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#31 of 39 Old 07-06-2008, 01:12 AM - Thread Starter
 
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sucessful backpacing to the beach!!

woo hoo!

and the house is pretty clean!

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I've done cloth diapers while camping with a toddler; I just brought extra plastic bags so I could double-bag them so they didn't smell on the way home. No big deal.

I use Rubbermaid totes also -- one large one for some stuff, and one smaller one (this usually gets non-perishable foods). I found it really helpful to have some things that are just for camping, like dishcloths and oven mitts -- they're very different colors from my usual kitchen stuff, so when we return from camping, they are washed, dried, and immediately put back in the camping tote. No forgetting them. I keep ziplock bags, trash bags, toilet paper, etc. in the camping tote too, so I don't have to remember to pack them each time, and that also goes for some non-perishable foods like salt and pepper. I'm not nearly as organized beforehand as some though -- there is some great info on this thread!

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this is a great thread! I love the rubbermaid bin idea. We use soft sided duffle bags for most of our stuff which works okay, I'd like to do the kitchen stuff in rubbermaid as soon as we get back from our trip this week.
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we have a mini van but also a car top carrier which has plenty of room for all our gear.

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I haven't invested in sleeping bags --since we've always co-slept we just cram onto one big mattress. But we are shifting and I wonder about sleeping bags...

Any suggestions for a type (I am all about all cotton/natural fabrics) and the sleeping bags we had from pre kids are all nylon and fleece...

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For you mamas with older or more sane children , definitely check out this mama's way of involving her kids in the packing -- brilliant (via soulemama).

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I too have some designated crates and storage containers just for camping. I have a "kitchen" one with camping dishes/silverware, etc. as well as the camp stove and propane, aluminum foil, paper towels, skewers, and anything whatsoever to do with food. I pack the dry goods in the cooler when it's empty and in storage. Our sleeping bags and tents are all in drawstring bags (the sleeping bags are in drawstring trash bags actually, becuase it keeps dust out). I have a retractable clothesline, washcloth, some small towels, and clothespins in a 2 gallon bucket in case I need to hand wash clothes. Pretty much I just have to pack our toiletries and perishable foods, and everything else is already packed. It's all stored on two shelves in our garage.

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We haunted yard sales and found large duffles to pack in. They are more "squishable" than rubbermaid bins, and this really helped when we were camping with 3 kids out of a Dodge Stratus.
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This thread is great! We are going camping in a few weeks and it has been a loong time since I camped with a little teeny one (almost 1). ...and never camped with THREE kids before. Lol. I can't remember what I need to bring with me!

Loving this thread. :
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