I have been meaning to write this post for months. Honestly. I had so much fun with the Glamping Essentials post I did last fall, that I knew I wanted to make it a regular feature. Unfortunately, life got in the way, so this post is long overdue! Better late than never, right? 😉
I get asked quite a bit about the logistics of packing up the camper and the kids and trekking across the country every summer. What tips and tricks do we have to make packing up and camping with the family easier? I always remind readers that our camper is pretty organized. We keep much of our camping stuff in the camper year round. You can read about how we organize our PUP here. There are a few things, though, that make life on the road easier, and one thing I’d never leave home without is our shower totes.
Traveling with the camper takes a toll after awhile, and there is nothing like a hot shower to make you feel rejuvenated. We don’t have a shower in our camper, so we always book campgrounds that have decent bathroom and laundry facilities. That means carting all of our toiletries down to the bathroom when we need to clean up. Having a dedicated tote in the camper for each person really makes things easy. The kids can grab their totes and towels and head to the showers without having to dig through bins (or ask Mom) to find their stuff. For me, that’s essential!
Each tote is big enough to hold a change of clothes, a pair of shower shoes, a roll of quarters, and our awesome shower lanyards–which is my next glamping essential. I made these lanyards (you can find the tutorial here) for each family member, and they have made shower trips so. much. easier. The kids have a mesh sponge, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash all within easy reach–and nothing has to touch the shower floor–another essential for Mom. 😛 These are super easy to make, but if you don’t have the time or inclination, Showerline makes a great shower caddy that is very similar. You can find that here.
Recently, I swapped out our cheap dollar store bottles for these awesome silicone bottles I found on Amazon. They are pricier, but they hold about twice the amount of liquid, so I have to refill them less. They are also much easier for little hands to squeeze. My youngest was having trouble getting the last bits of shampoo out of her dollar store bottles, but she has no troubles with these little guys. They also have their own labels on the neck of the bottle, so I don’t have to label bottles anymore. I love that!
Another must-have for us are these Steripod toothbrush sanitizers. We buy ours on Amazon, but I’ve seen them at Walmart and Target as well. They are ideal for keeping toothbrushes clean both in the camper and at the campground restrooms. Because our toothbrushes are covered, we can toss them in the shower totes when we head down to the bathroom–and Steripods come in several colors, so each person knows which toothbrush belongs to him at a glance.
These are just a few of the little things that make our long road trips easier. Cleaning up at the campground is so much more hassle-free with these few essentials, and now I’d like to share a few of them with you!
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