I compiled a list of my top 5 must-haves for next time. Of course you have all your other things that are must haves- like the tent, chairs, food & jugs of water. But these are the things we wish we had or things we did have and don't want to forget next time.
1. Lantern- we did not have one- a lot of campsites have lamp posts (at least the ones we went to when I was younger did)- but since we were at a primitive site, when the sun went down, it was DARK, and flash lights just don't cut it with little ones walking around a fire. This lantern is on my MUST HAVE list, a candle lantern will help warm up the tent a few degrees too. We definitely should have grabbed the headlamps also- slackers.
2. More blankets- we don't have sleeping bags and we definitely did not bring enough blankets. When you grab all your blankets- grab a few more. You can't have too many blankets!!! Eventually we'll get sleeping bags + sleeping pads are on the want-list. Northern Florida gets pretty damn cold at night in January, FYI!
3. Cookware + Drinkware- A Steel Cookset for boiling water + French Press. We can't live without our coffee and these two things were necessities. And some pots, like these- grab some rice & beans + tortillas, some noodles + pasta sauce. BAM! You're all set to eat like Kings over a campfire.
The Yeti Tumbler came in handy- we got these from my parents for Christmas- and they are amazing!!! They keep your coffee HOT for hours, as well as your ice beverage cold- it takes forever for the ice cubes to melt in this thing! We also have SubZero metal water bottles for the kids that are amazing.
4. Hatchet- we did not have this, and Craig kept saying how much he wished he had one. We had the knife- but you can only do so much with a knife.
5. Wipes + Toilet paper- ya never know if the campsite will run out of toilet paper or you might just have to pop a squat- always good to be prepared! And the wipes came in handy- one gets pretty dirty out there in the woods. Also, no running water = whore bath.
As soon as we got home, Craig was online looking for our next site. Everglades National Park, here we come!