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Old 10-29-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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Ok I've noticed that whenever I go camping I always take way to much stuff, you see I have me and my wife and an almost three year old son. And when we go camping ( only in the tent trailer to this point) we always have a truckload of gear, even if it's only for one night or so. I'd thought maybe I could get an Idea of what to pack in the new trailer, to keep there on a permanent basis, and so the question what do you guys pack it your trailers for camping?

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Old 10-29-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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Most important thing for me is the WIFE.
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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After every trip, remove anything you didn't use.... soon you will have the bare, basic necessities. Larry
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:50 AM   #5
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:51 AM   #6
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After every trip, remove anything you didn't use.... soon you will have the bare, basic necessities. Larry

That's good advice thanks
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:37 PM   #7
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Jason, This is a hard question to answer. But know you will find after a few trips what is "have to takes" and what is " leave at home". But only "you" can really determine that. What makes your family comfortable while camping? The first few trips I drug it all with me but learned that if I didn't use it on a 3 week trip, I probably would never use it so why drag it around? We all have our own wants and needs. Personally I wouldn't leave the driveway without clothes ( I like clean clothes) clean sheets, fresh pillows, towels and a coffee pot. Others could care less about any of that and can get by with an old musty sleeping bag. Of course there are must have's like a Flashlight but I really don't even use a flashlight all that often so it's only there for emergency's. But for you it may come in handy every trip. Because each trip for us, is different I keep things like toasters for example, both electric and campfire, stored in an area of our barn ( it's really a big building and not a barn) if we are going to be in a campground/rvpark with hook ups the electric toaster get's put in, if we are going to be dry camping the campfire toaster gets put in, that way I am not dragging things each and every trip that are not needed for that particular trip. But I have that luxury because of the barn and that's probably not feasible for everyone to be able to change out the trailer by trip needs. Personally I need to learn to cut down on what I take food wise, we would never end up eating all that food I take. But I never want to Not have enough. LOL. That's why I say, only you can decide what works for you. But will try and suggest a few things that are always in the trailer.


Silver ware and utensils, pots and pans ( though some of those get changed out per type of trip) For me there is no use to drag along electric skillet or crock pot when we are gonna be dry camping. And why drag a heavy dutch oven if we are gonna be with full hook ups resort type place for the trip?
place setting for each of us
Paper plates and cups ( just a few of each)
First aid kit
Flash Light, and that's about it. But add lot's of stuff for the type of trip we will be taking.


As for what always ends up in the truck,
Lawn Chairs
Tools ( though limited cause I will just call someone to fix what needs fixin)
Jack, and that's about it. Of coures it gets loaded up with the trip "needs"

Good luck figureing it out, cause I don't think most of us have. People either take toooooo much or learn to live without. But don't think there is the perfect answer. Just learn to have fun no matter what you forgot to take along.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:50 PM   #8
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Howdy, Neighbor! We are in Galt, but have SOME ties (Church) to Lodi.

and Welcome to MFROG!
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:29 PM   #9
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well, jason, i agree with larry 100%. i have the bare essentials in our trailer, left in all the time and the way i look at it---if i don't have it, i don't need it---i improvise. even a supply of pots and pans barely gets used---i do alot of cooking using tin foil packets and as long as i have a roll of tin foil i can cook darn near anything! half the fun of camping, for me, is doing things differently than at home....not having all the conveniences, improvising and enjoying each step along the way!
happy camping to you!!
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:40 PM   #10
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When a friend touring my trailer commented that I had more food (staples) than she did in her whole kitchen at home - I started to rethink what I carry!
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:53 PM   #11
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"...the question what do you guys pack it your trailers for camping?"

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I have spent the last few years developing a "master checklist" spreadsheet, creating a list of columns with headings like "tools", "first aid", "cooking gear", "food", etc. Many items appear in multiple columns. Then depending on the trip or activity and cut and paste a unique list just for that, and save it as a PDF. I've attached a sample PDF showing the two columns I have for our Trillium. Hope this helps.
Sample_checklist_columns.pdf
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:20 AM   #12
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Hey thanks all I got some really great advise and now i have some info to use when me and the wife out together the list for the trailer
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Howdy, Neighbor! We are in Galt, but have SOME ties (Church) to Lodi.

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Hey Sweet I Went to School in Galt. Graduated from Galt high even, the other cool thing is i got this trailer on Liberty road just east of 99
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Jason - my kids went to GHS - you are the age of my youngest, Steve Weinel. He has an older brother Chris (born 1978) and an older sister Jessica (born 1976).

I have SEEN that rig out on Liberty. I am sure it is the same one - the red/white combo. On the North side of Liberty and the folks had it parked next to a Stickie 5er, right???

I had thought about trying to buy if for a Project Trailer, but I'm glad YOU guys got it.
(Wife would NOT have been happy had I dragged it home).


Enjoy!!


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