As we started keeping track of our camping trips through Camping Reviews, I realized that there was a lot of other paper stuff we were carrying around to each camping trip. Paperwork and camping don’t really get along that well (unless it’s a fire starter). To solve this problem, I put together a little binder to keep everything protected and together. Isn’t it cute?
I love binders and organizing, but a standard size binder seemed like it would take up too much space. Luckily, when I went to Staples to poke around for ideas I found the perfect thing, a half-sheet size binder with a built in pocket. I also was able to find dividers, lined paper, and pockets to fit the smaller size.
First up is to make up the dividers. To label them, I added some washi tape and then printed a label on clear tape with my label maker (I totally learned this fun trick from IHeart Organizing!). You could also easily label these with a sharpie by directly onto the plastic tab. I chose these five divider topics: Contacts, Reservations, Reviews, Pack List, and Maps, Etc.
Let’s take a look inside!
I keep a black & red pen, plus a small spiral notebook (good for taking on a hike or keeping score during games). On the other side is a pocket insert. Right now I keep our lantern mantel label there because I can never remember which one we need (and we’re really good at destroying them!)
Since cell phone often don’t work (or will be dead) while we’re camping, having some important numbers written down is helpful especially in an emergency. I used a couple address pages from my old franklin covey planner. There are many free printable options online too.
On our first trip of the year, we like to sit down with a calendar and plan out the rest of our camping season. I made calendar in excel, print two-pages per sheet, and then cut each page in half. For this calednar, I started the week with Monday since most of our trips happen on the weekend. This allows for the entire weekend to be together on one line. If we make online reservations, I also print out the confirmation and place them in this section.
We review each camping trip, so next time we’ll be able to reference it and improve our experience. I keep a printable for the current trip and usually a the last few past ones are still in there. I scan the reviews and keep them in Evernote, which is searchable. Here’s the half-page size – Campground Review Half Page
A copy of the printable packing list stays in this section. If we have any recipes that we would like to make while we’re camping, i also place them in this section so we remember to pack the ingredients. I’ve also made the checklist half-page size to fit in the notebook – Camping Checklist Half Page.
Any maps we already have of the camping area will get put into the pocket in this section. I also inserted some lined paper. We primarily use the paper to keep track of things to add, refill or take out of the trailer before our next trip. As you can see from the list we’re constantly tweaking what we bring!
Once I put all the sections together, I printed up a quick cover and slid it into the front pocket. I used my Silhouette printer (best craft tool EVER!) to print a vinyl sticky-back “camping” label and stuck it directly to the spine. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the trailer logo I used for the cover: Trailer Sign. That’s it… now time to get ready for our next trip!
This little camping notebook has been a huge help to keeping us organized both before and after trips. What do you do to keep your trips organized?