About a year ago, I was working on a RV packing article and reached out to some well-traveled acquaintances for their best tips. One of the greatest pieces of advice came from a friend of mine who spends a ton of time on the road as a touring musician.
Allie told me that she always restocks her toiletries kit right away when she gets home from a trip. This way she knows exactly what she is low on and isn’t scrambling around and forgetting things before she leaves on her next trip.
Brilliant and simple, right? How many of us forget what we were running out of by the time we are ready to go camping again? I have found myself making countless trips out to the RV to see if I need paper plates, tin foil, or toothpaste. This is a huge waste of time, especially when the items are already there.
This summer I found myself thinking of how to apply this tip to restocking the RV. Last spring, we did a couple of blog posts and an entire podcast about how to STOCK the camper. I even made an infographic, for crying all night!
But what about when you camp so much that certain supplies like paper towels start to run out? It is so easy to forget those small items before you head out on your next adventure, especially when you are used to them already being in the RV.
Easiest fix ever: a magnetic white board.
You do this in the house, so why not in the RV? Throughout your season, anytime you are running low on a supply, just note it on your Restock List. Then if you are super-duper organized, restock those items when you return from your trip.
Not so organized? That’s okay. As soon as you are ready to pack for your next camping trip–whether that is weeks or months later– just walk out to the RV and see what supplies you need.
One more simple tool to reduce the “honey, did we forget the _____” moments that we all experience so often on the road. After all, every little trick helps when you suffer from Mommy/Daddy Brain, you know?