I hope you’re enjoying the summer! My family and I have been spending time outside as much as we can lately. Naturally, I’ve been thinking a lot about camping. This area has a ton of amazing places to go and we can’t get enough of it.
I’m sure you know that camping with a family isn’t the easiest. Over the years, we’ve dialed things in so that we can enjoy it as much as possible and wanted to share a couple of hacks we’ve learned.
Use a Dutch Oven & Prep Meals. The most important thing about the trip is to spend quality time with your loved ones, but it’s easy to spend too much time making meals and cleaning them up.
– Use a Dutch Oven. We make the majority of our meals in one and it makes clean up so quick and easy! Not to mention delicious.
– Whether they’re just for snacking or for part of a meal, wash and cut all fruit and veggies ahead of time and store in gallon-sized Ziplocs.
– Crack eggs into doubled gallon-sized Ziplocs or a plastic water bottle and store in the cooler so you don’t have to worry about any cracking.
Bring a Clothesline. Or a piece of rope to make your own. Hang everyone’s suits and towels on it to keep everything clean and ready for another afternoon at the lake.
Use a Shoe Holder to Organize. You know those plastic or canvas material shoe organizers that hang in a closet? Take one of those and store flashlights, spatulas, first aid materials, rags, paper towels, etc. to make everything conveniently accessible. Having a designated place for small things makes them easier to keep track of.
Bring Baby Wipes. Even if you don’t have babies. They come in handy to clean up your table/equipment and for a quick freshen up.
Bring a Plastic Folding Table. A lot of campsites include a wooden picnic table, but having an extra table always comes in handy. We devote the extra table for a food prep/first aid equipment area. It helps us stay organized and keeps the picnic table open for games and meals.
Consider Going on A Trip With Friends. Make memories and build strong relationships with the important people in your life! Take turns making meals to cut down on the number of things you need to plan and prep for.
Need a Campsite Last-Minute?? Unless you’re on the ball and are ready to book a campsite the December before your summer camping trip, it can be hard to find good open campgrounds. We’ve had good luck finding nice sites along the St. Joe River, out past the town of Avery. A lot of them don’t require a reservation, so you can just roll in and set up camp for a spontaneous weekend trip. The Idaho Panhandle National Forest Service website also has a great map of recreational sites, with details about water, electricity, and lavatory services so that you can plan appropriately. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf)
It’s more about the experience and the memories you make than how great your food tasted or how comfy your blow up mattress was. Simplify everything, relax, and enjoy the people in your life!
If you have any great hacks, please share ’cause I’d love to know! And as always, if you know anyone who is looking to relocate to this amazing area, let us know! We’d love to be their North Idaho real estate resource.
Happy trails to you!
John Thomas Sinclair
Owner/CEO, The Broker Sinclair Team
Keller Williams Realty CDA