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Camping. Day 6 – August 3, 2016

We’ve settled into our camping groove faster than ever. On our first full morning at Algonquin, I felt like we’d already been on site for a week. Zero stress. In fact, someone may need to come and yell at me as my blood pressure is barely registering. There are a few things that contributed to that feeling but I’d like to think that the trailer organization had a lot to do with it.

I’m a fusser. Always have been. Always will be. I’ve resolved that about myself long ago. The difference with this trailer versus the tent trailer is that there is a place. For EVERYTHING. The storage spaces all work and fit nicely into my OCD. All but one.

I’d say it drives my crazy but in truth, it’s only mildly annoying. The cupboard is long and narrow and uses up that lovely space between the wall and the fridge. I almost always need a flashlight to get to the back of it (ThruNite to the rescue!) It’s now 8:00 pm after a beautiful day and I have the urge to organize. Who needs that when it’s time to put your feet up and chill? Apparently, I do!!!

The pantry is the place I dig into as the days of our vacation draw to a close. Brown rice and Dreamfields pasta, chicken stock and almond milk, peanut butter, spices and the other shelf stable items. It houses our beer, wine, junk food, some baking supplies to ensure that when the chocolate cake monster strikes, I’m ready. The problem with the pantry, it’s has four shelves when it could easily have six. Some of the shelves have almost half of the height, completely empty. I suppose it’s like a purse. The bigger it is; the more stuff I’ll be tempted to take along.

We have a few weekend camping trips left but I know that I’m soon going to have to tidy things up and (gasp) start planning for the Thanksgiving camping extravaganza. Now that I’m almost done this post, and had a half hour of cleaning/reorganizing, I already know what I’m going to leave at home next time we venture out. And I need to go talk to Ron about building me a solution for my pantry conundrum. Oh honey!!!!!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

Socks & Cutlery


I was chatting with a good friend over a steaming cup of coffee this past week, musing about the beautiful day, the events of the last week and the inevitable topic of mismatched socks and cutlery drawers came up.  OK.  Maybe not inevitable for some people.   I’ll admit, my OCD is showing.

Firstly.  Socks are a mystery.  Honestly!  How is it possible there are so many mismatched soles out there.   Other than buying 365 similar pairs, then bringing out only 7 at a time, I’m not sure how to resolve this for the world.    An EPIC sock dilemma!

The cutlery drawer however…makes me crazy.   After a number of GREAT housesitting gigs, then a combined mismatched household, I couldn’t take it a minute longer.   Every.  Single.   Fork/Knife/Spoon was donated to the local BFM.   I didn’t even consider taking an afternoon to sort and match things up for the camping gear.  #passionateaboutcutlerynoapologies

I bought four sets.  Two for iTRAILER - Cutlerynside, two for the camping gear.  Done.   I put it off for so long that once I finally freed myself of the mess of the drawers, I couldn’t believe I’d held on for so long.   There are definitely situations that time and energy can solve.    For me personally, this wasn’t one of them.

All of this cutlery-drawer-freedom has allowed more time to contemplate the great sock dilemma of 2016.

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

EBH (Ever Been Hacked?)

So, I spent most of the afternoon changing my passwords.   UGG!

My VISA was lovingly borrowed for a night on the town in beautiful Montreal, so I thought it wise to purchase a password manager to help manage all of my online accounts.   I settled on LastPass a while ago after taking some great advice from my big brother…the geek.

Today, I changed almost every password in my vault.    It took some doing!

If you’ve been thinking about something similar, check it out at https://lastpass.com/f?15096692.   The link provides us both with a free month of service.

I took my pathetic score from red to green and still have some work to do!   It’s amazing what a little dashboard can do to motivate you for better numbers.   I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m not where i USED to be!   :)

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Sending unhackable love!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

Our First Official Camping Trip!

Bon Echo is our fav park ever.   I “grew up” camping here with my parents.  Ron and I walked hand in hand in the park as teenagers.  We were engaged at the point and it’s only fitting that we get married there.   That’s a topic for a whole other post!

Everything went well until.   Nope.   Just kidding.   Everything went really well!    THE only thing we purchased in town was a bit more junk food and a funnel with a flexible end so that we could add enough fresh water to shower and do a few dishes before we left.

