Lists are not always bad

Lest y’all think the trailering life is completely carefree, I thought I’d share my pre-trip checklist with you. Usually, I just wing it, but my dad’s backpacking check lists have inspired me. Now is not the time to leave something behind. Read it and weep.

Fiberglass LP gas tank, ½-full (saves 18lbs!)
Fully-charged 12V deep-cycle battery

Stored On Floor:

  • 30 amp power cord with adapter
  • 100ft extension cord
  • Corner stabilizer jack iron
  • Folding canvas chairs (pair)
  • Mat for entrance

Stored Under sink (lower):

  • Empty 5 gallon fresh water tank
  • Green insulated food bag w/food and plates
  • plastic silverware
  • Toilet paper

Stored Under sink (upper):

  • Potholders/oven mitts
  • Pasta strainer
  • Cooking spray
  • Lighter fluid
  • Games (Scrabble, Othello, Mastermind)
  • Skewers (for marshmallows!)
  • Can opener
  • Butane refill

Stored Right Under-Counter:

  • Trash can with plastic bags
  • Bungee cords
  • Clothesline
  • Paper towel(s)
  • Fluorescent plug-in lamp (110V)
  • Reusable Shopping bags

Stored Under side seat bench:

  • Wheel chocks
  • Grey Water barrel w/hose
  • Stakes
  • Small shovel with cutting edge
  • Small propane tank
  • Large Rubbermaid tub with: Pots (med and small) with lids, Frying Pan (small), tablecloth, measuring cups, measuring spoons, melamine bowls & coffee cups, measuring cups, stirring spoons, spatulas, large plastic cups (2) , paper bowls

Left front upper cabinet:

  • Chargers for iPhone, iPod, camera battery, toothbrush
  • 6ft AV headphone cable
  • 12V extension cord
  • Vintage postcards
  • KOA and Good Sam Club cards
  • Nightlight cube (thank you, Karen!)

Center front upper cabinet:

  • Condiments (packets with sugar, mayo, mustard)
  • Vitamins
  • Coffee supplies
  • Pasta
  • Lighters (Zippo-type)

Right front upper cabinet:

  • Leveler bubble
  • Electric multi-tester
  • Firestarter
  • Kleenex
  • LED battery lantern (2 small)
  • Flashlights
  • Trailer radio antenna
  • Tide travel packs
  • Insect repellant (various types)

Stored in Floor compartment

  • Dust brush
  • Flip-flops, sandals, and extra shoes
  • umbrella

Stored under bed:

  • Sheets/blankets
  • Pillows (3)
  • Comforters (2)
  • Ground cloth/tarp
  • Small car vacuum
  • Trailer awning and frame poles (from larger tent) – stored in 2 white bags
  • Toaster
  • Citronella candle
  • Small Coleman Propane stove
  • Large LED lantern
  • Christmas lights J

Left Rear Upper Cabinet:

  • Bath towels and washcloth
  • Trailer info folder

Center Rear Upper Cabinet:

  • Dopp Kits

Right Rear Upper Cabinet:

  • CPAP machine with cables
  • 12V voltage meter

Stored in Car:

  • Generator (oil changed 5/11)
  • 1 Gallon gas tank (filled)
  • Folding table
  • Box of food


Brita water pitcher
Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls
Dish soap
Cooking oil/Pam spray
Containers for food storage
Folding table
paper cups, plates
Ziplock bags
Dish rags/towels


Socks/extra socks
Light rain jacket
Sleep clothes
Swim suit/towel
Laundry bag


Soap in plastic case/shampoo
Tooth brush/tooth paste


Extra batteries/bulbs
Laptop w/charger
Camera/battery charger/transfer cable/memory cards
First aid kit
Work gloves

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