It’s finally time! I am so excited to be back in Port St. Lucie, FL, because it means that we are actually getting ready for our road trip. On top of packing the RV for the trip, I am staging my home for sale. This is making the process a little harder. When the house sells, I don’t want to have to come back for any length of time. This means that I have to have everything out of the house except the furniture. At first this felt like a huge problem to figure out, but then I decided to tackle packing for the road trip first. This way I can see what I have left over, then decide what to sell and/or donate. I started with clothes.
Bruce and I each have a cold weather bin that will go in the storage under the RV and are sharing a third bin for clothes we don’t wear all the time, but want to take with us. I considered a capsule wardrobe, but it’s just not me. I need variety with my clothes as well as my food, so I didn’t cut down as much as I probably should have. In my defense, I did give away a lot of my clothes that I know I will not be able to wear while on the road. I cut my hanging clothes down until I felt they would fit into half of the closet in the RV. I have to be fair and let Bruce have the other half. Both of us are also keeping clothes we wear often in a bin in the bottom of the closet, so they are easy to access.
The rest of my clothes/underthings will be in bins in the storage area above the couch. I already cut everything down until it would fit into my four bins, so I can get used to the idea over the next week or two. This way I can still wear them in the meantime, and when it’s time to go, I just have to move the bins from the dresser to the RV. I feel happy with the clothes I kept. They are my favorite pieces out of my wardrobe. They are easily mixed and matched, and also comfortable to wear. Now, I just have to figure out which shoes I am taking and which I am getting rid of. I don’t even want to talk about that right now. I know you other girls feel my pain on the subject!
I don’t keep a lot of food in my pantry. I prefer fresh ingredients, and don’t mind running to the grocery store or market often. However, I know we will be camping in areas away from grocery stores while we are traveling. In order to make sure we always have something to eat, I grabbed rice, pasta, sauce, canned and dried beans, quinoa, and dried cereal. These will stay in the bin until we need them. On thing I couldn’t leave behind is my spice collection. I use a TON of spices when I cook, and I didn’t want to leave any behind. I may regret my decision later, but for now, I am going with it. After the food was packed, we tackled the garage, but not without Angel’s supervision. She insisted on hanging in her stroller while we organized the garage and packed up the trailer. I offered her a blanket and pillow. She was having none of it.
We have taken long road trips in the RV before. When Skylar was in 7th grade, we spent months at a time on the road. I home-schooled her for the year while we explored 3/4 of the lower 48 states. We visited New England, the Midwest, and even spent some time in California before heading back across the bottom of the country. We only missed the Northwest states that year. The difference is that we left the house as it was, and didn’t have to figure out what to do with everything while we were traveling. If you are thinking of selling your home to live on the road for several years, there is definitely a lot more to think about than there is when you head out on a simple road trip, even if it is a long one. We are still in the process, so I will update again before we leave. If you are a full-time RVer, and have any tips or hints, please leave a comment. 🙂