Located along the central Gulf Coast, Padre Island National Seashore boasts the largest undeveloped stretch of coastline in the world. This unique National Park has the best of both worlds to visitors who are looking for a traditional campground or a remote secluded experience. 70 miles of sandy sea shores await anyone willing to engage their 4WD and spend their time exploring sandy tracks.
Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) principles are often long forgotten when people are packing up vehicles for a camping trip. I know I'm often guilty of this myself. You want to take every piece of camping gear you ever purchased with you up until it's time to pack your vehicle. You realize you don't have as much space as you imagined in your head. Often times we want to pack everything including the kitchen sink. We're all afraid of leaving that critical piece of gear behind because there's no worst feeling than realizing all your cooking pans are in your garage when you're 500 miles away from home.
Keeping everything clean and organized is also a great goal to achieve. Having all your gear in containers or boxes that are well labeled and ready to go also makes spontaneous trips a real possibility. You're more likely to take a random weekend trip if all you need to do is load a few containers then grab beer, water, and ice on your way out of town.
The following checklist/ organization works for us. It's not perfect but it's centered around the type of camping we most often do. Depending on the type of location and activities we target we will often add or remove gear as needed. I've categorized all my camping gear into the following three containers--
For as long as I could remember I've always wanted to explore Big Bend. I read and heard stories about the vast and ever-changing scenic outdoor environment. I instantly fell in love with the idea. I heard about the cover of stars and planets which would blanket the sky every night. I read about the canyons, mountains, deserts, rivers, and gorges all within a single park boundary. After a while I started to think if it was possible for any place to live up to this glorified oasis I imagined into my head. In November 2017 I finally made it to Big Bend National Park. The Park did not disappoint.
The scenic views driving down Highway 118 From Alpine, TX to Big Bend National Park makes promises the Park intends to keep. Off to the distance there are numerous Mountain peaks and canyons which give a window into the great adventures which lie ahead.