So what is in all those bins I'm bringing across the country? I started a "hope chest" shortly after ordering the trailer last November and have slowly been filling it with things for my tiny home. Do you remember hope chests? They were traditionally a large wooden chest used to gather special linens, clothing, and household items by young women in anticipation of future marriage. In the 1970's, my older sisters had cedar hope chests from the Lane Furniture Company and I although I was too young for one at the time, I dreamed of someday filling my own. By the time I was old enough to think about getting one we had moved to Texas and the tradition was lost. Although I used plastic bins instead of a cedar chest and I'm not anticipating a marriage, I do feel connected to the spirit of the old tradition as I gather supplies for my adventures in Wild Thing!
Here's some of what I've been packing:
I do love coffee, especially in the early morning around a campsite! Since I plan to dry camp quite a bit, I wanted an option to make coffee without electricity. I purchased this Bodum French Coffee Press and JavaPresse Manual Burr Coffee Grinder on Amazon.com. I will easily be able to boil water on my propane stove or campfire when boondocking and grinding the beans just takes a few cranks on the grinder.
I've gathered supplies for the kitchen: Plates, Cups, Bowls, Silverware, Knives, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Storage Bowls, Napkins, Pot Holders (thank you sister Becky!), Clips, Can Opener, Peeler, Ice Cube Trays, Picnic Tablecloth and Clips, Wine Bottle Opener, Can Opener, Measuring Cups, Measuring Spoons, Placemats, Serving Spoons, Jar Opener.
I found much of what I needed for the kitchen at Home Goods. Their prices are great and they have a good selection of the basics. I found the dishes at Kohl's and the collapsible storage containers on our trip to Seattle earlier this year. I've been on the lookout for Wild Thing supplies for months!
Pots and Pans, Bakeware, a Tiny Trash Can, Oven Thermometer, Cheese Grater,
...and Shower Shoes (how did they end up in this picture??)
Fresh Saver Vacuum Sealer and Bags (Thank you for the idea Lucy!), Vegetable Steamer, Batteries, Broom and Dustpan, Shelf Liner, and two gizmos for the water connection: An elbow to make the hose connection to the trailer easier and a gadget called the Water Bandit that will help make a tight seal when connecting the fresh water hose to the source at the trailer park. I love inexpensive gadgets that make life easier!
My dear husband Steve gave me this sign for Wild Thing, what a guy! Dexter has been a big help with packing. He will be staying home with Steve while I make this first cross country trip to pick up the trailer. He thinks it's best for me to keep my focus on driving the trailer until I am proficient handling the new rig but he will stay busy while I'm gone packing his bags for the winter adventure!
Wild Thing will have a queen sized bed in the loft. I'm prepared with sheets, pillows, blankets, mattress pad and pillow protectors. I'm working on a quilt for the bed but it will take a few months to complete. It will be a good project for the road.
Every adventurous girl needs her own tools...I've got a good basic kit ready to go as well as some specialty tools for the trailer. My DH also bought me this nifty air gun that is battery operated in case I need to add air to the tires on the fly! RV GPS, 4 way Leveler and Verizon Jet Pack (my own personal wifi router!)
I'm also bringing a propane grill. I chose the compact Weber Q1200 Portable Propane Grill (in red of course) and found it on sale at Camping World. It will run off the propane from the trailer using a quick connect hose attachment I'm having built in Wild Thing.
I'm also bringing a Samsung 24" Smart TV from Best Buy that Escape Trailer will install on a wall mounted arm in the loft. They are also installing a King Jack Anntena on the roof so I can pick up digital TV on the go. The girl has to keep up with her Outlander (swoon!).
I also purchased a 20" RTIC Cooler. This little cooler keeps ice for days! It will be perfect to store food for the trip to Chilliwack and then I will use it for day trips when I'm out adventuring! The price was much more reasonable than other coolers of the same type and it performs just as well.
Dexter loves my new camping chair from Kermit! It is sturdy and comfortable and made from beautiful hardwood and canvas. It is easy to break down and fits in a small storage bag when not in use. The little table is aluminum and very lightweight. It also folds for easy storage.
And speaking of storage, here are a few things I hope will help me stay organized in the trailer. Notice the stylish bags Steve got for Dexter's toys! Dexter will be traveling in style!
I'm bringing gadgets and gizmos and of course Duct Tape! Well, that's not everything, but it's a glimpse into what I have stuffed in the back of the truck!
I still need to add art supplies, photography equipment, snacks, a few books, and my computer.
Now I think you can see why this will be the "shake down" trip! I'm sure after spending a few weeks in the trailer working my way across the USA I'll figure out what I really don't need ...and what I have forgotten!
Only 3 days to go...I've got the truck mostly packed and just a few errands to run today... dental floss, batteries, a few more things from the art studio...