It’s only a few days away from our camping adventure now and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. Well, I say excited… it’s now that all the nerves start to kick in too. There’s so much to pack and have we got everything we need? What if we forget something really important? And the big question: will it all fit in the car? I’m terrible at doing things in advance, and after the last few family holidays we’ve had, I want to do as much in advance as possible. I do not, I repeat: I DO NOT, want to be packing last minute, literally shoving things in the car minutes before we’re due to set off, getting myself stressed and worried and leaving the house looking like it’s been ripped apart by a hurricane. This time, we’re going to be organised with a camping checklist.
It’s something I’ve NEVER properly done before – a packing list. And to make it even more official, I’ve also made it into a handy camping checklist download so not only can I keep it for future camping trips, but you can download it and use it too if it’s helpful – have a look at the end of this post.
I’ve been picking up a few last minute additions too, including these lovely melamine plates I found in Aldi. The only annoying thing is that they didn’t have any of the matching bowls to go with them… and even a call out on social media hasn’t helped me. I want to know who’s been going around all the Aldis buying the bowls! I think I’ve tried four different stores now, with no success (I just ended up buying more plates!). Bowls must be more popular than plates. Or maybe they didn’t stock as many plates? Who knows. Either way, I’m a little gutted to not have a full set.
We’ve also treated ourselves to a proper standing kitchen unit, and a double stove. Yeah, baby. All the gear. We picked the Eurohike kitchen unit to match our storage table and a Yellowstone Double Burner stove.* I was going to link to them both but the unit seems to have disappeared off the face of the internet. I’m just waiting for the gas hose and regulator to arrive otherwise that could prove to be a bit of problem.
The only thing I’ve had trouble buying is a nice fleece-y sleepsuit for Pickle. I bought one last time we went away (as shown in the photo above!), and it was perfect for camping! Just made me relax a little more, knowing he wouldn’t get cold – and it made for really lovely snuggly cuddles. I think it’s just the wrong time of year to be getting winter-y clothes and although some of the A/W ranges are starting to come in to the shops, I haven’t seen any in his size. I’m off to H&M today as I’ve seen online that they have a velour sleepsuit so keep your fingers crossed for me that they’ll have them in our local one. It’s been on my mind so much that I even dreamed about shopping for fleece sleepsuits last night (I found some on the highest, out of reach rail in a shop and had to climb up on some precarious step ladders to reach them – read into that metaphor if you will).
The only other thing I’m keen to buy before we go are some floor mats. We haven’t got a tent carpet because I wanted to wait to buy a proper one until we know exactly what tent we’ll be investing in so some jigsaw type floor mats will be perfect for us in the time being as they can be configured in whichever way best fits in the future. It’s another thing I’ve seen in Aldi (anyone else always get sucked in by the Aldi Specials?).
So here we have it… next time I write a Camping Post, it’ll be all about how we got on. Keep your fingers crossed for dry weather (it’s not looking hopeful at the moment). As long as I get to have my morning cup of tea sat out in front of the tent, I’ll be happy.
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Fantastic list, really handy, thanks. Looks like you have everything sorted, love those Aldi plates. Fingers crossed the weather gets better for you and you have a fantastic time!
Such a useful checklist this is going to be so useful for everyone going camping this summer!
A very helpful checklist – I’ve seen so many people go camping recently it’s really made me want to go too! But with a 7 week old baby I think it will be better to wait until she’s a bit older 🙂
Little Pickle's Mom
You say that… my midwife told me it’s much easier to take a baby than a toddler – they stay still where you put them!
We went glamping before we went camping with kids, just eased ourselves in a bit. Gently does it.
Helpful list 🙂
Oh those fleeces are great for camping in aren’t they, hope you find some.
Newcastle Family Life
You sound so organised, I hope you have a great time. Can’t wait to read about your camping holiday when you get back as I have never been camping before x
This sounds super organised, we have never been camping so wouldn’t have a clue where to start, the list would come in really handy x
Ana De- Jesus
You are so organized! I hope you have a good time camping and I am definitely saving that checklist for further use x
Great checklist – we forgot the mallet one year #oops (thankfully the neighbour lent us theirs)
This looks like so much fun and your bubba is adorable!
This looks like so much fun and your bubba is adorable!
What a great idea, I’m always worrying I’m going to forget things when we come away so this would definitely come in useful for camping adventures #adventurecalling
That checklist looks so useful! And great that you can download it and check off the things as you pack.
Lists are the way forward. Since having Rowan I need lists for everything 🙂
Looking forward to reading about your trip!
My sister is off camping next week and she will certainly be needing this checklist.
Lauren The Helpful Hiker
I love the Aldi plates, I too get sucked in by the specialbuys, that middle isle gets me every time! I love your checklist, I really should get more organised, I never learn. Hope your camping trip is great fun and I look forward to reading all about it. Thanks for sharing with us #AdventrueCalling
David - Potty Adventures
Great advice and post. A double burner stove made all the difference for our family camps and the kitchen unit is great to store the big gas bottle and sauces that our kids tend to want to squeeze at will haha. I have a few different lists: one for family camps, one for adult car camps and a final one for wild camps. I always end up mixing gear though when I put it all away which still ends up with a mad panic when packing. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling I hope you can again this week.
Love a good camping list. I am list mad. My mind goes wild whenever we arrange to go camping so have to get things down on paper and there really is a lot to remember. X