I think I have a very common problem when it comes to camping (at least I hope it’s common!). Since it is a seasonal activity, when summer rolls around I can never remember where we went the previous year. Plus, remembering what site we stayed at and the ins-and-outs of the campground? Umm… Not a chance!
To solve this problem, we started reviewing our campsites during each trip. It started out as notes in a small notepad, and now has turned into a campground review printable. After each trip, I try to scan the sheet into Evernote (although it doesn’t always happen). Then, when we plan our camping trips in the years to come, all we have to do is search our reviews in Evernote for the campground we want to go to!
Since I like to share, I’ve included two versions, a full page 8 1/2 x 11, and a half-page (with two per sheet) at 5 x 8 for free!
Campground Details – General observations about the campground, like if it’s quiet at night, or if dogs are allowed. Toilets (& their condition), water sources, and showers are also good info to keep track of. I also like to list hikes and other nearby entertainment.
Site Details – We like to review the site we are staying in, including fire pit, level-ness of site, spaces for tents, and closeness to neighbors.
Usually during our stay we’ll also walk around the campground a scope out all the other sites. We then make a quick list of good sites and bad sites. This helps when we have to make reservations online.
Travel Details – We drive a diesel truck and like to camp in more out-of-the-way places, so knowing the distance to a gas station is really helpful. We’ve definitely had several close calls!
In the final section, I leave blank and use it to document other things that happened on the trip. Sometimes its a funny story (a field mouse got into the trailer at night and trying to catch it was like a comedy routine!), or important details (details about trying to get out of town on memorial day weekend). In fact, below is the review we completed for our last trip.
So, that’s how we keep track of where we’ve been and what we’ve done. How do you keep track?