The Things We Carry.
Here’s a laundry list of the basics that stay in the ‘Stream. I’ve broken them down into three main categories: Utility, Recreation, and Living. The whole idea is to keep the ‘escape pod’ stocked with the minimum gear needed for quick, spontaneous departures. The secret is having enough of the right stuff, without bringing your whole house.
Storage space is at a premium in any RV, particularly an Airstream; and especially when you’re hauling seven people.
- Multitool. Don’t skimp. Get a heavy-duty quality (just watch “127 Hours”) model, with lots of features.
- Duct tape. If you’re a guy, and you have to ask, I’m wondering how you stumbled onto this blog wearing your skinny jeans.
- Flashlight. Again, don’t skimp. There’s some nice LED models out there.
- Box of matches. Strike-anywhere type. Better than BIC or Zippo.
- Bungie cords. Heavy-duty. Various sizes.
- Crescent wrenches, allen wrenches, screwdriver (medium & small), phillips head (medium & small), pliers (needle nose, pump), voltmeter, wire stripper, plastic wire ties, electrical tape. Your basic toolbox assortment.
- Hitch parts. Depending on your hitch type, keep replacement high wear items.
- Grease. Gun tubes and tub of lithium. A good spray silicone can be handy, too.
- Tire chocks. Old fashioned sections of 4×4 timber, connected at the ends with a short rope works great. I’m not real fond of the between-the-wheel friction chock.
- Leveling blocks. (5) 16″ sections of treated 2×8 is all you need for a tandem axle. I usually put one under the tongue jack, as well. Sometimes small sections of ‘one-by’ are handy if you want pads under your stabilizers. (3)2×8 is enough to change a tire, too!
- Patio carpet. Expands the living space, and cuts down on debris tracked into the trailer.
- Broom. Momma uses it to chase ‘coons off the front porch.
- Laundry rack. Collapsible. Metal. Use little bungies to secure it to something sturdy like a picnic table or awning strut.
- Stakes. Handy in the event of a vampire outbreak, or securing the patio carpet.
- Paracord. Because having paracord is just plain cool.
- Cub saw. Campfire!
- Hatchet. Campfire! But, mostly for hammering spikes.
- Small level. Checking level on the galley counter works best.
- Tire iron. The Airstream’s got a spare, but not a tire iron.
- Zero-gravity recliners, x2. One for me, and one for The Mrs, to drink in reek, and let the brats roll on the floor with the dogs.
- Canned goods. Pork n’ beans. Tuna. Bottled water. Coffee. We can live quite happily on these four main food groups for some time.
- Cutlery, plates. Regular and disposable.
- Bedding. Blankets, sheets, pillows.
- Toilet paper. Don’t really need an explanation, do you?
- First Aid kit. Almost as important as toilet paper.
All these items have come in handy at one time or another over the years (or have been in desperate need); except for maybe the paracord. Anyway, it has served us well. I’d be curious to know what’s in your essentials list.
See You Down the Road!