Camping in a travel trailer gives you the best of both worlds. You have a soft comfortable bed to sleep in, air conditioning or heat if you need it, running water and an indoor toilet. You can still swim, hike, and fish and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors, but with the comforts of home only a few feet away. For those people who have never experienced camping in a travel trailer, not knowing what to take along on your trip may be a concern.
Once you pack your travel trailer kitchen and cupboards with supplies, you should keep a handy list available to write down the items you have depleted. If you stay organized in this manner, you will always have what you need available. Create a menu and make sure you have the appropriate items for your meals, including condiments. You will have limited space in your travel trailer, so be sure and take many multi-purpose items, such as a skillet, saucepot, spatula’s, soup ladle, plates, silverware and glasses. Items such as can openers, coffee pots, garbage bags, foils and plastic wrap are easy to forget, but definitely necessary. Many people choose to use paper plates, paper towels and plastic silverware for ease in cleanup. Do not forget to take along some charcoal and lighter fluids for preparing easy meals outdoors, since most RV parks have grills available for your use.
Take all of your prescription medicine in the bottle they came in. Many prescription drugs don’t mix with certain over-the-counter drugs and you need to have this information available. Be sure and take a first aid kit, which includes bandages, a snakebite kit, insect repellent, hydrogen peroxide, antihistamines, and a triple antibiotic ointment. Over-the-counter medications for diarrhea, nausea, and pain are often needed while camping. Be sure to take along sun block and a sunburn spray or ointment in case someone overindulges in outdoor activities. Be sure to bring some matches, candles and a lantern.
Grocery and Pantry Items
Peanut butter, oatmeal, bread, lunch-meat and other staples should round out your other grocery items for a quick meal when outdoor activities keep you running. Don’t forget to bring along ground beef and hot-dogs for a quick outdoor meal and easy cleanup. Take along items needed for s’mores for those nights around the campfire. Meals should be simple while camping in a travel trailer. After all, you are on vacation, and space and time will limit complicated or gourmet meals. Don’t forget toilet paper, facial tissues, bath and face soap and your cleaning supplies.
Take along items that you sometimes take for granted while at home, such as nail clippers, lip balms, sunglasses, razors and hand lotions, as suggested by the Travel Trailer Center Web site. Take a minimum number of towels, washcloths and dishtowels. Don’t forget the beach towels if you are camping near a lake or body of water. Make sure you include rain-wear; you are not always guaranteed good weather while camping. Limit your clothing to easy-to-wear T-shirts, shorts, a good pair of athletic or walking shoes, sandals and something nice to wear if you visit a tourist attraction or go out for dinner. Take enough bed linens and pillows for each bed and one spare. Take along foldable camping chairs and tables for when you want to dine outside or chat with your fellow campers, as suggested by the Travel World Web site.
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