Anyone who has been camping with the family knows that packing all the required essentials can be a frustrating, long process - but it doesn’t have to be! There are no complicated techniques required here. The key is to only bring items that are absolutely necessary for staying safe and having fun. Keep in mind that the general purpose of camping is to enjoy nature without all the technologies and conveniences of modern day living! Remembering this and spending some time traveling with a camper or maybe living humbly in a tent for a bit will make it simpler to drop what's not important to bring.
To make packing less stressful and less time-consuming, the main objective needs to be to pack as little as possible. Pare your items down to those you absolutely need; while a hairbrush or comb is a good thing to bring, big bottles of hairsprays and gels are not. It’s all about lessening your burden so you can enjoy your trip to its fullest potential. If you’ll just be camping with the family for a weekend, one duffel bag per person should suffice. Be sure to use lightweight bags so that the weight you’ll be carrying won’t increase unnecessarily.
Seriously. Try to Stick to the One Bag Rule
It is ideal to bring one bag for each individual; however, if you have small children with you, they can often share bags since their clothing is smaller in size. Each bag should hold garments, washing needs, and a couple of things for (preferably outdoor) entertainment. Keen campers use bag organizers to make things simple to find: Toiletries go in one pack, clothing goes in another, and little accessories can be kept organized in another. You can do a little test to see if the bag you’ve packed will be too heavy to carry and transport comfortably; try to hold the bag for five minutes and if you can’t, you’ll want to lighten your load further. You also don’t want to strain your back or suffer an injury by trying to carry around too heavy of a bag!
Stick to the Basics
Before placing things into your bag, make a checklist and list them in order of importance. While you’ll surely appreciate bringing along soap (as will the other campers), you don’t need to pack it for every person - share! You also don’t need to bring a different towel for every day - bring one towel and dry it in the sunshine in between uses. If evenings will be cooler than the hot days, don’t bring a sweater or sweatshirt for each day - bring one for the evening, that’s it. while it’s logical to rank good hiking shoes up high on the list of important items, what isn’t so important is six other pairs of shoes. You don’t need your curling iron, but you should bring your hair brush. You won’t need gallons of water to continuously wash your hands, but you should bring some damp wipes and/or hand sanitizer. Remember, this is camping, and a little sweat, dirt, and mud is all part of that experience.
Reevaluate how you fold your garments.
Marie Kondo may be the best friend you didn't realize you have. She is known for helping people organize and declutter - and her system works. Apply her lessons to your packing for family camping trips and you’ll wonder how you survived trips without them! Kondo suggests basing your decisions on what to pack on emotion, rather than necessity. If a piece of clothing will bring you joy, security, or safety during your trip, bring it. If you look at an item and really feel like you can do without it, don’t pack it. When you do pack, try rolling your clothing items instead of folding them. You’ll be surprised at how many more items you’ll be able to fit in a bag, they won’t get wrinkled, and you’ll be able to find them easier without making a huge mess in the process. your undergarments, swim suit, and toiletries can all be kept organized and separate in small bags or pouches for quick retrieval, too.
Another technique is to plan your clothes for each day and roll them all up together so that you won't have to go through all your clothes every time you need to find a particular item. Once you master rolling clothing, you’ll never go back to folding again. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle, with all the pieces fitting nice and snugly together in your bag, all nice and organized.
Keep It Low-Key...
Presumably, humans are high-maintenance creatures. A camping trip, however, is your chance to let go and relax. Invest less energy in creating fancy hairdos - the wind might ruin it anyway, so as mentioned, forget the straightening iron, curlers and hair sprays and leave them at home. Think of items you can use for multiple purposes: a scarf, for example. Use a solitary scarf as a belt, headband, wrist trinket, or a crop top. This would save room in your bag for sure, not needing all those separate items - just the scarf.
...But Not Too Low-Key
Going for a minimalist set-up doesn't imply that you ought to hold back on essential self-care. You should be prepared for minor injuries, and bring along health items. Make sure to pack a first aid kit, along with other basic meds. Go eco-friendly with biodegradable bathroom tissue and cleanser, insect repellent, and sunscreen. For emergency purposes, bring along a rope and a small sewing kit. These things would practically fit inside one non-space consuming toiletry bag. Keep in mind that self-discovery is also a part of the purposes for you going outdoors, which is vital to self-care too.
Cook as the Cavemen Do
Setting this straight, that you don't have to be much of a primitive, but the whole point is, your cooking gear and style must be simple; let's say a small stove for camping, a couple of pots and a skillet, and don't forget the tongs and aluminum foil. As an option in contrast to the camp stove, you can always choose the most basic way to cook your meals: over an open flame. If you are a coffee drinker, don’t forget your percolator!
Packing for Home When the Camping Trip Ends
Let's admit that it's harder to make everything fit toward the finish of the excursion in the wake of everything has been taken out, looked through or tossed in a clothing pack and hurled back in. I evaded the not-fitting issue by refolding garments toward the finish of every day and returning them in the bag in the same way I pressed them initially, and of course, after drying them out. Underwear and anything excessively grimy was tossed in the mesh bag or zip locks to fit over the perfectly collapsed garments when we were prepared to leave.
There is no single best standard, or most proficient method on how to pack light for family camping, but observing the tips above will diminish stresses in such. Additionally, to make the best out of your outdoor experience, remember to capture every moment with your action camera.