Greetings from our camper in North Dakota! After spending a few weeks back at our house in Kentucky and with family in Indiana, Will and I have finally returned to Jacob and our camper home. Since packing items for our return has been at the forefront of my mind, I thought I would share with you ten of the items I simply cannot live without in order to survive life in a camper.
1. Double Duty Wardrobe – There’s not much space in a camper so it’s important to make every stitch of clothing count. I try to include a few interchangeable basics along with some stand out pieces and lots of jewelry to dress things up. My camper uniform mostly consists of camisole tops or thermal tops in several colors along with several reversible silk “magic skirts” made from recycled sari fabric and lots of costume jewelry.
2. Fire Extinguishers & Smoke Alarms- If you’re considering camper life I don’t want these next items on the list to scare you, but the truth is that campers are notorious for being fire prone. If you’re going to live in one, be sure you have extinguishers and alarms that work. Also, be sure that all family members know where the fire exits are in your camper and that they know how they work.
3. Wifi Hotspot – I will gladly live without TV, but I don’t think I could function without the internet. I’ve found that the most practical internet option for our family is a Verizon (one of the few providers that works out here) hotspot. I can take it back and forth from our camper to our house and should Jacob’s job send us somewhere else there are no worries about canceling or starting service with another company.
4. Storage containers-When living in such a small space organization is essential. I have lots of plastic tubs and boxes with dividers to contain our jewelry, toys, food and other bric a brac. I am, by nature, extremely unorganized. If I didn’t have storage containers to put things in, all of the things would things strewn about from floor to ceiling.
5. Break resistant dishes – I used to hate Corelle dishes. Now that I live in a camper I love them. When the camper has to be moved I don’t have to worry too much about whether they are secure and when they get left outside I don’t have to worry about them getting broken, scratched or chipped. They also come in lots of cool patterns these days.