Checklist for Camping in a Tent Trailer

Checklist for Camping in a Tent TrailerPop-up tent trailers offer an inexpensive way to upgrade your camping style. The convenience of keeping the trailer stocked and ready-to-go means less time spent on camping preparations and packing, and more time spent traveling, exploring and enjoying the camping experience. To maximize the use of space in a tent trailer and prevent the trailer from becoming a cluttered mess, there are some key and exceptionally useful items to keep in the tent trailer.


Use plastic containers to organize and store as much camping gear as you can inside the tent trailer. With all the different hideaways, cabinets and cubbyholes, plastic bins and tubs of varying sizes can be used to fit into each spot. By keeping like items together, such as kitchen utensils with plates and cups, the bins help keep the camping gear well organized and accessible.


Cleaning Supplies

Keep paper towels, a general all-purpose cleaner and garbage bags inside the tent trailer. The constant traffic inside such a small space creates a dusty, or muddy depending on the weather, mess. Tables, counters and the kitchen area will need cleaning before each use. A broom and dustpan are also on the must have cleaning supplies list.

Added Storage

Even the largest of tent trailers are difficult to keep organize with lots of daily activity. Clothes, games, toys and dishes end up strewn everywhere. Keep pop-up mesh bins for clothes and fabric cubes that fold up, in the trailer to use as additional storage for clothing and personal items that get used daily.


Something will break on the tent trailer eventually. Keep a toolbox with basic tools such as screws, screwdriver, hammer, duct tape, bungee cords, rope and roadside flares in the trailer. You'll never know just what you'll need to keep a loose door shut or to reattach ripped canvas.

Solar Battery Charger

Batteries do not last long on tent trailers when lights are accidently left on or there is regular use of the power outlets. With a solar battery charger, anytime there is sun, the battery gets charged, keeping a constant supply of energy to the trailer. This way the lights will always come on at night, making it less likely that you will have to fumble around in the dark for a missing flashlight.

Parking Supplies

The parking spot at every campsite for tent trailers will be different. Some are level and smooth, most however, are not. Wood blocks and tire stoppers are very useful when setting up the tent trailer on less than ideal footing.

Paper and Pen

Keep a notebook with a pen attached within easy reach. Something always gets forgotten, or you'll see a great new camping item along the way. Use the notebook to keep an ongoing camping supply list to make the next trip that much easier to get ready for.


Article Written By Lynn Anders

Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.

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