We have been on our first camping trip and unfortunately did not go as planned! I have come up with a list of What NOT to forget when you go camping! This list is a true story of what we went through. Some seem weird but trust me we wished we had remembered or glad that we did have some of these things.
Camping with 5 kids is definitely an experience. My 4 oldest had been camping before but our 2 year toddler has never been. He’s your typical 2-year-old and then some, we call him curious George because he is into everything lol.
Here is my list of what NOT to forget to bring and why I put them on my list. Now there is tons of things people shouldn’t forget but this is made up by our recent trip.
Can Opener– We had packed two different meals for supper and of course one of them was hot dogs on the campfire and pork and beans. Well, no beans were eaten that time thanks to me forgetting the can opener lol.
- AAA– Now I have never purchased AAA and am so thankful that a very dear friend of mine got me a membership for my birthday years ago but has continued getting me the membership ever since. It’s definitely a great service to get. We had one of those Coleman coolers that can be run off battery without having to use ice, well you get the picture it was left plugged in all night! Woke up to a dead battery! Couldn’t get in as well because my keys were locked inside and my husbands set only has the outer part (the key inside hasn’t been cut yet) so it only opens doors with the push of the button but since it was dead, it didn’t work so not only did we need a boost but also have the door unlocked for us.
- Warm Clothing– Always remember warm clothing! Don’t assume because it’s warm during the day and that it is summer time that the nights are warm as well. Needless to say I shivered all night and did not get any sleep, funny thing is everyone else slept like a baby.
- Sneakers– If you plan on going hiking or walking around near your campsite, you don’t want to just have flip-flops on you. I knew I had packed my sneakers but couldn’t remember putting them in the van. After tearing through everything I found them which made me feel ten times better because there would be no way I was hiking in flip-flops!
- Cooking Spray/Butter– This goes back to forgetting the can opener and cooking. We had also brought eggs to have for breakfast but I hadn’t packed any type of cooking spray or butter to cook them with, so cereal it was lol.
- EXACT check in time for campground– We had paid for 2 nights a couple of weeks ago and I like hitting the road as soon as possible in the morning instead of waiting until later in the day. My husband called the campground THAT morning and asked if our spot was ready and that we would be there in 2 hours, the gentlemen on the phone said yep it was all ready see you soon! Well we got there at 10:30 and was told that check in wasn’t until 1 pm! Someone was currently on the site and they still had to clean it afterwards. So then it was time to try to keep 5 kids occupied in a packed van for 2 1/2 hours! Luckily we were around where my husband grew up so we found some play grounds and the kiddos ate their lunch on a picnic blanket while we waiting for 1 pm to roll around.
- Ear Plugs!- You may wonder why this is on my list, and no it’s not because of the kiddos lol. Not only did I lose sleep because of being cold but because of campers that showed up to set up right across from our site at 8pm and didn’t shut up until 3 am! There’s a strict rule of quite between 10pm and 7am being a family friendly campground.
I was so not impressed with our night there that we packed up early that next morning and told the owners we would never be back and we were leaving a day early. They have a policy of no refunds but they said that usually it’s quiet there and we ended up getting a full refund and a rain check to go back again (if we chose to).
I was so frustrated and exhausted I just wanted to go home but my hubby talked me into staying in that area for the day. We visited a lot of old forts, the beach, and went on a hike; so not all was lost. It turned out to be okay and we had a great time.
What items have you forgotten when camping that you wished you had brought or a stay at camp that just didn’t seem to go right?
Thanks for visiting WEMAKE7! =)