So my perfect idea of car camping is to splurge on some key comfort items and keep it minimal for the rest. Strive for a balance of efficiency and luxury. A big factor for me is how long it takes to get from not camping to CAMPING READY. And then the same in reverse – I want to get home from our camping trip and be like ‘what camping trip?’ with the ease and speed at which we can pack it up.
SO. That being said. Here is our list.
- Tent (we have this tent and it is so easy to set up and so great, but it is too small. Next summer we will get a bigger one and it will be so, so great.)
- Queen sized air mattress + pump. (A bit of a luxury, yes? We actually turn it sideways and sleep on it like it’s a king-size with our feet on pillows at the bottom. Cause yep, we all sleep on it.)
- Sheet/blanket/sleeping bag (Another easy luxury with the car, just throw in some warm blankets and a sheet).
- Pillows (Just grab em off the bed!)
- Chairs. (These are super duper comfy. But I also have this one because I would sometimes sit in the tent and nurse and this little thing is AMAZING and perfect for nursing whilst camping).
- Table cloth. (the easiest way to make camp dining feel not gross. Even fancy!)
In the ‘utility/cooking’ box:
I have this small box ready to go all the time. Stocked and clean and I know everything that’s in there.
- Gas burner + gas
- Cleaning soap
- Sharp knife
- Paper towels
- Spice tower
- Trash bags
- Coffee maker + filters + ground coffee
- Herbal tea
- Cutting board
- Rope/string (for hanging clothes etc)
Each person gets their own bag for clothes, toothbrush, towel and bathing suit. For 3 nights I usually pack 2 extra shirts and 1 extra pair of shorts. I also pack a pair of long warm pants and a cozy sweater and a warm coat. Don’t forget the warm coat!!!!!
- Bug spray
- Playing cards
- Baby carrier
- Inflatable water toys
- Sand toys
That’s it! It’s been a foolproof list for us this year so far. I’d love to know if you make it camping with wee kids.
Things that I find it ridiculously hard say no to even when I probably should. A list:
– another cup of coffee
– peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter
– corn chips and guacamole
– tiny things (tiny donuts, tiny chocolates, tiny pastries)
– sweet potato fries
- Cheap good avocados, reliably
- The way that people say ‘que hermosa!’ and ‘mira! que bonita‘ all the time when they see Mika
- How the people from the local store always scoop Mika up the second we walk in and play with her til we leave
- How around 5pm when the sun is low, kids play around the streets
- Sunday lunches with Ivan’s mum and brother’s family
- The great typography and bright colors on buildings and taco stands
- The way that the taco stands all start setting up on their corners just before dark, in anticipation for the families and people who will soon head out to eat
- Fresh corn tortillas a 30 second walk away from our house
- Fresh flour tortillas a 2 minute walk away from our house
- The awesome cinema (with new lazyboy reclining chairs and to-your-seat service) that reliably fucks up every movie at some point so we can keep going back for free
- Being able to leave Mika with her grandma and just pop out to see a movie
- Fresh coconut water from the coconut.
- Evening walks where the warm breeze makes it super comfortable being in short shorts and jandals
- Being able to take Mika to see her little cousins whenever we like
- Hanging out with Ivan all day, everyday, whenever we feel like it
- And for some reason the lack of variety here, making beans and vegetables the most desirable meal option for multiple days in a row will surely have some kind of nostalgic appeal to it one day
- Ivan learning to juggle. It’s hilarious and wonderful and brings so much delight.
- Making applesauce for our breakfast.
- Making vege broth for our dinner.
- Soaking nuts for tomorrow’s breakfast.
- Delicious homemade chai with our oats.
- Walking, long and slow. In near unbearable heat.
- Brainstorming while baby sleeps.
- Afternoon play in our new paddling pool. Mostly the smell of the water and rubber pool lining in the hot sun, and seeing Mika’s crazy happy grin when we placed her in the pool for the first time.
- An incredible curried roast cauliflower soup for dinner.
- Clean laundry and a healthy family.
- Being able to spend the entire day with my family.
5 things that made me smile today. Plus a song I like.
- an egg on toast after a weekend of not eating
- shorts & singlets & sunglasses
- baby passport photos
- shoulder rides
- black coffee in the sun with 2 lovely girls