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The Importance of Packing and Camping Checklists, How to set them up + Freebies

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The packing and camping checklists are more sheets that I keep in my home management binder. You can read about my home management binder and how to set one up here.

I individually tailor them to each of my family members.

I love having these because it eliminates forgetting things. One of my biggest problems used to be going on an extended trip only to get there and find out we’d forgotten something important, resulting in a detour to the store to pick up what we needed. Ugh! So I devised these lists and they have been such a life saver.

To create them I sat down and made a list for each of my family members, including myself, of everything that we would need for trips and camping.

For Example:

If you are going on a trip in which you will be staying at relatives or even a hotel you’d need:

  • Toiletries: Bathing essentials, deodorant, makeup, tooth care, etc.
  • Clothing (and a few extra pairs for the kids)
  • Medications
  • Diapers, Wipes, and any other essentials (for baby)

For trips were you are on the road for an extended period of time:

  • Food and Drinks (So as not to spend unnecessarily)
  • Things to keep the kids occupied
    • electronics
    • books
    • notebooks and pencils

For camping:

  • General Items:
    • Tent, sleeping bags, chairs, sun screen, bug spray, toilet paper, hatchet, ect.
    • Clothing for everyone
  • Eating:
    • I make a menu plan for how long we will be camping
    • Camping Stove
    • Camping Cookware
    • Plates, bowls, utensils
    • Cooler with ice
    • Food
  • I also have lists for if we are camping near water which include:
    • Fishing:
      • Fishing poles, tackle box, plastic bags (for fish), bait, and gloves.
    • Swimming
      • Suits, towels, and floaties

I have made generalized sheets for both packing and camping. You can get them by clicking the links below.

Camping Checklist

Camping Menu and Grocery List

Packing Checklist

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I'm a 30 year old stay at home mom of 4. I have been homeschooling for about 2 years now, and am a 2nd generation homeschooler. My oldest 2 children attended public school before we started homeschooling. I am a compulsive organizer and cleaner. I HATE clutter and crumbs! I also love to craft and come up with fun ideas to do as a family! Before staying at home I ran a daycare, then was the bar manager of a members only club. So not only do I have a background with children, besides my own, but I have a background with childhood education and a background in business and financial management.

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