As you know, I’m a tent-camping kind of girl, but having stayed in a trailer a few times, I can offer a few tips to those who are just starting out.
This one is at the top of the list because when we finally get away from it all and are surrounded by nature, we can often feel drowsy from all that fresh air. Go ahead and nap! Get rested right away so you can bounce back with energy and enjoy the rest of your time at the trailer.
Use the firepit to cook when possible
To reduce propane use, and keep from heating up the inside of the trailer by using the stove or oven, try to make at least a couple of meals over the fire. A grill over the fire is great for cooking hamburgers and hotdogs. A grill basket can be used for veggies and a sturdy grill stand can hold a cast iron pot of chili or stew.
Be aware of spiders
Now, I love spiders… I really do! I rescue them out of my shower or sink so they don’t drown when I turn the water on, but I understand that not everyone feels the same. Spiders will inevitably be at the trailer – and you WILL walk into their webs and do the ninja dance. I’m just warning you – be on the lookout because they LOVE trailers.
Be sure to have rainy day activities
Obviously, when we plan to camp or go to the trailer, the hope is that the weather will cooperate. When it doesn’t, and you don’t have other activities to fall back on, it could end up being a very boring time! Make sure to have a few board games and a deck of cards at the ready.
Buy exactly what you need for meals
With limited space and usually a smaller refrigerator at the trailer, it’s important to plan your meals (just like it is when camping). Buy exactly what you need for those meals so you don’t face the problem of trying to find room for those extra snacks you picked up in the checkout line. It’s always wise to have a list and to stick to it.
Buy multiple bottles or cans of bug repellent
I’m not sure why, exactly, but in my personal experience, the mosquitoes have always been so much worse at any trailer we’ve visited. In order to keep them at bay, douse yourself in a quality bug repellent containing DEET, and enjoy your time in the great outdoors without constantly swatting at mosquitoes.
Buy smaller versions of things you have at home
The trailer is your home away from home, am I right? But it’s so much smaller, with almost all of the same functionality. In making the most of your limited space, it makes sense to buy a smaller bottle of household cleanser or a compact dishrack.
Have a shoe bin by the door
This is a lifesaver. With coming and going all the time, shoes will end up everywhere. By having a shoe bin, rather than a mat, you will continually be keeping the mess to a minimum.
Have two of everything
Buying cleaning products for your home? Buy double so you can take some to the trailer! This is probably the most important tip out of all of them because who wants to be like, “That window is filthy… oh darn, the Windex is at home!”?
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful! Since I’m not a seasoned pro at trailer camping, what would you add to this list?