On my recent interview with TeardropTrailerRadio.com I mentioned that in my everyday life and in my camping life, I tend to be a bit of a minimalist. I personally don't like to have a lot of stuff (that's probably why I camp in a teardrop trailer) and avoid shopping like the plague.
However, I'm not perfect. When I go to various gatherings or campgrounds and see some great cast iron cookware, a brilliant sink design, a new pop-up shelter or another convenience item, I still get that little tickly feeling in my stomach that says "I need that!" I get all caught up in how this item is going to make my teardrop life better and go through the motions of attempting to purchase it. Usually when I'm in the store or online with my finger on the "Buy Now" button, I stop and think: Do I really need this? Don't I already have something that's similar? Where am I going to store it? Damn, we'll have to haul this heavy ass thing all over the place!
Teardropping can be a compromise between the relative simplicity of a tent and the larger commitment of a camper or fifth-wheel. A few items of comfort can mean the difference between a great time and a not so great time. For instance, I can't go camping without a good pillow, my fleece sheets and some good food and beer. Just like anything in life, you have to step back once in a while and scrutinize what you own and if it's benefitting your life in the best way possible.
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