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RV Camping Checklist: The Ultimate Packing List


If you’re anything like us, you already have some kind of checklist for your next RV trip. However, in the midst of all the excitement, you’re bound to forget something when you hit the road. This RV camping list is the ultimate checklist to help you catch those packing blind spots to make sure you’re not left high and dry.

One helpful thing when making your RV camping checklist is to break down everything by section. While having a comprehensive list can be useful, it can be easy to miss items or pack duplicates (which can be annoying when RV space is at a premium). 

Let’s get into the list and some tips and tricks on what to pack and how to pack it for optimal RV camping. 

RV Camping Checklist: Personal Hygiene and Bed Items

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Washcloths/hand towels
  • Bath towels and beach towels
  • Lotions, soaps, and hair products
  • Hairbrush/combs
  • Wipes and tissues
  • RV-safe toilet paper
  • First-aid kit
  • Medications (personal and pain medications)
  • Nail clippers/toiletry kit
  • Sunscreen and sun lotions
  • Menstrual sanitary products
  • Sleeping bags
  • Comforters/blankets
  • Pillows
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Pest control items (bug spray, fly strips, mouse traps)
  • RV tank chemicals
  • Scissors

Keeping your liquid cleaning supplies in a central area can make it easier to avoid spills and splashes while packing. Also, miniature items of your usual care products can help you optimize your bathroom space. While keeping products to a minimum can be important for space saving while camping, be sure you don’t forget anything important when packing hygiene items!

RV Camping Checklist: Kitchen Items

  • Dustpan and broom
  • Mop and bucket
  • Towels and cleaning rags
  • Paper napkins and paper towels
  • Disposable dishes and cutlery
  • Trash can and bags
  • Tablecloths
  • Sponges and scrub brushes
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Zip storage bags
  • Storage containers
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Corkscrew
  • Matches and lighters
  • Dish detergent and soaps
  • Potholders
  • Salt, pepper, and spices
  • Sugar
  • Coffee and filters
  • Table settings
  • Measuring cups, spoons, and serving bowls
  • Cooking pots, pans, and lids
  • Serving spoons and knives
  • Misc. kitchen tools and gadgets (toaster, etc.)

Be sure you have secure storage areas available for all your kitchen tools and appliances, to help keep everything in place when moving around. Also, placing paper or cloth towels between dishes before storing them can reduce clinking and movement when on the road, prolonging the life of your dishware.

RV Camping Checklist: Miscellaneous Camping Items

  • Folding chairs and table
  • Cooler
  • Fishing equipment
  • Thermos
  • Road map and fishing map
  • Vehicle registration and insurance
  • Laundry supplies (including clothesline and pins)
  • Gas lantern and supplies
  • Gas stove and supplies
  • Extension cord/surge protector
  • Hatchet, ax, folding shovel, and other fire building supplies
  • BBQ grill and charcoal
  • Water jugs, hose, and nozzle
  • Outdoor rug
  • Pens, pencils, and other writing supplies
  • Games, cards, books, etc.
  • Camping directories
  • Tarp
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Umbrella and rain gear
  • Bungee cords
  • Compass
  • Flashlights, electric lights, and spare batteries
  • Distilled water
  • Solar shower
  • Vacuum
  • Camera
  • CB radios
  • Snake bite kit
  • GPS
  • Important cards, cash, and IDs
  • Sewing kit
  • Tent
  • Clothes

It always counts to be prepared when packing camping supplies. We left the clothes section more nebulous so you can customize your items to bring but be sure to pack for a wide range of weather conditions and research the areas you will be traveling through to make sure you have everything you need for a wide range of clients. 

RV Camping Checklist: RV Maintenance and Tools

  • WD-40
  • Electrical tape
  • Jumper cables
  • Multi-tool
  • Hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and socket set
  • Crowbar
  • Tire inflater, pressure gauge, patch kit, and foot pump
  • Vehicle jack
  • Fuses and other spare parts
  • Small container of nuts, bolts, nails, screws, washers, etc. 
  • Misc. vehicle fluids (washer oil, grease, transmission fluids, brake fluids)
  • Solder and small soldering iron
  • Electric drill, bits, and charger
  • Saw and spare blades
  • Measuring tape and toolbox
  • Duct tape
  • Rubber gloves
  • Allen wrench
  • Emergency warning light
  • Volt ohm meter

While it is important to keep vehicle care items on hand at all times, having your RV tuned up by professionals (like us here at Good Sense RV) can go a long way to help you avoid unwanted emergencies on your next trip. Be sure to make an appointment with us today to check up on your RV, or to find the right RV for your camping needs. Happy traveling!

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