Everyone knows that they’re going to need bedding, linens and towels for the camper. I don’t think you’ll find any surprises on this list but I do have a couple of suggestions on how much you might want to pack.
I’m also gonna recommend that you return yer linens to the camper as soon as they’re washed and folded. It’s nice to have one less thing to think about –or do—when yer packing for a trip. I’d also suggest that despite returning linens to the camper right away you double-check your stock before camping.
I’ve been guilty of raiding my camper stash on occasion when I’ve been too busy to do laundry or needed beach towels for a day trip to the lake. That’s not a big deal of course if you return them to the camper once they’ve been washed, but I have to admit I’ve slipped on this point a couple of times. And believe me, it really bites to find you’re out of towels when a hot, sandy beach is calling yer name.
So here’s the list; short and sweet:
Potholders –these are also handy for the BBQ, especially if yer cooking in tinfoil.
Beach towels –yes, there’s a difference between bath and beach towels; a bath towel dries you better than a beach towel but they’re usually not the best choice for lying on at the beach. Because they’re more plush they have a tendency to collect more sand than a beach towel –and that just means more sweeping up to do!
Bedding –we always have more than we need, just in case we end up with an extra kid or two or if there’s a spill. We also have extra blankets in case it suddenly turns cold and we need extra covers.
Extra pillow cases –I can handle sleeping in sheets that should have been washed yesterday but only as long as my pillow case is clean.
Tent –we don’t bring this unless we know we’re gonna need it (ie: an extra kid or two). No sense in hauling around extra weight if you don’t need to –it just costs more in gas.
Sleeping mat &/or foamie –for the tent.
Oh, and as for storage, I keep pillows, foamies and bedding on our “top bunk” but people with larger RVs often have under-the-bed storage they can use. As for towels, the kitchen towels are in a drawer, hand towels on a “shelf” in the closet, bath towels at the bottom back of the closet. I keep the beach towels at the bottom front of the closet so the kids can grab them without coming all the way into the camper.
And speaking of storage, here’s a neat tip that Sheila’s sister, Barb, told me last time we were camping. Barb puts each laundered, folded sheet set inside a matching pillow case. Not only do they store neatly in the linen closet (or camper) but having everything together makes changing beds that much easier.
Lastly, below are some websites with tips on laundering yer towels and bedding:
Oh and remember to download the FREE printable PDF of my list above >>> Camper Comforts Linens