With the May Long Weekend and Canadian RV and Camping Week just around the corner, a lot of new (and seasoned) RVers are gearing up for their first trip of the season. It is a very exciting time - that is until you are cleaning up after your first awesome dinner and realize you didn’t bring any containers to put the leftovers in!
Not to worry though, Camp-Out RV has you covered. Our staff has a lot of RVing hours under our belt, so we put together this RV packing guide for a weekend getaway with some key things to consider and pack.
In Part One of our series we will focus on what you need to pack and consider related to food and clothing.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FOOD
It is safe to assume you plan on eating during your trip. Step one is planning your meals. You will likely want to pre-buy your food before getting to the campsite, so a meal plan helps ensure all groceries are purchased and no one is doing a grocery run at 8am to get milk for cereal.
Once you have the meals planned, you can also start to think about:
Will you have enough room in your fridge for the food you need to keep cold? If space is getting tight you can always bring a cooler to fill up with ice to store cold food as well
What is needed to prep the food? (for example mixing bowls, cutting board, sharp knife, cheese grater, can opener)
Now that your meal is prepped, what will you be cooking it in? You may need frying pans, pots, spatulas, BBQ tongs, oven mitts, hot pads, and tin foil to help cook the food
TIP: Try planning meals that will use the same type of cooking utensils (for example all meals can be done on BBQ, or fried in a pan, or in a pot) so you do not have to pack a full kitchen set to help free up extra storage space.
After the food is cooked, you hopefully get to eat it! Don't forget plates, knives, forks, bowls, cups and anything else needed to eat your food
Once your food is finished, what are you doing with leftovers? Zip lock bags and Tupperware are great for storing any extra food for later
Finally you will need to clean all those dirty dishes! Dish soap, dish towel and a drying towel/rack can all be used to clean those dishes so they are good to go for tomorrows meal. If you want to maximize outside time, a plastic pail can be used as a kitchen sink to help wash the dishes
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLOTHING
This one is pretty self explanatory but here are a few key things to consider:
What type of activities will you be doing while camping and do you have the proper clothing? (Bathing suits and hiking boots are a few examples)
Always pack rain gear (that hopefully is never used) because you never know and you don't want to be in wet clothes all weekend
Speaking of wet clothes: bringing rope or something you can make a clothesline with is a great idea to hang wet towels and clothes (don't forget the clothespins!)
Regardless of the heat, long sleeves and pants is never a bad idea to protect against the bugs at night or give your skin some relief from the UV rays
and speaking of bugs and UV...don't forget bug spray and sunscreen!!
Part Two of our series is going to look at what extras you may want to consider packing for outside the trailer and cleaning/maintenance items that come in handy!