Camping is the perfect way to get away from your daily doldrums and reconnect with nature. Camping can have a positive impact on your whole family and allow you all time away from the screens and demands on our time that suck up so much our precious energy. It gives your kids a chance to interact with nature in a healthy way, allows us time to talk and connect with our partners, and helps reset our circadian rhythms.
Camping is full of positives, but the one downside is that you do need to bring everything with you that you may need when you’re out in the wilderness roughing it. Many savvy campers use their vehicles as moving storage when they camp. If your campsite permits it, driving your car right up to the site is the perfect way to have everything you need close at hand–so long as it’s well-organized.
Staying organized when camping is important. Not only does it prevent frustration, but a clean campsite also allows you to prepare meals efficiently, quickly set up and tear down, and find what you need. If you’re using your car’s trunk as your main storage when you’re camping, here are eight tips for keeping it clean and organized when you’re sleeping under the stars.
- Use collapsible furniture
Space is at a premium when you’re camping, which is why investing in collapsible furniture can give you the best folding chairs while still saving space. Collapsible furniture can be stowed quickly and easily and allow you to bring more creature comforts than originally planned.
- Use vertical space
Like in a home, a car’s vertical space is often wasted. If you have an SUV or hatchback, attach reusable shopping to the backs of your car’s seats so that they hang down into the trunk and can serve as convenient storage for things like bottled water or toys.
- Use a trunk organizer
There is plenty of aftermarket trunk organizers that will easily pop open to fill your entire trunk space, giving you ample room to store your camping equipment without worrying about it rolling around.
- Use a tackle box for the little things
Whether it’s first aid necessities, small snacks, or things you don’t want rolling around like contact lens cases or medical items, a tackle box is a perfect way to keep everything spick and span.
- Use hanging shoe holders
These shoe holders are perfect for keeping bottles in place. You can wrap them for transport and then unroll them and hang them in your tent. Keep bug spray, sun block, and other handy items in one convenient, tidy location.
- Create a cold space
Use two Tupperware bins stacked together with ice between them to serve as a cooler for your foods that need to stay chilled. Make sure to bring extra ice to replenish so that things stay fresh!
- Use a cargo net
Keep your fun toys like frisbees and kites in one spot in a cargo net hung from the back of the seats of your car. These simple nets also work great for keeping dirty cleats separate from everything else in your car.
- Have a car trash can
There’s plenty of bits of garbage we create while traveling that end up roaming around our cars, prevent that by investing in a trash can made just for your car. You can continue to use it while you camp to keep your site clean and environmentally friendly.