Ways to pack more efficiently for your ADK trip

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hazy and humid summer days are long gone, autumn’s vibrant and colorful leaves have fallen, and winter is upon us! Old Forge is a beautiful and fun place to plan a camping trip or quick weekend getaway. Whether you’re enjoying hot cocoa by the fire at Waters Edge Inn or roasting s’mores at Old Forge Camping Resort, you are sure to have a great time. Why let tedious packing ruin your excitement?

 Here a few ways to pay more efficiently for your trip to the Adirondacks:

1.) Make a checklist.

What is a better way to keep the stress out of packing than to create a list? Camping checklists can be found online, but it is also a good idea to create a list customized to your family. By writing out everything you need ahead of time, you’ll be able to put everything in your suitcase right before you go with the assurance that you have not forgotten anything. Plus, you’ll be able to make sure you have everything before you leave and once you get back home.

2.) Roll clothing, don’t fold.

Flannels, thermals, sweatpants, and socks!! You will want to pack thick, cozy layers to keep you warm and toasty on brisk mornings. Because the bulk of warm clothing can take up a lot of room in your suitcase, roll your clothing instead of folding it. Fold shirts and pants in half lengthwise and roll them up. Put pieces of clothing on top of one another before folding to keep outfits intact! This method prevents wrinkles and leaves ample room for the rest of your clothing. Plus, it’ll be easier to spot the article of clothing you’re digging to find. 

3.) “Last in, first out”.

A good rule-of-thumb is to pack your vehicle with the idea of “last in, first out”. Stowaway items that you will not need in your car first, while packing the things you’ll need first in last. This saves you the frustration of rummaging through pillows, coolers, bags, and suitcases to find a blanket to cover up with or a treat to snack on during your trip. 

4.) Use plastic bins

Odds are, you plan to spend some time outdoors during your stay in the Adirondacks. You’ll want to bring your hiking boots, activewear, backpacks, water, and miscellaneous items, like bug spray and a first aid kit. Instead of rifling through your suitcase for what you need and throwing your muddy gear back in with your clothes, purchase a few large or medium sized plastic bins. Organize your supplies according to what you plan to do on your trip. This is perfect to leave in the car and which make sure you’re not running around, scrambling for supplies at the last minute.