How to Pack Clothes for Camping

One key to staying comfortable when camping is to be as organized as possible.  We’ve got four boys, so disorder comes pretty easily.  I’ve found that if we can build order in when we pack, it really helps things go smoothly by the time we are in the woods.  Here is how we pack our clothes:

1) Pack a complete set of clothes for each person, for each day. Be sure to pack some extra socks in case your feet get wet.

2) Lay out the clothes for all the days at the same time. Jeans first, socks next, etc.  This ensures you won’t forget, say, underwear on thursday…

3) Roll the clothes up, then tape them with painters’ tape and label them.  It sounds like overkill, but trust me,  it really helps things go smoothly.

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By the way, I’m sold on “Permanone” by Repel.   It is like having the benefit of insect repellent without the mess and odor.  Treat the clothes and let them dry a day in advance.
Here it is at Amazon: Repel Permanone Clothing & Gear Insect Repellent Spray – 6oz

Be sure to pack layers of clothes, the weather will change throughout the day.  And remember to “BE PREPARED” for any conceivable change in the weather.

5 comments for “How to Pack Clothes for Camping

  1. momof4tindles
    May 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Love this tip. Just got back from a camping trip where no one could find anything. Will definately try this next time! THANKS.

  2. joycetrone
    March 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This tip is genius. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Sharon
    May 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    This seems like a great idea. I am taking 3 kids camping this weekend for 4 days!! If we were to roll all of our outfits that’s 16 rolled outfits plus the extra’s. Did you then put them all in one suitcase, tub, basket? Or did you give each child their own smaller bag? HELP?

  4. Rob
    May 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

    If the kids are very young, I would put them all together in one or two big duffel bags (or even just heavy-duty garbage bags). If they are older or are going to carry them for any distance, they should probably have their own bags. I like to use a bag that will collapse and make more space as they are emptied rather than use tubs or suitcases. Save the tubs for things that you don’t want squished (bread, etc). Also, a lot of the time we leave the clothes in the back of the car, and just take the next day’s roll into the tent. And don’t forget you will want a dirty clothes bag. Good luck and have fun.

  5. deb
    April 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    thank you-i am the worst packer-this is going to help alot

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