So when we left off, we decided in the span of about 2 hours to book and leave for a week-long trip to camp at Walt Disney World at Fort Wilderness Resort. Rob declared we had 2 hours to pack, as the kids would be home from school around 4:00 PM. I reminded him I had a huge posh sale to prep orders for and convinced him to leave the next morning.
We sat down and made a quick list of what needed to be done to leave the house and our 3 dogs and the lizard named Margaret, what we needed to take for a normal Walt Disney World trip and what we would need for camping. We decided we would only do cold food and would not be cooking at all on the trip which alleviates a huge aspect of packing for camping. Then we divided and conquered. Thankfully I had been doing laundry all day anyway and our house was clean.
First up, puppy care. I text our amazing nanny/house sitter/pet sitter and crossed my fingers she was available. We could have boarded the dogs but I knew it would cost double. Thankfully she was able to stay at our house for the week and take care of them at our house which ended up being great because it was FREEZING while we were gone!
I made a quick camping list for Rob and he set about pulling out our Pop Up Camper and popping it up to make sure it was well packed and prepared. He also checked the tires, and their pressure and gave it a good once over to make sure we were good to leave for a week. He checked the vehicle tires as well and started packing and prepping the camping gear. Here is a brief list of what we knew we needed..a lot of this stays packed in the camper which makes it really easy to get up and go!
Our kids came home from school for a long weekend (MLK day on Monday of our trip) and saw the camper popped up and were THRILLED that we were going camping. That was all that we told them and the rest was a surprise! They were each in charge of packing their own backpack for the road.
Things that Stay in our Camper
Bedding for the beds
Toilet Paper and Paper Towels
Pillows & Extra Blankets
Dust Pan & Broom
Ziploc Bags & Trash Bags
Smores Retractable Sticks
First Aid Kit
Cards/Games/Small Flatscreen TV that fits in our inner storage in between pillows
Basic Kitchen Supplies, dish towels, etc (We didn’t need this trip but they live in there)
Things we Pack
Sleeping bags for the kids
Electronics and all chargers, extension cords
Basic Tools, pocket knife, travel pliers, scissors, band aids and mole skin
Sandals for camp bathrooms
Cold foods for the cooler like yogurts, sandwich stuff, lunch meat
Bread, snacks and cereal, protein-filled snacks like beef jerky and trail mix and treats like powdered donuts
Booze, Coolers, Bottled Water, Capri Suns and road snacks
Bug Repellant and Sunscreen
Normal Disney Packing
Clothes for 5 days
Cold weather and warm weather pajamas
Socks, Undies, Comfy tennis shoes for all
Toiletries for all
Hoodies, lightweight but warm winter jackets, hats, and gloves
Bathing Suits and Goggles
Medicine bag, we always bring all the basics because someone will need something.
Kids backpacks which they are in charge of packing with books, their own tablets and a few small toys and ONE lovey/stuffed animal for keeping in the car for the road trip
Sunglasses, extra chargers, small backpack for park days and hats
Mickey Ears…I mean duh.
Things we ended up grabbing at Walmart before we set up camp
Extra Blanket for our bed
Under Bed Padding
Basic Cold Groceries that we were low on like drink mixes, cereal bars, snacks
2 better pillows for our bed
Things we forgot
Cough Syrup (Presley ended up with a cough while we were there so we had to grab some but the first night we treated with cough drops and 3 spoonfuls of honey and Posh Just Chillin stick rubbed on her throat and chest)
I started inside doing clothes, pajamas, for all of us and things we would normally take on a Disney trip. Rob and I shared a larger suitcase, the boys shared a carry on size and the girls shared a carry on size. I also packed a soft sided duffle with one change of clothes, extra underwear, swimsuits and goggles and pajamas for them that was easily accessible and could fold down later. A weird item I tossed in was each kid’s soft fuzzy robe, I knew we would need warmer pajamas and figured they would be good for padding to the Comfort Station. We loved having them!
Rob started with the outside checklist and we ended up finishing the camp and kitchen goods together. It only took us a few hours to get everything ready and then we spent the rest of the evening pulling posh orders and leaving them VERY systematically laid out for my super assistant Stacey to pack and ship while we were gone!
Up next, the first leg of our road trip, how long we drive on road trips and surviving a VERY cold night in the camper!