This is a pretty lightweight venture as far as camping goes. We're staying in a cabin which has a full sized bed and bunked twin beds, electric outlets, a porch and porch swing, and a fire ring. Restroom facilities are down the path and we provide all the bedding, cooking accessories, entertainment, etc. I'm rather overwhelmed at the packing list. It started small:
1. Obvious amount of clothes plus some extras and swimsuits and towels
2. Sunscreen and bug spray
3. Flashlights (& glow sticks) (oh, and spare batteries)
4. Sleeping bags and pillows (& bed rails??)
5. Bread, peanut butter, carrots, s'mores makings
6. Kids' water bottles that they carry everywhere anyhow
7. Diet coke that I carry everywhere anyhow
8. First aid kit
Then it got a bit bigger
9. Cooking accessories: marshmallow sticks, aluminum foil, crockpot? stuff to cook in crockpot? burgers? hotdogs? How to keep cold? breakfast options for two kids that insist the only breakfast options are cereal, pancakes, or oatmeal? instant oatmeal? Old bottle warmer to flash-heat water?
10. What is most important to have in the first aid kit?
11. Clothesline & pins? or just extra bathing suits?
12. camp chairs
14. matches and or point-n-flame
16. bathroom bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
And then it got out of hand
19. dish washing tub & soap & towels?
20. pots, pans, turners, spoons, etc
21. plates, bowls, forks, spoons, etc.
22. table cover
23. citronella candles
and then it got desperate
Suddenly this does not look like an easy-peasy overnight camping adventure. I'm thinking if I'm packing all this we better just stay for a week to make it worthwhile.
And as a side note I'm sitting in my kitchen and a huge fat fly is dive-bombing around me and I'm about to go completely insane and maybe throw a chair at it so this should go really really well.
(Camping with pre-k's advice or shared experiences welcome in comments!)