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The Ultimate RV Trip Packing List

Updated January 2, 2017 . AmFam Team

Getting ready for your next RV road trip? Make sure you’re packing everything you need with this list for the best road trip ever.

Your bags are packed and there’s gas in the tank, but is your camper or motorhome stocked for the adventure that awaits? Before you set off on the open road, use this list to make sure you’re crossing all the RV necessities off your list.

The Essentials

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination, setting up camp, and then realizing you forgot something you just can’t do without. Make sure to stock your RV with these items everywhere you go.

  • Flashlights (with extra batteries!)
  • Ropes
  • Shovel
  • Tool kit with extra nails, screws, and washers
  • Scissors
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Extension cord
  • Leveling blocks
  • Water hose
  • Trash and recycling cans with bags
  • Propane
  • Duct tape
  • Gloves
  • Light bulbs
  • Water bottles
  • Matches
  • First-aid kit including antiseptic and aspirin

Bath and Bedding

These are things you use every day — but they’re easy to forget! Be sure to pack these bath and bedroom necessities.

  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bodywash/soap
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Toiletries like razors and deodorant
  • Sheets and pillows for all the beds
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags

Kitchen and Cooking Supplies

Just like at home, you’ll need a well-stocked kitchen and cooking supplies for your trip. This way you’ll have everything you need to cook meals and keep your RV clean and tidy.

  • Plates and bowls
  • Cups and mugs
  • Utensils and kitchen knives
  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking oil
  • Oven mitts
  • Tupperware and plastic bags
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies like rags and all-purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Drying rack
  • Bottle and can opener

Camping Gear

Whether staying at a campsite for a few nights or just a spur of the moment adventure, you’ll need camping gear. Be a happy camper by bringing these outdoor essentials.

  • Camp chairs
  • Firewood
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Tarp
  • Lanterns
  • Picnic blanket
  • Compass/GPS apps
  • Rain gear or ponchos
  • Hiking boots
  • Pocket knife

The Fun Stuff

Vacations aren’t vacations without a little bit of downtime. Stock up on the things that make your trip special.

  • Lawn games
  • Frisbee or football
  • Books
  • Cards and games
  • Pens and paper
  • Portable hammocks
  • Swim toys
  • Fishing gear
  • Binoculars
  • Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers for s’mores

With your RV fully stocked, you can hit the road with peace of mind. Now get out there and enjoy your adventure!

For peace of mind knowing that your RV is protected from the unexpected, talk to your agent (Opens in a new tab)about RV insurance and discounts.

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