The Best Way to Pack for Camping

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I spent my childhood camping in Northern California during the summer time with the whole family. Some of my best memories were spent sitting at the campfire roasting marshmallows or jumping in the ocean at the little beach near our campsite. Now, I've started going on camping trips of my own and I'm realizing that it's cheap, a fun challenge, and one of the best ways to spend quality time with the ones that you love. If a trip is budget friendly and adventurous and fun, sign me up! Getting all the supplies may seem like an expensive up front cost, but the good news is that family members or friends probably have some gear you can borrow and, if/when you do decide to buy your own, it is a one-time expense. Since it seems like you're venturing into the wilderness, it can be tempting to overpack and easy to get overwhelmed. The best way I've been able to take the stress out of camping is to keep it simple and actually never unpack from camping trips. All the main supplies can stay in a large bin that just loads in the car day of. Making a little camping kit saves so much time and hassle. Also, keep in mind that if you're anything like me, you will always seem to forget at least one thing, but that most campsites are usually a short drive away from a market/convenience store that will have the necessities. I've found it's better not to overpack, and just make do only using what you absolutely need. It's less time consuming, less of a mess, less stressful overall.


Keep packed all the time in large bin:
Tent
Tarp for under the tent
Sleeping Bags
Air Mattress
Camping Chairs
Lantern(s)
Ice Chest
Camp Stove
Propane Tanks for Stove/Lanterns
Lighter
S'mores Roasting Sticks
Towels
Coffee Pot
Frying Pan
Sauce Pan
Spatula
Wooden Spoon
Knife
Dish Soap
Scrub Brush
Paper Towels
Disposable Silverware/Plates/Cups

Pack on day of:
Pillows
Clothes
Toiletries
Groceries
Ice
Water Bottles

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