Roxy and Bon Echo

It was a beautiful long weekend.   The weather was “summer hot” for a May weekend and Roxy was in heaven.   Walks every day….swimming galore….chasing the ball….then a long nap, more food, then rinse and REPEAT!  Any off-duty time was spent on high alert as she guarded us from the evil squirrels and chipmunks that roamed the park.

So you might be interested to know what we packed into the fridge/freezer for 5.214 days of camping!    You might be disappointed to find out that we didn’t devour smores…but it was even BETTER!     Tune in next time.    Its Trim Healthy Mama meets Bon Echo!

Happy packing and safe travels,

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

RV Outdoor Carpet

We should have had one long ago.   Mom and dad always had that green astroturf type stuff that held sand and dirt in like no tomorrow.    But then, mom would rather have dirt on the outside, not the inside.   THAT’s where i get it from!   :)

IMG_0725 copyFast forward to the day we bought out outdoor carpet.    You can read all about it here at Sienna Breeze.

In short, it’s a 9 x 12 ft piece of heaven.    It has six d-rings that allow you to secure the carpet with your tent peg of choice.     The sand falls off your shoes and down under the carpet.    Never makes it to the first step.    :)

Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

The Ultimate RV Tool Checklist

So my ever-ready, planner-type, love-of-my-life has a list of trailer tools and hardware that he has collected for our home away from home.  Check(list) this out!

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Trailer Tools and Hardware

  • Socket and wrench set. Check to make sure you have a socket that fits your trailers lug nuts and a breaker bar or length of pipe for leverage.
  • Hammer
  • Hatchet
  • Screwdrivers
  • Duct tape
  • Good Flashlight – if you want the best…check out Thrunite
  • Spare receiver bar lock pin and cotter pins
  • 2 x 40 amp blade fuses
  • 10 x 15 amp blade fuses
  • ( spare fuses for towing vehicle)
  • Spare rear brake/ signal light bulb
  • Spare marker light bulb
  • Spare interior light bulb
  • Funnel
  • Fresh water hose
  • Level
  • Sharp knife
  • Gloves
  • 30 amp to 15 amp adapter
  • High-quality extension cord
  • Extra 30 amp RV cable (50′)
  • Tube of roof sealant and caulking gun

Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

The Ultimate RV Gadget and Junk Drawer

Yup.   I said it.   A junk drawer.

The top cupboard would make any dutch Oma happy.  Slippers!  For everyone that comes to visit.

The second basket currently holds the little space heater and an extra box of kleenex and another reusable shopping bag.   Weird right?    It’s the drawer that things go to be sorted out.   I expect if i take this picture again in the fall it will look completely different.   I’ll let you know.

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The bottom draw holds the “gadgets”.

We purchased LED ribbon lights that have a remote.  :)   We clip them to the awning with little badge holders.   You know the ones that you see at conferences with name tags.    Works like a charm.  The lights are very…well, light and don’t need much to hold them up.

Also included:

  • Wind up weather radio
  • Bullseye level
  • Multitool
  • Dot light
  • Select a bit screwdriver
  • Pocket knife
  • Duct tape

With this basket of goodies, Ron can do ANYTHING!  :)    He’s handy….and might I say…handsome to boot!

The second basket is full of puppy love.   Her towel, retractable leash, poop bags, tennis balls, her throw stick, her brush and some treats.    Her food is stored in a sealed container in a drawer located under the bench seats in the kitchen.

  • Towel
  • Retractable leash
  • Poop and scoop bags
  • Tennis balls and throwing stick
  • Brush
  • Treats

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Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

Our Ultimate RV Rainy Day Checklist

I added a few things for a rainy day.    I sort of hope this cupboard stays closed most of the time.  :)

  • Boggle
  • Blokus
  • Rummicub
  • Triominos
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Cards

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We also store the RV information package, the manuals for the TV, the multiple remote instruction booklets.     We also have a huge road atlas tucked in there….road trip baby!

And, in the event we don’t want to stay inside when it’s raining, we also have:

  • rubber boots
  • rain coat with zippable winter liner and hood
  • umbrella

Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

Our Ultimate RV Bedroom Checklist

Without a good nights sleep.  Forget it.

The FIRST thing we did was ditch the mattress.    We actually had a beautiful queen size pillow top mattress when we downsized from a three bedroom house to an apartment.   So, trailer mattress out, full queen size matress in!

