Essentials

Essentials List for Full Time Truck Camping

Your list will look different. This list changes as I discover new solutions.

  1. Topper:  An A.R.E. DCU 30″-36″ aluminum topper with liner and windows. Liner is essential to eliminate condensation and hail noise. After 3 years I still love it.
  2. Rack on top of the cab:  This is the place for the gas cans, the shovel, a window scraper and garbage on the way to town. 
  3. Bedding: An old carpet remnant. I also put blue jeans under the carpet for ironing and extra padding. I love sleeping on a hard surface. A sleeping bag. A winter coat wrapped around sweaters for the pillow. A stuffed bear for comfort.
  4. Scepter Water Cans (5-Gallon) with hoses, shut off valves and a hose bandit
  5. Cooking: 20 pound propane tank and a Coleman Powerpack Propane Stove. Needed a windbreak, also. Compact Stainless Steel Dish Set is the way to go. Easy to clean, very hard to damage, and are very light.
  6. Tarp: A white  12′ x 20′ Dry Top Heavy Duty White Full Size 10-mil Poly Tarp item 312201.   Two painters’ extension poles,  some paracord and heavy-duty bungee cords. (Very awkward, heavy, but perfect once I wrangle it secure..)
  7. Safety items : A fire extinguisher , a Slime 70005 Safety Spair 7-Minute Flat Tire Repair System (this is a mistake. I will never actually repair a tire. At most inflate it. I can get a portable compressor.), a heavy-duty 16′ 6 gauge booster cable ( and instructions on how to jump someone else’s car. I can never remember the sequence ), a 2 in x 20 ft Recovery Tow Strap 10,000 LB Breaking Strength,  two 4 gallon gas cans (gave them up, they were too unwieldy and went with 2 2 gal.), a weather alert radio, whistle, a Cobra Electronics CPP 12000- JumPack XL – Jump Starter/Power Pack  (a wonderful item to charge phone, camera, Kindle and  to jump start vehicles. Worth every penny.),  a 900 lumen LED flashlight for protection , and a  Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station, 400Wh Battery Powered Generator. When I bought this a few years ago it came with a solar panel and a great lamp.
  8. Construction of bed and shelves. 
  9. I have milk crates, 5 gallon pickle buckets (too big. Got rid of them the second month.), clothes, books, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, solar shower bag and a folding table. The milk crates are good for books, but terrible for food as mice invade.
  10. A folding chair and folding side table.