Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
After our last camping trip, which we went to the Blanco Lavender Festival, “L” and I decided that it was necessary to create some sort of permanent list to prepare for future camping adventures. We forgot SEVERAL things and the trip became a comical experience of:
“Honey, can you grab such and such of the car?”
“Where did you put it?”
“It should be in the blue box.”
“Are you sure you put it in the blue box?”
“Yes, of course I’m sure! You’re not looking hard enough.”
“I’m looking hard enough.”
“Fine, I’ll look.”
“Um, guess we forgot it.”
(This exchange has been cleaned up quite a bit for the sake of the blog).
So, we took the pen and paper that we DID remember to bring, and started making a list — starting with the items that we forgot that trip. I have now put them into a spreadsheet so we can print one off each time we on a trip. I arranged items by thinking in terms of rooms of a house. What will we need to sleep? What about the “kitchen”? Several items then have sub-items. For instance the tent. Not only do we need to make sure we have the tent, but we need to make sure there is the tarp, hammer, poles, and stakes (you would think the poles and stakes shouldn’t be a problem. Alas, we have in fact forgotten those once — long story).
We took the following categories and then broke them down into our own personal needs and expanded as needed. The current “long trip” list has over 200 specific items on it. (No wonder we kept forgetting things!!)