A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I made a last-minute decision to go camping over the weekend — spontaneous camping, as we like to call it. We had a wonderful time, but it could have been terrible if we hadn’t, in essence, planned our spontaneity.
Since camping can be time-consuming (and somewhat troublesome) to prepare for, we developed a system that enables us to leave last-minute without fear of leaving anything imperative behind. Instead of storing all our camping gear scattered about the attic or garage, we leave all our essential items in a Rubbermaid bin, so all we have to do is grab it and go. Our camp chairs and a small tent stay in the trunk of our car the whole season.
Once we’ve decided to go, we toss an extra set of clothes into a bag, grab our bin and sleeping bags, and we’re on the road in 10-15 minutes time. On our way out of town, we’ll pop into a grocery store for some food (and possibly water depending on where we’re headed). If you’re curious, here’s what we keep in our camping tote:
- Cooking and eating utensils (pot, pan, silverware, bowls, cups, etc.)
- Backpacking stove
- A deck of cards
- LED lantern
- Exchange-blade knife
- Lighter/matches/fire starter
- First-Aid/Emergency kit