f you’re planning a trip in your RV, you’re going to want to have a packing checklist complete with all of the essentials. Because we all know that sinking feeling when you realize you forgot something essential like toilet paper or supplies for s’mores. Whether this is your first RV trip or you’re a seasoned pro, it never hurts to make a list and check it twice.
Essential RV Items for Safety and Maintenance Checklist
These are the most basic things you will want to keep in stock to ensure everything operates smoothly and that you have what you need in case of an emergency or if you need to make a quick repair.
Trash/recycling cans and bags
Duct tapeLight bulbs
Tire pressure gauge
Rug for interior and exterior
Road map & campground map
RV manual, insurance & warranty papers, and registrationJumper cables or battery jumper
RV Grocery Staples Checklist
Take advantage of the fact that you have the ability to refrigerate items and cook for your family. These are the most basic items, so feel free to be specific and bring the food you and your family loves!
Pancake/waffle batterMaple syrupButter or Cooking oilEggsBread and BunsTortillasPeanut butter & JellyLunch meatsCheeseFruits and vegetablesTrail mix or mixed nutsBeef jerkyCondiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard, hot sauce, bbq sauce etc.)S’mores ingredients (graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate)Baking items (flour, cornmeal, sugar, etc)Canned foodsSnacks (crackers, pretzels, chips, etc.)Grilling meats (hot dogs, brats, hamburger)Cereal or OatmealBreakfast bars or pop-tartsMilk and JuicePowdered drink mixesSoda or sparkling waterBeer, wine, liquorDrinking waterIce
Kitchen RV Checklist
When you’re traveling in an RV, you do have the option to prepare meals inside rather than only on the campfire, so you won’t want to forget the essential kitchen items.
Glasses, cups, and mugs
Bowls and plates
Forks, knives, spoons
Pots and pans
Broom and dustpan
RV Checklist for Clothing and Bedding Items
You will be able to sleep inside your RV at night versus being in a tent, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still want to be prepared with the proper bedding and clothing. Remember, it could rain or the kids might get extra dirty, so bringing a few extras is a good idea!
Rain gear (umbrellas, ponchos, etc.)
Shoes (sandals, sneakers, hiking shoes, etc.)
Short and long sleeve t-shirts
Pants and shorts
Socks and underwear
Pillows and pillowcases
Sheets and blankets
Bathroom & Personal Items RV Checklist
Since you will likely have access to a toilet, shower, and sink in your RV or at your campsite, you can easily keep up with your personal hygiene routine. So, don’t forget to pack the essential items to keep yourself feeling fresh and clean!
Shampoo and conditioner
Shaving cream and razor
Face and body lotion
Aloe vera gel
Feminine hygiene products
Toilet cleaner and cleaning brush
RV First Aid Checklist
It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. But hey, that’s life! Be prepared for any scrapes, bruises, or aches and pains with a well-stocked first aid kit for your RV trip.
Instant hot/cold compress
Outdoor Gear Checklist
While it is important to be prepared for the basics of your RV trip, don’t forget to pack items that will help you and your family have the most fun you can!
Fishing gear (rod, tackle, etc.)
BinocularsSports gear (baseball with mitt, football, etc.)
Volleyball net and ball
Yard games (horseshoes, corn hole, washers, etc.)
PuzzlesBooks or magazines
Flotation devices and life-jackets
Guitar and hand drums
Ready to Roll!
Now that you feel confident in what items you need to have on board for your next RV trip you can relax and enjoy the ride! If you still need other RV accessories to travel safely and confidently, check out Blue Ox’s flat towing products such as tow bars, baseplates.