21 Feb

Episode 72: Getting Ready for the Camping Season

On this week’s show I am talking trailer preparedness. I have been sorting and sifting through my St. George trailer and fixing some issues that bothered me last year while also reevaluating my use of available space. I have also been finding space for those camping themed Christmas and Valentine’s Day presents.  When the cold weather breaks and the camping season begins, I am going to be ready to roll.

A trip to the home supply store set me up for my organization day in the St George.

I grew up in the Midwest where Lake house vacations in  family cabins were the rule. I can still remember the feel of the old pine walls and kitchen items that were several generations old but still put to use.  The loved and worn furnishings and old wool blankets somehow made the cabins feel so safe and warm. I always find myself buying the things that remind me of those days and now I want to use them in my St. George trailer and recreate that vintage cabin feel.

One of my favorite things about my Riverside Retro is the cabin feel it has although it is brand new.

I have been collecting wool blankets for years. I love the old striped ones with the satin edges. I also love to collect knitted or crocheted blankets that are wool. It’s not unusual to find them and see that someone has washed them in hot water and they have shrunk. This is a negative to most people but they make great camping blankets. The tightened stitches make them extra warm and they are usually less expensive.

It’s hard for me to pass up a wool blanket of any style.

Spring Clean Tips

  1. It’s a good idea to reevaluate your use of space and items at the beginning of each camping season. As you go through each cabinet, ask yourself how often you used that item and if it warrants the space its taking up.
  2. Decide if you really want to give space to a camping gift. When you have a passion people tend to give you gifts that surround it. If you don’t have a need for a well intentioned gift, regift or use it in your home.
  3. The annual Spring clean is a great time to top off your first aid kit and make sure you have what you use most and that what you use least has not expired. Stock up on bandaids and don’t forget the butterfly bandages.
  4. When getting ready for the new season give some thought to things that bothered you last year and come up with some resolutions. New reading lights by the bed and a refrigerator fan to even the cooling in my refrigerator are two problems I addressed this year.
  5. Use the space in your trailer in a way that is best for you. Just because the RV designer intended the closet for hanging clothes doesn’t mean you have to use it that way. I am turning my closet into what will be more practical for me – shelves that will hold a lot more of what I need on trips.
  6. Prettify your trailer! It’s a great time to work in some design aspects for your trailer that will make it feel like home. I ordered a National Parks map for the wall in my booth and am finally going to hang some pictures I have been meaning to get to. Think of your trailer like a second home because it is! Find the balance of things you love and make you feel at home but not too cluttered.
  7. The bed in your trailer should be as comfortable as your home bed. This year I will probably spend at least 75 nights in my trailer. I am making the investment in comfortable sheets and blankets and pillows. Don’t forget good reading lights !

Being a happy camper is all about balance. By keeping your camper cleaned out and assessing your needs for it each year,  you will be more likely to enjoy using it. Having the camper comfortable but clutter free makes it easy to hitch up on a Friday night and head out in. Happy trails everyone.


2 thoughts on “Episode 72: Getting Ready for the Camping Season

  1. The bed in my camper is, at least, as comfortable as the bed in my house. A five inch foam is on bottom, next is the original mattress, then a memory foam mattress and last is a feather top. 800 thread count sheets, a duvet filled with down means comfortable, cozy sleep. Like you, I buy wool blankets and use them both inside and outside the camper…the smell of wood smoke only adds to their appeal. I also use wool blankets woven from my own sheep.
    Thanks for a great post.

  2. Janine, I remember you said you got a trailer ‘tool kit’ at a Girl Camper event…would you mind listing off what is in a good trailer tool kit sometime? As I’m preparing for my new camper and my first times out it would help my peace of mind to know I had some basic tools with me that work best. Thanks so much! I enjoy all your podcasts and blog pieces.

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