|08-16-2008, 09:23 AM||#46|
Ņsɐɯʇsıɹɥɔ lıʇ, sʎɐp ʎuɐɯ ʍoH
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Uh, hello, how is it that neon palm trees haven't made the list yet!? Seems to be a pretty basic necessity to me! :
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IIRC WDW in '76, '80, '81, '82, '84, '85, '88, '91, all off-site. Married my Disney-deficient DW in '95 and
finally got her to the World in Oct '03 (stayed in Ocala). Apr '04 (off-site). Nov '04 at Fort Wilderness, first time staying on-property!
Nov '07 at Fort Wilderness (Trip Report here). Dec 7-14 '08 at FW (TR here). Dec 3-15 '09 at FW (TR here).
|09-16-2008, 11:42 AM||#47|
1340.63 miles too far from the Fort
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Southern New Hampshire
Don't forget your pets
Coming late to the party here and hope this is the right place for this (new to the boards) but wanted to add a few things for those traveling with your dogs...
Vet records - especially proof of recent rabies vaccine
Extra leashes/collars - good idea to add an extra tag with your FW info/cell number
Enough food for your stay - particularly if you feed premium food that you can't get at a grocery store/walmart
Treats - extra yummy ones can help with a dog that's not so good at adapting to new places/routines
Favorite toys - you might want to leave the REALLY loud squeaky ones at home for the sake of your neighbors
Crate/bed or whatever your dog is used to sleeping in/on
KONGS or other safe, stuffable chew toys - perfect for dogs not used to longer days in the kennel or your camper.
*TIP - freeze your dog's meals in kongs the night before. Turns mealtime into a much longer, more entertaining event to help your dog pass the time. If you feed just dry food, mix it up with a wee bit of plain yogurt to help it "stick".
Plenty of clean up bags (please, please, please ALWAYS clean up after your dog!)
Some other miscellaneous stuff:
- find out where the nearest emergency animal hospital is and keep that number/directions handy
- good idea to put a "Animals inside" sticker on your camper door with your cell number on it, just in case anything happens while you're out at the parks
|11-07-2008, 11:19 AM||#48|
Join Date: Aug 2006
i am not a camper but just ran accross an item that i would not do without if i were.
for times when it may be a little chilly at night. the greatest little propane gas heater that can be used outside or inside. it uses 1 lb propane gas cylinders that just screw into place or can be connected to a 20 lb cylinder with a hose. it is made by "mr. heater" and is sold by hardware, or tractor stores or any store that sells hunting supplys. it is extremely light weight and has a handle to carry it by.
i actually bought one of these to put in my office to take the chill off on cold winter days, and another to have at my home for the same purpose or if the power goes out. it is a 5,000 to 8,000 btu heater and is 7"d x 15"w x 15"h and it only weighs 7lbs. this is easy enough for anyone to handle. i just love mine.
|02-27-2009, 09:18 AM||#49|
Is it time to go camping yet?
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: St. Augustine FL
We have just recent switched from tent camping to our new to us pop up but what I have found to be helpful since I tend to get very busy just before any length of camping trip and we almost always seemed to forget something that ended up in us having to find a Walmart or something- I made up a checklist on my computer and I print one out the week before we leave and post it on my fridge. Having 4 active boys, 2 hyper dogs and a DH who works nights- almost all of the packing falls to me- I get it so all DH has to do is load the stuff in the back of the truck and we're off- hopefully on time.
I try to pre-cook all of our meals too so all I have to do is heat them up- sloppy joes, taco meat, even pot roast! I'll mix and form burgers (my kids dont like the box ones) and wrap them up to freeze then they get burried in the cooler under all the ice :-) Not having to take the time cooking at camp really saves time- thogh the week before gets crazy cause I feel like all I am doing is laundry and cooking for a week straight
One thing that I will not go camping without is some form of handheld games for my boys- they usually only get them at bedtime but it lets them unwind and lets me have some peace and quiet with a nice cold beer.... soda, yeah thats it- soda I made the mistake of not having anything to occupy them on our first trip and it rained for an entire day- they were driving me crazy within an hour. Our first trip to FL (before we moved here) I actually brought a small tv and hte XBox- boy was I glad when a major storm hit and they were quietly occupied for the entire day!
