RV Camping & Essentials

You have booked your RV rental or purchased your first motorhome, but now have no idea how to outfit it for the perfect RV vacation. You’re in luck, because this list of essential RV camping items will help you get on the road fast!

Keeping Things Safe and Comfortable
Love to travel, but have trouble adjusting to the road? Why not take along some of the things that make your own home a haven?

  • Battery-powered alarm clock – an alarm clock can keep busy families on schedule!
  • Comfy, durable bedding – check RV stores for sheets that fit odd-sized RV beds.
  • Don’t forget pillows!
  • Comforters or quilts for cool mountain nights.
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Biodegradable toilet paper
  • Net bag or reusable shopping bags for laundry
  • First Aid kit
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Green cleaning supplies and washable rags for cleaning
  • Toiletries in refillable containers – Fill and store for the next trip!
  • Glasses or contacts and supplies
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Cash and credit/debit cards
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes (remember swimsuits!)
  • Flip flops for showers and beaches
  • Reusable shopping bags for groceries and recyclables
  • Lawn chairs for campfire comfort

Personal Items Worth Packing
The point of having downtime is to relax and enjoy it! Remember to pack these things if they’re important to your peace of mind.

  • CDs, mp3 player or tapes
  • Cell phone and calling cards (just remember that you are on vacation…)
  • Laptop computer/wireless card (again, remember that you are on vacation…)
  • Connector cable for cable television
  • Camera and batteries, film if shooting 35mm photos, download cable for digital

Keeping Your Trip on Track
There’s nothing worse than driving on a dark two-lane, trying to find the campground. Here are some tips for items that will keep your trip on track. Some of the following items should be packed in resealable, waterproof bags in an easily-secured area of your vehicle.

  • GPS system
  • MAPS! Print from Internet sites or purchase a set for the RV
  • Campground reservation receipts and directions
  • Vehicle and health insurance information, vehicle registration.
  • Emergency contact information in case of accident or illness, list of known allergies

Vehicle Safety and Maintenance
We’d all like our vacations to be trouble-free, but vehicle breakdowns occasionally occur. Why not keep the disruption to a minimum by being prepared?

  • Roadside assistance identification and contact info
  • Good flashlight with built-in strobe
  • Toolbox with basic home and auto maintenance tools
  • Tire pressure gauge (a lighter operated pump might also be a good idea)
  • A set of jumper cables

RV Essentials

  • Waste water and fresh water hoses
  • Rubber gloves for handling waste water hoses
  • Bacterial additive for waste water tanks (no toxic chemicals, please!)
  • A LARGE roll of duct tape! (you’ll be amazed what it can do in a pinch!)
  • Heavy-duty extension cords (at least 25′ long)
  • Wheel blocks and trailer levelers

Kitchen Cupboard Packing
Packing an RV kitchen is as an art! The trick is to plan meals ahead and buy food items that can be used for more than one meal. Get creative and think of one-pan delicacies, you’ll save dishwater and spend less time in the kitchen!

  • Favorite spices and condiments in labeled, refillable containers
  • Basic kitchen tools – can opener, stirring and serving utensils, spatulas, coffee scoop, knives and cutting board
  • Paper goods – aluminum foil, paper towels, trash bags
  • Dishtowels
  • Plastic, washable table cloth for picnic tables
  • Laundry and dish washing detergent in refillable containers
  • Plastic tubs with lids for dirty dishes, kitchen tools
  • Unbreakable dishes, inexpensive silverware (saves on trash generated!)
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Food and drink items from your menus, packed to minimize breakage from shifting
  • Snack items in tubs
  • Small set of pots and pans—skillet, sauce pan, large pan for chili, pasta
  • Coffeemaker, tea bags, coffee, creamer, sweetener

This may seem like a long list, but once you’ve collected these items the first time, they can be packed, stored and labeled for the next trip. When you’ve fine-tuned this a bit, you will know just what you need for carefree RV camping. So don’t just sit there – start packing!

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6 Responses to RV Camping & Essentials

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, you saved me a lot of time in planning my trip!

    K Sonnenbergen

  2. Brynn says:

    Don’t forget an RV specific extension cord, which is designed for higher power so you can run a television, generator, microwave etc.


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