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Old 09-05-2015, 02:44 PM   #15
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We ALWAYS take too many clothes even though each time we say we aren't going to do that. We find that we keep the clothes washed and end up wearing mostly the same clothes over and over again as we tend to gravitate to our favorites. So, I would say to get really serious about limiting the clothes you take.

Think simple for food and clothes!!!!

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Old 09-05-2015, 02:46 PM   #16
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After 50 years of camping in one way or another this year we are doing something different. We've cut the amount of food and drink way down. We don't do Walmart, never will. Hate it. We plan a few days, go into town and shop for groceries. If in a unique area try the local foods, sausages etc. We are eating much less anyway. We usually plan one restaurant stop per trip.
I BBQ a lot.

I'm used to 3-4 week weeks trips going to far far away oilfields and take about two weeks of clothes. Need washing go to a laundry mat. In Banff we met people at the laundry mat who knew Big Bear Lake. Learned of spots unseen.

The only things we count and plan for are the meds.

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Old 09-05-2015, 03:21 PM   #17
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Clothing - 1 or 2 sets "nice" wash n wear. 2 weeks undershorts. Mix T shirts and undershirts to match what kind of weather we expect. Ditto shorts and jeans. Match socks mix to pant mix as in footies vs socks. Always have at least one pair each of shorts, jeans, sweat pants. Shirts as expected, again always a couple along other than the "nice" ones. Sun block, cool evening, bugs, whatever. Sweatshirt and vest, jacket if needed, rain jacket that can serve as a windbreaker. Couple different hats. I also pack some medium weight fleece as it can layer when cold or wet. Expect to do laundry every 7-8 days. Can stretch a bit if needed or change more often if needed. That also includes what we are wearing when leaving town. The cool weather gear might be what we need the first day or two getting out of here. ;-)

We cook in the camper like we cook at home. Always try to have a couple of quick meals in the freezer for long days and fresh food as needed. We tend to make 2 or 3 smaller casseroles at a time and freeze the extras. Put steak in a baggy with marinade and let it thaw that way. Restaurant meals add too much cost and bad food to our diets so we limit them to one or two a week, often lunch. Quiet days we might have a hot breakfast while days we are in a hurry it's cold cereal. Not all that magic. We also check the gourmet prepared food shops or sections of the grocery store. Have found some good things that way and we control the portions and sides. We also carry and use a small gas grill. It's not all that hard to eat well with a minimum of cooking and prep. Figure smaller sizes for staples usually in a plastic container and a required stop at a grocery every 3 days or so.
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:49 AM   #18
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We lay out all the clothes and all the money that we think we will need depending on the length of the trip and locations we plan to visit.

Then we take half the clothes and twice the money!!

Seems to work every time.
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Thanks everyone for your helpful replies, LOTS of good info. I think I like the above reply the best, LOL!

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