First of all, when you know you have a long trip ahead and an extended camping period, make sure you have the cash, traveler’s cheques and credit cards in your wallet. Start your vacation with a charged cell phone and take the extra battery and charger with you. No matter where the road takes you, you’ll be needing them.
The top position on your checklist of essentials is the very checklist. That’s because it might be a long list and you really don’t want to forget what exactly you were supposed to remember. That’s why composing the list a few days before the camping trip starts is a good idea. Don’t rush to snacks, your priorities will be the products and tools that cover the basic necessities of daily life.
For you camping kitchen you’ll need a cooking pot set, with lids, a frying pan, knives and knife sharpener, cutting board, mixing and stirring utensils, serving spoons and forks, bottle and can opener.
Take a basic dish set with plates, bowls, and cups (also take the paper cups and plates) and don’t forget the sponges, dish detergent, dish towels. Food storage supplies should list Tupperware, aluminum foil, plastic wraps and resealable bags.
Check the condiments and the food items for your meals. Consider having a coffee pot and filters on the list too.
If you want to enjoy the camping expedition, think of how to get good sleep and decent hygiene. For your comfort in bed, take sheets, pillows, and pillow cases, some extra blankets and sleeping bags.
Supplies for the bathroom should include toilet paper and tissues designed for septic tanks, soap and hand sanitizer, shampoo, toothbrush, dental floss and toothpaste, towels, nail clippers or scissors, combs. Surely the feminine side of the team will fill the few spaces left with lotions and creams, a sunscreen would be useful though.
Packing the right clothes is not a difficult task, just pay attention to adapting it to weather conditions. Take your slippers, T-shirts and swimming suit for the oceanview; and your rain suit, gloves, long johns, gaiters, and a windbreaker for the Rockies, not the other way around. Never underestimate your need for underwear and always put laundry soap in the RV.
You’ll need to pack various items, supplies, tools and gadgets so that your camping trip stays safe. You should have in mind a complete first aid kit, insect repellant, hats and sunglasses, water bottles and backpacks.
Flashlights, batteries, emergency radios, light bulbs, and compasses are great for a relaxed, carefree camping trip. For outside enjoyment purchase some folding chairs and a folding table.
Tend to your vehicle. After installing the GPS make sure you have some rope, a shovel, a fire extinguisher, tire pressure gauge, tire inflator and jumper cables. Pliers, screwdrivers, tape, gloves, wrenches, grease and screws are probably on your list already, or in the RV, but it never hurts to check.
There’s one more thing you need to do: when you’re done checking the essentials, check them again.