Get It Together: Organized Car Camping

Camping crateIt’s Friday afternoon, and you’re loading up your car for a weekend of camping. You take the time to put your gear in place, and everything has its own designated home. When you get to your campsite, everything is neat and tidy and easy to find. Where are the tent stakes? Right here. Can you hand me the lantern? Yep, it’s just where I left it. Do you know where the forks are? Absolutely I do.

However, by the end of the weekend, things aren’t quite so easy.

Everything is in disarray, and it looks as if someone set off a bomb in a camping supplies store. There’s a mountain made of dirty clothes and rainfly. Trying to find your dismembered camp stove is like taking part in an unwanted scavenger hunt. You find random caps to containers that you can’t identify rolling around the floorboard, socks are strewn about the cabin, and lone glove is hanging from the steering wheel. The only thing worse than trying to find what you need while camping is having to clean out your car when you get back home.

Sure, it’s easier to just throw your camping gear in the back of your car when you’re done with it, but there are some real advantages to keeping your gear organized while camping, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few reasons why you should keep your camping equipment organized, and how you can make that happen.

Keeping your gear organized helps keep you from losing things. If everything has a place, you can see when something is missing. When you see that something is missing, you can look for it immediately. If you don’t notice you’ve lost something until you get back home, it may be gone for good.

Keeping your camping equipment tidy makes it easy to find what you need while you’re camping. It’s easy to forget where you put something if it doesn’t have a designated space.

Not only does organizing your gear make it easy to find what you need when you need it, but organization also makes it easy to store your camping gear when you get home. Most people don’t feel like doing a whole bunch of work when they get home from camping. You’ve just driven back from a weekend of sleeping outdoors. You’re dirty, tired, and you probably aren’t looking to spend the next two hours organizing your gear and storing it properly. Having your gear already organized means you can just put it away without much effort. This, of course, prevents your gear closet from becoming a disaster area.

Bins, tubs, and caddies are a great way to keep your gear organized while camping. Designate storage containers for specific things such as cooking, shelter, clothing, etc. This keeps things contained and makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

Have designated spots for things. For example, the front passenger seat can be designated for your kitchen equipment, or maybe the rear passenger floorboard is where the bedding stays until it’s ready to be used. Having a place for everything is a good way to stay organized.

Of course, it doesn’t matter whether or not things have a caddy or a designated place if your equipment never makes it there. Put your gear away when you’re done using it. This might require more work on your part, but it’s worth knowing where your gear is.

One Comment

  1. Therese says:

    Hey Paul! Good luck to you and your buddies. Have an awmsoee time and hope luck will run wih you and that tiny car!!!!

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