Our family loves to camp, but it can be a lot of work. Between planning, packing, loading, unloading, and setting up camp, I am usually worn out by the first evening. Last year, after a particularly chaotic packing session, we found ourselves in the woods without cooking utensils, a hammer, or bug spray. Lesson learned.
So this year, I got organized and created a camp kitchen-in-a-box, known to hardcore campers as a "chuck box."
Actually, I had never heard of a chuck box before, but Pinterest opened my eyes. We used to just throw everything into a tote, willy-nilly. But even when I remembered to pack everything, it was difficult to find and always smashed at the bottom.
There are lots of examples of fancy, ready-made chuck boxes out there, but I was looking for something cheap and simple. I used a 27-gallon heavy duty tote from Home Depot and just bought two 3-drawer organizers at Target. They work great for holding all the smaller items that sank to the bottom of the tote before.
The easiest way for me to show you everything is with a video, but I apologize for my wonky camera work and fast talking.
Everything is packed in snug and tight, so it doesn't rattle around while we're traveling. And when we get home, it goes straight back in the basement, clearly labeled and ready to hit the trails next time.