Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Full-time RVers: What object(s) could you NOT leave behind?

By Chuck Woodbury
This video below got me thinking. I think you will like it. What it made me think about relates to full-time RVers who sold their homes for a life on the road.

I’ll pose my thought as a question: What object (or objects) could you absolutely NOT part with when you moved into your RV? Was it a certain photo, or maybe your mother’s necklace, or an old coat you’ve had for years and years but could simply not do without?

Please confess to the world about that certain something you simply could not, no matter how hard you tried, sell, give away or otherwise be without.

To give you an idea of what I could not leave behind: I could not part with my father’s hairbrush. When he died nine years ago, I put the brush inside two Ziploc bags. The brush still smells like my father. Once a year on his birthday I open the bag-in-a-bag, close my eyes, and inhale a whiff of what my father smelled like. It brings a flood a memories. We can see pictures of someone we lost, we can hear their recorded voice, but we cannot smell them. That brush allows me to preserve a little extra memory of my father. I could not give it up.

So what can’t you part with? Please (please, please, please) leave a comment!


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David Kendall
2 years ago

Tire pressure monitoring system. You are driving blind without one. If you don’t arrive safely, all the gadgets in the world don’t matter.

2 years ago

Our two miniature schnauzers Lucy & Ricky. My laptop & goose down pillow (DW.) For the Dh, it would be the TV, and his Traeger grill.

John and Joyce
2 years ago

My wife won’t leave without a sewing machine and ongoing sewing projects. I need the computer, a printer, and a good “hot spot. A pile of unread books, and depending how long we are on the road, a case or two of our favorite wine.

Jeff Arthur
2 years ago

2 border collies
Tools quite a few
Weber kettle charcoal grill

Michael Starks
2 years ago

So far, I haven’t been able to leave behind family photos collected over at least four generations. My goal is to scan the best ones and then pitch them all. But it’s going to take a lot of rainy days in camp to do that job!

Jack Lee Roderick
2 years ago

I am a widower and my dog passed away last week. Yesterday, a friend asked if I was going to get another dog and I remember answering, ‘yes, I can’t even imagine traveling alone and going for walks around a campground without one’.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 years ago

So sorry about your wife and your dog, Jack. Good luck finding a new traveling and walking companion. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

2 years ago

I have scrapbooks and journals going back nearly 50 years. I was going to stop when we started full timing 15 years ago but missed reliving those special trips. I asked my daughters did they want me to stop since when my husband and I die it will be hard for them to part with. They encouraged me to continue. They are all together in our sticks and brick home in case of a quick evacuation and copies are on shutterfly. We are suppose to be on a canal journey in Wales right now but instead we are cleaning and rehabbing our home and RV. Every day I bring out a couple of scrapbooks to go over during breakfast or in the evening. This has done wonders in helping us “get over” our trip cancellation and missing our daughters and grandson.

2 years ago

If it works with the camper? I am good. Otherwise into the donation or trash box. After cleaning out my mothers house? I am now on mine. The stuff you accumulate. Donate or toss. Attached to a pine cone? OK…..

Bob Godfrey
2 years ago

My tools. If anyone needs tools it’s an RVer.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

My Martin guitar

Ellen L
2 years ago

We really had to pare down our possessions. At one time I had a large storage bin filled with sentimental things. Over the years I had scanned many pictures so when I had to reduce the amount, I got rid of those that were scanned. We don’t have children, so there’s no one to hand them down to. We finally got the “sentimentals” down to a small plastic box. There are just some things like those pictures that are irreplaceable.

2 years ago

I don’t take them when I go camping, but if I was going full time my boys ashes, 2 cats and 2 dogs. Of course I don’t leave my current pets behind, 3 cats, 1 dog and a parrot.

Paul S Goldberg
2 years ago

I cannot think of anything I carry beyond the tool box which used to go back and forth between coach and house when there was a house. Wife has an old address book that is mostly unused these days. We have a collection of stuffed animals Fox, Owl, Sheep on a pillow form New Zealand and an Olm from Slovenia. All of these were acquired along the way, never had stuffed animals on the bed in the S & B.

2 years ago

I have a “Lone Wolf” print that my mother gave to her parents Christmas 1923. It’s the first thing hung when moving and will remain with me until I die. No one in my family has an interest in it.

2 years ago

I took out the mother in law chair and carry Klipsch tower speakers and a four foot cat condo for our three cats. I fabricated a “seatbelt of white nylon webbing so nothing falls while driving .

2 years ago

My KitchenAid mixer. I gave it to my daughter but when I saw it was in the same place I left it at her house seven months later, I took it back! told her she would get it some day.

Ellen L
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda

I have my KA mixer, too! We haven’t even been full timing 2 months and Al is asking for cookies already. Now the challenge of the convection oven!

2 years ago

My wife has a framed picture of her great grandparents. Her uncle made the very unusual frame. It goes with us. I still carry the remaining tools of my Dad’s with us, in among all my other tools.

2 years ago

My prayer book, icons, chotki, laptop and coffee pot.

2 years ago

Nothing. I really have never been able to form an attachment to objects.

2 years ago

I always take my hand carved wooden-yellow lab dog. My Mom was an avid hobbyist, and she passed a couple years ago losing her battle with Cancer, previously giving it to me for our MH trips!.
Since we don’t have animals, we love taking it with us. He never complains, don’t need to feed him, clean up his poop, and never have to leave the outside lights on or take him for a walk! He lives on my dash.
I guess my tools is a close second!!!