You Forgot What?

(A guide for packing, camping and war kitchens) Updated May 2007

After many years of camping, I developed a memorized routine of packing everything I need for an event or war. However, after this same number of years, I also have also come to the realization that I will still forget something ranging from semi-important to very important.

Like armor, or the center pole. Once I hooked up the lights of my carefully loaded trailer but forgot to put it on the hitch. The trailer did not move an inch, but for the most part, these oversights can be reduced by creating a packing list.

Check off each item as it is gathered in a ‘staging area’ for packing. Then you know you are finished packing the car, truck, AND trailer when this staging area is empty.
Unfortunately, there is one flaw in this method. The packing is done by we society folk. Society members seems to pack for events as if carful planning and organization seem to be out of society period and therefore not needed in general practice in these Current Middle Ages.

In spite of this and other traditions, I’ve cobbled together years of hard-won, and lost, experiences of my own and a number of others for the benefit of anyone who cares to read them.

There are lists and strategies of use to all, from the greenest novice to the most senior camp steward. You will note that some items are deliberately noted on more than one list: these redundancies are a safeguard so that what might be inadvertanly be left off in one place, will be accounted for in another