With summer in full swing we’re gearing up for our annual family camping trip with my in-laws. We head up to Loon Lake for a few days of sun, fun & relaxation. Over the years I’ve found some ways to streamline our packing process! This means less stress for this momma and some fun responsibility for the kids.
Carter is 9 and Tucker is 5. In my books this makes them pretty capable of packing their own bags…with some guidance of course! I made up this fun printable that is pretty simple and adaptable to your own camping needs. Just mark down after each item how many of the item is needed and you are good to go! Once the items are packed the kids can color in the tent so you know it’s in the bag.
Don’t get me wrong, I still take 5 to make sure everything is in their bags. This just takes away from having to pack for 5 people all at once.
This is what our list would look like for a 4 night, 5 day camping trip. I make sure to check the forecast beforehand to get an idea of what needs to brought as well. The majority of the time our kids just live in their swim trucks & shorts! I left some blank spots to add in items that your kids may like to bring for entertainment. Tucker likes to bring some books and his special blanket (or 5) and Carter usually packs himself some books and some DVDs for rainy days.
We keep the camper pretty stocked full of activities for rainy days so there’s not much more that needs to be brought, entertainment wise.
It’s a fun way to get your kids involved with helping out and although I cringe at some of their outfit choices, I’d rather have them packing than have to do it myself!