To pack or not to pack?

Weight limit in mind, lets get packing!

We’re all packed up.  It feels like the only thing we haven’t brought is the kitchen sink!  But we have brought a wash basin and drainer so we’re not far off!  This might be a bit boring but it is an exhaustive list of everything we have packed.  I’ve tried to keep it reasonable, I’ve not listed each individual toiletry.  I’ve also categorised everything.  Let me know if you spot something I might have forgotten:

Clothes:

  • Clothes for the family (the question is whether to leave a whole wardrobe in the rig or pack a bag each time you go away).  We have opted with leaving a minimal wardrobe in the rig and taking extra for each trip.
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Shoes
  • Walking boots
  • Slippers
  • Waterproofs
  • Hat, scarf, gloves
  • Swimming costumes
  • Towels
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs

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Toiletries:

  • General toiletries (don’t forget your toothbrushes)
  • Toilet roll
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair straighteners
  • Sun cream
  • Hand soap

General:

  • First aid box
  • Games
  • Fairy lights
  • Phone charger
  • Folding chairs
  • Bikes
  • Bike helmets
  • Fly swatter
  • Dustpan and brush

Kitchen:

  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Utensils
  • Cups and mugs
  • Egg cups
  • Cheese grater
  • Pans
  • Collapsible drainer and tray
  • Collapsible washing up bowl
  • Collapsible colander
  • Oven tray
  • Sponge
  • Washing up liquid
  • Tea towel
  • Cleaning spray
  • Bin
  • Bin bags
  • Plastic bags for shopping
  • Food and drink
  • Tea and coffee
  • Water

Bedding:

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Duvets

I have tried to make the rig more homely and have added some pictures that our daughter has done at nursery.  Simple really.

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Baby:

  • Wipes
  • Nappies
  • Baby bowls, spoons and sippy cups
  • Baby clothes
  • Dummies
  • Car seat
  • High chair
  • Baby monitor
  • Push chair
  • Toys and books

With the car seat, we went with the Joie Every Stage Child Restraint.  The motorhome doesn’t have Isofix so we needed a seat that can be fixed in place with a seatbelt.  This seat seemed to have the best safety rating and it can be used right the way through to age 12.

I was concerned about the sleeping arrangements for our daughter as she is in the bed at the back over the garage.  There is a child net there which hooks onto the ceiling but it is quite lose and I am majorly concerned she could fall out.  We had a few different thoughts on solutions from baby gates to bed guards.  In the end we went with the Dreambaby Retractable Gate from Argos.  It fits the whole gap and nearly goes right up to the ceiling and we can retract it quickly if our daughter needs us in the night.  She can also see through when she is on the bed.  I feel much happier now that she is completely safe.

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Practical:

  • Window blinds in the cab
  • Fan heater
  • Air conditioning unit
  • Toilet chemicals
  • Food grade fresh water hose
  • Tap adaptors
  • Wheel ramps
  • Wheel chocks
  • Gas spanner
  • Gas bottle
  • Electric cable
  • Electric cable adaptors UK and EU
  • Tool kit
  • Bungee straps
  • Wind break
  • Fire extinguisher

I am sure we will have forgotten something and also packed way too much of other things but you’ve got to start somewhere.  We just need to get a weekend away booked so we can try it out!