This time of year always activates the camping bug in me. Without fail. I think it must be the fine weather and long days, the abundance of caravans out there on the road (where are they all going?), the lure of unseen places and adventures hiding just around the corner. This year I'm determined to get organised. It's always such a huge job to pack up camping gear that it kind of puts me off a little (ok, maybe a leetle more than a little!). If I can get as much as I can sorted out and placed in boxes beforehand, when the time comes I'm hoping it will be a simple task of loading the already packed boxes, tents and sleeping equipment making it easier to set off sooner!
The tent was heaved out of the garage (it's really heavy!! Ridiculously heavy!). I even went rummaging in the boat shed and found our old gazebo/annexe that was passed along to us by a relative when our eldest was a toddler..eek! It hasn't seen much (ok, any) use in all this time, but this could change (really, it could!). It makes a great little r'vandah, sorry verandah for sitting under in front of the tent. The girls being on school holidays, have moved in and made themselves at home. Oh, how we dined under that little r'vandah today for lunch. What must've the passing drivers thought as they drove on by? Why, a family that prefers not to go away, rather choosing to 'camp' on their own front lawn? Oh, yes, that's us. The stay at home campers. At least at the moment, anyway. I still have much organising to do.
The next plan is to have a large, see-through box for kitchen utensils, another for bathroom/first aid thingys and one more for miscellaneous, always needed items like torches, matches, pegs, ropes, spare tent pegs...etc. The boxes would be stocked with a complete set of items, just for camping and able to be loaded into the trailer at a drop of a hat. That's my plan anyway. And who am I to shrug off the camping bug when it comes to visit?
Do you camp? How do you camp? (van? tent? beach? bush? etc). What tips/tricks do you have that make life easier?