This spring we spent three weeks on the road going from the South West to the Mid-West. With 9 in our family I had to plan well to get all of our clothes and stuff neatly stowed away.
*Clothes for 8 of us are in this closet. Hubby has his own small closet.
*Each of these two drawers holds PJ's, socks, and underwear for 4 people.
Needing even more careful planning is the food. Of course I'm wanting to help my family eat healthy and keep our budget low, but two of us also need to stay as wheat and dairy free as possible. With limited space I needed to be creative and plan reasonable items and ingredients to be purchased along the way. I also needed to be thoughtful of the fact that we are on vacation, treats and special meals should be planned so we are more likely to resist temptation on the road. I also needed to keep in mind that we would be needing to pack lunches for meals on the go when we were at museums and such.
*Non-perishables stowed away under the dinette bench seat for later in the trip. Mixes are made up as well for pancakes and anything else I think we may need to bake up along the way.
*My kids consider PB&J sandwiches treats. Some begged for Kraft EasyMac, if ever I was to allow it, now was the time (a box of dye free Mac&Cheese was purchased so that our dye free kid could enjoy along with others when aunties made up the "real" stuff). Crackers and cookies are simple easy treats that will keep the kids from asking for worse junk.
*Keeping plenty of water bottles and 100% juice for the kids will keep us hydrated and keep the kids from asking for other "juices" and sodas along the way. The Hansen's sodas will keep hubby and I from being tempted by other sodas at gas stations.
*Our snack drawer; applesauce/berry pouches and freeze dried fruit will make fairly healthy treats on the road when we run low of fresh fruits and veggies. These will also be easy for me to grab for snacks to put in my purse/diaper bag to keep the little ones from melt downs when we are out and about.
*Careful thought was given to what we would be putting in the fridge. Salads in a jar make a great lunch for hubby and me (maybe not as space efficient as other things, but the health factor outweighs that this time) home made salad dressings are all set for making more salads along the way. Pre-cooked meats and sausages will make meals fast and easy when we stop. Hard boiled eggs make for a fast, easy, healthy breakfast along with some fruit.
*Pre-cooked hamburger can be added to the crock pot in the morning without the bother of cooking it up and dirtying dishes. Grain free muffins, breads, and cookies make the trip easier for those of us with dietary restrictions. The pancakes-on-a-stick are another one of those treats that the kids begged for, they will make a fast breakfast one morning, then they will be gone and we will not have them again. ;)
There are so many configurations for trailers and RVs, I think the key is flexibility and creativity when packing a large family into one of these.