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03-12-2009, 12:07 AM #1
Camping/RV check list
I've decided that I need to make an RV check list so I don't forget to pack/bring something with us as we don't have double of everything to keep it stocked.
Do you have a checklist?
Can you share it?
How did you make it?
03-12-2009, 02:38 AM #2
I don't have a specific checklist but what I try to do when I'm packing for any trip is to go through my day from start to finish...
I.E. I get in the shower, wash my hair
(add shampoo, conditioner, razor, soap, towels to the list)
Style my hair (hair products, blow dryer)
Brush my teeth (toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss)
Get dressed (clothing and shoes - don't forget the pj's you took off before getting in the shower)
Then I'd move to breakfast and do the same thing....
breakfast foods, dishes, etc.
I'd also think about what my trip away will look like. Will we be sitting around the campfire? Hmmm, might need jackets, will we be swimming? (bathing suits and extra towels). Will we be hiking in the woods (bug spray!!)
I'd keep like things from my list on different pages... a page for food, a page for dishes, etc., a page for bathroom supplies....
Also, at the beginning of camping season I try to leave toothbrushes, paste, shampoo, tea, coffee, etc. in the trailer. It really cuts down on packing stuff.
Hope I've helped a bit
03-12-2009, 09:33 AM #3
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I, in fact, do have a rather comprehensive one. It came about when we brought our first pop up home and I promptly sprained both ankles. I was so excited about the new rig and couldn't do anything but sit around, so instead I ended up making the list so when I could walk again, I'd be ready to just gather everything up. I broke it down by areas to make it easier to organize. Naturally, it will vary somewhat based on what type of RV you have or if you tent camp.
Last year, I started keeping a pantry basket for staple foods. I bought a huge bag of square Tupperware containers at Goodwill for $3 and then bought a basket to hold them all, after carefully measuring to make sure the basket would fit into a specific cabinet in the pop up and another cabinet in the motorhome. I made space for that basket in the house pantry, too. The basket is put into the appropriate RV before every trip and brought into the house after each trip, so foods can be used in a timely manner and then restocked for the next trip. I made a pull-out tray in the pop up for the basket, and need to make another one for the moho. The tray turns the basket into a drawer, much more convenient than just setting it in the cabinet. I have a master list that stays in the basket all the time, so things don't get forgotten. It all sounds really involved but it's not.
My checklist follows. It looks like a lot but most of it is little things like matches. It's also changed over the years. I don't have a checklist for our moho but it would be similar, I think. Naturally, your needs will be a little different than ours, because everyone's list varies based on their needs and preferences. But this list will get you started. Dump it into your word processor, delete what you don't need, add what you do need, print it out, and Bob's your uncle.
Checklist for Sally
(leave in camper)
Red pepper flakes
St. Louis seasoning
Creamed soup mix
Electric coffee pot
Aluminum Dutch oven
Dutch oven lid lifter
Small pot for grill
Can coolers (2)
Assorted plastic bags
Large trash bags
Cutting board/sink cover
Plastic rinse tubs
Heavy duty foil
Soap in soapbox
First aid kit
Double deck of cards
Single deck of cards
Fresh water hose
Gray water hose
Gray water tanks
Orange extension cord
Fresh water funnel
Extension cords for tacky lights
5x7 awning mat
Small folding tables, 2
Large folding table
Whisk broom/dust pan
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03-12-2009, 09:59 AM #4
I keep extra large totes with all the stuff we use in the Travel Trailer. One ios for the sheets and blankets and towels and wash cloths. I wash them ( air dry the blankets) and then put them back in the tote and put it back in the TT. Same for the staples like paper towels, tp, matches, etc. They stay in a tote and then when we set up, I'll put them in the cabinet in the TT and use the tote for storing something else like our small gas grill ( table top model).Out of site, out of mind you know ( people have taking ways). I have a 3rd tote that I throw most of the canned and dry food into. Then again, when we get where we're going, I put that stuff in the cabinets and we use that tote in the back of the truck for when we go shopping and buy things. Of course we have a couple of coolers for the cold stuff. Once we get set up and the fridge gets cold then I can transfer it to that. And then we keep our beer and ice and such in the coolers so they don't take up all that space in the fridge.
