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PACKING FOR THE TRIP - IDEAS and ROUTINES to make things run smoothly
DROP OFF EVERYTHING AT ONE LOCATION A DAY OR TWO BEFORE DEPARTURE

When the girls arrive, have them put their items on a large tarp.
Once everything has been checked in and okayed, move the items to a second "ready-to-go" tarp for packing.

This will allow for several things:
- First, it will give you or the adult in charge an opportunity to go through with each girl what she has packed for the trip.

- Check for contraband, and if there are special needs (i.e. a particular type of shoe, or something especially warm to wear) this is your opportunity to make sure she has it packed. It can save a lot of grief later.
- It will also give you time and opportunity to compact sleeping bags and gear when necessary.
- Most of All, it will give you time to pack the car hauling the gear more or less "at your leisure". 
- It is also a great opportunity to get the permission slips so no one "forgets" them on departure.

Of course, the older the girls and the better "trained" they are with going on trips, you can be the one sitting back and allowing them to handle the work and coordination.
 
 

 ROUTINE FOR UNPACKING THE GEAR AND REPACKING TO GO HOME
Equipment Needed: TARPS ( 2 or more)
Unpacking on arrival:

The last things you threw into the car carrying all the gear were two large tarps.
On arrival, pull out one of the tarps and spread it out. (The second is if needed)
All of the gear unloaded goes straight to the tarp. This keeps ALL of the gear dry, clean and in a central location
Once it is all unloaded, all of the girls move their gear to the cabin, tent, etc. and return until all of the gear has been moved to the correct location.
The Tarp is then put back in the car.

Packing back up.

Pull out the first tarp and spread it out.
All of the gear to be packed into the car should go on this tarp.

This is a good opportunity for the girls to double check and make sure their items are all on the tarp to go home.
The second tarp can be used by the adult and girl actually packing the items into the car for items that require preferential packing (i.e. a particular car; must be packed first due to size/shape) or need to be set out or rearranged during packing.


While the gear is being packed for the trip home, girls can be finishing up their camp kapers and clean-up duties.

Once the tarps are cleared of everything, fold and toss them on top of the gear and you're ready to head home.

 
 
 
 



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