Your Camping Check List

To the untrained eye, the activity of going camping is an exercise in chaos. When you look at a camp site, your average city slicker will recoil in horror at the idea of sleeping on the ground, cooking with coals or fire and living out there where animals live. If you watch an experienced camper, it seems that being organized is the last thing on his mind. You might even make the big mistake of thinking that a camping enthusiast is someone who a bit of a bum who wants to get away from the organized life at home.

To be sure, the life of a camping family is more relaxed than life at home. But this isn’t a function of being organized. The reason camping is so relaxing and fun for tens of thousands every year is that it is a way of getting away from the hundreds of chores and little duties that constantly take up our time at home. By going away to a camp ground, we have limited possessions, the process of taking care of our daily needs is much simpler than at home and it gives everyone in the group the chance to kick back, relax and enjoy nature the way God intended for us to enjoy it.

The impression that a camper is disorganized could not be any further from the truth. In fact, those who camp frequently are some of the most organized vacationers you will ever meet. A good camping family has developed over time a precise knowledge of what is needed on a campout, how to pack those materials so you can get to what you need when you need it and, and this may be the most important thing, what is NOT needed and what can be left at home.

The heart of a camper’s organization system is the check list. This may seem like a somewhat bookish tool but your camping check list is a simple and reliable method that you can develop from camp out to camp out to refine your technique of camping until it becomes a well oiled operation. Actually it is the wrong impression to refer to “the camper’s check list” in the singular because seasoned campers keep several types of check lists updated and ready to use for each new camp out.

Well thought out preparation for your campout both before, during and after the trip will not only reduce stress tremendously during the adventure, it will make you better campers and better prepared for anything that can come up while living in the wilderness. And it will ease your anxiety when you think, “What was that thing we forgot to bring last time?” By keeping your check lists updated and refreshed with your newest camping experience, you will know that your preparations are as good as they can be and head out for your adventure with confidence.