Organizing for the Road

Food & Dishes

As during our last trip, we’ve been concentrating on better organization in the Navion, inside and out. Some of the criteria we’ve developed are:

  • Is the item really necessary?
  • How often and when is the item likely to be needed?
  • Can the item be stored in way that makes it easy to access? Can the item’s location minimize kneeling, bending over and long reaches? Can supplies be stored in different containers?
  • Can storage be organized so that heavier items are lower and closer to the vehicle’s center?

The first thing we did was reduce the amount of clothing we take. Since we are going to both cool and warm climates, we began with layers. For example, I bought a couple of pair of casual outdoor pants at Cabela’s last trip that work well for this. We also left at home different colors of the same item (I know, glamping).

We also expanded the tools that work with our Ryobi 18V system. I added a drill to go with the two types of fans that help even when we’re connected to shore power.

All of the gear we will use in Arizona, and Navion equipment we might need went into the compartment underneath the slide, which requires a kneeler to access even when the slide is in. We have four watertight clear plastic bins that work exceptionally well for this. Before we left, I replaced the lifters on three compartments that didn’t open as high as they should.

Most things in boxes now go into plastic zip bags. The pod coffee maker went onto a small table to get it out of the way when using our small cooking area. We now use wooden trays at mealtime instead of the factory dining table (so much less bother, and they save our backs, too.)

Not to be last, but I now use some small carry-alls from Cabela’s to separately store the hand tools, electrical tools, and fasteners/adhesives. The bags expand and contract as necessary and squish into their spaces.

On the horizon are more opportunities to organize. I’ve never met a camp store I didn’t like!