Every time I go camping I struggle to keep it simple and organized. We're talking tent camping for the backpacker. I hate to pull out tubs of items. Let's keep it simple, people. That's where this instructable is applicable!
Step 1: Get Yourself a Bag
Whether you go to the thrift store, dollar store or your grandma's closet the container is the most important part. I found this computer bag for just a few Euros and it was perfect for me.
Step 2: Gather Your Items
Most of us have camping supplies that we use regularly in our collection. Some more than others. I gathered the ones that I always use and kept it simple. (Minus the plates, cups & pot or pan. Those are in a neatly nested separate container). I tried to take only what is multi-purpose. But that isn't always possible. As well, my husband and my list isn't always the same. I created this one for me, sorry honey! The trick is to use what you already have and not have to spend any extra. You can always add later
Here's what I take for a week:
-2 Microfiber cloths for washing & drying dishes, cleaning up messes, etc.
-Fork, Spoon, Knife all-in-one for each person
-Chopsticks - for stirring or eating
-1 really good knife. (Some can do with the knife from a toolman tool, but when tent camping this goes with!)
-2 cooking tools: Spatula & tongs small size
-small cutting board
-can/bottle opener, corkscrew all-in-one
-water proof matches
-Dr. Bronners multi-purpose soap
-Dish soap (I know I could use Dr. Bronners, but sometimes I like dawn! This one gets taken out at times, too.)
-reusable garbage bag (doubles as a beach or shopping bag)
-reusable homemade ziploc
-Salt & Pepper
Step 3: Gather 3 More Things
All you need now is a scissors, velcro and a hot glue gun
Step 4: Lay Items Out
Lay all your items out in your case the way that you would like to store and use them.
Step 5: Measure Your Velcro & Cut
Remove your items, and lay the velcro where they used to be, rough side up the length of the case. Cut it to the exact size.
Step 6: Glue Down Velcro
Using a hot glue gun, glue down the rough-sided velcro starting from the corner. Now measure the softer side of the velcro to extend longer than the rough sided velcro. (You can wait to cut this until your items are back in place just to be sure.) Regarless of if you cut it, glue only a small corner the soft-sided velcro down on top of the rough velcro. This will be the only glue for the top velcro.
Step 7: Organize Items
Lay your items on top of the rough velcro and under the soft velcro.
I repeated the last two steps as I wanted another row of velcro just to hold everything further.
(fyi-it's hard to take pictures while you're using a hot glue gun!)
Step 8: Beautifully Flexible
The wonderful thing about this A.I.O. Camping tool is that it is so flexible. If you decide you want to add mosquito spray or take out the oil or you have another child and need another spork set there is a lot of flexibility. The total amount of time is less than 30 minutes from the time you gather your items to finish. And it's SUPER EASY! Now you have all your camping/cooking supplies together in one.
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