Have you ever had half a package of hotdogs left over, and had nothing to wrap it up in, so the wiener juice runs all over the bottom of the fridge? Don’t tell me I’m the only one who never thought to bring baggies to the trailer.
We’ve got our first couple of trips under our belts and had time to mull over the stupid mistakes we made.
Let’s just start by listing the things we forgot or never thought to bring:
- Something, anything to re-package open food.
- A flashlight. Seriously, who goes camping without a flashlight? I do!
- Grilling tools. It’s really hard to grill beef/veggie skewers without tongs.
- I remembered to bring a carton of milk, but I forgot to make sure it had a screw top. A screw top is much tidier when you have to lay the milk carton on its side in the fridge.
- Pillows. It’s not the first time we’ve forgotten pillows. I don’t know why they’re so hard to remember…I really miss them when they’re not there.
Suffice to say, there were some important things we didn’t have with us. On the other hand, the things we did have were everywhere. We were terribly disorganized. There was stuff that never got unpacked from the van all weekend, there was stuff left outside and there was stuff all over the inside of the trailer. It was ridiculous and it made an ordeal out of packing everything up to go home. We’re not the most organized people in any situation, but within the confines of a tent trailer it became unbearable. The thing is, there’s lots of storage space in the trailer; we just weren’t using it.
My mission, when we got home from our first trip, was to get organized and establish some systems. So I went shopping and spent just over $100 on supplies and storage solutions. I brought everything back and set about the task of forcing order on the madness.
I created a bin for cleaning supplies, a bin for kicheny type things, and a bin for sundries like bug spray and flashlights. Then I allocated space for all the bits and pieces in the various storage cupboards in the trailer. Some of the storage areas are more accessible than others so items were allocated based on frequency of use. The two easy access cupboards by the door were allocated for things we need constantly. The less accessible units under the benches were allocated for things we would access during set-up or may not need at all. One, easily accessible, unit under the bench near the door was deliberately left empty. That unit is to be used for backpacks while we’re in residence; it’s basically our closet.
Anyway, we now have a lot of staple items stored permanently in the trailer; decor items, cleaning supplies, blankets and plenty of stuff to entertain ourselves with. More importantly, everything belongs somewhere, so we can put it all away when conditions become unruly. We’ll probably still need to tweak the set up here and there, but we’re certainly further ahead than we were. At least I’ll always have a baggie for my wieners.