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« on: October 02, 2008, 08:20:34 AM »

Since the topic of checklists comes up so often, I'm starting a thread just for them.  I'll start off by posting our original one.  Anyone else with a good one, feel free to post it here, or post a link to yours or one you've found helpful.

No one should rush out and buy everything on ANY checklist.  Everyone's camping style is a little different, and that means what each camper needs is going to be a little different.  My purpose in posting our checklist is merely to get the wheels turning, so to speak, so each person can come up with a checklist that's right for them.

Buy the minimum you need when you're first starting out.  Bring along paper and pen so you can add to your list as you get to know your own style.  Borrow from  your house until you find out if you really want to permanently give up space for an item in your trailer.  Be careful not to fill up every space, if at all possible.  Leave yourself some room to grow, because you'll always find new items you'll want to add later. 

Good sources for items to outfit a new trailer include rummage sales, thrift shops, dollar stores, and items in your linen closet and kitchen cabinets that you don't use anymore.

Have fun, and don't worry if you don't have everything all at once. 

Checklist for Sally
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Food Staples:
Hot chocolate
Coffee/tea
Sugar
Soy sauce
Salt/pepper
Garlic salt
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Seasoned salt
Chili powder
Red pepper flakes
Italian seasoning
St. Louis seasoning
Cajun seasoning
Cinnamon/sugar
Popcorn
Popcorn salt
Powdered milk
Cornstarch
Creamed soup mix
Canned juice
Cooking spray

Galley Supplies:
Fire extinguisher
Lighter/matches
Dish rack
Dish soap
Dish towel
Dish cloth
Hand towel
Scrubber
Pot holders
Rags
Paper towels
Napkins
Coffee pot
Electric coffee pot
Coffee urn
Toaster
Aluminum Dutch oven
Dutch oven lid lifter
Frying pan
Muffin cups
Mixing bowl
Saucepan/cover
Small pot for grill
Cake pan
Spice boxes
Plates
Glasses
Cups
Can coolers (2)
Bowls
Paper plates
Plate holders
Can opener
Flatware
Paring knives
Steak knives
Meat fork
Serving spoons
Rubber scraper
Spatula
Strainer
Ladle
Tongs
Pizza cutter
Pie irons
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Cake pan
Wienie forks
Broom
Assorted plastic bags
Doggie bags
Aluminum foil
Large trash bags
Cutting board/sink cover
Table cloth/clips
Scissors
Plastic rinse tubs
Heavy duty foil

Bath Supplies:
Bath towels
Washcloths
Soap in soapbox
Toilet paper
Shampoo
Conditioner
Mouthwash
Toothpaste
Hand lotion
Bug spray
Sunscreen
First aid kit
Kleenex
Toilet chemical

Games:
Scrabble
Double deck of cards
Single deck of cards
Hoyle book
Skip Bo
Uno
Cribbage board
Yahtzee
Dominoes

Bunks:
Sheets
Light blankets
Comforters
Pillows
Pillow cases
Mattress Pads
Sleeping Bags

Tools:
Heavy plastic
Crank
Hammer
Lynx levelers
Wheel chocks
Fresh water hose
Gray water hose
Gray water tanks
Short level
Rope
Duct tape
Ax
Garden trowel
Orange extension cord
Plastic clamps
Cable ties
Tarps
Assorted bungees
Fresh water funnel

Miscellaneous:
Flashlights
Extra batteries
Tap lights
Pens/pencils
Paper/notebook
Camping journal
Stationery
Tacky lights
Extension cords for tacky lights
Grill/propane
Tarp
Fire starters
Charcoal
Charcoal chimney
Quik Shade/walls
AAR
Carpets
5x7 awning mat
Heater fan
Small folding tables, 2
Large folding table
Chairs
Umbrellas
Bunkend covers
Fire poker
Clothespins
Sewing kit
Sandals
Sweatshirts
Sun visors/caps
Slippers
Rain ponchos
Sweatshirts
Flyswatter
Hangers
Whisk broom/dust pan





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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008, 11:39:04 AM »

For beginners, I like Oz's suggestion.  Paraphrased, the checklist boils down to:

A way to make the trailer level
Water - either hooked up or not
A way to collect & dispose of waste water
Power (120v or battery)
Food and a way to cook & clean it.
Clothes
pencil and paper to make a list of stuff you find you need or want.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008, 01:24:35 PM »

I have two checklists on my site, one for popups and one for travel trailers.  You can see them at paushe dot com  Feel free to copy, borrow, plagiarize etc.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 05:51:32 AM »

Far be it for me to make extra work for anyone and thanks to Spirit for compiling this list, but what do you guys think of an evolving list that is downloadable and therefore each person can modify it to their own needs (maybe Microsoft Word) Huh??

