We are so used to having our friendly markets nearby and popping out to pick up a quart of milk or a pizza. When you are in the boonies, a trip to the store becomes not only a project but an irritant.
It's not easy to predict what your needs or wants may be. Do you get a sudden urge for Vlasic dill pickles? Or did you forget to pack the ice cream or the extra rolls of toilet paper? This is not necessarily a threat to the success of your camping trip (well, maybe the ice cream is) but it will surely make your camping or boondocking experience a lot more fun to have those items. You can avoid critical shortages by making a list well before the start of your trip and having all members of the camping trip add their special interests.
Also, check all your permanent stocks--cookware, linens, tools, outdoor equipment, etc. in the RV. Did the person who used the last roll of paper towels tell you? Is there just a drop or two left in the can of Pam spray? And don’t forget items like extra garbage bags, the large black 30-gallon bags, since you will likely be collecting your trash to haul out after your trip. What about a back-up barbecue and campfire lighter, Band-aids and antiseptic, fully charged batteries for your reading-in-bed lights, and an extra fleece for those chilly mountain evenings?
Make a master check list and print it out and check each item before every boondocking trip. It will take you less time than having to make a run to the market, which could be miles away.
Learn more about boondocking with my new eBook, BOONDOCKING: Finding the Perfect Campsite on America’s Public Lands.