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Survival Mom Camping-Survival Secrets

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Staying organized while on a camping trip is a challenge, even in optimal conditions.  Whether your idea of camping is roughing it in a tent or enjoying the opulence of an RV, it’s tricky knowing where everything is and finding it when you need it.

Reader RightWingMom has a system for getting and staying organized that she’s sharing with you.  Her family goes on frequent camping trips and organization is a must.  The secret is having separate containers for storing and carrying supplies.  Here is her secret packing list that keeps everything in order.  Click here for a downloadable list you can print out and keep in your Survival Mom binder!

Bucket # 1 (kitchen)
spatula

camping toaster*

serving utensils: fork & spoon

kitchen knife

can opener

mini cutting board

pot holders

1 or 2-quart serving pitcher

camping perculator coffee pot & filters (I’ve started using instant coffee.  Much less mess!)

cloth kitchen towels

tablecloth & clips* to secure cloth to picnic table

plates, bowls, cups (paper or plastic…depends on how much cleaning you want to do)

spoons/forks/knives* (Hobo tools are awesome!)

plastic or metal coffee mugs

spice jars* (Camping sections have a nifty 4-in-1.)

Ziploc baggies (all sizes)

5 gallon collapsible water bag*

Cook Set*

Pan gripper for cook kit*

Bucket # 2 (cleaning supplies)

(I pack many items in Ziploc baggies to contain any liquids or moisture.)

kitchen sponges

steel wool

dish soap

scrub brush

hand soap

clothesline (paracord tied between two trees)

clothespins

mini dust pan/hand broom*

shower bag* (heats water when laid in the sun for primitive camping)
Lysol wipes

toilet paper

paper towels

extra trash bags (We also use Walmart bags from purchases on the trip)

** I’ve often used the storage bucket as a dish sink.

Bucket #3 (fire & light)

(Again, when in doubt, put it in a Ziploc bag!)

wand lighter/matches/Strike Force lighter

fire starters (store bought or homemade)

fuel funnel* (You’ll use this if you choose to use fuel stove and lantern.)

extra mantles for lantern (They ALWAYS break!)

small propane canisters or camp fuel  (depending on the lantern and stove you purchase)

LED lanterns
flashlights
extra batteries
heavy duty extension cord (if at campsite w/ electric hookup)


Won’t fit in a bucket

Coleman camp oven (2 burner, your choice of liquid fuel or propane canister)

Coleman Lantern in carrying case

axe or hatchet

heater (We use a heater that screws onto the propane canister, just like the lantern.)

Igloo ice chest

folding chairs

folding table

tarp

air mattress

air pump

First aid kit

cast iron: Dutch oven, skillet, griddle

long spatula & fork for campfire

hot dog forks

campfire tri-pod*  (Ours is aluminum and the legs come apart for packing.)

sleeping bags

Wonder Wash

liquid laundry soap

Camel Backs

Port-a-toilet w/ extra Bio Blue or Chemisan
shower tent
EcoZoom stove

*These can be located in the camping section of outdoor stores and Target.

Bucket # 1 (kitchen)
spatula

camping toaster*

serving utensils: fork & spoon

kitchen knife

can opener

mini cutting board

pot holders

1 or 2-quart serving pitcher

camping perculator coffee pot & filters (I’ve started using instant coffee.  Much less mess!)

cloth kitchen towels

tablecloth & clips* to secure cloth to picnic table

plates, bowls, cups (paper or plastic…depends on how much cleaning you want to do)

spoons/forks/knives* (Hobo tools are awesome!)

plastic or metal coffee mugs

spice jars* (Camping sections have a nifty 4-in-1.)

Ziploc baggies (all sizes)

5 gallon collapsible water bag*

Cook Set*

Pan gripper for cook kit*

Bucket # 2 (cleaning supplies)

(I pack many items in Ziploc baggies to contain any liquids or moisture.)

kitchen sponges

steel wool

dish soap

scrub brush

hand soap

clothesline (paracord tied between two trees)

clothespins

mini dust pan/hand broom*

shower bag* (heats water when laid in the sun for primitive camping)
Lysol wipes

toilet paper

paper towels

extra trash bags (We also use Walmart bags from purchases on the trip)

** I’ve often used the storage bucket as a dish sink.

Bucket #3 (fire & light)

(Again, when in doubt, put it in a Ziploc bag!)

wand lighter/matches/Strike Force lighter

fire starters (store bought or homemade)

fuel funnel* (You’ll use this if you choose to use fuel stove and lantern.)                                 extra mantles for lantern (They ALWAYS break!)

small propane canisters or camp fuel  (depending on the lantern and stove you purchase)

LED lanterns
flashlights
extra batteries
heavy duty extension cord (if at campsite w/ electric hookup)


Won’t fit in a bucket

Coleman camp oven (2 burner, your choice of liquid fuel or propane canister)

Coleman Lantern in carrying case

axe or hatchet

heater (We use a heater that screws onto the propane canister, just like the lantern.)

