Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How to: Make a Camping/Moving Box

One of the greatest (if not THE greatest) wedding gifts my husband and I got was a camping/moving box.  It was from his grandparents, and they explained that they were planning to give each grandkid one of these for their wedding.  Since we just completed the first real move of our married life, we were able to use it for the first time (moving, anyway - we have used it camping) and it was a lifesaver.

So what's a camping/moving box?  It's a big tupperware box full of anything you would need while camping, and in the middle of the move.  When I'm packing, I like to take it room by room and pack up EVERYTHING.  There's nothing worse than only being able to pack up half of a room because you still need half the things in that room.  This is especially true in the kitchen - you can't pack up everything because you still need some stuff.  But you don't need all the utensils, so you end up packing half of them, and then when you get to your new house everything is split up into different boxes and it's insane.

Am I right?

Anyway, the camping/moving box saved us from all that hassle.  We were able to pack up everything in our kitchen ahead of time, because any immediate needs were filled by the box.  So, what's in the box?

First, and probably most importantly, there was a laminate list of all the contents of the box, which was great because we knew exactly what we had at our disposal.  Here's the full list:

Dish towels (4)
Dish cloths (2)
Dish pan
Dish soap
Scouring pad
Hot pads (2) and hot mitt
Ziploc bags
aluminum foil
paper towels
paper plates and cups
garbage bags
clothes pins
bath towels and wash cloths
body wash or soap
shampoo conditioner
toilet paper
salt and pepper
cutting board
large knife
small knife
meat fork
can opener
potato peeler
cheese grater
cereal bowls
glasses or mugs
2 large serving spoons
rubber spatula
pancake turner
2 qt pitcher
sm., med., and lg. mixing bowls
measuring cups and spoons
frying pan
lg. and sm. cooking pot
plastic pan

Another great thing about this box is that it's perfect for emergency situations.  If we had to leave our house in a jiffy, and we were able to get in our car and leave (as opposed to leaving on foot), we'd throw this box in the trunk along with our 72-hour kits and it would be a great supplement to those kits.

Isn't that a great box??  It has everything we would imagine needing for camping, and it would be a dream to have in an emergency.  And the greatest part is, most (if not all) of these things can be found at places like Goodwill, Big Lots, and other discount stores.  Nothing inside our box is fancy or top-of-the-line. It's very basic and perfect for emergency use. 

A camping/moving/emergency box is a great gift idea and if you start collecting things now, you could definitely have one (or more) put together by Christmastime.

Is there anything else you suggest adding to the box?  I mean, it's pretty full as it is but I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Anna Oman said...

I love that idea! We are actually going camping a lot this summer, so hopefully I can get it together soon. Thanks!

Alice Wills Gold said...

We started a box just like this in the Spring. WE used to have a huge tupperware 72 hour kit thingee and we decided to make it more useful.

We simplified what we had and added more practicalities to make a camping box. We did it right after returning from camping so we knew what we needed.

One thing we have that you don't is a little hand broom and dustpan. It is very useful when needing to sweep out a tent.

One thing that we have that you don't is a teeny hand broom with a little dustpan. V

Bethany said...

That is brilliant! I think I'll have to steal it.

Sharron said...

Great idea!!

Anonymous said...

Could you possibly add a strainer?
It could fit in the pans.

Aubrey said...

Perfect timing! We are going camping for the first time in YEARS and I was lost as to what to bring!

kdonat said...

Add a small box of baking soda (can be use as fire extinguisher), small first aid kit, a sewing kit, and safety whistle for each child.

Twinmomwv said...

This is perfect timing! I'm helping to throw a bridal shower for a soon-to-be sister-in-law this weekend! I wasn't sure what to get her that would stand out and this fits the bill perfectly.

One question though. What is the plastic pan that is listed last? How is it different from a dish pan and what does it look like?

I agree on adding the small dustpan/broom, baking soda and first aid kit.

Anonymous said...

I would add the following:
hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes
small tarpaulin
extra tent pegs (can be used with the rope for rigging the tarp)
small toolkit - pliers, duct tape, some wire, a few nails and screws, some safety pins, pocket knife

Aleasha said...

I love this idea!

Shane and Brandi said...

What a great idea! I do think I would add duct tape. It can fix anything for short term. We just went camping, and that is how we fixed our air mattress.

HermitJim said...

A long time ago, when I was getting married for the first time, my folks gave us a laundry basket with all sorts of things for the house! Things we would have never thought of...like scotch tape, small hammer, clothespins, small nails, rolling pin, salt and pepper shaker, egg turner, grease can, well, you get the idea!

We eventually used nearly everything in that basket, INCLUDING the basket! Sure did come in handy!

Rachel said...

Matches and/or a lighter

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Anonymous said...

Walkie-takies have really come in handy with the kiddies. They can have a bit more freedom without all the stress.

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