Once you have developed a "standard" camping equipment list, put it on your computer in either a Word file or an Excel file. I put several columns in front of each item - How many? Have it? Find it? Buy it? and print it out for each trip. I also had lists for the kids so they could pack their own stuff when they were younger.
Source: 40+ years of Girl Scouts
By Eileen M. from Elk Grove, CA
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We have always had a "housekeeping box" for the basic set-up and break-down stuff: toilet paper, paper towels, table cover, first aid kit, rope, hammer or mallet, wasp trap, trash bags, flashlight, aluminum foil, potholders, tissues, etc.
If you camp at camp sites with electric hookups and/or water, take 2 essential electrical appliances:
We have a pop up tent trailer. I make room by putting items that can be folded in a trash bag and use my vacuum cleaner to suck the air out of the bag. I tie it with two twist ties tied together.