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Old 02-17-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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Any packing lists out there?

My husband and I just bought a 30' 2005 Safari Bunk to travel with our kids, and before everyone starts filling it with junk, I would very much like to make up a list of things we actually NEED. Are there any lists out there of suggested gear to bring when Airstreaming? I want to keep things simple and uncluttered. Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2005, 03:39 PM   #2
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Try this:

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Old 02-17-2005, 04:20 PM   #3
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Maurice,

Thanks so much for the link. That's a GREAT checklist for what you need to hook up, etc. My husband will be thrilled! I was actually hoping for more of an "inside-the-trailer" list, if you know what I mean.......like a list of the basics to equip the kitchen with, etc, etc. I thought it would simplify my life to have a list to guide me rather than just loading up the camper with what I think we might need. Do you know of any list like that out there?

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Maurice,

Thanks so much for the link. That's a GREAT checklist for what you need to hook up, etc. My husband will be thrilled! I was actually hoping for more of an "inside-the-trailer" list, if you know what I mean.......like a list of the basics to equip the kitchen with, etc, etc. I thought it would simplify my life to have a list to guide me rather than just loading up the camper with what I think we might need. Do you know of any list like that out there?

Thanks.
Okay, here is one of those:
Small frying pan
small sauce pan
small casserole dish
1 set of Corelle plates (one per person)
forks, spoons, knives, both butter and steak
drinking glasses (preferably plastic)
coffee cups
cereal bowls
dish soap
dishcloth
resealable salt and pepper
first aid kit
stirring spoon and ladle
toothbrushes, and travel sized toothpaste, soap bar, shampoo, deodorant
towels and facecloths
shower sandals, if you are planning on using community showers
pillows, blankets, sheets, pillowcases
flashlight
hammer
pliers
scewdriver, both phillips and flatblade
adjustable wrench
matches, or butane lighter for stove
paper towels
toilet paper
can opener (non-electric)
spatula
food and drinks for 8

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Here are some good ones also...check "packing list"

Doug's RV Checklist Page:

http://www.angelfire.com/trek/buenavistas/

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You will find that your gear will acclimate to the way you camp. After many years of tent camping, we found the only we had to add was a 9X13 inch pan to cook box meals in the oven.

A good checklist to have in a travel trailer is one that helps protect both you & the coach.

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Old 02-17-2005, 07:49 PM   #7
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Re: Terry's list above.

I insist on glass glasses. We are civilized campers, after all. My wife made a set of interlocking cardboard dividers for a little box that holds our glasses to keep them from chipping. I have heard of people using those boxes wine coolers come in for this.

We carry a wisk, for egg whites, sure, but mostly to use instead of a bulky electric mixer. We also require a few Rubbermaid or Tupperware resealable containers for leftovers.

I carry a small toolbox in my truck at all times, so hand tools in the coach would be a duplication. However, I do carry a few trailer-specific tools and spares. Most importantly, self sticking aluminum tape. Like duct tape, only far, far better. Don't leave home without it!

Once a year, take everything out. Don't put back the stuff where you ask the question, "What is THAT doing in here?".

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Re: Terry's list above.

I insist on glass glasses. We are civilized campers, after all. My wife made a set of interlocking cardboard dividers for a little box that holds our glasses to keep them from chipping. I have heard of people using those boxes wine coolers come in for this.
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Mark, I saw where they have six (6) children. I think plastic glasses is the way to go for them.
And the extra tools are not a bad idea, sometimes I am left alone at the campsite, and a minor crisis arises, like a water hose leaking, or a minor adjustment requiring a technical tap.
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:04 PM   #9
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I was actually hoping for more of an "inside-the-trailer" list...
There's some in this thread.

You'll be much less stressed, and not have to worry about forgetting something, by having dedicated things for the trailer, rather than having to pack them.
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Glasses and more

I carry a variety of glasses and mugs made of clear Lexan, made in New Zealand. They look and feel like glass, but they are indestructable.

Some more things I carry:
Wine opener
Knife sharpener
Cooking spray
Wooden spoon for stirring pasta, etc. (shortened handle to fit in drawer)
Steak knives in plastic sleeves (2)
Cooking fork
Wire wisk
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Pancake turner (silicone blade)
Scrubbing pad and sponge
Rubber friction pad for opening jars
Kitchen shears
Stainless steel cleaner (for kitchen sink)
Soft Scrub
Furniture oil (for the woodwork in my Classic)
Windex (or equivalent)
Shower Shine (or equivalent for the shower)
Bathroom deodorant spray
Cutting board (lexan)
Cookie sheet for under pans in oven, prevents scorching bottom when baking.
Silicone hot pads (2)
Silicone muffin tins (2 6-hole)
4 Chicago knives (from paring on up, serrated bread knife is really handy)

I find the silicone tools, although pricey, work just great in the trailer. Being soft, they store easily, and they are practically self-cleaning since nothing will stick.

I installed one of the stuff tubes for plastic grocery bags under the sink. They are great for garbage that won't fit in the little bags in the holder installed by Airstream.
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Have you ever left on a camping trip only to discover that you were 5xblessd???

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Old 02-18-2005, 08:18 AM   #12
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Wonderful!

THANK YOU! for all the great lists and ideas. This is just what I was hoping for. I do plan to have "dedicated" items that will remain in the Airstream vs. taking things from my own kitchen every time we camp (WAY too complicated), and I loved the idea of emptying the Airstream once a year and then deciding what REALLY needs to go back into it.

And yes, lexan or plastic glasses are the way to go for us at this point in our lives, unless I want to be cleaning up glass shards in the Airstream on a daily basis .

And to Flyfisher---no, we haven't left any kids behind YET. Although I've been sorely tempted on a few occasions . My husband grew up in an Airstreaming family with ten---yes, TEN --kids, and he DID get left behind at the Milwaukee Zoo when he was six. The family had driven nearly 30 minutes before they realized they were one kid short. It's still a family joke to this day !

Thanks again for all the great ideas. I'll use all those lists to come up with a custom list that will work for us.
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Old 02-18-2005, 08:27 AM   #13
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We have one of the silicone muffin tins and a muffin tin. They work well, are light, and flexible enough to fit anywhere.

Also, the cookie sheet we carry for under pans in the oven is an "airbake" kind that's hollow in the middle. Also works well, esecially for cookies. We keep a pizza stone on the very bottom of the oven, which also helps moderate the heat.

We love our nesting pots and pans set, which stores in the oven in a cast iron skillet sitting on the cookie sheet.

We also have a knife safe mounted inside one of the cabinet doors, and 3 small cutlery trays in the top drawer.

For more counterspace, we usually keep the Corian cover on the right sink, over a stainless dish drainer sitting on a sink mat. This allows us to save water by rinsing everything at once.
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Old 02-23-2005, 06:44 AM   #14
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This site might be of some interest to you -

http://www.sierranevadaairstreams.or...ide/index.html

has a list for just about everything!

Happy camping!

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