Last week we sold our house and restarted our pet friendly travel adventures. Rod and I have committed to 12 months of travel, and I imagine you might wonder: “How do you pack for a whole year?!?”
The answer is … you don’t! You pack for 3 weeks and then do laundry.
Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. When you’re going to be traveling for this length of time you need clothes for all the seasons, and even special occasions – like a friend’s wedding we’ll be attending in June. You have to plan for business opportunities – like Denver’s RV show in March where we’ll have a booth and I’ll be speaking. And, of course, you must have everything the dogs might decide they want.
Fortunately, the Winnebago holds a lot. For instance, in my 36″ by 16″ by 14″ clothing cabinet I’ve packed 4 pairs of pants/jeans, 1 set of long underwear (probably time to get rid of those!), 2 sweaters, 4 turtle necks, 15 long-sleeved t-shirts, 11 short-sleeved t-shirts, 21 pairs of socks, 3 bras, 8 tank tops and 12 pairs of underwear. And this is what it looks like:
Now, just to be clear – lest you think I’m taking up all the space for myself – Rod is adamant about clothing storage equality. In fact, he tried to argue that because my clothes and shoes are smaller than his, he should get more space. No dice, bud!
Other cabinets hold the following:
(Not pictured here in the interest of preserving marital harmony.)
Dog treats, toys, medicine, grooming necessities, etc.:
Kitchen accoutrements and food:
Printer/Scanner/Copier, Office Supplies and Camera Equipment:
In our wardrobe, we built shelves for cleaning supplies, our extra shoes, electronic equipment with various chargers and cords, and all of our over-the-counter medicinal needs.
The wardrobe also holds a couple of jackets for each of us and our garment bags with slacks, dress shirts, and sport coats.
Off-season clothes (and my little black dress) are packed in a plastic container that fits in one of the Winnebago’s luggage compartments.
We feed the boys dog food from The Honest Kitchen. Because it’s dehydrated, it packs easily and we can carry a lot. Each 10 pound box makes 43 pounds of food, so the five bags you see here will be 215 pounds of dog food!
Extra dog food goes under the dinette seat
And, we just added this StowAway storage compartment where we put everything we need to set up a trade show booth:
It’s durable, slides into our trailer hitch, and adds 16 cubic feet of storage space. Adding this extra compartment allowed us to bring along everything we wanted – no tough decisions based on limited space!
So, what happens if we decide we want to travel for two years? Well, once you’ve packed everything you need for a year – you should be covered for as long as you want to go!
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