Monday, March 12, 2012

Camping With Kids And A Handy Camping Checklist!

I was recently asked about my checklist for camping I keep in my camping supplies. Since it's still winter here in Montana i have yet to break out all the camping gear with my handy checklist. So with the help of my son Tony and my husband Randy we've put together a camping list. I suggest you copy and paste it into a word document, add what else you might need then print it out and take it to a Kinko's or printing place and have it laminated. Store it in your camping gear for easy access year after year.
When we go camping we head out in the wild wild west for some fun and relaxation.
Remember to be bear aware. Know the wildlife in your area, study what their tracks and scat look like and bring bear bells for noise and bear spray.

Ok here's the my list! If your car camping or backpacking you'll have to shrink it a bit. I like to camp in style. 

  • Tools for setting up camp, cooking and fire building.
  • Ax and a knife ~ Keep all dangerous items out of reach of children
  • Hatchet and or saw
  • Small fold up camping shovel for fires and potty trips
  • Lantern
  • Lighter with candle, back up flint
  • Day pack for hikes
  • Pans for cooking; large pan for cooking and washing dishes in.
  • Camping plates and utensils to be used over and over again. If you buy paper plates makes sure they are recycled to reduce your environmental impact. Remember the more trash you create the more you have to pack out. 
  • Small container of dish soap, dishcloth.
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Trash bags. Pack it in and pack it out!! Teach your kids clean camping only.
  • Salt and pepper ~ create a kitchen tote for easy cooking
  • The grate off your barbecue for the top of your fire pit or  a portable barbecue
  • Water, snacks, food. I like to cut up fruit and veggies ahead of time and store in sealable containers. Also you can take chicken or steak place in a container with marinating sauce and it will be ready for the grill at dinner time. You can also package hotdogs, brats and simple items to heat up. Chop up potatoes and place in a large sheet of foil, dabble on two slices of butter, salt and pepper and some seasonings. Roll up each end and then the sides so the opening will be on the top. You can set this right on the grill for easy cooking. Done when you can poke potatoes easily with a fork. 
  • If you bring any canned beans or other canned goods you need a hand operated can opener.
  • Pot holders
  • Tent, shelter, tarps with cord or rope and spikes to hold it down. Extra rope can double for a clothesline to hang swimming suits and wet clothes on.
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, extra blanket
  • Bring wood or if your camping in a wooded area gather wood before sundown.
  • Lawn chairs
  • Fishing equipment
  • Entertainment; books, cards, board-games, horseshoes, Frisbee, bug catchers, hacky sac, pail and shovel. (Age appropriate items)
  • Towels for drying off and for drying the dishes. 
  • Jackets~Be prepared for unexpected weather. Check the weather channel before heading out.
  • Baby Wipes, you'll find a million uses for them.
  • Toiletries; toilet paper, soap, contact supplies, glass case, lotion, bug repellent, sunscreen, extra clothes. Container for braces. I like to take cotton balls and dip them in my face cleaner and place them in a small plastic baggie. One for each day i'll be out camping. Medications (if needed) and homeopathic remedies. Thuja is awesome for mosquito bites, Arnica works great for pain and Belladonna calms crying babies.
  • First aid kit
  • If you have a camping shower bring extra water, shampoo and conditioner (travel size)
  • Solar water bottles are perfect to warm your water in the sun and then hang about your portable shower for warm showers. 
  • If your big on camping and your way out in the boonies I've even seen toilet seats brought to prop up between rocks over a dug out hole. Leave the shovel close by to place a shovel full of dirt over the hole each time someone uses it.
Well that's all i can think of for now. Print the list and add you own unique supplies. Baby diapers, ect. Camping can be a fun family experience. A way to teach your children to connect and appreciate nature and build long lasting family memories. Take a break from your electronics and explore the land, learn about your native flowers and wildlife. Teach your children life skills and have some family fun.

P.S. If you can, plan your trip for a minimum of three days and two nights. It takes the first day to set up and acclimate. It takes time to destress from day to day life. By the next morning you'll be feeling relaxed. By the second night you'll feel refreshed and more connected to mother nature. Kids need this down time as well, no planned activities, school or sporting events. Just plain old free flowing fun. For some kids it might take a little bit to get back into just flowing with nature and calling on their imagination. Enjoy the process and the family time.
Written By Carol Lawrence

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