I say this as humbly as possible - I'm an incredible planner. I make lists and reservations, and think way ahead. And even I still manage to miss details and forget things (on occasion)! My most recent camping trip was a perfect example of forgetting even the most important things (WATER) packaged together with some unfortunate circumstances. But when things go wrong, and they will, you have two options: bail and go home, or make it work! And as long as the situation isn't life or death, I almost always try to make things work.
A quick rundown of the mishaps we ran into while camping in the San Bernadino Mountains recently:
- I forgot water. Literally the one thing that you cannot go without, and I forgot it.
- Oh, I also forgot water bottles. So even if the campsite had water spickets (which it did not), we didn't have anything to physically hold the water we did not have.
- I also forgot pillows. I know, I know - not the end of the world - you're camping, after all! But we were comfort camping, so we had brought the air mattress and all, yet I forgot the pillows.
- We got rained out of our reserved campsite. I'm not talking a few sprinkles - I'm talking a hearty downpour that continued long enough to create a small stream directly through our campsite.
- Finally, one of our two folding chairs broke, making it unusable. It's not much fun to sit around a campfire when there's nowhere to sit.
But we were determined to enjoy our weekend in the mountains. So we made the decision to fix the situation(s), with the following remedies:
- While we pondered on the possibility of surviving on the beer and wine we had packed, we ultimately decided to drive to the closest town to stock up on water. We stopped at the Idyllwild General Store and bought four giant bottles of Smart Water...and one more six pack of beer. Priorities.
- Our reserved campsite at the top of the mountain was getting a ton of rain, but a campsite closer to town was sitting pretty in the sun. They happened to have a few open sites left, so we abandoned our flooded plan A for a sunnier plan B. The site was great and sat right up against a trailhead, so it actually ended up working for the better!
- I got creative to fix our chair problem - I cut the drawstring from the chair's bag and knotted it in a way to make the chair sit-able (but not comfortable, unfortunately). Sometimes a fix is just a matter of being resourceful!
- Pillows? Who needs 'em.
After this trip, we made a camping checklist (so as to not forget the water, or pillows, again). But I'm sure there will be another mishap or unfortunate event that throws a wrench in whatever plans we've made, and then we'll do our best to salvage the trip. Camping is supposed to be "roughing it" after all, isn't it?
What travel mishaps have you run into? How did you fix them? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!