A Beginner's Checklist to RV Camping

RV Camping checklist

Traveling and camping in an RV has many advantages and essentially allows you to have a home away from home, from county campgrounds to the remotest of locations. But those with RVs know that preparing for a trip can be quite stressful. There are countless items to remember to pack. That is why we have put together the perfect list of RVing essentials. Check out this list before your next adventure to make sure nothing gets left behind.

RV Specific Items

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What you need for the RV

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This section of the checklist will vary on what type of recreational vehicle you own, how long your trip is, and if you are planning on having an electrical hook-up or not. Familiarize yourself with your RV before your first trip so that you know exactly what you need. In the weeks or months before your trip, make sure to have all routine maintenance performed on your RV and check all systems to make sure there are no unwelcome surprises while you are on the road.
  • Roadside emergency kit
  • Sewer kit
  • Extra motor oil and transmission fluids
  • Surge protector
  • Electrical adapters
  • Water pressure regulator
  • Drinking water hose
  • Leveling blocks
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Extension cords
  • Wheel chocks
  • Duct tape
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Toolbox
  • Generator
  • RV documents (registration, insurance, etc.)

Kitchen and Food

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What to cook while RVing

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  • Potable water
  • Water bottles
  • Food storage containers
  • Food and beverages
  • Cooler and extra ice
  • Plates, cups, bowls
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Dishtowels
  • Potholders
  • Paper Towels
  • Trashbags
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge or scrubber
  • Grill for outdoor cooking (optional)
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Pots and pans
  • Coffee pot and/or tea kettle
Pro Tip: If you are planning on boondocking, you'll want to make sure your water tank is full. This will add considerable weight to your rig so keep that in mind. Try filling up the tank closer to your destination, especially if traveling far.

Sleep Essentials

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What blankets to bring while RVing

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  • Sheets, blankets, and comforters
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Extra cots or air mattresses as needed
  • Air pump if needed

Toiletries for the RV

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Toiletry essentials for RVing

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  • Soap (face and body)
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Tweezers
  • Toilet paper
  • First aid kit
  • Tampons/sanitary products
  • Bath towels
  • Shoes to shower in (if using campground facilities)
  • Solar shower (If RV doesn't have a shower/bath)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Lotion
  • Lip-balm

Personal Items Needed While RVing

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Taking your personal items on your RV adventure

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  • Medication
  • Phone and phone charger
  • Laptop or tablet and charger
  • Wallet with ID and credit/debit cards
  • Campsite reservation information
  • Eyeglasses and sunglasses

Clothing and Footwear Needed for RVing

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What clothes do you need when you go RVing?

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  • Moisture-wicking shirts
  • Moisture-wicking pants
  • Underwear
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Socks
  • Down or fleece jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Hat
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Hiking boots or sneakers
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Winter/snow gear depending on the season


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What else will we need for Rving?

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  • Headlamp
  • Lantern
  • Extra batteries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Portable charging bank or solar charger
  • Firewood and fire starter (If fires are permitted at your campsite)
  • Books and/or games
  • Dog gear if bringing your four-legged pals
  • Dry bags or plastic bins to store items
  • Backpack or hiking pack
  • Hiking, fishing, kayaking, or other gear for activities
  • Outdoor rug
  • Patio furniture (chairs, tables, etc.)
  • Pop-up tent (if RV doesn't have an awning)
Pro Tip: Try to plan a loose itinerary for your trip so that you know what kind of recreational activities you will be partaking in and what kind of extra gear you need to pack.

Enjoy Your Trip

​You've gone through your checklist and have inspected your RV to make sure everything is up to standard and in working order. Now it's time to decide where you are going to set up camp and hit the road! There are many more logistics to deal with when RV camping compared to car camping, but with the right preliminary preparation, you can relax knowing everything is in place for the perfect RVing experience.

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