Another thing I've found to be helpful is an intant set dining canopy preferably with screening- helps keep the bugs out of your food :-)
I know we are also adding those foam mattress toppers to our list for this trip- not to mention PLENTY of chew toys for the dogs :-) keeps them happy and occupied!!! One of my puppy's favorite is called a Chilly Bone. Its a canvas bone that you can soak in water or juice nd freeze- really helps with teething pups :-) For an extra special treat I'll soak it in chicken broth for a little more flavor :-)
Sorry for the novel- I tend to get super excited when I start planning camping trips :-)
DS11 DS9 DS6 DS3
and our Girls Huggs and Snuggs
|03-05-2009, 08:20 PM||#50|
Pixie Dust Sprinkler
Join Date: Mar 2009
Yikes! We aren't going to camp until a year from now but these items and lists are sure helpful! I can't wait to tell my hubbie to check it out so thank you everyone!!!
..and with a 'poof' she's gone.
|03-06-2009, 12:54 PM||#51|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Burlington, NJ
As stated on other posts, making lists and preparing in advance is a huge lifesaver!!!
I have a continuous typed list for the RV with items that remain in place in between trips check prior and restock it following trips.
Also I have:
Rubbermaid container for non-perishable foods (packed night before)
Container for kitchen items (plates, spices, paper products, utensils, soap)
Last-in, first-out container for everything to quickly hook up camper
(rubber blocks, wood, mallet, knee pad, leveler, bungees, extension
Small container for doggy stuff (toys, leashes, bowls, bags, treats)
I make a list of clothes because I always overpack and learned the hard way not to do this camping. Now I underpack and wash at the campground. I have two boys in same size clothes that work out great.
I know it sounds like alot of containers but they fit right in place in the camper or if needed in back of your truck, SUV or car trunk. All you have to do when u get to camp is set-up. Every container is labeled and has a place.
The week prior to camping, I make a menu with the family and pack as much non-perishables as possible then all we need is to stop and get dairy and meat items. Pre-made frozen meals are great too.
DM (38) DH (38) DS (12) DS (9)
DL 88 CBR 96 CSR 98 BWV 05 Wonder 07 WDW/SW 07 Wonder 08 CR/Wonder 09
BCV/Dream 11 FW/AKV 12 : FW 12 Dream/OKW/VB 13
|03-15-2009, 10:01 AM||#53|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Apr 2007
We have found that a food saver vacuum sealer or similar to be extremely convenient. Once the bag is sealed it can be buried in the ice even when melted and no danger of cross contamination. It is best to make, seal while warm, freeze immediately. It is much better than baggies, they always leak under even mild rough treatment.
|03-25-2009, 11:57 PM||#57|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Mar 2009
Every campground has their share of obnoxious campers. Someone said, look to your left, to your right, in front of you, behind you, if you donít see an obnoxious camper, you may be it.
If you want to make sure you are that obnoxious camper, just follow these ten trusted and proven tips:
1. Arrive at the campground very late after everyoneís asleep. Drive around the entire campground with your headlights on so you can inspect each potential campsite fully. The blinding light may also serve to wake campers to make shadow puppets inside their tent if they want.
2. While you and your family carefully discuss and weigh the merits of each site, including those which are already taken feel free to idle your engine at high RPM for long periods.
3. When you are backing your boat, camper or motor home into your parking space, have someone in your party shout directions loudly and clearly. Keep at it, revving your engine, grinding your reverse gear and spinning your tires in the gravel until you get it exactly right,
4. If things take longer than you planned, as they often do in nature, take control by swearing obscenities. If your temper upsets the kids, even better. It will ease the tension for everyone if you get them to cry.
5. Leave directions for your gear at home. Pump your gas lantern for all your worth, then throw in a live match and enjoy the majesty of your own atomic blast. If you keep the gas valve completely open, your campsite can serve as a fiery beacon for other campers who may be lost, disoriented or under the impression they were sleeping comfortably.
6. Donít practice setting up your tent at home, so you can have a full blown Kramer-vs-Kramer style marital fight which pole goes where first. Extra points for you if you brought a tent with metal poles. Plastic poles just don't clang loudly enough when you throw the pole sack on the ground, trip over them and kick them out of the way.
7. Donít feed your kids on time, so they will stand and gawk at other campers eating.
8. Instead of the ingredients for símores bring a small liquor store. And party all night. With the boom box on full blast, of course.
9. Make sure your camping party includes :
b) someone with bronchitis, emphysema or other loud hacking cough; and
c) tired and cranky kid under the age of four. And finally,
10. Donít use a packing list. That way you can have opportunity to meet the neighbors when you need to beg and borrow toilet paper, matches, eggs or bug spray.
|03-26-2009, 10:32 AM||#58|
I'm a beautiful butterfly, too!
Join Date: Apr 2006
Any other suggestions for those of us staying in the cabins? What should I pack?
Also - How many plugs are there in the cabins? We will have 3 phones, 2 digital cameras, and who knows what else? Do I need a muliti-plug?
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