So I decided to spontaneously celebrate the first day of Spring by camping. It was a little last minute, so needless to say, I was not completely prepared. In the end, we were fine. We had our tent, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, water, food… not bad! We had the basics. But when we car camp, we tend to like to have a few luxuries. This was definitely not our typical Rocky Mountain Camping Trip. All I kept thinking about was “man, I need to get organized!”
Trying to organize for this impromtu camping trip was a bit hard when things had been stored for over 6 months. Inspired by this ‘rough’ camp out, I went and bought some clear rubbermaid bins this past weekend and labeled them – Fishing, Camp Kitchen, Dehydrated Food, Dog Stuff, Accessories. I’m sure there will be more to come, but these five catagories were a good start!
I highly recommend the Rubbermaid storage boxes with a firm lid, especially if you have a truck and a dog that you travel with… as both of these during the dry summer camping trip days lead to dust, dirt and dog hair being pretty much everywhere!
Fishing Gear was simple – but I admit, I bought the wrong size bin. Everything fits nicely, except my Rod! 3″ too short. What a let down. So plan before you buy! Lesson learned.
Camp Kitchen, not only does it hold measuring cups, pans, dishes, silverware, etc… there’s a nice little box stuffed with all my favorite herbs. Just because you’re in the back country that does NOT mean you need to eat flavorless food! Seasonings are the spice to life and food! 🙂
Dehydrated Food – this is a bin for emergency purposes and backpacking trips only. On my first day of Spring camp out, we ended up eating dehydrated food. Again, totally fine! Just not my ideal car camping food. But always good to have!!
Dog Stuff… well… once I almost forgot the dog food, and that’s not ok. And many times I’ve forgotten the dog food bowl! So its apparent to me that I need to have a bin for my dog Finnian’s camping gear too. Here’s what I include: dog food in seperated out meal bags, dog bowl, dog water bottle (yes, I have one of those, with an attached drinking cup), dog towel (for when he’s wet and trying to get into the truck!), dog camping bed (i’m a sucker, he needs a bed too!), and biodegradeable doggie shampoo (for those off chances where he’s not smelling so good but needs to come into the tent for the night).
Finally, my accessories bin. This is something that will grow with time. But some things that are in there are some additional battery opperated high powered Coleman lights/lanterns for around the campground – especially important if you can’t have a fire, solar charger (this charges our ipods and camera batteries! pretty handy!), and last but certainly not least… Soji Lanterns!! I bring these everywhere… if just car camping, hang them up when you get to your camp ground… if back packing, strap them to you pack on the outside to let them charge up as you hike in! They are always a fun little accessory to have when camping!!
Well… that’s as organized as I can get for now… Hoping the impromtu snow storm that just hit was just that… impromtu and leaving just as fast as it came! As I have high hopes for my camping season this year! And i’m ready to not be freezing in my sleeping bag on my next adventure!