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008, 07:41:45 AM »

I am a checklist kind of person, but do not have one for camping.

What we do not store in the PU, we keep in a plastic bin that goes in the back of the TV when traveling. There are a couple items that do not fit in the bin, so we store the bin and everything else in a special location in the garage. When it is time to load up for a trip, I put the bin and everything else in the storage area into the back of the TV.

I keep a small (4" X 5") notebook in the PU. If there is anything we are running low on, I make a list and throw the page into my wallet.

Before each trip we make a list of food we may need. Also, We keep our duffle bags packed (doing laundry after each trip), so it is easy to stay ready for a trip.

This method works great for us, we can pack up and leave in less than 30 minutes.

The checklists like the one Spirit Deer sent out are great to review items that one might want to add to what you currently use.

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008, 12:36:39 PM »

You should also review your checklist yearly, removing items you haven't used that year and if that item is taking up space in your PUP, remove it.  We started with a good list, added to it as we found we needed new items and removed those we didn't use after all.  Space in our PUP and TV are too precious for un-used stuff.

The stuff we don't keep in the PUP, belongs on a 3 tier shelf in the garage.  This is stuff we use "seasonably".  Tote with tubes and floats, water shoes and air compresser for floating down the river, kayak equipment, hiking boots, our DOs.  Also on the shelf is stuff we haul in the bed of our truck; food tote, ice chest, BAL leveler & chock, and grey water container.

With this method, it only takes us a few minutes to pack for a trip.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2008, 01:59:41 PM »

I dont use a check list so I have to be comfortable in the fact that i forget things. I dont need a check list, I have DW. Shes so cute!
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2008, 04:25:23 PM »

I have a color coded excel spreadsheet with several tabs. Anyone interested, email for a copy.


While many have already gotten a copy; lately, several folks have been asking for a copy of my spreadsheet. For those who have asked recently, I don't believe everyone actually got the spreadsheet due to email failures. If you would like a copy, re-send the request and I'll get it to you. My email has been updated and you should receive it this time.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2008, 05:15:29 AM »

WOW!! We must be doing something wrong Wink We don't use half this stuff & we have a 3 year son. Actually we spend our time outside with the Family & Friends we camp with.
Guess we will have to redo our list to keep up,,give me a good reason to purchase a larger camper and the new Silverado 2500,, Big Smile

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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2008, 06:28:54 AM »

I suspect if you actually went through the list, you'd find you use at least half the stuff on it and probably more than half.  You probably just don't list things like lighters, dishes, and bedding, because it's no-brainer stuff you include without giving it any thought and therefore don't include it on a list.

My list was originally compiled because I sprained both ankles shortly after we got our first pop up.  I couldn't walk around collecting all the things we would need, so I spent my time making a very detailed list.  That way, I could be "working on" getting the pop up ready to go even though I was temporarily unable to walk.  By comparison, I don't have a checklist for our motor home, which was purchased a few months before the pop up.  The only reason I've posted it here is because people often ask for a comprehensive checklist and this one is certainly comprehensive!  Wink  No one should automatically pack up everything on anyone else's list.  This is merely posted to give people a starting point for their own individualized packing list.  It's easy enough to copy/paste it into a Word program, then delete what they won't need and add to it as they see fit.  It sort of goes back to the old writer's maxim that you can't edit a blank page.  My list gives newbies something to edit.  But you can pick on it if you want to.  Big Smile You aren't the first and I'm sure you won't be the last!

BTW, you don't need a larger camper.  This list was used to stock our 10-foot, no slide, no trunk Palomino Filly.
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2008, 08:12:28 PM »

I couldn't help but laugh when I read the list that started this thread Rae...We don't have half that stuff in our house and we LIVE there!! Wink...see you next camping season!! Toyota  USA
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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2008, 05:09:16 AM »

I guess if you don't cook, don't have a bathroom of some kind in your trailer, don't bathe, don't sleep in the trailer, and don't clean anything, you wouldn't need most of what's on the list.  Otherwise, I'd be very curious to know what's on it that people think is so extravagant, unusual, or elaborate.
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2008, 06:58:34 AM »

what's on it that people think is so extravagant, unusual, or elaborate.
Stationery  Big Smile
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2008, 07:02:31 AM »

Actually, the stationery got left out of the new camper.  I used to pen pal a lot but now it's mostly e mail, so no need for that.  Smile
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2008, 10:00:51 AM »

Food Staples:
Hot chocolate

Sugar
Soy sauce
Garlic salt
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Seasoned salt
Chili powder
Red pepper flakes
Italian seasoning
St. Louis seasoning
Cajun seasoning
Cinnamon/sugar
Popcorn
Popcorn salt
Powdered milk
Cornstarch
Creamed soup mix
Canned juice


I don't think we have ever had any of this, but we aren't very inventive cooks.
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