John and I both grew up camping, and it’s still one of our favorite things to do. Some of the best, most relaxing times we’ve had together have been when we’ve gone out camping for a week or two. Until recently, we tent-camped. We would gather all of our camping gear, shoe-horn it into the back of John’s truck, head out, unpack everything, and then pack it all back up when we were ready to move to the next spot. It took hours and was a huge production. When we decided to buy our tent trailer a year and a half ago, the main reason was that it would make it easier to get out and go camping, because we could keep the trailer stocked with all of our camping gear. I admit that a comfier bed was a real bonus for me, too!
Having the trailer really has made it easier to head out on our camping adventures. We have pretty much everything we need in the trailer, and just have to pack food, clothes, drinks, and campfire stuff. Following the lead of John’s Mom, who uses an extensive array of lists to pack for her frequent trips, I made a packing list of everything we stock in the trailer. Here’s the basic layout of our tent trailer (click to enlarge):
Trailer Packing List
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Small Level (To level the trailer when we set up.)
Trailer Hitch and Lock
Shims (Also to level the trailer, if needed.)
We love to cook good food when we camp. We almost never cook camping classics like burgers and hot dogs, though.
Pasta Pot and Lid
Skillet and Lid
Set of 3 Nested Pots/Lids (My old backpacking set, this brand.)
Small Mixing Bowl
Silicone Measuring Cup
1 Mug (For me. John doesn’t drink hot beverages.)
2 Wooden Spoons
Paper Plates and Bowls
Extension Cord (We keep this by the cookware box for the rare cases when we have hookups.)
For our bed.
Towels and Washcloths
Comforter and Cover
Indian Bedspread (This is my all-time favorite hot weather bedding. It’s very loosely-woven cotton. So light and cool.)
Pot Gripper (For backpacking pots/pans.)
A Variety of Knives
Clothespins (To hang clothes/towels on the awning, and to close the curtains fully.)
Lantern Mantels (We don’t take our lantern very often, but we stock these in case we do.)
First Aid Kit
Shout Wipes (I think I’m going to take these out, though, so I can take them to work, where I actually care if I spill.)
Tick Removal Kit
Fresh and Waste Water Hoses (For the rare cases when we have hookups.)
A Couple of Small Propane Cans
Coleman Adapter Hose (So we can hook our camp stove to a 20# propane tank. Much more practical.)
Small American Flag (I’m not “rah-rah” patriotic, but camping makes me happy to have the freedoms I so often take for granted. John’s not sold on this, even though his Mom gave it to us, haha!)
2nd Set of Sheets/Towels/Washcloths (Guests bring their own pillows and blankets/covers.)
Floor Storage #1
Right in front of the door, so we can access it when the trailer is down.
Crank (To raise the tent trailer.)
Floor Storage #2
Food Bin (Someday, I’ll write another post on our favorite camping foods. We’re particular!)
Coleman Camp Stove (We don’t take the stove that came with our trailer because it’s too small.)
That’s it! We definitely don’t pack light…after all, we’re on vacation and we’re car-camping in a trailer. We are all about the comfort! Any other campers out there? Do you backpack, tent camp, trailer, RV, or any and all? Inquiring minds want to know! And please share any good camping areas that are drivable from Northern California!
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