Having a way to organize all of your camping gear will make going camping more fun. There are certainly different ways to do it, from using a shoe organizer to using the tried-and-true camp box. A couple of storage totes can work, as well, but without a ton of organizing capabilities, you may find you’re spending too much time digging around looking for the thing you need.
We love receiving camping tips from our readers, and Kevin Pilson sent us a good one. His boy scout troop uses what they call the four-camping tote system. You would need to be traveling in a larger vehicle than a car to pull this off, but it’s a great idea. Kevin separates the lidded plastic bins into Cooking, Eating, Clean Up, and Miscellaneous. This allows him to easily find what he’s looking for, instead of having all of those categories stuffed into two totes and rummaging through it all to find four paper plates.
The Cooking Tote houses utensils, aluminum foil, pots, pans and so on, specifically related to preparing meals. All you’ll need aside from this is a great camping stove.
The Eating Tote has plates, cups, paper towels, forks, napkins, wet wipes—the items associated with eating the meals produced by the cooking tote.
The Clean-Up Tote is great for housing dish soap, trash bags, paper towels, a hand broom, etc. For cleaning up your cast iron or Dutch Oven, you’re not going to beat a good chainmail scrubber. Even the crustiest pan comes clean with very little elbow grease, and somehow it doesn’t dig into your patina.
The Miscellaneous Tote should carry items that don’t fit the categories of the other totes such as bug spray, sunscreen, games, and fire-starting materials.