I'd like to pose the question; "What "essential" items have turned out to be non-essential? What items do you consider "essential" that others may not? I suppose I'm asking this because during this the first year for ownership of my 13' Scamp
I've wrestled with what is essential to bring only to find out I had not used some things during our trips.
Of course, if I only brought what is "essential" our trips would be rather stark. One of the advantages of having a little trailer is to embellish the camping experience with a tiny bit of "glamping". (Glamorous camping) I am BIG on decorating the interior (and sometimes the exterior) with a travel theme thereby making our travel experience more fun.
The small space does get cramped easily so it's important to balance what is essential, non-essential and "fun essential".
Among the "essential" items I have since removed from the trailer are;
a glass mug with screw-on lid that looks like a canning jar
, (a novelty that we never used 'cause we have nifty mugs with screw-on lids for hot beverages and soup and tumblers for cold beverages)
an apple corer/slicer
(A knife works just as well and is multi-purpose)
extra plates and bowls
(One set of dishware for two people is plenty. We will probably never entertain, and if we do we'll ask our guests to bring their own. We sometimes use paper products, especially on chili night because the plates are difficult to clean.)
A beach umbrella with screw-in the sand holder and a "fill with water" stand
(I am a shade-lover and we never needed it) We have a 10' canopy which came in handy in a light
rain to cover our picnic table.
A broom with a long handle
(a simple small camping brush with a dustpan is all that's needed in this tiny space)
What I consider essential to me, but may not to others. is my pie iron
. I have so much fun trying out recipes in addition to pie including pineapple upside down cake and modified S'mores (made with Rocky Road candy bar between graham crackers, wrapped in foil). It's nice to know you can do some "baking" for two on the road without a conventional oven or Dutch oven.
I'd love to hear from others.