As overlanders, we constantly try to plan our adventures. Often we plan for weeks if not months depending on the length of trip and the actual conditions involved with the route. We make checklists, buy new gear, read blogs for ideas, etc. until we feel fully prepared. Even then, sometimes we will either over-pack or forget one of the most obvious items we should have easily thought of.
Sometimes the real adventure can be a spontaneous trip into the outdoors. It can be a weekend getaway into the mountains to wind down from a long work week or just a quick adventure before the kids go back to school. It is always fun to just go somewhere on a whim.
The key to making these trips happen is to always have your gear ready to go at a moment's notice while requiring to only pack up your clothes, toiletries and perishable food items. We recommend keeping a second set of "camping only" cookware and kitchenware, a container of your choosing full of easily prepared quick food items (such as canned and jarred items), and a bin or bag with your recovery gear always quickly available. Also keep your tent, sleeping bags, lanterns, flashlights, etc. in a simple place that is all together and easily accessible. This way you can simply grab-and-go!
Ideally, one might have a second overland/camping vehicle dedicated for these activities that could always stay packed up. That is the ultimate easy way to get out the door and make these trips happen. But for most of us, this will require unloading our daily items to re-load our camping gear for the weekend trek. Most importantly, just make sure all of your gear is easily accessible and fairly simple to load up. When it doesn't feel like a hassle to prepare fir a trip, you are more likely to do it more often and that is what it is al about!
Remember that you can make some of the best memories on a simple getaway not far from home and no matter where you go, always remember to BeThere!