We have just returned from our first camping trip of the season. It did rain a little, and we did have some unpleasant neighbors in the site next to ours, but all in all, we had a fantastic time!
I just love to camp. I think it's because I read and loved all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a child. I always imagined myself a true pioneer girl. Camping in a tent and cooking over an open fire make me feel like I'm on Little House on the Prairie.
Because I knew that we could possibly have rain over the weekend, I packed differently. I asked my boys to bring me three days worth of clothing complete with underwear. Then I went to the kitchen, yes the kitchen, and grabbed my bag of 2 gallon zipper bags. I packed each outfit individually into its own zipper bag and sealed it removing as much of the air as possible. All of these little baggies of clothing went into our duffle bags ready for the weekend.
As we camped, when the boys got out of the showers at the campground, they removed their clean dry clothing from a zipper bag and got dressed. At the end of the weekend, all of the clean clothes remained in baggies and the clothing needing laundered was easily distinguishable.
Another benefit to packing in this way is that my boys like to rifle through a duffle bag. They pull clothing out of the bag while looking for something, like spare socks, or a swim suit. I know you won't believe this, but the clothing they remove from the bags while rummaging RARELY make it back into the bag. Because each of their outfits were in zipper bags, including their swimsuits, they didn't have to toss loose clothing anywhere. Our clothes stayed clean, dry and organized. It was a beautiful thing!
If you've read any of my other blog posts, you're beginning to think that this woman has a sick obsession with zip loc bags. Not true. But I'm beginning to believe that a book could be written about their use in society, let alone in the home school!
Enjoy your ride!