Five lessons I have learned when packing for an extended camping trip in the trailer.
- Teen boys do not do a good job packing clothes. At least, not mine. This often means they have too little underwear and too many hoodies. I have two choices for this, I can micromanage them and go through their clothes before we leave (frustrating for all). Or, I can let them deal with the consequences, and see them wear the same outfit for more than they should. I most often choose the latter.
- Dogs are not helpful when packing the trailer. Two of our dogs love camping. When they see me start putting things in the trailer, they often plant themselves on the couch in the trailer. They refuse to move or leave for fear of being left behind. This is especially frustrating when we aren’t leaving until the next day.
- We always forget something important. It doesn’t matter how many lists I make and check. It doesn’t matter if I start packing a week in advance, or we decide on a whim to go. We will forget something. Examples over the years have included: pillows (often), cast iron pan, towels, clothes (see number 1), hatchet, lighter, medications, camp chairs, etc. We are getting better about this, but every trip, at least one thing will be forgotten. Usually, we just deal without it. Sometimes we decide it is worth purchasing on the way.
- Cell phones are great when parking the trailer; until you don’t have any service. When parking the trailer, hubby is in the truck with is cell on speaker. I am behind the trailer watching for obstacles and helping to line it up. This works pretty well. No yelling across the campground, very little “what did you say?”. We have yet to camp in a spot without any service. I’m sure this is coming, and it is going to be frustrating. I’ve already added “walkie talkies” to our wish list for the trailer.
- You can never have enough water and food. I tend to over pack for food and water. Chalk it up to paranoia of being without services and trapped by some unforeseen event. I always over pack food and water. I have never regretted this decision.
What are some lessons you have learned when packing for a trip?