End on a Clean Note
Plan Out Your Meals
Lighten Up Your Wardrobe
It’s easy to over-pack for a camping trip. You want to be comfortable and prepared for anything Mother Nature might throw your way, so sticking to one outfit and dressing in layers is a great way to ensure you’re never dressed too hot or too cold without overpacking. Lightweight layers like T-shirts and tank tops are perfect for staying cool during the day and double as comfortable sleepwear at night. Sweatshirts and thermal shirts make great top layers that keep you insulated while you sleep and can easily be removed if the sun gets too hot, but you’ll only need to bring one.
Check Your Sharp Gear
Protect Your Backpack While You Fly
Losing or damaging your backpack ends your camping trip before it even starts, so campers should take great care to protect their bags. The easiest way to keep your backpack safe on an airplane is to simply take it with you as a carry-on, but some camping backpacks are just too large for that. If you’re forced to check your backpack, protect it by tying the straps together and buckling any buckles to keep them away from conveyor belts that would eat up those dangling straps. You should also consider wrapping your backpack. Plastic wrap works well enough, but some companies make backpack covers that could prove to be a worthy investment.
Bring Travel-Sized Versions of Anything and Everything
You’re going on a camping trip, not moving into the wilderness. You don’t need your usual full-sized toothpaste or hair products. Pass on the large, bulky containers and opt for smaller, travel-sized options when you can. Most retail stores offer travel-sized versions of necessary personal products, and if they don’t, well, you probably won’t need it. Even camping essentials like sleeping bags and coolers come in slimmed-down or more travel-ready sizes. Remember that you’ll be carrying most of what you bring in your backpack, so bulky products just take up unnecessary room in your bag and make it harder to carry.
Don’t Double-Up on Items Already at the Campsite
Research your campsite and determine what amenities the campground already offers. For example, you might not need to lug around a collapsible table if your campground already features accessible picnic tables. Many campsites also offer grills for campers, so you may not even need to lug around that heavy camping stove. Or, maybe you and your group are planning on sleeping in a yurt, so you won’t need to bring a tent. Whatever the case may be, doubling up on items is something that’s easily avoided, so you can lighten your load considerably if you take a little bit of time to plan.
Look Up One-Pot Recipes
One-pot meals are a favorite of campers everywhere. Not only are they delicious and filling, cooking everything together in one pot (as the name suggests) reduces the amount of cooking gear you need to bring and the amount of time you have to spend cooking. As a bonus, they’re also a great way to reduce waste and can be prepared mostly from canned items. You’ll also only have to clean one dish! There are plenty of one-pot meal recipes on the internet, so you should be able to find a few recipes suitable for your tastes and dietary needs.
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