Monday, September 27, 2010
Camping Check List
The Man of the House didn't have to go to work Friday night, so he said, "Let's go camping!" We threw everything in the car and headed north to a state park we hadn't tried yet.
I forgot a few things--like a can opener :( mmmm, no fruit cobbler for dinner-- and I didn't take many pictures because I was too busy having fun. I forgot the first aid kit, so we were lucky no one got hurt.
But all in all it was a great trip and a great way to get back in the camping mode. We do not camp in the heat of summer unless it is required for a family reunion or something. We camp all fall until it gets below freezing. Then the Man of the House has to camp by himself.
On the way home, Saturday, I made a list of the things I had forgotten and wished I had. Then I listed the things I remembered-so I don't forget then next time. Here is my list--So I can find it, and perhaps you may find it useful as well.
List of stuff to bring when Car Camping w/Family
Cash to pay for campsite
First Aid Kit: bandages antibiotic ointment, bug spray, sunscreen, IB Profin, chapstick, eyedrops
salad tongs (for moving charcoal around on the dutch oven)
big metal spoon
kettle (for heating water)
dutch oven lid hook
propane fuel for lantern
new mantles for lantern
camp stove *wishlist
frying pan *wishlist
sleeping pads/air mattress for wimpy mom (closely related to super mom, but at the end of her magic rope)
1 or 2 extra fleece blankets
1 or 2 flat sheets
camping pillows (I plan on making these half size pillows soon)
1 change clothing
flip flops (because otherwise the kids WILL go barefoot in camp)
bar of soap
2 hand towels
shampoo *if camping more than one night
diapers for baby
dirty laundry bag
glow sticks :) fun
camping games *we don't need these yet, our kids are still in the run everywhere and explore it stage. When they are all teenagers we may want card games in camp. Electronics of all kinds are considered blasphemous and are banned.
We camped by a lake, but there was no way to get down to the lake from our campsite and the "beach" was closed for winter. So we might as well have camped somewhere else without a lake. I think our favorite place to camp so far has been Osage Hills State Park in Bartlesville, OK.
I really hate camping with a crawling age baby. They don't like staying in the pack-n-play and if you put them on the ground, they eat everything gross. SO I'm glad Cutie Pie is out of that stage.