Trailer - Ready to Roll

We had this king coverlet as well as a small matching throw.     Little did we know at the time how great that would be!    Roxy loves to lie on the bed so we can pull off the throw, shake it off and voila.  Bed is sans sand!

Two sheet sets, both grey (see where I’m going here), four pillows and two throw pillows as we already had them.    They’re nice to tuck behind your back as you watch a movie.   They do inevitably land on the floor by morning.

Roxy has her own bed that we tuck away during the day.    She’s happy to hop up between us once we start to wake.   She’s so adorable …. how on earth could you say no.

The hidden gem is the little trap door that allows us to heave our laundry into the front storage compartment.     Once it’s time to head for home, the basket goes out….straight to the laundry!

There is additional hidden storage under the bed for things you don’t need to access often.  We tuck our cold weather gear, warm blankets, flannel sheets as well as our rain gear in this handy little compartment.

Lastly, we have iPad and iPhone chargers on both sides of the bed and once we’ve parked we have battery operated candles for each side.

So, Our RV Bedroom Checklist includes:

  • Mattress that allows for a good nights rest
  • Grey sheets and pillow cases (summer)
  • Grey sheet and pillow cases (fall)
  • Pillows x 4
  • Throw x 2
  • Blanket for comfort  :)
  • Chargers
  • Battery operated candles

Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2

Our Ultimate RV Bathroom Checklist

Call me crazy, but this part of the new RVing experience makes me the happiest 3am’r ever.   After YEARS of camping in a tent, then a tent trailer, not having to stumble out in the dark to find the comfort station is a true joy.

  • RV/marine toilet paper.    Can’t use the lovely stuff from home!!
  • Holding Tank Treatment tabs
  • You need a sewer line (the one that came with the trailer was ok, but it wasn’t going to last based on reviews).  We bought this one after much research:   https://www.amazon.ca/Camco-39761-X-15-Feet-Swivel-Fittings/dp/B002OUMVWY
  • Disposable gloves
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes
  • Washable bin with a lid for said used sewer line.    We have a little compartment at the back of the trailer that holds only the sewer line, disposable wipes and gloves.

You’ll need to Youtube YOUR trailer model instructions on how to pump and dump!  It’s actually pretty easy!

TRAILER - Clean Closet

Cleaning Supplies:

I love camping, but I still love to tidy up, I can’t help myself.    I have a basket of goodies to do that very thing.

  • Paper towel
  • Kleenex
  • Wet wipes
  • Dish soap
  • Bleach spray
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Old dish towels/rags
  • Boom and dustpan

The Linen Closet:

OK.  I’m particular.    Along with our shiny new cutlery (see last post), we also bought new towels.   Grey towels to be specific.    I have green and yellow towels in the house, so as soon as I see these in the laundry, I know they belong back in the trailer.     Washed and back in the “take this back to the trailer bucket”.

  • 2 bath towels
  • 2 hand towels
  • 2 face cloths
  • 2 beach towels

My OCD Baskets:

These are brilliant!   Three shelves that I could stack full of product.    I overpacked.  :)

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  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Face cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Hand cream
  • Q-tips
  • Deodorant
  • Shave kit
  • Sanitary supplies
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tide packets

Medicine Cabinet:

  • Mouthwash
  • Tylenol
  • Hand soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Kleenex

Bathroom Vent Cover: 

We purchased a vent cover for the bathroom fan.   BEST.  IDEA.  EVER.    You can have a shower while it’s raining….without getting wet…well, without the floor getting wet!

Trash Can:

When buying a trash can for the bath, try and keep them the same size as the kitchen.   Same garbage bags, less fuss!  Just sayin!

Bath Mat:

Don’t buy a pretty yellow bathmat.    Three washes I tell you.   It’s still in the trailer, but I’m only going to lay it on the floor when we’re having a shower.   It was a weird shade of sand after only a few days.

TRAILER - Bath Mat Experience

First Aid Kit:

We likely have sufficient supplies for a major catastrophy.   My first aid training is pretty rusty and anything more than a band-aid and I am OUT!    As in passed out!

  • first aid kit

Happy packing and safe travels!

Love always,

DABb21Ch7xc2