What to Pack When You’re RV Camping

Are you planning for your first-ever RV camping trip and aren’t sure what to pack?  No worries! We’ve created an RV packing checklist to help ensure your motorhome camping premier is a success.

Get Away as Far as the Road will Take You in an El Monte RV!

Get Away as Far as the Road will Take You in an El Monte RV!

Here’s how to get started:

    1. If you haven’t called to rent an RV for the trip, do that now for best selection.
    2. Buy storage containers with lids in several sizes (check your local thrift store for bargains on both containers and basic camp supplies.)
    3. Pack these basics inside and stow them in your RV for quick access when you set up camp.  You’re going to love the convenience and economy of cooking meals in your RV kitchen.  Plan your menu first, with an eye to using the same pots, pans and serving dishes to save space.  There are plenty of excellent RV cookbooks to help you plan.  Here’s a basic packing list for your RV kitchen:

Essential RV Camping Supplies – Kitchen Essentials

  • We’ve divided the things you’ll need to pack into several categories, to make your planning simpler.  The list may seem overwhelming at first glance, but once you’ve checked off the list for your first trip, you’ll be ready every time you go camping!
  • Dutch oven with lid
  • Skillet with lid
  • Smaller sauce pan with lid
  • Microwaveable bowls
  • Spatulas and spoons
  • Basic dish set – plates, bowls, cups, glasses, eating utensils
  • Serving dishes
  • Camp percolator or teapot, coffee, tea and filters
  • Water Pitcher
  • Small cutting board
  • Pot holders and dish towels
  • Dishpan, dish soap and scrubbers
  • Food storage supplies – foil, sealable plastic bags, containers, plastic wrap
  • Small utensils – potato peeler, measuring cups/spoons, corkscrew, paring and chopping knives, can and bottle openers
  • Food items from your menu (don’t forget the spices!)

Essential RV Camping Supplies – Cleaning

  • Keeping your motorhome clean throughout the trip means a safe, enjoyable vacation, so be sure to pack these basic supplies. Use a plastic trash container with a lid to stow these essentials.
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Sponges
  • Disinfectant spray ( make sure RV is well-ventilated or it may set off the carbon alarm.)
  • Dual purpose mop/sweeper & pads
  • Trash bags
  • Plastic trash containers – large & small
  • * NOTE that many RV rental companies such as El Monte RV offer housekeeping and kitchen kits that provide some of the aforementioned items for an additional fee.  Check website for exact details.  This makes sense for many RV renters who wish to save time.  (Please note:  these are not available at all locations.)

Essential RV Camping Supplies – Safety/First Aid

  • Basic first aid kit –
    • adhesive bandages
    • antiseptic wipes
    • tweezers
    • antibiotic ointment
    • insect repellant
    • sunscreen
    • aloe skin lotion
    • saline eye drops
    • gauze pads and white tape
    • daily and emergency medications
    • pain reliever
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Small kitchen fire extinguisher

Essential RV Camping Supplies – Miscellaneous

  • These are the things you’ll wish you’d packed!
  • Duct tape
  • Small tool kit with screwdrivers, hammer, wrenches
  • Jumper cables
  • Bungee cords with hooks
  • Extra batteries
  • Cellphone chargers
  • Lanterns – battery or gas
  • Power strip
  • Lawn chairs (bagged, collapsible ones pack best)
  • Doormat
  • Sun glasses
  • small ice chest for keeping drinks close at hand while outside.
  • firewood and matches – if you’ll being enjoying campsite camping as well.

Essential RV Camping Supplies – Comfort

  • Bedding – sheets, pillowcases, comforters, pillows
  • Small electric or battery powered fan
  • Toilet paper & tissues  that are designed for septic tanks.  It will prevent clogging issues!
  • Wash cloths & towels
  • Hand sanitizer & liquid hand soap.
  • DVDs for the DVD player.  It’s nice to remember that the kids enjoy watching movies while travelling on the road.

Once you’ve gathered and packed the items above, all that’s left is clothing and toiletries and you’re ready to hit the road. Remember – you can buy many of these things (and the storage containers) at second-hand stores.  If you purchase separate kitchen, cleaning and safety items for camping, you can store them in their labeled containers between trips for a quick grab & go vacation and they will work double-duty as Emergency KIts as well.  You really are setting yourself up for a great camping experience as well as  being prepared for an unexpected emergency!   You can get a jumpstart on all of this prep work way in advance of your trip and enjoy the peace of mind that you’re prepared to handle just about any situation on the road or at home.  Camping in RV comfort takes planning, but the ease of living on the road in a motorhome makes the preparation worthwhile!  What’s your #1 essential item you pack for every RV vacation?

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RV Honeymoon Ideas

We’d like to start a honeymoon revolution! If you and your future spouse share a love of nature, why spend hours in airports waiting to reach a faraway destination? There are plenty of beautiful, natural settings right here in North America for your honeymoon. With a luxurious rental RV, the two of you can enjoy plenty of alone time, and still get to celebrate the great outdoors.

Here are some ideas for gorgeous, romantic honeymoon hideaways just waiting for you and your RV:

Pocono Mountains-Pennsylvania
A drive through the Poconos in any season will thrill nature loving newlyweds. Beautiful lakes abound in the Poconos, providing many possibilities for quiet RV campgrounds in woodland settings. One of our readers’ favorites is Keen Lake Resort, set on a private fishing lake in northeastern Pennsylvania. Paddle out to the middle of the lake for some peaceful fishing, or spend some time exploring the hiking trails around the resort. El Monte RV Rentals in Linden, New Jersey is ready to provide the perfect RV honeymoon cottage for your stay.

Ouray, Colorado
A more romantic honeymoon setting than the wild and rugged San Juan Range would be hard to find. The secluded alpine village of Ouray takes honeymooners back to Victorian times. Park your RV at 4J+1+1 RV Park on the edge of town, and stroll the quaint streets of this former mining town. Visit the famous hot springs and enjoy dining in several first class restaurants. Another big plus for outdoor enthusiasts is the abundance of hiking and mountain biking trails that start just outside the city limits.

Palm Harbor, Florida
If your new spouse loves to golf, and you adore soaking up sun on the beach, Florida is the perfect RV honeymoon destination. Palm Harbor, on the Gulf Coast side of central Florida, boasts beautiful white sand beaches and championship golf courses. Clearwater-Tarpon Springs RV Campground is conveniently close to Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon Island Preserve and Innisbrook Golf Resort. Pick up your incredibly comfortable honeymoon RV right there in Palm Harbor at our El Monte RV Rentals office.

Vancouver, BC
Just north of the US/Canada border lies exciting Vancouver, BC. Vancouver Island, accessible by ferry from Washington or British Columbia, is home to romantic Bella Pacifica Campground. Watch grey whales, kayak in the coastal waters or hike the trails in Pacific Rim National Park. No matter what activities you choose, your RV honeymoon here will create memories for a lifetime.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Once you’ve picked the date, start planning your honeymoon trip back to nature in the comfort of an RV. We’re here to help make it perfect!

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