How to prepare for a teardrop trailer trip

We are still getting snowstorms in the mountains, but that doesn't mean we can't start planning for our summer and fall teardrop trips. Even though us teardroppers don't have to prepare as much as someone with a larger trailer, we still need to tick a few things off our checklist:

Where to go?

Now's the time to pick and choose where you want to travel. Do you want to explore a new part of the country or your own state? Why do you want to see a particular area? Asking these questions can help define what you want out of your travels which will save time, fuel and money in the long run.

Check out detailed maps or the Roadtrippers site for your locations and find trailer friendly roads, campgrounds and rest stops. As you are doing this, you might want to see if a teardrop rally is being held in the vicinity.

Prepare the trailer

This is also the time to check that everything on your teardrop is roadworthy. Check the tires, the lights, all bolts and connections and have the trailer bearings greased. This is also a good time to check that you have a full propane tank, a full water tank and that all stoves, refrigerators and other appliances are in good working order.

Stock up

If you have not already done a spring cleaning of the trailer, get that out of the way and then stock your teardrop with everything you will need for a season of trips. This can include the following:

  • batteries for flashlights and headlamps
  • extra canned or boxed food
  • updated sheets, towels, clothing items
  • fresh toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo
  • broken items that need replacing


  1. And if you're like me and use rechargeable batteries, charge all of them before you leave. Then when you arrive at your campsite if at night you'll have light to set up with. Then during the day put the batteries in the charger for the upcoming night.

    1. Agreed! We keep our battery on a trickle charger up until our very first spring trip.

  2. Its bath time !!! I wash and wax before the season's first trip. We all know how campgrounds frown on on site washing.

    1. You betcha! The Sunflower's first bath is usually during our first trip out. We still get funny looks at the self washing station.