Organizing Camping Equipment

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. This is always the last box to go into the car so it can be "first out" and we can get set up ASAP. It goes under the kitchen table to be available and yet be out of the way.

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I also use a smaller action packer type box as a tool box. It has: basic tools, duct tape, flashlights, mallet, shovel, hose remnant, more duct tape, rope, clothespins, extra tent stakes, etc. I put a bunch of the smaller stuff inside an all-metal #10 can with a plastic lid, this doubles as another bucket when needed. All bins, boxes, and crates are labeled on the top and all 4 sides so I don't have to open them to figure out what's inside. Anything that is used up on a trip is replaced as soon as we get home so we aren't out of it next time.

By Eileen M. from Elk Grove, CA

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I remember when we first started camping and were so inexperienced that everything was just in grocery bags or boxes lol. Then when we found out how much we loved camping we got a little better organized. We purchased the plastic tubs with lids and it made things so much easier.

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One tub was designated as the "cooking" tub which contained all the camping pots and pans and utensils needed to cook with. We had a tub for breakfast (the skillet, coffee pot, mugs, pancake turner, etc.) so that all we had to do was pull out that tub for that particular meal and cooking needs.

We found that we didn't prepare lunch because of those big camping breakfasts so the next tub was a lunch tub that was meant for snacks. We took this tub when we went sightseeing for the day and wanted a snack. It included things like crackers, peanut butter, cookies, tuna fish, etc.

The next tub was designated for dinner. It contained all the fixings for meals at night at the campground. Each tub was also packed with the usual paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware, cups, hand sanitizer, etc. We found it much easier to just catergorize the tubs per meal function so we didn't waste so much time going through the tubs searching for things. This method has served us for over 30 years now.

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We also have tubs we have designated as auxillary tubs which contain the camp stove, candles, tableclothes, plastic rolls to cover wet benches, tools, wash tubs,etc. We also carried a screen tent with us when camping to avoid those pesty black flies and it has it's own tub also.

Using the tubs kept us organized and we knew where everything was when needed. The plastic tubs were necessary in the rainy season and kept your supplies dry.

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