The Ultimate Packing List for Your RV

The Ultimate Packing List for Your RV

Ready to hit the open road in your RV?

Whether you’re going on an extended RV vacation or are becoming a full-time RVer, sitting behind the wheel of a moving home is full of both elation and anticipation. With all of the wild spaces available to explore, you’ll be sure to have endless adventures ahead.

But with RV living comes preparation. Not sure how to get ready? We’ve put together a handy dandy checklist of what to pack for an RV trip. This list is not exhaustive – everyone has different needs – but it should provide you with the RV essentials. Let’s get started!

Give Your RV a Thorough Checkup

Also known as WEST (Water, Electrical, Sewage, Tires), it will help make sure you are not missing anything during your RV inspection. Along with fresh water hoses, consider taking an in-line water filter for an extra purification step to your water. Know how your RV’s sewage system works and inspect it regularly. Check all electrical cord connections to access incoming power from the RV park. 

The average lifespan of an RV tire is roughly six years, but many factors can affect the wear and tear of your tires. Tire inflation, ozone pollutants, sun damage, and driving speeds are all variables. Today’s tires have branding on the side wall with the week and year of production, so you know exactly how old your tires are. Check tire pressure and inspect for wear and tear frequently. 

RV Essentials

To stay safe on the road, you’ll need basic mechanical gear. Depending on your RV, you may not need all of these:

  • Drinking Water Hose
  • Sewer Kit
  • Surge Protector
  • Extension Cord
  • Electrical Adapters
  • Generator
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Duct Tape
  • Water Pressure Regulator
  • Emergency Road Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Motor Oil and Transmission Fluid
  • First Aid Kit

Clothing Items

While this is different for every person, the main rule of thumb is to keep it simple and not overpack. This overall list is good for the RV lifestyle:

  • Rain Gear
  • Sun protective Hat
  • High-quality shoes – running shoes, hiking boots, rubber boots, hiking sandals for summer
  • Swimsuit
  • Down Jacket for winter
  • Socks and underwear
  • Short and long sleeve shirts
  • Base layers (when backpacking)

For the Bedroom

This may be a no-brainer, but here are the essentials you should not forget:

  • Bedding sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Sewing Kit
  • Towels

Camping Gear and Technology

This is another personal list, depending on how you want to spend your time outside:

  • Camping chairs
  • Outdoor grill/cook station
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Fishing gear
  • Golf Clubs
  • Hatchet for chopping wood
  • Backpack for day hikes
  • Camera
  • RV GPS
  • A good weather radio
  • Hand-held vacuum cleaner

For Some Leisure Time

After a long day of hiking, biking, and sightseeing, or during inclement weather, sometimes you just wanna hunker down in your RV with these items:

  • Cards/Board games
  • Guitar
  • Laptop
  • Puzzles
  • Books/Kindle
  • Frisbee/yard games for outside

Kitchen and Cooking Gear

You’ll be spending a lot of time in your RV kitchen, so why not make things easy with these space-saving items that make meal prep convenient:

  • Cutting Board
  • Utensils/cooking knives
  • Dish Soap
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Matches/long-neck lighter
  • Nesting bowls/colander
  • Tupperware
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Dish Towels
  • Pot Holder
  • Garbage/Storage Bags
  • Cap Opener
  • Dehydrated Sponges
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Cooler
  • Camping Griddle
  • Pots/Pans
  • Mason Jars for drinking and storing
  • Coffee Maker
  • Multi-purpose cleaner

Toiletries/Personal Items

Below are the basics that most anyone should have. Be sure to add to this list what you cannot do without:

  • Phone Chargers
  • Sunscreen and Body Lotion
  • Bug Spray
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
  • Any Medications
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Nail Clippers

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