What to Pack for an RV Trip

Updated 6/26/2017

Josh and I took our second trip with the camper this weekend. We’re hooked. As big of fans as we are of tent camping, we’re not sure we’ll ever stay in a tent again! Okay, okay maybeee that’s dramatic, but our camper is that awesome. Upgrading from a tent to a 20-foot camper, packing obviously takes on a big change. After realizing many items we wished we’d had on our first two trips (and cracking up that we forgot some of them), we’ve come up with a pretty solid list for what to pack for an RV trip.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of RV packing lists out there, but in our opinion, some of them are pretty extensive. I mean, sure, if you’re a full-timer, some of this stuff is super important. But, if you’re just going on a 2 – 5 night trip, you don’t have to pack your whole closet or kitchen (leave your wok at home). That being said, don’t be surprised this isn’t a short list. Your shopping doesn’t stop right after your RV purchase!

Starting with what we think is the most important, FOOOOOD.

What to pack for an RV Trip

Food Related Items:

Many lists will start naming off all kinds of food items. I rather advise you to meal plan before you go. If you plan your meals ahead, you’ll pack exactly what you need instead of all of the taco ingredients you might not even end up using.

  • Meal Plan ingredients
  • Snacks
  • Condiments/toppings
  • Spices/Salt/Pepper
  • Plates/Bowls/Cups/Silverware
  • Cooking utensils (we forgot our tongs)
  • Can opener! (We forgot this too)
  • Coffee maker/filters/coffee/mugs
  • Crockpot
  • Measuring cups
  • Chip clips
  • Mixing bowls
  • Dish soap/sponge/hand soap
  • Tupperware/Ziploc bags/foil
  • Chef knife
  • Cookie sheet (great for pulling meat off the grill)
  • Trash bags/trash can
  • Cutting board
  • Paper towels
  • Kitchen towels
  • Pot holders

What to Pack for an RV Trip


RV Basics:

Yeah, yeah so this should probably be the most important on the list, but we’re foodies. Don’t forget these!

  • Bungee cords (all sizes)
  • Toolbag
  • 25ft drinking hose
  • 25ft garden hose
  • Hose splitter
  • Hose water filter
  • Rhino sewer hose (everyone’s got to do it)
  • Latex gloves (you’ll thank me later)
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Paper/Pens
  • Extension cords
  • Door mat
  • Leaf blower for slide
  • Scissors/Tape
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Electric drill for stabilizers
  • Levelers (we use pieces of 2×6)
  • Black water tank chemicals
  • Electric converter (type depends on your RV)
  • Wheel chocks
  • Batteries
  • Silicone/Command strips
  • Clothes pins
  • Walmart bags
  • Non-slip shelf liner (you’ll thank me)
  • Any electronic chargers


What to Pack for an RV Trip


Bed & Bath:

  • Sheets/blanket/pillows
  • Mesh laundry bag
  • Towels/wash cloths
  • Over-the-door towel hanger
  • Toiletries/brush
  • Toilet paper

What to Pack for an RV Trip



  • Lanterns/flashlights
  • Bag chairs
  • Matches or lighter
  • Charcoal
  • Small grill/electric skillet (depends what you cook)
  • Sunscreen
  • Fire starter (skip the extra weight and buy firewood at your site)
  • Chimney Charcoal Starter
  • Bug spray
  • Folding outdoor table (we wished we had this on our first trip!)


What to Pack for an RV Trip



  • Books/magazines
  • Cards/board games
  • Outdoor string lights
  • Bikes
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Containers for cabinets
  • Clear drawers for pantry (those ugly, plastic ones)


What to Pack for an RV Trip


This list is geared toward dogs, but adjust if bringing another pet!

  • Leash
  • Food/treats
  • Food & water bowls
  • Crate/bed
  • Stake & cable
  • Doggy pick-up bags
  • Ball/frisbee/toy
  • “PET INSIDE” sign – we laminated a homemade sign and put a magnet on the back. This is GREAT to stick on the electric box so nobody turns off your power when you leave AC running. We’ve heard some parks will turn it off if you’re gone all day!


What to Pack for an RV Trip


What am I forgetting? This covers our basics, but of course, it’s slightly different for everyone. One last thing all of the old-timers will tell you not to forget: your sense of humor! Let’s face it; you’re going to forget something (ask Josh about how I cooked rice without a lid), so it’s important to to have fun and learn as you go.

What would you add to your RV must-have list that we haven’t named here?

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