Camping season is upon us, or for some of us “Glamping” season is upon us! I can’t wait to get out of the house and explore with my family. With all of the camping trips comes endless meals, dishes and cleaning up, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a bit of pre planning and prepping your holiday can be relaxing and as enjoyable as the rest of your family.
Here is my comprehensive guide to be totally pre-prepared for camping. Tips and tricks that I use to really relax on holidays.
Meal Plan - I know this one sounds obvious but it really makes a huge difference. This way you can insure that you have all of the groceries that you need for all of your meals. I use two different methods for meal planning, one is excel/ numbers and the other is the good ol fashion notebook and pen. It totally just depends on my mood. I always take my laptop with me on holidays (crazy I know) so excel can be quite handy. I always break the meals down to breakfast, lunch and dinner, then I make a column for snacks and treats. A great tip is to ask each of your family members for one meal that they would like to have on your holiday, that way you’re not having to coming up with everything yourself. Once you have your meal plan done I take that at create my grocery list. One thing about meal planning, you don’t have to be totally married to it. If you want to have Monday’s dinner on Wednesday, then you switch them, its just so you have all the things you need.
Meal prep - I always pre make as much as I can at home before we leave. For instance, Pulled Pork is a huge crowd pleaser in our family, so I pre- cook the pork during the week and freeze it in a container, one meal done! I do the same with burgers, taco meat, pasta sauce you name it. The day before we leave I get really down to the nitty gritty of meal prep. I’m not gonna lie, its a ton of work but 100% worth it! I look at my meal plan and if I have salad on the list I peel, chop and wash all the veggies into little baggies. I make our fave salad a lot so I know how many of each thing to chop. For example, if I have salad 3 times on the list then I do 3 bags of veggies. Then I wash the lettuce and store it in a separate bag, night of I pour everything into the bowl and ta-da you’ve got a healthy delicious salad. I also pre- cook pasta and rice the day before. These things keep great in the fridge for a week so why not make your life easier. Then all you have to do is warm up all the different parts and dinner is ready in just minutes.
Bins - Each member of our family has their own clothing bin. I bring these bins in and everyone packs them full of what ever they need. It eliminates a million trips back and forth to pack as well as eliminates bags and backpacks taking up precious space. I also have a bin for dirty laundry that everyone throws their dirty clothes in, so when we get home I take that in straight to the laundry room, easy peasy!
Organize as much as you can at home before you leave. I like to rent things like paddle boards and kayaks for instance at home at our local shops. That way you will usually get them way cheaper and better quality. Also it saves time trying to find a rental place, and trying to organizing that kind of thing. Most places rent inflatables now so you don’t have to worry too much about transport.
Water - I made a small investment on a pump that fits on the large blue water bottles. Then we are able to use our resuable bottles and have fresh water. The huge bottle lasts us a whole week, and we do a lot of activity on holidays for the most part. I clean it and refill it every trip so we aren’t using single use bottles. Plus filtered water makes fantastic coffee!
I do the best I can to ready as much as I can before we leave. I would rather be busting my butt before I leave rather than on my holiday. It takes being a bit organized, but is 100% worth all the effort. Another great reason to do all the prep before you leave is that you have all your favourite brands at your favourite stores, it just makes sense.
I hope that this helps with you next getaway. Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips and tricks that you use for your glamping getaways.