Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Travel organizing/camping

We leave for the big trip in two weeks. It's a bit daunting, organizing a cross country road trip with six kids.

We've been slowly getting items for the trip, and like any good frugal person, we've been borrowing and checking thrift stores for the bigger items. There is an amazing thrift store an hour from us and we can always find what we need there.

I'm a minimalist when it comes to what we need, which isn't always a good thing. I'd rather have to buy it if we absolutely need it, rather than pack it with us. DH on the other hand, likes to travel with everything but the kitchen sink.

When we first got married, D worked hard to convince me to go camping. I swore up and down I did not want to go camping. When I was a kid, camping consisted of a tent, a sleeping bag, and a campsite. I remember fishing and cooking up the fish on over the fire. And the bathrooms were little more than port-a-potties that stunk like you wouldn't believe. Why on earth would I want to subject myself to that?

I finally relented and was in for a big surprise. D's family camps in style. His dad built these camping boxes that contain all the cooking supplies. We have overhead tarps, air mattresses, and really good food. It's nothing like camping that I grew up with. In fact, camping is truly a vacation for me. D takes care of everything. I don't cook. I don't clean. The kids are having a blast so they need much less supervision and there's less fighting! So yes, I do love to camp now!

When I brought up camping along the way for the big trip, he immediately said it was impossible because we couldn't bring all the gear. Thankfully, with KOA campsites, bringing all that gear isn't necessary. KOAs have so many amenities that it makes camping a lot easier.

Also to help along with our travel plans, the wonderful blog Org Junkie has saved the day with this travel checklist. The list is only for up to four children, but we can work around that.

1 comment:

  1. Most people do not know how to camp, a tent and a rock to sleep on is for boy scouts :) home workouts without weights


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