Let’s talk camping supply bins.
The way I see it, when it comes of getting ready for camping, there are two types of people: those who make lists and pack everything from their household supplies to take with them, and those who don’t.
Count me in the latter camp. (See what I did there?)
Once we discovered we loved camping and planned to go frequently, I set to work on organizing camping supply bins. I didn’t want to keep a list and remember to pack an oven mitt or a BBQ cleaner, I wanted that stuff available all the time, to make packing quicker and easier.
A peek into what I put in our camping supply bins:
The Dishes Bin
This bin holds all our cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, and serving dishes. It also holds BBQ tools and brushes, scissors, corkscrew, peelers – any gadgets that I might use when camping. Do I always use my peeler? No. But I am glad I have one, just the same. I also pack my dish cloths and cup towels in this bin.
The Equipment Bin
Our equipment bin holds everything we need to see in the dark: flashlights, a hanging tent light, a lantern, and our headlamps. It is also where we store our rope, clothes pins, picnic table cover and clips, spare mantles, and air mattress pump. I keep a few extra plastic bags in there, as well as a small container of dish soap and hand sanitizer.
The Dry Food Bin
This bin is for all the no-cooler-required food, like your bread, buns, cookies, spices, s’mores stuff, etc.
The bins themselves are important. They should be soft plastic, flexible, and stackable. Make sure you can snap them closed. (When you see a squirrel hanging upside-down on your container trying to break into it, you will appreciate this. We would have been down a whole package of Chips Ahoy had our bin not been closed all the way.)
The bins will make it easier to load the car when everything is in an easy-to-pack container instead of various shaped odds and ends. Space is at a premium when you are packing a car for camping!
Plastic bins are also handy because you will get weather. The bins will keep your materials dry and you can set them down on the wet grass or in the mud and your stuff is going to stay clean and dry. When you come home, you can wipe them off, replenish any supplies you used, broke/lost, and you are ready to go on the next camping adventure.
Organizing your camping supply bins once can save you so much time down the road. And making sure everything is in one place and you haven’t forgotten anything? Is worth the initial investment. (Although many items can be purchased for little money – even at the Dollar Store.)