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Think ahead...to camping!

Think ahead – that's what my Dad always used to say to me.  Whether it was for design purposes or life in general, it's a great lesson to carry with me as I go through life.  Think ahead now to your next trip.  Maybe it's this weekend, driving to a ski field, maybe it's next week, heading to somewhere in the southern hemisphere to catch some rays, or maybe it's in a couple of months, to go camping.  In any case, it pays to think ahead.  

Our next trip will probably be in a about 6 weeks – to go camping.  With the little ones, it is somewhat weather dependent, but being in Southern California, the chances are that, as long as we don't go too high, the weather will be cooperative.  Since we don't have any trips lined up for  a while, now is a good time to get any repairs done to equipment that we might use camping.  It's really frustrating to bring the tent out for the first time in the season and remember that the last time you used it, you'd bent half the tent pegs, trying to get them into the stony ground 6 months ago.

It is obvious to make sure your camping equipment is ready to go – tents, sleeping mats (do any of them have a slow leak that needs fixing?) sleeping bags (were they cleaned before you put them away?) cooking equipment, water containers, camping chairs (if you're car camping as we often do).  And think ahead for the kids.  Since they grow so fast, it's imperative to make sure that you will have enough warm clothing that will fit them as it's still cold at night – even in Southern California.

Another item to remember to update is your first aid kit.  Just like your bathroom cabinet, you should check for expired medicines and replenish any supplies that are low.  You can buy ready made packs often for cheaper than buying the individual supplies.  We add a poison oak/ivy treatment, anti-histamines, and duct tape.  Of course, having a first aid kit is only useful if you know how to use it.  Think of attending a local first aid course.  There are courses available especially for wilderness first aid.  When you know you might be a few hours from help, these courses are definitely worthwhile for peace of mind.

posted on: 2/7/2008 1:00:00 PM by Katherine Macey
category: Travel

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Katherine Macey, Ph.D., is a professional organizer who is passionate about helping people improve their lives and achieve their goals. She works mainly with academics in their offices and with residential clients in their home offices.

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