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Old 05-11-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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Preparing for the 1st Trip

The time is rapidly approaching for our first trip. Most people probably believe in starting small/short. Ours will start by Jacksonville, FL and end around Seattle, WA. We are making this trip just about as long as possible by zig-zagging across the country. We have recently purchased a 35 ft Winnebago. To get to the point, I am looking for a list of the items people just cannot live without that would be overlooked by a first timer. Our traveling group consists of a family of 5 (45, 39, 22, 18, 10). Hope we all arrive to our final location in one piece, probably not to happy with each other. I sure hope the bunk beds help.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:28 AM   #2
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You might want to consider camping in your driveway for 24 hrs with power... and another 24 without power. Then go to a nearby campground and try 3 days.

This will help sort out the items you require.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:36 AM   #3
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My only suggestions are;

Remember it's the journey not the destination. If it's more about the destination it would be cheaper/faster to just fly.

With the age of the youngins' you might want to give them a meal or two that's all there's to plan and cook. That might make them feel more involved.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:51 PM   #4
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This is going to be interesting. Please keep us updated

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Tools depending on your level of competency.
Food and snacks for everyone's taste
Coach net in case of breakdown
A really good GPS system
Satellite radio
Dvd's cause you won't be able to stream in parks where you stay
A well planned out route
Emergency weather radio
Lots of good wine for the evening
A sense of humor
Lots of patience
Fill up with fuel before you park for the night


Have a great time, plan on around 300 mi per day or stop around 3pm so you can find your stopping place for the night while it is still light outside.
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Driveway camping, without going into your house, will let you know the items that you will need on the road. Make a list that is efficient and don't overpack.

Good luck and Happy Trails!!!
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After the first week you'll know what you need. Remember there's a Walmart In every town so don't pack too much😎
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Good advice here. Use your head on taking what you THINK you will need but don't take so much that you are crammed in with it. Be resolved that you can make a trip to Walmart or the campground store. You will learn from trip #1 and from every trip after that. It's a learning PROCESS.
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I also carry another garden hose for general use, flushing black tank, etc............
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Thanks and keep them coming

We are heading to Tampa this weekend to do a practice camp and enjoy free admission to Busch Gardens (military). Another question is cookware. I put in maybe too much. All calphalon (skillet, small pot, medium pot, large pot). What do you guys use? I do not have a convection style microwave. We are loading mostly plastic plates, bowls, and such trying to stay away from glass.
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We cook most everything on an outdoor grill, so gotta have my cast iron cookware.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea that all 5 of you want to travel and camp together for that long of a time. Then your driving back? Our 18-year-old wouldn't last 3 days traveling with his parents. And on the flip side, in about 3 days I'll also wish it was just the two of us. Otherwise I do love my family.
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We are heading to Tampa this weekend to do a practice camp and enjoy free admission to Busch Gardens (military). Another question is cookware. I put in maybe too much. All calphalon (skillet, small pot, medium pot, large pot). What do you guys use? I do not have a convection style microwave. We are loading mostly plastic plates, bowls, and such trying to stay away from glass.
We use the Magma nesting cookware though the set we have is not induction compatible. We also carry a few extra fry pans, a colander (collapsable)and a few other things. Make sure you have cooking utensils you like too...a couple of big serving/stirring spoons, knives (Chef and Paring will likely do) etc. If you are a wine drinker don't forget the corkscrew!
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