I've made up " bathroom" bags for both of us. They're just bags with a drawstring at the top and I put tp, and a can of disinfecting wipes in each one. We took the toilet and shower out of our small TT to make a large clothes and supply closet, so we use the campground's bathrooms and we wipe the seats first before we use them. ( I'd rather sit in bleach than you know what! ICK)
As for other stuff. Pack what ya all eat. And don't for get the snacks. Lighting,entertainment,seating,clothes,food,drinks.
03-12-2009, 10:37 AM #5
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We keep everything in our 5th wheel except the fresh foods. So we are almost ready to go at any time.
03-12-2009, 02:39 PM #6
This year we're going from a 6'truck camper to a RV. So, I've learned to do with the bare essentials. So--now I wonder since I have more space, will I add more? I've never made a list for the camper. I've made a list for house-bring arm up on ice maker, stop chime clock, stop dehumidifier, stop mail, stop newspaper,etc. For my camping, about a week ahead of time I put a clothes basket on my kitchen table, when I think of something I put it in, when the basket is full, I take it out & put it away. I have the theory~~there's a Walmart somewhere if I forget anything (except in So Dakota, there's only 4 in the state). S'mores--yummmm
03-20-2009, 06:04 PM #7
I found some online too. Thanks for the ideas! I guess I'm going to have to fiddle w/ it after a few trips and get it down for us.
I'll share the online ones:
RV Campground Departure Checklist
RV Checklist of Things to Bring on Your RV Trip
RV Campsite Arrival Checklist, for Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels
03-20-2009, 09:53 PM #8
We love camping!! I'm very excited since we are going next week for Spring break....to the beach!
So for me it is just so much easier to have everything we would need (besides food) in the trailer and it stays there. I have.........this is for dh, dd , ds and I........
some clothes (although everyone brings what they want)
extra shoes.....including flip flops for the showers (although we have our own shower now but sometimes we use the public showers)
laundry detergent, bleach and lysol
all H&B stuff
hair dryer, combs, brushes
drying rack (fold down kind that I can set up for towels and such)
kitchen is fully stocked with everything I could need
non perishable stuff
hand vac/broom (4 people can make a mess very quickly no matter what the size of the RV!)
I know there is more but all this stuff is in the trailer already and all the bedding and clothing is clean, when we get home from a trip I do that laundry immediately and it all goes back into the RV before we take it to storage.
The only things I really have to pack before we go is food/drinks, whatever extra clothes everyone wants and then we all pack our own goodie bag......laptops, books, games.....whatever.
I did this slowly over time, it can get expensive if you try to stock out a trailer all at one time. I did go through the house to see what I wasn't really using and would really miss and most of it ended up in the trailer!!
05-26-2009, 12:46 PM #9
I had a camping list on our old computer but when it crashed I lost it. I made it when we bought our first camper and added to it as needed. I need to get it started again before we head out for the first time. It also pays to camp close to home the first time or two and take a notebook with you so you can write down all the things you think of while you are camping!
I try to think of the camper as home. What do I use at home and what do I need/want to be comfortable? I also make a menu ahead of time and I list everything I need to make that meal beside each item. Right down to the salt, etc.
Then I move to the outside and list all the things we need there. Clothesline, pins, bug candles, chairs, canopy, newspapers, firestarters and wood for the fire, tablecloth and holders, extension cords, coolers, etc. I try to picture the camp set up and what I want/need.
05-26-2009, 01:22 PM #10
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We have plastic bins of camping equipment/supplies that STAY in those bins. The bins are gone through before the first camping trip of the season to make sure everything is there and in working order.
Then I have a very comprehensive list of items that need to be packed. It has evolved over time. A menu and grocery list are made before each trip.
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