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How to Organize Your Stuff for Camping

Stay organized, even in ::shudder:: nature.

By
Stever Robbins
5-minute read
Episode #464

Gather related bags on loops of string

Now that you can be sure not a single. Solitary. Speck. of. Dust. Will. Touch. Your. Things, you need to organize! Otherwise you’ll just have a big pile of plastic bags full of socks, underwear, and costumes with pointy bras, all jumbled together. While that works for a Madonna video, you want your life to be easier, so when you need that combination back-scratcher, nose massage tool, you can go straight for it.

Now grab a hole punch and punch a little hole in the top of each bag, above the seal. Put it towards the edge of the bag.

Next, take all your related bags and run a string through the holes on the bags. Tie the string into a loop, and you now have a loop that has all the bags related to one area. I have all my shirts on one loop; my underwear and socks go on another; my toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lenses, and anti-fungal creme on their own loop; and so on. 

Voila! You’ve got what’s a chest of drawers, only without the chest and without the drawers. Instead you have loops of string, you lift up your Clothing For Hot Weather loop and you can instantly browse through your sun hat, your sun screen, your sun jacket, and that oh-so-unfortunate swim suit that you’ve kept since college, even though you are never, ever going to fit into it again. Or maybe I’m just projecting.

If you want to go for the advanced version, instead of threading your cord directly through the holes you punched, put a carabiner in each hole and put the carabiner on the loop of cord. Now you can clip and unclip any item to take it out of your camping closet and put it back in.

Gather loops of strings on a carabiner

You’d think that now you would be as organized as it’s possible to be, right? Almost! There’s still the question of how to carry everything. It’s easy: gather all your loops and clip them all to a single carabiner. Just life that carabiner, and your entire camping closet is at your fingertips, all at once. After all, you never know when you’ll need to duck behind a 20-foot art installation and change into furry, zebra striped pants.

If you want to see a picture of my camping closet in action, zip on over to http://GetItDoneGuy.com/camping and check out the picture.

Camping is a most unfortunate activity, in which we have to commune with Mother Nature. And you know what that means: mess and dirt. Ick. By putting your items in separate Ziploc bags, labeling each bag, then stringing those bags onto loops, you can create a closet for camping. You’ll keep all the mess safely sealed away. You can quickly find anything you need, even when you’re late for the how-close-to-the-bonfire-can-the-skyjumpers-land contest. And if you’re coming to Burning Man this year (2017), say “Hi” to me at Ranger Outpost Berlin at 3 o’clock and C. Just remember: what happens at Burning Man stays at Burning Man. 

This is Stever Robbins. Follow GetItDoneGuy on Twitter and Facebook. I run programs to help people develop the kick-ass business skills they need to create an extraordinary life. If you want to know more, visit http://SteverRobbins.com or join my personal mailing list by texting GETITDONE to 33444. You’ll also get a free copy of my secret book chapter on how to build relationships that help you succeed. 

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.