Organizing a Living Quarters Trailer
- May 8, 2017
- Jenn Zeller
I’ve been on the road a lot this Spring, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon! We thought it would be fun to share with you how to organize your Living Quarters Trailer. Or at least I can share with you how I organize mine. I haven’t yet, sadly, figured out the easiest way to make the bed! If I figure out how to do that and not break a sweat, I’ll update you!
There are certain things I pack at the beginning of the season that I intend to leave/use in the trailer for the duration of the season. In fact, many of these things were actually purchased just for the living quarters trailer and will live here until I get a new/different trailer.
There are two parts to organize — the people part, and the horse part! We will start with the people part!
In the bathroom I keep the following:
Hand Towels (always more than you think you need)
Body Towels (always more than you think you need)
Wash cloths (always more than you think you need)
A stash of Rv Toilet Paper
Septic System Enzymes
Toilet bowl brush
In the living portion I keep a pretty well-stocked kitchen, mostly because I like to cook and don’t mind doing so while on the road:
Plates, both paper and plastic
Coffee Maker (a small one)
One small and medium sized sauce pan
One small and medium sized frying pan
Coconut or Olive Oil
Plastic drinking glasses
Nonperishable food items (pasta, canned goods, microwave popcorn, quinoa)
Kitchen towels and washcloths
Cooking utensils, knives, cutting board
Extra pillows, sheets, and blankets
Coats, and hoodies
a stash of long-sleeved rodeo shirts
Stocking Cap and Gloves (you never know what kind of weather you’ll hit)
Extra keys for the pickup, and the trailer (both the jack and the mangers/tack room)
Trash bags, ziplock bags, plastic food storage containers
I try not to “borrow” these things from my living quarters trailer for use at home on the ranch, because inevitably if I do, I will end up getting off somewhere and think I have something that I don’t actually have. In fact, just this week it happened with the fly spray. Which leads into the next part of this discussion — the horse part!
This part isn’t so easy, as much of what I use on my horse day-to-day, will be used at home, such as feed, and my Back on Track products, but since I live on a ranch, and don’t need my barrel racing saddles daily, they do get to live full-time in the living quarters trailer. Here’s what’s always packed:
Fold up Wheelbarrow
Bungee Cords (I have actually had to bungee cord a trailer door shut before — let’s not relive that story, please).
Trailer aid — in case you have a blowout
Gas can with extra fuel for the generator
Rubber Feed Tubs
Buckets, both five gallon and 2 gallon
Extra Bucket hangers
Extra Saddle Pads
Hot wire tape
Battery operated, hot-wire fencer
Bucket of oats (I keep these in an air-tight milk replacer bucket)
Milk crates for storage
Horse First Aid Kit
Why yes, that is a yoga mat in the photo above. Gotta stay healthy while on the road! I’m hoping this list helps you get yourself a little more organized for the road! I’ve got myself so organized that I can usually be packed and leave in about 3 hours — and most of the packing is my clothes, haha!
About Jenn Zeller
Jenn Zeller is the creative mind and boss lady behind The South Dakota Cowgirl. She is an aspiring horsewoman, photographer, brilliant social media strategist and lover of all things western. After a brief career in the investment world to support her horse habit (and satisfy her...