A travel trailer allows you to carry some of the comforts of home with you into remote areas. Travel trailers usually include sleeping space, a dining area, cooking facilities and an icebox or refrigerator. While you can carry more in a travel trailer than you can in a backpack or trunk of a car, storage space is still at a premium, so you need to pack carefully.
You don't want to spend hours of your camping vacation cooking, so plan simple meals that go together quickly. Carry fresh food to eat the first night or two, and packaged food for later in the trip. Macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and sauce, and seasoned rice mixes are quick dishes that become complete meals with the addition of a little meat or tofu. You can also prep food at home, such as breakfast burritos, soups, stews and chili to reheat and enjoy in camp. Don't forget a few treats — marshmallows to roast, homemade brownies or a bottle of wine.
Even if going to a developed campground, pack a roll of toilet paper in case the campground runs out, along with paper towels, soap, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant. Small sizes take up less room in the trailer's tiny bathroom. Add a box of wet wipes for quick cleanup, and a first aid kit. Stock a plastic box with bandages, a thermometer, scissors, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, latex gloves and basic remedies such as aspirin, anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medication.
Travel trailers offer more comfort than most tents. Instead of sleeping on the ground, you'll enjoy a bed -- even if it's only a thick foam pad on a platform. Make your sleeping accommodations as comfortable as possible with warm blankets, a favorite pillow, and even an egg-crate mattress pad. You'll also need towels and washcloths for bathing and dish towels for washing dishes.
A flashlight or headlamp comes in handy for late arrivals back at camp or midnight treks to the bathroom. Purchase a wind-up flashlight and you'll never worry about bad batteries. Pack rain gear for unexpected storms. Lawn chairs provide more comfort for sitting around the campfire or relaxing at the lake watching the bobber on a fishing line. A hammock makes a comfortable spot for an afternoon nap. A net-type hammock is easy to stow in the camper and tie between trees in your campsite. A rug or grass mat to place in front of the door will keep dirt from tracking into your trailer.
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