Trying to Take the Whole House

I have a question for those of you out there who have been camping for a long time, do you try to bring all of your belongings with you when you camp?  I have a feeling that it is kind of like having your first baby and over-packing the diaper bag when you head to the grocery store with outfits, toys, diapers and wipes, shopping cart cover, sunblock, mittens, sunhat, snow hat and the like when all the baby will ever need is a pacifier. Having said that, I needed to experience the dragging of the 40lb bag from my car to the store while balancing the baby in the carseat in the other hand.  Actually, I had to have that experience about ten times before I decided to leave the diaper bag in the car.

As Bill and I begin to pack for our trip, our dining room table is covered in items that we think are essential.  Looking at it now, I’m not quite sure that we will need all of this stuff on our first outing.  Sure, linens and towels are musts but a new paper towel holder? Surely we will survive without that, won’t we?

So, I am asking a little advice…what would you say are the essentials that everyone should have on a first camping trip in the new travel trailer?  I sure would love to know your thoughts.

Thank you!




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  1. I have found that I was only using about half the food I would bring so I started scaling back. I do try to plan my meals (b/l/d) but found I was only doing maybe two a day. Say a breakfast and a dinner and maybe some summer sausage and crackers for lunch….. I bring one or two rolls of TP and restock when I get home. Bug spray is a must. You’ll eventually weed some of that stuff down. Someone mentioned to put blue plumbers tape on stuff and if you use it remove the tape, then at the end of the season take out the stuff that still has tape on it. The cute pillows are a must!! Have fun!

  2. Good Morning! We are enjoying your blog and looking forward to following along. We have been camping for several years and started in a tent, and made a natural progression through a popup, 20′ trailer , and now a 30′ bunkhouse. In response to your question, I totally get where you are at. We often wondered the same thing and over packed quite often. The whole “what if” scenario!! With that said, I doubt anyone can tell you exactly what you will need. It is just something you have to learn from experience with your new surroundings. If you do find yourself in need, a store along the way should have you covered!! Best wishes on your endeavors!!

  3. I think those items look great! It really also depends on how big your trailer is? Some of the ultra lites don’t have a lot of storage areas to cut down on weight. Ours is that way. But if you have the room and storage, I say bring what makes you most comfortable! Why not! 😁

  4. Looks like you have most of the essentials. Something we always take is rain jackets. As far as food, that depends on how long you will be gone. I always keep staples on hand. If you forget anything there’s always a Walmart or other store along the way. Enjoy your new adventure! Thanks for following my blog. Wishing you safe travels and happy trails!

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