Today I am thankful for learning from years of experience.
We’re heading up north for our annual camping trip with the Thums clan. Over the years this has usually led to one constant… Me having a major meltdown at some point due to trying to fit all of our stuff into the car. It usually comes during the 2nd time that I’m pulling almost everything out of the car because not everything fit in the car. ARGH!!!
This year is different. This year I remembered all of the little tricks from previous years. All of the mistakes I’ve made before popped back into my head and I avoided the traps and pitfalls like thinking only of size when choosing what to load in first. Big rocks first, right? Nope! Not in this case as proven by the year I mistakenly packed one of the largest things on the bottom… The tent that I needed to put up first in order to put the rest of our stuff in it. All in all it went very well… And we have extra room!
The current packing list of what’s in our car includes:
- 2 full size bikes for the boys
- Fishing rods and gear
- A rifle (thx again for letting me borrow the case Steve!)
- 4 sleeping bags
- 4 backpacks
- 2 suitcases (the boys are staying up north for 2 weeks)
- A crockpot
- A huge cooler full of drinks
- A large tent
- 4 camping chairs
- Life jackets
- And a family!
Thanks to years of getting frustrated and making tons of mistakes this year went pretty awesome! Dear God, does that mean I’m getting older and wiser???