A lot of journeys require you to go camping every once in a while. When you are part of a group, these trips require a little more organization, even if you set up the best camping tent. It’s vital that you collect your belongings and plan your excursions so that you can leave when the entire group does. This guarantees that your day runs smoothly and everybody arrives at camp on time that night.
To some, breaking down your camping space may appear to be as simple as doing everything backward, but that’s not always the case. There are some things to keep in mind that will make your packing process go more smoothly and with less mess.
Clean the Mess
Breaking camp is usually done after a meal. Clean up your camping site and equipment, including dishes. There is usually a dish washing facility separate from your campsite in remote locations. To prevent animals from tracking meal odors into the sleeping room, clean your dishes there. Now, gather any food waste and place it in a disposal bag that you have in your pack, canoe, or vehicle with the food bag.
Pack Up Any Furniture
Start packing your chairs and tables and store them in your vehicle or boat if you have them. All of those are usually flatter things that can be put on top of much other gear that needs to be unpacked first while setting up a camping tent. The canvas and sleeping bags would be removed first, followed by the furniture.
Put Out the Fire
If you cooked your dinner over an open fire, put it out with water. Drench the fire ring with enough water to convert the ashes into a muddy ash slurry. This applies to grills and barbecues as well.
Bring Fewer Items
It is a surprise how much people try to cram into and onto their vehicles. Many of the things are hardly used and appear to be more extravagant. Numerous gear and other products are more desirable than single-used products. Focus on them.
Reverse the order in which you pack your belongings. The things you’ll need the most should be the last to be packed. Additionally, organize your vehicle so that everything is in the same spot every time. You’ll be less likely to miss things once you’ve established a system, and packing will go much more quickly. When it comes to breaking camp in the morning, this is critical.
Sort your belongings into categories based on how often they’ll be used. Recovery equipment, a winch, and other items that aren’t used often can be packaged up and put away.
Fold the Camping Ten
After you have folded the beds, rolled up sleeping bags, removed the bed sheets, separated the dirty clothes, folded everything and stored away, take down the ends of your camping tent. All this requires cleaning any debris, folding the canvas and unlatching the bungee straps, tightening the bottom edges, and tucking the canvas like an envelope.
After the canvas is wrapped inside the camper, remove the bed ends from their supporting poles and push them into position on the camper, making sure that nothing gets in the way of the bed ends’ sealing with the camper. The door is secured by rotating the clamps into position, and a final check confirms that the seal is also secure.
Leave Nothing Behind
The last thing you should do before leaving the site is to ensure it is as tidy as it was when you arrived. For existing campsites, circle around the area in a regular grid, tidying up any waste you come across, even if it isn’t from your trip. A small act of good service can go a long way.
Here are some bonus tips that can help you:
- Perform multiple tasks. For example, while you are waiting for the coffee to brew, pack up a sleeping bag.
- Only take the things you’ll want out of the vehicle. When you’re finished, immediately replace them.
- Nothing should be left outside overnight. For starters, the product is already packed, and it will not be wet, misplaced, or damaged. Plus, you won’t be troubled by wolves, wild boars, or vagrants (and shouldn’t be).
- Finish certain duties late at night, such as refueling and chopping vegetables for omelets.
- Packing, having breakfast, changing oil, and tending to bathroom duties should be your top priorities in the morning.
- Finally, prioritize the group’s need to leave on time over your own preferences. Rather than making everybody wait, roll up the tent wet.
Breaking down a campsite can be tough, especially when you are leaving after you have enjoyed yourself to your fullest. It can be tiring but it’s much better than having to look for random stuff and not finding it. To avoid missing anything, make sure you prepare beforehand and pack everything carefully.