Now that summer’s here, you may be thinking about going camping. There’s nothing like some well-deserved R&R!
But before you throw everything in your car and drive away, remember that camping is just like any other aspect of your life – a little planning and organization will go a long way.
I went camping last summer for the first time since I was a kid, and discovered a few tricks that made for a much more enjoyable experience.
In addition to basics such as rope, tarps, water, and playing cards, we found that folding buckets, water jugs, and small tables – pretty well anything that folds so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your car – are great.
A large plastic sheet to place on the ground when you are emptying the car allows you to lay everything out while you’re setting things up without putting it on the dirty ground.
A Frisbee can be used as a fire-fan as well as a fun pastime!
A large umbrella can be used to keep away rain, catch water, block the sun, or as a prop for kids’ games.
Cool, Useful and Space Efficient Gadgets
- Zippered, netted food covers
- Bungee cords
- Picnic bench covers and clips
- Tie wraps – for securing during high winds or travelling, when rolling up stuff for packing up
- Collapsible prep bowls
- Mini crazy-glues
One of the best parts of a vacation is eating different food than you eat at home. Smores are a traditional camping favourite, but you may want to also bring along some special drinks and appetizers, just in case the cooking dinner over the fire takes longer than expected.
Camping Décor (crazy, I know!)
When you set up camp, you’re building your temporary home, so you need to utilize the space you have available as efficiently as possible. Why not create an ambiance and purpose for each area you set out for yourself? There are many ways you can accomplish this.
Lighting is a fun and easy way to use to create space and purpose, whether you use solar lighting for patio lanterns, ground illumination to create pathways, reflectors, candles, or a combination of these.
Flooring such as patio rugs or rice mats outside the entrance will help keep the dirt out of your tent or RV.
Positioning: Create a triangle with your tent, car, and picnic table to define your space.
RV Space-Saving Tricks
Camping in an RV is a lot different than camping in a tent, because you have so many more amenities. Although space is still at a premium, you can make the most of it by using one or more of the following products:
- The Smart Dryer provides 30 feet of drying space in a small area.
- The Stove Topper acts as a cutting board or extra counter space when you need it.
- The Extend-A-Shower rod gives you more room to shower and can also be used to drip dry bathing suits, towels, or laundry.
Are you thinking of staying home this summer because you can’t stand the thought of coming back to the clutter? Contact me to find out how Spot On Organizing can help you.
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