Packing for Your First RV Trip

The task of packing for your first RV trip can be overwhelming, but with a little preparation things will come together in no time!

How to Pack:

Use storage bins of varying sizes to keep similar items together. For example pack your eating utensils in a small container that fits into the larger kitchen essentials bin. Don’t forget to label everything! Read Organizing your RV to Optimize Space for more information on how to organize the items.

What to PackWhat to Pack:

The kitchen is one of the hardest things to pack for. Bring along a few essentials and plan the rest around what you plan to make. Pack a few pots of varying sizes, an electric fry pan, can opener and a coffee pot, kitchen towels, and pot holders.  Paper plates, paper cups, plastic utensils, and paper towels eliminate the need to do dishes and are easy to pack. When packing food, you will want to store about four or five days of food. Avoid glass items by storing these food items in a plastic Tupperware or a Ziploc. It’s a good idea to go through the things in your kitchen at home and pack the things you use every day. Cooking oil and spices are some of the most frequently forgotten items.Don't forget a tool kit

One of the most important things to remember is a tool kit. Some of the best tools to pack are a variety of open and closed end wrenches, an adjustable wrench, pliers, some extra hose, wooden leveling blocks, a hammer and an assortment of sizes of screwdrivers (include both Philips and flathead).

Bring some maps, bungee cord, rope, an alarm clock, oil for the RV, a gas can, water hose, lanterns/flashlights, camping stove, matches, lots of batteries, wood planks to keep your RV in place once you park, games, essential cleaning supplies (rags, sponges, toilet cleaner, etc.), a first aid kit, sunblock, insect repellent, pain reliever, essential toiletry items, a blow dryer, RV toilet paper and plastic bags of varying sizes.

Be sure to bring along sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, sleeping bags, and towels. Usually one set of bedding and two towels per person is plenty.

What clothing to bring alongWhen it comes to clothing jeans, t-shirts, and tops will become your go-to wardrobe. Items that are wash and wear or permanent press are best as this type of clothing fits in with various kinds of activities. The general rule is to take along five days or more of clothing and plan to do some laundry. Shoes should consist of tennis shoes and a pair of your most comfortable casual shoes; an RV trip is not a good place to bring new shoes that haven’t been broken in. Of course, you may need other types of clothing depending on what you have planned during the trip – don’t forget your bathing suit if you’ll be near water!

Remember, you can’t bring the entire contents of your home along, so bring only the essentials. Even though there is much planning involved, and you’ll likely make some mistakes the first time, it will be worth the effort when you’re on your trip!



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