each child. You can pack their clothes, games, and favorite toys in it and, depending on their age, they can be in charge of their own stuff.
Bring extra batteries, blankets, and a tarp. These things just seem to come in handy in the life of a camper. And they are those things you really need when you need them.
Bring items for washing dishes and removing trash. Most campers spend their time outdoors and part of the reason is because things can get tight inside when a whole family is camping together. Keeping up with the dishes and trash keeps things organized and provides more room to move around.
Shoes for every occasion. You may be able to stay in your sandals all week but it is wise to bring other options for everyone in the family. You may want to bring water shoes, athletic shoes and/or hiking shoes or boots.
Pack everyone’s prescriptions in one container. Make one of the adults in charge of it. You can add minor first aid items such as bandaids and anti-itch cream as well.
Keep important papers together. Bring your pet’s shot records, emergency contact numbers, and the phone and address of the campground. These are items you will need in a hurry so having them all in one spot can save you precious time.
These are a few things to get you thinking about what should be on your own camping checklist. We hope you enjoy your stay and we look forward to meeting you.