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Posted: 11/22/19 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This has always affected me. I love camping, I would go full time if I could. But I always have trouble packing.

It's almost 9:30 am and I'm waiting for the kids to get out of school around 3. So far the extent of my prep is on Tuesday I put the sleeping bags in the popup and closed it all up before it rained. I haven't even considered food or shopping and no clothes are packed. Yes I'll get it done, but for some reason I always hate getting ready for the trip.

Does this happen to any of you?


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No. Make several check lists and start stacking things in a location days before. With lists you won't forget anything and won't be in a last minute panic.

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Yes! This is one of the reasons we got an RV. It's packed with everything except change of clothes and a few food items. Otherwise, absolutley everything from toiletries to condiments are always in it.
We can "pack" in less than 30 minutes.


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Posted: 11/22/19 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As fulltimers, of course we never have to pack our RV, but our daughters do. They both have everything they don't leave in their TT's except for perishables stored in plastic totes they can quickly move to the RV's in just a few minutes. They may add some new clothes, etc, but other than that and the fresh foods, they're always good to go in just a short time without having to remember where everything is.


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We have a TT but my niece has a pop up... She has 4 to 6 plastic tubs just for camping.. She keeps them in a closet in the house... She has everything packed in those tubs. Two for kitchen (shes a huge dutch oven cooker) 1 for bathroom and shower, 1 for misc. 1 for backpacking stuff and 1 for clothes. I know she has clothes packed in one for her self and her husband.. When the 3 kids were younger she packed before leaving for them as they kept growing...They have had this popup since she was pregnant with the first.. She says she can shove a couple tub in the popup door when its down. The rest go in their van.. She keeps lists and updates them frequently.. She has a master list she keeps on the side of her fridge and each tub has a laminated list on top. she is very organized and they go camping about every weekend..


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When we had our pop-up, we kept basic stuff in the camper all the time, like personal hygiene items, bedding, pots and pans stuff.

Then we had 3 or 4 Rubbermaid totes we carried in the back of the car (actually it was a mini-van). We carried our clothing in them and our food items. We also had an electric cooler we kept in the van since the pop-up did not have a refrigerator (I removed the ice-box and tuned that space into storage).

In preparation, those Rubbermaid totes were in the house where they were packed and pretty much ready to go as soon as laundry was done. Food items were packed also, like canned good and such. The electric cooler was brought in the house also and packed when convenient.

Then, when it came time to actually leave, all we had to do was put the totes and the electric cooler in the back of the mini-van, hitch and go.

We reversed the process once at the campground. When clothes emptied, that became the dirty laundry hamper. And food items almost always stayed in the back of the van. It was easier than hauling things back and forth all the time.

Packing was not a problem this way. The only time it became a little more challenging was when we decided to wash bedding. Then, we'd remove everything on the last day of the trip and simply pack it in the back of the van. After getting washed, the bedding would be put with the Totes and finally put back in the van. Once at the campsite, we'd make the bunks up.

No stress doing it this way.

Now that we have a TT, we keep food in the camper all the time, especially since we use it all the time. We just bring laundry in once home, wash it, and put it right back into the camper. Done! ready for the next trip.

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Yes, I tend to get stressed before a trip. Best thing I have found is to start getting prepared a week before. Make a list and keep it where you and your spouse can see and add to it. We stage clothing, bedding, supplies and non-perishable items the night before we pack and check off the list as we go. It gets easier with time but I still get stressed if I'm the only one packing everything and when its the first trip of the season.


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I can make two trips to RV and be loaded, my wife however has at least 15 bags of stuff, a closet full of clothes that has to be different from what she took last time, 10 pairs of shoes, and several bags full of stuff for the dogs. If I didn't take her I could be on the road in an hour, otherwise it takes at least a week and a couple of 20 hour last days to get it all in and ready for three months out. I hate getting ready to go! Almost forgot, the last week also includes the dog grooming, dog shots and meds, hair cuts and pedicures for us and trip to bank for laundry quarters and road money. The last week is never ending. Did I say I hate getting ready to go!


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I don't have any problems packing. Based on my wife's directions, I just take everything we own...

Actually, we keep all of the non-perishables in the Pup all the time including chairs,bedding and toiletries. The only thing we typically pack is food, clothes, and meds. We are fortunate that our Pup actually has a good bit of storage inside and a front storage trunk that holds all of the set-up/cooking equipment.

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Before we full timed we could go year round, so we kept the 5er ready to camp except for perishable food. This was non-perishable food, cloths, pots, pans. It was so ready to go we were one hour and fifteen minutes from me walking out of work to us pulling out of the storage yard for a weekend trip thought of that morning. I had to air up tires, and install the hitch also.


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