Being organized with your camping gear can make your life much easier, especially when camping in a car. Not only will organization help you quickly locate things, but it will also help you with the packing stage.
Whether a car camping newbie or veteran, you’ll love these storage hacks!
How to Organize Car Camping Gear
The first step to organizing your gear is to lay it all out and put each item into its appropriate category. For example, we can divide car camping gear into five categories.
1. Sleep and Shelter
Sleep and shelter is the bulkiest gear group and includes things like sleeping bags, tents or car camping tents, blankets, pillows, chairs, lanterns, and anything else you may need for your comfort.
2. Safety and Tools
This category includes first aid kits, flashlights, lighters or matches, scissors or knives, multi-use tools, and other equipment.
3. Kitchen (materials and food)
Kitchen supplies have two subcategories: materials and food. Materials refer to anything you may need for cooking or eating like utensils, plates, cups, pots and pans, camp stove and fuel, aluminum foil, cutting boards, can opener, Tupperware, sponge, soap, bucket, trash bags, and more. Food includes dry food, non-perishables, and cold food. Here is a complete list of camping kitchen items.
4. Personal Gear (clothes and toiletries)
Personal gear also has two subcategories: clothes and toiletries. These are any essential items for each individual, such as medications, clothes, towels, baby wipes, sunscreen, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.
Extras include miscellaneous items you desire to bring on your camping trip. These items could be a camera, portable charger, journal, instrument, book, games, etc.
We recommend using storage bins to organize most of your camping gear. That way, you put all similar equipment together and can conveniently locate any item. This section will overview each bin, how to organize it, and provide some general pointers.
Bin #1 - Kitchen Materials
The kitchen materials bin should not have any food in it. It should just be what you need to cook, eat, and clean up after.
Bring extra bags of all sizes (ziplock, gallon, plastic, trash, etc.) for storing opened food and other items.
Pack chip clips, rubber bands, and Tupperware.
Bring multi-purpose items. Like a mug, you can use it for drinks, coffee, and soup. Or a knife that will cut meat and veggies.
Keep a paper and pen so you can record any missing supplies to restock for the next time.
Bin #2 - Kitchen Food
The second container will have all your dry, perishable, and non-perishable food. Think granola bars, oatmeal, peanut butter, fruit and vegetables, chips, bread, tea and coffee packets, etc.
Use a bin with a lid that latches to protect the food from critters and mice.
Pack heavier items on the bottom and then the lightest or most delicate items on top.