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You spend months or years dreaming of a trip, then months planning out the details. Now it's finally time and you are on your way. But wait...what did you forget? It could be something important that you left behind or something dangerous you forgot to do. Either way, you want to avoid the anxiety of worrying about it while you travel. The solution for us is to use good checklists.
Our Packing Checklist
Most of our trips with our Casita are reasonably long, anywhere from two weeks to two months. We usually start getting ready a few weeks in advance. About a week before we head out, I print out our packing checklist and set it on the kitchen counter. It is divided into sections that I'm responsible for, and others that are up to Fay. It includes almost 100 items. Not all of them are needed for each trip, but it always gives us the peace of mind that we're not forgetting something we'll need. Fay and I check items off as we get them ready and loaded into the trailer or truck. Things that we decided against for the specific trip get an X instead of a checkmark. When we are ready to leave, a quick scan assures us that we haven't missed anything.
Our Travel Checklist
When it's time to hit the road, we use our Before and After Travel Checklist. It includes the steps we take to make sure everything is ready to go before we drive off. It also contains the steps to get the trailer set up when we arrive at our destination. We have different sections for when it's just an overnight stop along the way, versus arriving at a main destination. It also has sections on things to take care of at home before we leave, as well as a few things to do when we return.
Download my Free Beginner's Guide to Small Travel Trailers
It contains copies of our own checklists
We have tweaked our lists over the years to where our current ones really simplify things for us. They eliminate surprises and concern over what we may have forgotten. You should create your own lists that fit your needs and your trailer or RV, but you can download ours to use as a starting point. If you already have lists, you might still take a look at ours for any new ideas. They are in the appendix of my Beginner's Guide. The guide also includes a layout and more photos of how we load things into the bed of our truck. Just click the button below.
Denny JohnsonAfter having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp.
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started tinyTowable.com to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.