Let’s face it, we all know the troublesome feeling of opening up
your camping pack or duffel on
day three of your trip and finding it a complete and utter mess. Used
socks shoved on top of the shirt you were going to wear, electronics
tangled in that leaking water bottle, clothes mixed in with your cookware.
Gear management can be a daunting chore, especially when it comes to
camping. There’s a lot of moving parts in order for your trip to flow
smoothly. Keep these four camping organization ideas in mind the next
time you start preparing to hit the road.
. Plan Ahead
Packing cubes for camping are a great place to start, but before we
get into the nitty gritty ask yourself what
kind of trip will you be taking. Is this a car camping trip?
Will you be out for multiple days on a long-distance
hike? How long will you be living with only
the things you’re packing? Answering all of these will help
dictate how you can set yourself up best on your next big endeavor—and
how much gear you’ll need to organize for your camping trip.
2. Assess the Type of Trip
If you’re heading out to camp
in the mountains, it’s nice to be able to keep things that need
to be clean separated from things that can afford to get dirty (a clean/dirty
packing cube helps with that!). A car
camping trip will allow you more flexibility when packing. If
you’re not planning on getting too far from the car, the Migrate
Duffel is a great all around packhorse. With ample storage inside
and a water-repellent coating, it’s still tight enough to not take up
too much space for life on the road.
Once you leave the car and set out on foot, though, you won’t have
the luxury of taking everything in your Subaru or Tacoma. Thus,
keeping your gear organized becomes all that more crucial.
2. Develop an Organization System
Develop a system of packing and organization to use throughout your
camping trip. It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as it works
for you. And here’s where packing cubes come in seriously handy for
camping. The Pack-It
Original cube set is versatile, offering three bag sizes perfect
for separating gear into similar categories (if you’re a minimalist
camper, the Pack-It
Specter packing cubes are lightweight options).
I like lumping socks and underwear into one cube
and keeping base layers for top and bottom organized in another. If
you like to keep it clean, like I do, a separate packing cube can be
used for dirty clothes as well, or you can use a specialized clean/dirty cube.
Electronics can be stored in a smaller packing
sack and should be placed in a secure area in your pack—store your
camera and other essentials in a waist
bag to use during day hikes or around your campsite.
are another department where packing cubes are a helpful camping
organization idea. It can definitely sour a day to find that your
toothpaste opened and stained your backpack along with your week’s
worth of clothes—organize your toiletries in a small
toiletry kit perfect for camping since you can easily tote it to
the river or hang it from a nearby branch.
4. Evaluate Your Efficiency
After a few camping trips, reflect on your organization process. Did
you pack for the adventure planned? How was your organization based on
what you anticipated it would be? What worked, what didn’t, and how
could you improve?
Packing competency only comes with time spent camping, so get out
there! You’ll know you’ve found your system when planning for the next
trip no longer feels like such a task. At a certain point, jetting off
to the trailhead for a weekend will feel like second nature.
When you’re on a trip and your packing game isn’t on point, it’s
often not just your bag that’s a mess—a bad pack job can easily lead
to a cluttered mind. Do yourself a favor, pack to perfection, and hit
the road clear-headed.
Packing cubes can even help you organize a
Related Eagle Creek Products:
Original Starter Set
Related Links (from the Eagle Creek Blog):
Safely: 5 Dangers To Avoid
Camping Packing List
Ultimate Packing List for Camping Beginners