A lot goes into planning such a large trip as we are currently planning. You have to learn how many items of clothing you need to get by in such a small space, where to put said items, and in our case, where you can do basic things like change your clothes, lol. Our travel trailer is 27 feet, the shower is about half the size we’re used to and we have maybe about 2 square feet of just standing room in our bathroom, haha. Our bedroom, there’s really just enough leg space to get around the bed but I’m thankful to have a queen size bed in here. Sometimes you just need space, ya know?
Our kids clothes closet is a work in progress. I just bought a cheap, yet nice, hanging clothes caddy from Walmart yesterday. It has 6 spaces, which I was happy to see as that means each of the kids get two spaces for their non dressy clothes. I have had to improvise with their dressy clothes though. The caddy takes up more than half their closet in width so the closet is still a work in progress. I have yet to put my son’s suits in the closet but I’m hoping there will be space. Something else I bought yesterday were some Command hooks. I placed one on the inside of the closet door and that is where our younger daughter’s dresses currently hang. I might add, she had to pick her fluffiest dresses to bring with her, so it takes some maneuvering to close the door. There is still space behind the caddy that I feel I need to do something with. Right now it’s just dead space and that’s something that bothers me, then again, do they really need anything more in their closet? Maybe not, lol, but things like their little craft organizers could be hung back there instead of being in the cabinet with their school books. It’s just an idea at this point though, I’ll have to think more on that….
We’ve received quite a few travel guides already. I feel they will be very helpful in the planning process. Something about travel guides, there normally is something you find in there that you normally wouldn’t find online so easily. It’s going to be difficult limiting what we will be able to do in each state, there’s just so much to see!
Something else that goes into the planning process, if you’re are traveling in an RV, motorhome, travel trailer, etc, you really want to make sure your accommodations are in good working condition. We’ve worked on both sinks (one will need attention again), the toilet will need some attention, the AC needs a part replaced (though we do have it working at the moment but it’s a temporary fix). Even if you have these necessary things working, something can go wrong at any time and that’s why you want to have emergency money set aside which is something our family will need to save up for before we even leave.
Another thing I did yesterday, I bought groceries. That’s going to take some planning for sure! We have plenty of space in our pantry for food stuffs but with the stove and oven running on propane, which can add up quickly in expenses, you want to try and use other methods of cooking and that definitely makes a difference in what kind of food to buy. I personally am not a huge fan of microwaved food. We do use the microwave to reheat food but to cook, no way. We were gifted a NuWave oven about 3 years ago from a sweet couple. I haven’t used it too many times, I’ve only recently started using it and love it about as much as my crockpot. My favorite use for the NuWave, so far, is roasting whole chickens. Talk about juicy chicken, WOW. You can even place a frozen chicken in there and it’s ready in no time, and still comes out great. So, we have our NuWave, crockpot, we’re being gifted an electric hotplate (will be great for making favorites like spaghetti and whatever you normally would need boiling water for) and we’ll probably grill as well. By the way, I absolutely love Pinterest. If you haven’t check it out, it’s a must! I can’t tell you how many awesome recipes I’ve found on Pinterest over the years. I recently searched for meals specifically for camping and found numerous delicious ideas. I have even found organization ideas from Pinterest that has helped me in our transition into the trailer.
So, there you have a few things that go into the planning process. I’ll be updating and sharing more along the way.
Have you taken a trip like this? Feel free to share some ideas below!