The Cyclone finally came out of storage, and we began the arduous task of ACTUALLY moving into it. Now, when you move house or apartments, there is the ritualistic packing of random junk into random boxes (if you’ve done it a time or two, maybe the boxes are even semi-labeled!), loading them into a vehicle, the traveling, the unloading of the boxes into the new dwelling, and the unpacking of said boxes, which may or may not happen within the year–I think I found an unopened box about 3 years after moving into our house.
There were no boxes. Well, there was one – more of a sturdy crate. And it was filled, carried out to the RV, and unloaded into its (in most cases) permanent, pre-planned location. Then carried back into the house, reloaded, and repeat.
Before an item even makes it into the box, it was meticulously considered, evaluated, and decided on whether it made the cut. Space and weight are precious in an RV, so you must choose carefully and wisely what comes with you.
We live in a materialistic world. We work, we earn money, and we spend it on things we really don’t NEED. I’m not bashing anything here, because I’m just as guilty as anyone (just wait until we get to the shoes and clothes section…). Stuff is fun, stuff is nice, and when you have a house with some space, you want to fill it with stuff.
You can’t take all that “stuff” with you in an RV. That collection of birthday cards you’ve been saving over the years? Nope. That strange “thing” sculpture you found on the street in college? Nope. All those pictures, doo-dads, and other decor around the house? Nope. All the books you’ve ever/never read? Nope.
So what makes the cut?
- Quantity – If you’re washing your dishes after every meal, you probably don’t need 6-8 dinner plates for just the 2 of you. You also don’t need 12 coffee mugs – as cute and sentimental as the all are.
- Weight – We chose our thinner Corelle dishwear over our thick, heavy, and more beautiful ceramic dishwear. Thin metal mixing bowls over class. In these cases the weight and space difference won easily.
- Fragility – GoVino plastic wine cups are lighter and more durable than the crystal wine glasses you got as a wedding gift (and you’re heart probably won’t break should you break one!).
3. Clothing – Half your wardrobe. Okay, good. Now half it again. Okay. Now that you have it in the RV…go ahead and half it one more time for good measure. 🙂 Honestly, only bring the things you love to wear and are very versatile. Bring some nice things for nicer outings, and thing your aren’t afraid to get dirty. As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, leave it/donate it.
5. Shoes – Sorry, ladies! The whole shoe collection can’t come. Actually, this was equally hard for Tom, as he had a lot of use-specific shoes as well: boat shoes, hiking shoes, hiking boots, work boots, sandals, flip flops, sneakers, running shoes, water shoes, winter boots etc. For us, flip flops and sandals are what we hope to wear most of the time! Along with hiking shoes/boots. I brought my favorite pair of dress shoes (the comfy ones), my dance shoes, and a cute pair of boots as well. Again, use the 6-month rule and pack for versatility and functionality
7. Camping Setup – The things you’ll need to set up your outdoor living area: lawn chairs, outdoor rug, grill, patio table, prep table, etc. Some people go all out with hammocks, lawn decorations, bird feeders, and more. We’re starting of pretty simple, trying to keep our setup/takedown time and effort minimal :).
9. Dog stuff – With 2 dogs in tow, we have food, supplements, leashes, collars, toys, beds, kennels, tie-outs, grooming supplies, etc. What can we say, they’re our kids! <3
Can’t truly let go of something? Take a picture! Store it in a folder called “Memories” and revisit whenever you want. Pictures take up WAY less room than objects, and you can take those with you!