All Around The Campfire

Lighten the Load

I’ve had a major goal while I’ve been preparing the motorhome for our upcoming vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks.
Teachingis thegreatest actof optimism.Like many RVers I have a tendency  to hold onto things. Who knows when I might need that broken spatula or a Parcheesi board even though none of us use it. I decided that this was the year to purge, so I’ve been keeping a mental list of what we use. Anything not used regularly has now been relegated to a corner of the garage.

  • Pop Up Canopy:  I realized that we’ve only used it when camping with larger groups, because 99% of the time the awning is perfectly adequate. I will take it on the big multi-generational camping trip in August, but there is no need to take it on weekend trips when it’s just my husband and myself.
  • Games:  I wasn’t kidding about Parcheesi. Large board games take up too much space, so I would rather use them at home. We also had puzzles in a drawer, but puzzles are a huge pain in the butt on a tiny dinette table. I decided to stick with games that take up less space, and we definitely won’t be bored. We have cards, cribbage, Bananagrams, Farkle, Cards Against Humanity, sudoku  and word find books, and even a magnetic travel chess board for those times I feel like losing in 5 moves or less. I took the corn hole boards out too. We don’t always camp where it’s easy to play, so there is no point in carrying the boards and bags every trip. I kept washers and ladder golf, because they are light, and they get used often.
  • Kitchen: Why on earth did have dinnerware for 12? Seriously! What was I thinking. I brought it all in the house, and kids can argue over who gets to keep it for their own camping bin. I replaced them with 4 medium plates, 4 bowls, and 2 large plates of a much better quality. I will supplement with paper plates as needed. The dozen large plastic tumblers? Gone. Instead we have two Hydroflask pint cups, 2 Silipints, and a couple of reusable Starbucks lidded cups. I also removed the small saucepans and frying pans and only kept a larger one of each along with 3 qt enameled cast iron dutch oven.  I have a few pieces of cast iron in one of the outside storage bins for outdoor cooking. I removed the large propane grill that came with the motorhome an replaced it with one less than half the size. I have the teeniest, tiniest kitchen, and there is no reason to have enough stuff to cook for an army.
Itty bitty kitchen...all 3.5 feet of it

Itty bitty kitchen…all 3.5 feet of it

I also removed some random things like slippers (why did I think I would wear slippers camping if I don’t wear slippers at home?), a model car kit, a couple of small propane canisters (I had half a dozen), and 8 or 9 movies that we’ve watched so much that they needed to not be in the motorhome anymore.

I took several empty storage totes that were gathering dust and put them too good use. One of my outside storage bins is for outdoor living, and that thing was a disaster. I now have one bin that holds tablecloths and table clips. Another bin has citronella candles, bug spray, ziploc bags of dryer lint, and long lighters. One bin contains a few necessary tools, spare batteries, extra flashlights, and duct tape. The last bin holds 2 small propane canisters, the hammock, and the hammock straps. All of that stuff (minus the propane) used to be in a drawer under one of the dinette benches. Now that drawer is completely empty, and my son and his friend can use it for some of their stuff on vacation.

That part was really important…I HAVE AN EMPTY DRAWER!!!

Since we aren’t going camping this weekend (insert sad face here) I plan to finish organizing the outside storage. I might need that space to hide from two 16 year old boys in a couple of weeks.

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