How do you pack efficiently for Competitions/Vending?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dougmays, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    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 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?
  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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.  
  4. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    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
    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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