This is my first post and I look forward to sharing my travels with all of you who come along on my adventures.
My little trailer does attract attention. I have given many tours of the trailer since I began traveling this summer. People are surprised by the accommodations found in such a small footprint, especially the wet bath. I am usually asked where “home” is and when I say I am traveling full-time in my trailer, the person’s eyes become larger and an expression of surprise is noted and then the question comes, “How do you live in this little trailer?” It is a fair question and one that does boggle the mind when most folks live in dwellings large enough for my trailer to fit in any one room.
Living in a teardrop has a lot to do with a state of mind. It is about living with less, a true exercise in minimalism. Rather than feeling any deprivation, I find the minimalistic lifestyle to be freeing and it allows me to expend energy in new directions.
My goal is to have only what I need along with a tiny portion of sentimentality. Since I have a 4-door Jeep and the back seats are folded flat this space is my storage area and it works well to move things back and forth from the trailer to the Jeep. The trailer has limited storage and I don’t want to fill it up.
I reduced my toiletries from an entire bathroom of stuff to two small travel pouches. The medicine cabinet is now a 12 x 6 x 3-inch plastic tote.
My clothes went from a closet and drawers to a duffle bag for current clothes and a flat plastic tote for items rarely worn or warmer items.
The kitchen, which was the hardest, is now contained in one large blue tote. I kept 2 pots, a frying pan, a large plastic bowl for mixing salads, etc., silverware for two, a few cooking utensils, 2 favorite mugs, and 1 unbreakable wine glass. Inside the trailer, I use paper plates and one soup bowl. Clean-up is a breeze!
My little travel companions, Harley and Flossie (Yorkshire Terriers) also have a tote for their food, dishes, etc. plus they have a travel bag with sweaters, leashes, and toys. Inside the trailer, they have their beds and blankets. They do not do without.
I also have a small tote of decorative items from various places and gifts from friends that I rotate in and out to the trailer. It is a happy feeling to be reminded of people and places you love.
Once possessions are managed and reduced, the rest is easy. Depending upon where I am, I can be inside the trailer and watch TV (less is best!), listen to my favorite music, or work on my laptop. I have a table that folds down to a fraction of its size for computer work or meals. An advantage of the tiny trailer’s size is while it is great for a comfortable shelter, it also encourages me to get outside and explore my surroundings. Over the summer, I have met wonderful people, played on the beach, and embraced newfound freedom.