If it’s not on the list, it won’t get packed!
I have a ‘thing’ for lists. My mum gave me a note pad once called ‘my list of lists’ and I have an entire document folder on my computer entitled ‘lists’ and it is full of packing lists.
My camping lists are doubtless the most used. I have a winter camping list, a summer camping list, a short trip list and a long trip list and so on and so on. My lists evolve as new equipment is bought or our requirements change, but I can’t think of a time when I haven’t gone camping and I haven’t been crossing off those final few things as everyone else is piling into the car. Although I’m sure trips would still be good if my pc crashed and no list could be printed off, for me, life is so much easier if I have the right tool for the job and if I have a list I know I have the tool.
And rather strangely I also get nostalgic for old lists! I’m sure you must be thinking I have far too much time on my hands if I think about these things. But if I come across an old list it will have things like nappies, security blankets and musical box on it, all the things that we used to have to lug everywhere with us that we no longer need as the kids grow up. You might think it makes travelling a lot easier, but no, these things have just been replaced with other things like boogie boards, wetsuits and bicycles!
Another advantage to my list making is that when a friend who is new to camping asks me ‘what do I need?’ I just email them a list. But my obsession with my lists can have a downside – when I am unable to ‘think outside the list’. I get so hung up on what is ON the list I forget that maybe there is something missing from the list and it never gets packed! I’ve learnt from this too, so now I take a few minutes away from my list going through things that I might have forgotten. And, of course, if I do think of something it is immediately added to the list ready for updating that particular list on our return!
So here’s my tip, whether you’re new to camping or you’re a seasoned camper start a list, it will make finding things and packing that much quicker. Happy packing and happy camping!