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Simple Camping: How to Simplify Camping in a Trailer

Simple Camping: How to Simplify Camping in a Trailer

Today’s post will share some simple camping tips to help you simplify camping in a trailer and help make camping a smooth, enjoyable adventure!

Camping in a trailer is a fantastic way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the comfort and convenience of home.

However, I quickly learned when we started camping that it was easy to accumulate a lot of “stuff” along the way. And the more stuff you bring with you camping, the more you have to manage, maintain and take care of while camping. The experience can quickly become overwhelming, stressful and time-consuming if you’re not organized.

I’ve learned the key to a smooth, enjoyable camping trip lies in simplicity and efficiency. From packing smartly to setting up camp with ease, I’ve learned a few simple camping hacks that can make camping more enjoyable and easier.

In this post, we’ll dive into 7 simple camping tips to help you simplify camping in a trailer. Ensuring you spend less time dealing with the “stuff” that goes along with camping, and more time making memories with your family and friends. These practical strategies will help make your camping adventures seamless and stress-free.

Simple Camping: How to Simplify Camping in a Trailer

Simple camping: 7 ways to simplify camping in a trailer

1. Meal plan

One of the first things I do to simplify camping is meal planning. I make a very specific meal plan of what we’ll eat for each meal and snack during our camping trip. It does require some extra work up front to do the planning, but the advantage is we only bring exactly the food we need with us. And usually eat almost all of the food we bring so there’s very little that goes to waste and very little to unload when we get home. It also helps me avoid bringing extra food that we don’t need, saving time, money and space.

I aim to make simple meals when we’re camping because I’d rather enjoy time exploring with my family than cooking. One-pot/pan meals are great because they require minimal cookware and fewer dishes to wash.

2. Meal prep

The next thing I do to simplify camping is meal-prepping as much as I can before our camping trip. I pre-cook meat, wash and chop fruits and vegetables, and sometimes even make whole meals and freeze them or keep them in the fridge if we’ll eat them right away.

I’ve found prepping food at home before we leave means there’s less mess, less cleanup and less work while we’re camping. Plus, at home, I can put all the dishes I use for prepping in the dishwasher instead of having to wash them by hand while we’re camping!

It’s so nice to be able to come back to the campsite after a fun day at the lake or on a hike and quickly pull out everything I need for a meal all ready to go. Again, I’d rather spend my time camping enjoying my family and relaxing at the campsite than cooking and cleaning!

3. Outfit plan

Another thing I do, similar to meal planning, is make an “outfit plan” for the time we’ll be away. Instead of bringing a bunch of random clothes, I plan outfits I’ll wear each day and only bring the clothes I’ll need. As someone who can easily overpack, doing this helps me focus on bringing the essentials and not a lot of extras.

I also plan to re-wear some clothes while we’re camping like shorts or sweatshirts so I can bring fewer items overall. And I focus on bringing layering pieces that can work for different types of weather.

4. Pack light

Another thing I do when packing our trailer is focusing on packing as light as possible. I aim to prioritize multi-functional items to save space and weight. And challenge myself to bring as little as possible, while still having the things we need to be safe and comfortable.

I take note of things we don’t end up using over several camping trips so I can take them out of our trailer for future trips. Always refining what we bring to keep it as minimal as possible. If something is not being used frequently, it doesn’t need to take up space in our trailer.

5. Stock your trailer

A friend shared this tip with me when we first started camping and it has been a game-changer for me. She said she rather than loading and unloading a lot of stuff each time she goes camping, she stocks her trailer with duplicate items that she can leave in the trailer all season. Then each time she goes camping, she only needs to load food and clothes and she’s ready to go.

I took her advice and got duplicates of items that I exclusively keep in the trailer. Things like charging cords, hair brushes, hair dryer, toothbrushes, toiletries (shampoo, body wash, lotion, first aid supplies, etc.), dishes, kitchen items, bedding, favourite board games, playing cards, etc. Instead of having to load and unload these items each time we go camping (and remembering what we need to pack each time), I know we have everything we need besides food and clothes already stocked and ready to go.

While having duplicate items for the trailer might not seem very minimalist overall, it saves so much time and mental energy when it’s time to load up the trailer. Buying a lot of these items second-hand made it quite economical to do so.

6. Use baskets and bins

Our trailer has plenty of storage space, but I needed a way to make the most of the space we had. And using baskets and bins has helped with that.

I use bins in the pantry to keep like food together and keep it from jostling around while we’re driving. It’s easy to pull out the breakfast bin for breakfast or the s’mores bin when we’re having a campfire.

I use bins in the bathroom to keep all the little toiletry and first aid items contained and organized. And to keep our personal items organized and easy to pull out and use.

I use a laundry basket to collect dirty clothes so they all stay together and are easy to take into the house when we get home.

Baskets and bins help keep the storage compartments of the trailer organized and easy to find what we need when we need it.

7. Make checklists

One of the best things I’ve done to simplify camping is making checklists for a few different things. The checklists make it easy to ensure we have what we need and don’t forget anything important.

I have a checklist for the start of the season when I’m restocking the trailer with everything we need that we take out over the winter months. A checklist helps me ensure we have everything, without needing to rely on my memory alone!

I also have a checklist for each camping trip to ensure all the essentials are packed. It reminds me to check stock of the things that stay in the trailer like shampoo, toilet paper and paper plates. And also helps me make sure I’m bringing what we need for each camping trip. While also helps me avoid bringing extras “just in case”.

Finally, I have a setup and departure checklist which reminds me of all the things I need to do when we arrive and before we leave. Things like putting in toilet chemicals and turning on the water heater when we arrive. And a breakdown of everything we need to do as we’re packing up. These lists were really helpful for our first few camping trips when it seemed like a lot to remember to do.

Simple camping: ways to simplify camping

These are some simple camping tips that have helped our camping trips be more fun and less stressful. We’re still relatively new campers, so I appreciate everyone who has shared their wisdom with us this far.

I’d love to know what you’d add to this list! What’s something you do to simplify camping? Leave a comment below and share your tips!

Simple Camping: How to Simplify Camping in a Trailer

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Sunday 30th of June 2024

An excellent list! I am sure it is on your checklist, but I always take a pen and paper to make notes. What did I wish I had included- things I learned from another camper- what I learned about the campground and surrounding area that I want to keep in mind for the next trip.

Simple Lionheart Life

Tuesday 2nd of July 2024

Thanks! Yes, I also take a pen and paper with me to make notes. Thanks for bringing that up, I didn't put it in the post, but it's a great tip! I also have a journal where I write a little bit about each trip - what we did, any funny mishaps, favourite memories, and a little bit of information about the camp site and camp ground. I think it'll be a fun keepsake and is helpful when I'm booking at a campground again! Thanks for reading!

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