It’s the end of the season, so I thought I’d talk about how we managed to go on eight camping trips this season, with little packing stress. The key was organizing the tent trailer (a.k.a. “pop-up” trailer). Most of these tips apply to camping in general. It is a work in progress, so below I’ve shared what we did this summer. I apologise for the poor quality pictures, camping isn’t exactly an ideal indoor photo environment!
First, have a camping checklist so you can pack as much ahead of time as possible.
- Pots & pans
- Cutting Boards
- Plates & Bowls
- Cups & Mugs
- Canola Oil
- Pancake Mix
- Salt & Pepper Shakers
- Can of Tuna Fish
- Can of Soup
- Sweet Mesquite Seasoning
- Granulated Garlic
- Ground Coffee
- Graham Crackers
- Chocolate Bars
- Granola Bars
- Instant Oatmeal
“Tote #3”: Bedding
This isn’t so much a tote, but a plastic comforter bag. There’s enough room to stuff our bedding in other places, but keeping it in a bag keeps it clean. We learned this after a run-in between the comforter and charcoal!
Tote #4: BBQ Stuff
See tote #3. The Charcoal and dirty BBQ tools really need to be contained. This is a small tote, half the size of the others. We also use this tote for doing dishes while at the camp site.
We use a small laundry basket to bring all the little things camping. Clean sheets, small backpack, anything that needed refilling (like a new roll of paper towels). Once camp is set-up, all that stuff gets put away. We then fill the basket with our dirty clothes and towels during the trip. Makes laundry easy when we get home!
5. Weird space under sink – camelback bladder (it’s a strange shape space, so we’re not really using it effectively yet)
We have to lift and clip it into place, so only light items go here. This includes paper towels, wipes, table clothes, hand towels, garbage, plastic, and ziploc bags. Since it’s over the sink, this is also where the dish soap, scrub brush and sponge are stored in a small basket (with a solid bottom so it the paper products don’t get wet). We also use the top of the cabinet to store hats.
Front Gear Rack
- Large cooler for food
- Small cooler for drinks
- Extra propane tank
- Tote with hoses, cables, etc (trailer stuff)
- Charcoal BBQ
- Gas BBQ
- Longer tools (shovel & axe)
- Folding chairs
- Floor mats
- Cast Iron griddle
- Clothes – duffels either go in the trailer or in the truck cab
- Wood – back of truck bed (we had a 1/2-cord delivered at the beginning of summer – cheaper than buying at the campground!)
- Generator & gas can – back of truck bed
- Small trash can – made to fit plastic grocery bags (large garbage bag goes outside)
- Medium baskets used to fill & transport stuff in & out of trailer (food, dishes, games, etc)
- Pack perishable food in food tote and slide into trailer
- Pack coolers with food, drinks & ice
- Pack clothes and toss into truck
- Load front gear rack
- Load wood, generator & extra gas into back of truck