Some people are lucky enough to live in their RVs pretty much full time. They take their homes with them when they travel so there isn’t as much to think about when packing. It’s all there already. They have to focus on anchoring things before they move and offloading some accumulated weight but that is about it.
Others camp a few weekends a year and have quite a bit of packing to do before they can leave home. Life gets busy and jobs require focus and before you know it, it’s late afternoon on the day of departure and you haven’t started packing yet. It happens and can be frustrating. That’s when camping checklists can be a real life saver. When you get used to using one you can get yourself packed and on the road in record time.
Three basic checklists would cover most needs pretty well. One for food and kitchenware, one for clothing and activities, and one for equipment.
Depending on how often you camp and what you camp in, be it tent or trailer, you would list basic seasonings you use regularly, condiments, meat, starch, fruits & veg, and treats. You’d also list the dishes, and cooking utensils needed for most trips. Add plastic bags, paper towels, toilet paper, and hotpads to it and you should be all set.
The clothing and activities list could be sorted by person. Write down basic garments needed for each person, including linens and beach towels, and the games, toys, reading material, and electronics each of them will want to bring.
For equipment, you can list coolers, plastic tubs, sleeping bags, tarps, coffee pot, crockpot, trash cans, flashlights, rain gear, first-aid kit, and things of that nature that you’ll need for your actual camping.
Once your lists are in order it is much quicker to pack and relieves your mind that you haven’t forgotten anything. Your vacation time is limited and we hope you can spend as much time of it playing as you can, so the sooner you can pack and get on the road the sooner you can start enjoying it.