Week 20 ~
Memorial Day Weekend
A Trial Run for Your Survival
Let's plan some fun. Memorial Day weekend is coming up. This would be a great opportunity for those who have never camped before to Go Camping! It may be to late to reserve a campsite at campgrounds in your area but that's okay camp in your backyard, if you have one.
If you don't have plans for Memorial Day weekend, we suggest that you have a Backyard Campout. If you don't have a backyard, ask a friend who has one and plan a two family/group campout. This is a good time to practice your evacuation plan, brush up on your survival skills and practice using your preps.
During an emergency or disaster situation, we know everyone will not be able to evacuate to another location. They will have to shelter in place. But what if the home is damaged and you can not live in it? Where will you stay? Consider your backyard. Your backyard is a good place to be to protect your home from burglary.
During our search for checklists, we came across Camping with Gus a website with really good camping checklists. Go to the website for editable and printable checklists. This will help you prepare for the event.
Here is your challenge.
Make a plan if you want to camp at a campground.
Start planning your camp trip. Use the Camping Trip Checklist
to assist you.
Pick your camp dates.
Decide on a location or area where you want to camp.
Practice using a paper map to familiarize yourself with the area
When searching for a campground look for FREE camps first.
Typically you are allowed to camp for free in US National
Forests & Grasslands unless otherwise marked. Each national
forest has slightly different rules, so check ahead of time, but generally speaking, you are allowed to camp anywhere outside established recreation areas and developed campgrounds.
** Note: Free campsites are usually first-come, first-serve so get there early to choose your site.
Take inventory of your camp gear and purchase what you will need at camp. Camping Checklist.
If this is your first time camping at a campground with small children, have a trial run in your backyard before you go to the campground. Camping with Kids Checklist
Make a plan to camp in your backyard.
Pick your camp date(s).
Take inventory of your camp gear and purchase what you will need for camping. Camping Checklist.
NOTE: Pack as if you are leaving your home and not coming back. Place all of your supplies in one place the day before your campout. The challenge is, you can not go back into your house, for anything, until your campout is over. Lock the doors, close the windows and pretend that your home is not there.
If you have a big enough yard, invite your friends and other family members to join you.
If this is your first time camping and you have small children, this will be a perfect time to have a trial run for the real thing.
Inform your neighbors that you will be camping in your backyard just in case ya'll get too loud.
Have fun planning your Backyard Campout by making it a family affair. Assign everyone an assignment. Here are additional lists that may assist you.
Save $20 as your budget allows. Save something. Here is a link to the 52 Week Money Challenge.
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