What to Pack for Your RV Trip


Packing for an RV trip may seem daunting if you’ve never been out in an RV, but it’s somewhat similar to packing for any road trip. The biggest difference is that you’re going to want more than just clothes and hygienic items. An RV affords you the luxury of essentially taking your home with you. With that in mind, bring more than you’d normally pack to stay in hotel rooms.

Here’s a good starting point for packing. Obviously you can fine tune this if you don’t think you’ll need something or have some special items not on this list.

Sleep and Hygiene

No need to worry about the cleanliness of a hotel bathroom, but you won’t get complimentary toiletries if you forget to pack them. These items are good to have on hand:

  • Sheets
  • Pillow cases
  • Blankets
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Shaving (razor blades, shaving cream, moisturizer)

Kitchen and Eating

One of the best parts of having an RV is that you can cook while you’re on the road. You’re not as dependent on drive thrus and restaurants, which means that you can save time and money. While the ingredients you carry are pretty much left to you, there are some supplies you ought to stock that will be useful for any meal, whether for prepping, eating, or cleaning up:

  • Cups and mugs
  • Plates and bowls
  • Utensils
  • Knives
  • Mixing bowls and spoons
  • Pot and pan
  • Matches
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges, rags and towels
  • Tupperware, Ziplocks bags and/or aluminum foil
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Condiments (salt and pepper)
  • Cooking oil

RV Must-Haves

These items are just good to have on hand as they can help in a variety of situations.

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Scissors
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Rope
  • Tool kit
  • Road Flares
  • Trash and recycling cans (and bags)
  • Leveling blocks
  • Duct Tape
  • Gloves
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension cords
  • Tarp

Outdoors and Relaxation

Whether you’re lounging or hiking, these are good to have with you:

  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or visor
  • First Aid Kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Lounge chairs
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Pens and paper
  • Lanterns

Visit Leisure Time RV

Add a visit to Leisure Time RV to the list. The best way to prepare for an RV trip is to make sure your rig is in tip-top shape. Our RV technicians can help make sure this is the case. Take a look at our new RV models while you’re here if you think it’s time to upgrade.

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