I hear so many complaints about inadequate storage space in small RVs. The Casita and other molded fiberglass trailers, especially, have less storage area than many other campers the same size due to their rounded profiles.
I think adequate storage is a matter of perspective, though. We pack the same whether we are planning to be gone one week or six weeks, so if we decide not to go home, we can extend our trips as long as we like.
Instead of taking a lot of clothing, we plan instead to do laundry once a week. Rather than take a lot of weather-specific clothing, we count on layering to make our clothes multi-purpose. For instance, except in summer, we take thermal vests, thermal underwear, a mix of long and short sleeved shirts, jeans and a couple of shorts each. Shorts and short sleeved shirts become comfortable cool
weather hiking clothes with the addition of thermal underwear. And jeans and long sleeved shirts become cold weather clothing with thermal undershirts and vests. And instead of hauling around a lot of outerwear, we take jackets with zip in fleece liners. They can be worn as wind breakers, rain jackets, fleece sweaters, or all together if the weather gets really cold.
By planning our clothing this way, our two jackets fit easily into the small closet, and all of our shirts and pants fit into two nice-sized storage baskets.
I pack food for a week’s worth of meals, with a few additional cans of chili, soup and hearty snacks. When we are traveling, we use instant potatoes instead of trying to find space for fresh potatoes. I also use dehydrated garlic instead of garlic bulbs (which will really stink up a trailer). I try to
balance good taste and nutrition with how much storage space I have available. If there’s a conflict, I’ll often choose what fits the space best.
The main concession we make to the small storage compartments is using hand towels instead of bath towels. That way I can pack 10 towels and 10 washcloths. Since we both have short hair, that works well for us. And after making the mental adjustment, we don’t miss the big bath towels.
Pictures explain our system better than a lot of text would. The key to making our system work is thinking like backpackers. We take everything that is essential, and not much that is not. And wherever possible, we try to make items perform more than one function.