Since January when we bought our popup truck camper, Vandring Snigel (Swedish for Wandering Snail), we’ve started to get a packing rhythm down when we head out on weekend adventures. The purpose of the Snigel (pronounced: sni-GEL) was so that we could quickly and somewhat easily take her out for a few days without focusing too much on the preparations or the take-down at the end. Maximize the adventures, minimize the work. Naturally we’ll keep slimming our processes, but here’s what we’ve got so far!

Stuff we keep stocked in the camper:

  • silverware and large serving spoons
  • plates and bowls (we’ve been doing recycled paper, but eventually we’ll find reusable dishware)
  • a medium 6″ cast iron pan with a pot holder and a lid
  • tea kettle for heating up water
  • a 4 qt. pot and a lid
  • cutting board and knives
  • metal camp cups
  • corkscrew and can opener
  • twisty ties and chip clips
  • scissors
  • 1-2 extra small glass containers with lids (for leftover bacon grease and other small food bits)
  • paper toweling
  • aeropress
  • lighter (for the gas stove, especially)
  • cleaning solution in a spray bottle
  • kitchen soap and scrub brushes
  • a bathroom “medicine cabinet”: tooth powder, toothbrush, floss, contact solution and container, tampons, peppermint oil, deodorant, bandaids, melatonin, cough drops, tweezers, nail clippers, dry shampoo, bar soap, biodegradable wipes, and so on
  • a roll of toilet paper
  • a catch all bin with: matches, scissors, pencil, notepaper, candles, lotion, and other paraphernalia
  • a tiny broom and dustpan
  • a game closet with our favorite board games and card games
  • sheets on the bed (we wash and return after most trips)
  • duvet, duvet cover, and 2 pillows
  • sleeping bag and extra blanket
  • 4 throw pillows (too many, but they were just sitting in storage anyway…)
  • 1 fuzzy throw blanket
  • face towels
  • bath towels
  • kitchen towels
  • essential oil diffuser (this is important, it keeps the air from drying out too much at night and, as much as I love the smell of fresh bacon, the diffuser makes the camper smell like something other than left over breakfast smells)
  • tripod

Most of these items we found at thrift stores or they were a duplicate that we had laying around the house.

Clothing we keep in the camper:

  • swimsuit
  • slippers
  • water shoes
  • a wool fire cape
  • puffy jackets (ok, this is on our list. It’s not out there yet.)

Food we keep stocked in the camper:

  • coffee
  • tea bags
  • fermented cacao (for hot chocolate)
  • sugar-free marshmallows (for hot chocolate)
  • single-use honey sticks
  • avocado oil
  • butter
  • salt, pepper, herbs
  • nut butter packs
  • EPIC bars
  • and anything else we leave when we finish for the weekend

Stuff we pack for a 2 night weekend:

  • a cooler full of food: a quart of stew, 6 eggs, bacon, any left over vegetables from our home fridge gets chopped up and put in a plastic bag to be used for breakfast, salad or sandwhich/wrap fixings for lunch, seasonal fruit, 2 half full frozen water bottles as icepacks. Once we get in the camper, we usually leave the food in the cooler and park the cooler outside; it’s been cold enough to do this. The next thing we want to try is to put all the food in the camper refrigerator with 3-4 ice water bottles and treat the whole refrigerator as though it’s a cooler, which it is essentially just a cooler since we haven’t figured out how to turn it on yet.
  • UBoom speaker
  • camera (or just our phones…)
  • projector and iPad (if we want to watch a movie)
  • insulated camp cups (hot drinks for the road!)
  • bottles of water
  • clothing and hiking shoes for the weekend all get packed into a laundry bin for transport, and the laundry bin is then used as a dirty clothes hamper

Because we keep the camper stocked, it really doesn’t take too much packing the day we leave in order to travel and do our adventures in style. I hope you enjoyed this list of mine as much as I enjoyed writing it. 🙂

Location: Cyrus Horse Camp in Jefferson County, Oregon (use Google Maps, not Apple’s map)
Amenities: pit toilet. Horse stalls.
Size: Large enough for all vehicles, the campground is one big turnaround.
Number of campsites: multiple campsites nearby.
Seasons: 4-season

We got to the campsite after dark in March and quickly parked our truck on the flattest spot we could find. It wasn’t a very flat spot but we didn’t want to disturb our friend, who was already tucked in for the night in her vehicle. We spent 2 nights at this campground and saw just a few trucks come and go. One of these passerbys was kind enough to leave a roll of toilet paper in the toilet. During the day, we hiked at the nearby Smith Rock and spent the afternoon in Bend, Oregon. At night, we raided the free cut firewood pile, chopped it up smaller and built a fire. We drank hot chocolate and enjoyed the vast sky and all the twinkling stars and some space trash.

We returned the Amazon Life PO4 battery because once we drained the battery, we had no way to recharge it. So we bought an American-Made Battle Born lithium battery and it lasted was much better.