After a few trips forgetting things we learned much of what has been said here- find the local walmart on your way in!
With our tiny popup we bring a lot into the house after each trip (all clothing, food, bedding) so we came up with a system that we plan to utilize with our new TT:
we have a list we print off the computer (a spreadsheet really, 2 sided) - it lists all the thing in the camper that get used (TP, paper towels, tin foil, etc) and those that we must bring (mustard, coffee, etc) every trip - also bedding, pillows, towels.
If (when) we use the last of the salt or tin foil we mark that on the list.
We've got a duffel bag (See REI for them) that the bedding goes in for home/car use - when camping it rolls up to take up no space. Better than a hard tub by far. Once home the clean stuff is put back in there as is our bathing suits and folding laundry basket (for dirty stuff while camping). Grab the duffel and you know you can sleep, swim and be dry!
the other side of the list has a column for each day and areas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, activity - we can list what all we need/want each day so nothing gets forgotten (except you know, butter or seasoning, those things in your house kitchen you don't think of). Yes, beer is on the list (in bold no less).
We hope to buy the perishables close the campground this year (old camper only had a cooler so might as well stock up at home).
For clothing and toiletries we'd just pack a suitcase like we were going to a hotel. This usually worked..if not you'll have found walmart, right?
We have one of the bins for dry food - we pack it up for each trip and after the trip empty it - the old list goes in here. So when you go to pack it next time if you need matches, more foil or a tent stake puller or longer hose - anything - it's on the list and you can deal with it before you're standing in the rain and realize you have no leveling blocks.
We plan to camp in our backyard for a few days full self contained as a test and learning experience. And we can't wait!
Jill & Chris, Wills (15) Evie (13) & Toby our collie (6)
2011 Grey Wolf 28BH
2013 Chevy K1500 Crew w/ Reese StraitLine Dual Cam
Nights camped 2011: 11 2012: 18 2013: 12 2014: 12 2015: 13 2016: 36