Camping Planner

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I was checking out one of my favorite bloggers, Noreen, The CampGal, and saw she posted a cute camping checklist and meal planner awhile back.  I always rely on a checklist and meal planner when camping, but I was using an app on my tablet. Mr. Camperella didn’t like it so much, so then I started using a printed excel document.  And on more than one occasion we had left behind the reservation receipts.  So I decided I wanted everything all together in one place. When I came across The Camp Gal’s super cute, free, printable, modify-able one, I couldn’t resist using them in my book. Thanks Noreen for sharing!

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We have booked 10 camping trips this year, which means we are heading out every second friday. I work fridays from 11-7PM, so this year I will be relying on the dear hubby to pack everything and make sure all the stuff for the meals is there. Plus we are going out of country for a few of them, and some are new, so there was alot of maps, booking paperwork, etc.  So I decided to make a fully bound planner. I got the idea from the RV Camping Journal that I’ve seen on line, and put that together with a few free printables to create a fully bound, ready to go, all-in-one resource. No more multiple papers and lists scattered about! All our trips are in one place. I could have just punched holes in the paper and stuck them in a binder and called it a day, but I wanted something that could go in the vehicle, was easy to reference the maps, and a binder is bulky.  I usually use a coil bound notebook for the menu and grocery planning, so I decided to take my project to Staples, and for $10, they bound my book and put waterproof plastic covers on the front and back!

Here is how I did it.

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Visit The Camp Gal blog and get her menu planner and then her checklist. Modify the checklist on Word as you see fit. I pinted off the emails for all my campground reservations, google map directions for the places that are new to us, as well as the individual campground maps for each trip. I even found a cute printable journal page from Trooperly, so that I could have a quick on hand journal page for my daughter to put in our family summer scrapbook later.

Using Word I made a memo sheet with the following trip information: Date, Campgound, Site, Directions, Notes. To keep the theme in inserted some copied graphics from The Camp Gal Checklist.

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Behind this page was the campfound reservation, map of campground, and google directions to campground. Behind this was the Camping Checklist, the Menu Planner and last the Journal Page. I place a green coloured piece of paper as the divider at the back. I repeated this order of papers for all 10 trips, chronologically in the order of the trips. That’s it, done! And off to Staples to get bound!  It looks a little OCD all typed out like this, but hey, if we want to get out of town on a friday night with kids and a dog, and not forget anything, we need to be organized.

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One thought on “Camping Planner

  1. Camping AND fiber crafts? Omg, I think I’m in love! Followed you over here from Pop up Portal. Can’t wait to read more of your tips and tricks!

    Btw- I am so jealous that I didn’t think of the name “Camperella” first!

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