Igloo ice chest

folding chairs

folding table

tarp

air mattress

air pump

First aid kit

cast iron: Dutch oven, skillet, griddle

long spatula & fork for campfire

hot dog forks

campfire tri-pod*  (Ours is aluminum and the legs come apart for packing.)

sleeping bags

Wonder Wash

liquid laundry soap

Camel Backs

Port-a-can w/ extra Bio Blue
shower tent
EcoZoom stove

*These can be located in the camping section of outdoor stores and Target.

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(16) Readers Comments

  1. Yet one more reason to love buckets!

    • Where would Survival Moms be without buckets and lists?!?! :)

  2. What kind of buckets do you use?
    Are you talking the rubbermaid big rectangle type or 5 gallon buckets?
    Got any pics?
    TIA
    Donna G.

  3. Thanks for putting our product Wonder Wash on the survival list

    • No problem. Taking it camping again in about 10 days! Great for getting that smore goo out. :)

  4. I'm one of those that does a lot of research or shopping around before making a major purchase (well…major to me!). I want to get a rocket stove – I see the EcoZoom listed above. Other friends have shown me the Stovetec.org site. Both look remarkably similar. Anybody ever compare these two side by side?

    • Hi Prepper Gal – this is Amanda from EcoZoom. That's a great question and you're right, the two stoves are remarkably similar. We both offer high performance and high efficiency rocket stoves that were designed by the Aprovecho Research Center. A side by side test would yield outstanding results for both stoves because they really are great.

      We are in contact with the Aprovecho Research Center and StoveTec a bunch and have a lot of ties. The three of us decided that StoveTec would focus only in the US and EcoZoom would work internationally as well as in the US. Cooking is literally killing people all over the globe and EcoZoom's mission is to help make it safe. That's why we offer a buy-one-give-one program called Z+. So, when you buy a stove from us we will send one to a cook in need. Our website, http://www.ecozoomstove.com, has a lot of information about us and our products and feel free to call me at 903-326-9666 if you want to talk some more or have other questions.

      I also do a ton of research before making a big purchase and we definitely want you to make a decision you feel good about. Custom service is super important to us. If we can help with anything give us a call or find us on Facebook or Twitter (we're ecozoomstove on both).

    • PrepperGal,
      We own both…StoveTec and EcoZoom. They are very similar and both work great. Our StoveTec is a slightly older model. That said, I really like the improvements on the EcoZoom. The Versa has hinged doors for fuel and venting. Look for a side-by-side comparison of the Dura and Versa in my next review.

  5. You know what fits PERFECTLY in a bucket? A sleeping bag.

    This is one case where I would not not not not NOT go with a re-used bucket that had food. It could absorb the smells and draw critters way too easily. Ours are stored in Lowe's 5 gallon buckets with lids in the basement. Mice are soooo not going to eat this sleeping bags (unhappy childhood memories). The buckets are light and easy to carry and keep the bags clean, safe and dry. And, yes, the unhappy childhood memory of mouse-chewed (destroyed) fabric things like sleeping bags is what inspired me to do this. Well, that and the buckets are easier to stack and store than the bags by themselves.

    • Good idea Liz. Most tightly rolled sleeping bags could easily fit in a 5 gallon bucket. We lost a very nice 20 degree bag about 10 years ago. Mice chewed it to pieces b/c we stored it in the garage. Live and learn! :)

  6. Buckets are a great idea – thanks for sharing!

    We just went went car camping for the first time in ages, and I struggled with the best way to get organized. I'm used the world of backpacking, where it all has to fit in a backpack. I was pleased with myself for coming up with the idea of using reusable shopping backs to organize and shlep stuff. Buckets would have probably worked just as well, if not better.

    In the spirit of organization, I'll mention one tip I like to do. I keep our packing list as a Google Document and give the folks I'm traveling with access to update it. That way, we can all contribute to the gear list, and all benefit from keeping it up to do date.

    • Great link Ben. One thing I left off my bucket list is my Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter. It's actually in my BOB, but you get the idea. :)

      We're also setting up a ceramic filtration system (similar to Berkey). Picked up the filter and spigots from Cheaper Than Dirt. All you need is 2 food grade buckets w/ lids (3 gal. – 5 gal….your choice) and you've got purified water from almost any source.
      http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/CAMP352-1.html

  7. I carried most of my gear in 4-5 gallon frosting buckets on my six-month Mississippi River River canoe trip. The buckets kept my gear dry in all sorts of nasty weather, and the containers worked very well for everything I needed.

    • Where would preppers and survivalists be without our 5 gallon buckets??? Excellent suggestion. I still have my original Rubbermaid containers, but I’m willing to improve with age. I think I’ll be transferring my gear soon! Thanks for the idea Leon. :)

  8. I know that this is an older post, but since I am camping for five days with my family, I was wondering if everyone used buckets to pack their non-perishable foods in too. I will have anywhere from three-five kids going and 2-4 of them will be teenagers so I will be bringing LOTS of snacks and thought it might be a good idea to pack them in a bucket which will keep critters and possible humidity out too. I printed the packing list off and just need to get one more bucket (ok a lot more for other things) from my local grocery store. Thank you for sharing!

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