I enjoy family camping trips once I get there. But I don't enjoy the packing and preparation for a family camping trip. Next week we're planning a few days camping and cycling and my heart's already sinking at the prospect of getting everything ready.
Wouldn't it be good if I had a list? I thought. Instead of the half-lists I have in the back of old diaries. (You know how much I love a good list).
Light bulb moment! If I stick a camping list on the blog I'll always know where to find it and I won't have to search through old diaries ever again.
So this one is for me. A sneaky little blogpost all for the benefit of myself (and you never know, maybe someone else might find it useful). What have I forgotten?
Happy camping recipe:
Ingredients (adjust the quantities depending on length of camping trip)
Clothes: underwear, socks, PJs, jeans, shorts, jogging bottoms, T shirts, tops, jumpers, hoodies, fleeces, waterproofs, gloves, hats.
Footwear: walking boots, trainers, wellies.
Beach stuff: towels, wetsuits, swimming stuff, goggles.
Toiletries: add according to personal taste but must include toothbrushes and toothpaste.
First aid kit: including Calpol/paracetamol/antihistamines and insect repellent.
Entertainment: camera, phones, charger, ball, books, kite, paper, pens etc.
Cleaning: teatowels, washing-up bowl and liquid and sponge.
Eating: matches, stove, gas cannisters, kettle, frying pan, pans, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery, skewers. TIN OPENER (we always forget this one)
Food: a few basics to get started such as teabags, coffee, cereals, bread, sugar, pasta, tins, sunflower oil, water
Sleeping: tents, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, airbeds/camping mats
Cycling: bikes, cycling shorts, gloves, helmets, pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, oil, tools.
Essential (because it will be sunny won't it?): sun hats, sun cream, sun glasses
Misc: candles, torches, maps, campsite details, Scruffy Ted
1. Write or print out the list.
2. Begin accumulating all the stuff WELL BEFORE your departure day. Tick things off the list as you go.
3. Get increasingly tight-lipped with your partner or children (if you have them) as the preparations intensify, because it will probably seem that they aren't doing half as much as you are to get this trip off the ground.
4. You know you have reached maximum boiling point when on the morning of departure, you want to have a 'quick' tidy-up and hoover before you leave the house, so that you don't return to a bomb site, but the rest of the family just wants to get on the road!
5. If you have made it this far and everything is ticked off your list then the hardest part of the whole trip is over! Well done - you can relax and enjoy. When you get to the campsite you will have forgotten something but don't worry, there will always be a happy camper who will lend you a tin opener!
And if this puts you in the mood for reading more lists, take a look at the todolist blog !