The Campfire Travelers household has been CRAZY busy these past few weeks - PTO meetings, birthday parties, church ministry, flag football games, Cub Scouts, homework, tests, and projects galore! I don't think anyone is more excited for summer break than this mom right here!! Luckily, this weekend we're heading out for a few days of R&R at a nearby KOA for the Care Camps Big Weekend. On top of all the craziness, now I need to pack everyone for the trip and if I'm not organized I know the toothpaste will definitely be left at home. Or shoes. Or food. I knew I needed a packing list to help me remember everything.
Our life with three little boys is always chaotic - toys, snacks, homework, and laundry are always around and it makes me kinda crazy! I desire organization in everything. Out of habit whenever we're in the planning stages of a vacation I always find a folder or notebook to use as my catchall. Our printed reservations, maps, notes, packing list, etc. almost always make their way into the catchall then I'm able to grab it and go when it's time to leave. If I can find it buried on my desk. So I decided THIS was the year to dedicate one spot, one specific thing, to all of our plans. And of course I decided that we need another printable, because I just love how the others have turned out!
I think it's a fact that every camping blog needs a printable camping checklist. Right? After listening to this weeks RV Family Travel Atlas podcast I was inspired to create a list that can be personalized to what you need. Diapers? Shaving cream? Hiking boots? Every family is different, so every family needs a different list.
Even the best of the trip planning parents (and grandparents) will still find times when the kids are bored or they need something to keep them busy while you're busy. For us, it's the point in time when the car is being unloaded and we're setting up and staking the tent. The boys have finished helping and now they're ready to explore and move on to the playground or pool or check out the rest of the campground. We end up fielding questions and losing focus.
Do you ever take your slow cooker camping? We do! Because what's better than a warm meal after a long day of activity? Not much. One of our favorite slow cooker recipes is this White Chicken Chili. It's simple, filling, and a nice change from regular red chili that is always a camping staple. So go on and reserve a tent site with electric and don't forget your extension cord.