Originally Posted by steve dunham
I'm getting my first travel trailer and i am wondering what to stock in the trailer. I want to carry the least amount (weight) i can ,but i don't want to run to the store constantly.
What items are necessities and which are luxuries ??
I,e. I know people who tell me they always bring lawn chairs, others say don't bother , camp sites have picnic tables to sit at. We will be doing camping trips of 4 days or less and mostly within 300 miles of home
thanks steve d
If you have a birthday coming up, ask for Cabelas gift cards.
I see that you have decided on the Scamp
16 side. Will you be getting a "Marine Bath" or will you need an outside shower?
You will have a galley which you will want to stock. Go through your kitchen and put aside all the duplicate utensils. Pack stuff that has dual uses: i.e. a measuring cup that can also be a mixing bowl. Think about the utensils, pots cleaning aids that you use most days.
Regarding chairs and table: we have a small roll top table very similar to the one that Cabelas sells:
Cabela's: Cabela's Deluxe Roll-Top Tables
It folds up and stands upright in the closet taking very little space. It is so great when sitting around the camp fire. We put it between our chairs and have a place for our plates and drinks. I also use it as a cooking platform when BBQ ing. Our friends have the larger table for their BBQ.
Will you be dry camping
or hooking up? If dry camping
, what will you do for power? Fresh water vessels?
If you will be using showers & bathrooms provided at the campsite, how will you be carrying your toilet items? You'll still need toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.
At nite, will you be reading in the trailer? Do you have pets that you will need to take for walks after dark? You;ll need at least one flashlight and a headlamp. Headlamps can be used for reading in bed, and setting up the trailer after dark.
You'll need hardware for your trailer to level it. Where will you stow these items?
If you use picnic tables, you still need table covers (they do get filthy). We use bingee cords to keep the cover on when the wind comes up.
Paper plates is a great idea. You can get bamboo paper plate holders.
Mr Bar-b-q Inc - Bamboo Plate Holders, Set of 4 - Picnic - Camping World
These will add a little class to your table. I prefer disposable party cups for my wine.
Don't forget napkins, dish towels, paper towels to wipe up spills.
Will you be cooking outside? You'll need to bring outdoor camp cookware and grilling accessories.
Spices, seasonings & marinades.
For spices, get a 7-day pill organizer from the pharmacy. Put your dry spices in each "hole" and make labels for each "top". Pill boxes and pill cases by HealthAccessories.com
This will save space.
oven? If you plan to hook up take one. If you know in advance you'll be roughing it, leave it at home.
Bedding and towels (for your body, hands and dishes).
Plastic bags ... 13 gallon and those huge lawn bags. They don't take much space and you'll be glad you have them on hand.
I'll keep on thinking of stuff.