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How do you pack efficiently for Competitions/Vending?

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Just kind of curious and wanted to see other people's techniques for packing up efficiently for BBQ Events. I feel like i've drastically improved the way i pack up but i feel like there is still room for improvement and I always have a mishmash of stuff everywhere after i pack up after a long weekend of cooking.

 

My current packing plan goes a little something like this 

- Trailer holds our tables, chairs, wood, "frontage", and canopy poles

- Small "cook box" tupperware that hold Thermos, Knifes, Gloves, Towels

- Deep tupperware holds cleaning supplies like 409, hand sanitizer, gloves, paper towels

- Larger deep tupperwear holds cutting boards, larger vending supplies like 100oz cans of beans, large containers with my sauce, etcc

- Two 120 Quart Colman 5-day coolers. One holds Meat (I try to keep poultry in a sealed container to prevent leaking and contamination). The other generally holds Drinks (beer and water) and veggies and other non-meat stuff that needs to keep cold

- Cambro in my back seat filled with metal trays for later use and sometimes i'll put my large seasoning containers in here as well

- Cups for vending....these are generally a PITA because they cant easily be compactly stored so they usually end up in any knook and crany on top of everything

 

That's most of it...now that i write it all out it seems like maybe i am packing efficiently haha. But curious what others do. AND how do you try to stay organized as you wind down and have dirty dishes (assuming you dont have access to a sink or cleaning station) and fight the urge to just throw it all in a box and clean it when you get home because your exhausted?

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One rule I have adopted: Never Pack In A Hurry.

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Make a checklist of absolutely EVERYTHING you need.  I don't compete but I make some extended trips that involve a LOT of equipment.  Once I started making checklists I stopped unintentionally leaving things behind then remembering them once I was too far away (or on an airplane) to return for them.  

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Originally Posted by BlueWhisper View Post
 

One rule I have adopted: Never Pack In A Hurry.

This is my #1 problem! I'm always packing the night before. I'm trying to get better about gradually packing over the course of the week

 

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Make a checklist of absolutely EVERYTHING you need.  I don't compete but I make some extended trips that involve a LOT of equipment.  Once I started making checklists I stopped unintentionally leaving things behind then remembering them once I was too far away (or on an airplane) to return for them.  

I need to make a re-useable checklist. Sometimes i'll copy and paste an old one or i'll create a new/updated one but i never have EVERYTHING i need on it LOL

 

 

Good advice guys!

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