There are certain things that absolutely “must” come along on any RV trip. The spouse and kids, ingredients for S’mores, and baby’s kiddie movie du jour (this is, of course, non-negotiable). And that’s just a start, to be sure. However, equal reflection must also be given to what not to bring, namely those items that only contribute by taking up space, adding unnecessary weight, and, well, just lack any real compelling reason to lug them around the countryside. The following is a list of some of the most common onboard RV albatrosses that travelers should cut loose from their packing list.
At home, your reputation as a culinary champion is well-documented. And you’ve got every cooking appliance on-call ready to defend that hallowed reputation at a moment’s notice. That’s all well and good for the Duck ala Orange back home, but RVing doesn’t really lend itself to such gourmet faire – not the cooking apparatus to create them. Sure, there’s probably a nook onboard to stick the bread machine. The wok could – in theory – double as a way to haul in firewood. And yes, waking up to a stack of Mickey Mouse waffles (courtesy of that special waffle iron) and a frothy cappuccino (another space-hogging appliance) is indeed a nice treat, but I’m guessing all this superfluous gear is just getting in the way. Naturally, it’s up to you to decide if there’s enough room (and patience) to haul all these things around, but the family would be just as well served by a couple large pots and pans, a placesetting for every member of the crew, and a handful of utensil than such one-trick pony cooking aids listed above.
While we’re on the subject of food, it’s time to shakedown that ever-expanding pantry of yours, with the shelves laden with canned goods of every persuasion, “just in case.” Many travelers (especially newbies) suffer from a kind of hunger paranoia on their initial few trips. “I’ll just bring along a few cans of soup,” you say. Next thing you know, those innocent little trips to Costco are getting longer and more expensive, creating an army of aluminum onboard. Put the six-pack of refried down and walk away from the shopping cart. All this stuff is adding up, and besides, you’re never going to eat your way through all of it. Planning meals ahead of time is the best way to avoid over packing on foodstuff. Approximate what you’ll need and buy accordingly. Otherwise, the idea of “stocking up” is more appropriate for a Cubs Scout sleepover than a typical RV jaunt. Remember, you can always buy more if you run out.
By Brent Peterson