Packing tip: Pre-measured food, crates and lists

Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next trip:

  • Start by making a list of the things you’ll need. Break them up into categories like setup items, clothing, cooking utensils, food and activities. Don’t just make the list on the back of a junk mail envelope either. Save it on your computer (or use our checklists) so you can use it more than once. Make changes to it at the campsite by adding the things you forgot or should have bought, and cross off the stuff you should have left at home.
  • Bring pre-measured, dry food. Throwing just enough pancake mix for the family’s breakfasts in pre-measured containers or bags will not only cut down on packing bulk, it will also make cooking easier.
  • Keep your camping-only items in easy-to-load crates. You’ll already be partially packed for a spur-of-the-moment trip. Also, when you throw all gear into the back of the car or pickup, make the stuff you’ll need at the campsite first the last things you pack for easy access.
  • Put things back in their respective containers. When you’re ready to go, take the time at the campsite to pack things away in the designated containers. Doing this will save you a lot of time and energy when you get home.


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