The Ultimate RV Checklist And Camping Supplies List

One of the quickest ways to ruin a trip is by forgetting something. We want to help you avoid that. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s always something new you can learn about packing for your upcoming RV trip.

Consulting with other avid RVers on their best practices and keeping up with the latest in camping technology will ensure you stay on the forefront. Read these tips in advance of your next trip to see what else you should grab before you hit the open road. Consider this your very own, printable RV packing list.

The Ultimate RV Packing List

Here it is. The ultimate RV packing guide. Let’s break it down by category and then list some of the basic items you’ll need in each.


Perishable should be limited and nonperishable should be plentiful. You can always resupply, but be practical about how much you’ll be eating those first few days if you aren’t able to stop. We recommend these staples:

  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Beef jerky
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit like bananas, which are easy to prep and store
  • Chips and cookies to snack on
  • Bottled water and other drinks
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Condiments
  • Pasta
  • Coffee
  • Hot dogs and hamburgers
  • Cheese and milk

But if you’re going for a longer journey and want to make full use of the kitchen, you’ll want a lot more than that. In fact, it’s sometimes good to think about stocking your motorhome like you would a new apartment kitchen: with the basics. We’re talking about flour and sugar, cooking oil, spices and more. The rest of the items, such as perishable meats, are entirely up to you. We recommend bringing food you know you need for meals you know you can cook in the RV.


Less is more. You’ll be able to wash them, either on your camper itself or at various laundromats. Plus you won’t need tons of variety if you plan ahead. We recommend:

  • Two pairs of shoes: sneakers for walking around and something more casual for the RV
  • Two to three outfits per person that take weather into account
  • A jacket or sweater for colder weather depending on the time of year and location
  • One nicer outfit in case you plan to encounter civilization or eat at a sit-down restaurant
  • Gear such as helmets for the bikes, a swim suit, a wetsuit, a motocross outfit, whatever you need.
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear


Depending on how long you’ll be gone, you can share many of these items:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Medication: prescription and over the counter necessities such as ibuprofen
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray
  • Deodorant, razors and nail clippers
  • RV bedding for each sleeping arrangement (not all owners supply it)
  • A first aid kid. Can’t stress this one enough!
  • Vitamins

Boredom Busters

We’re not sure why you would be bored on your trip, but just in case you are, here are some suggestions for how to pass the time:

  • Books
  • DVDs for the entertainment system
  • Video games
  • Deck of cards
  • Board games
  • Camera
  • Travel guide/ book
  • Music

Pet Supplies

Your dog has his own needs. Keep a few of these items in mind to make his journey enjoyable too:

  • Food
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Leash
  • Medication including flea preventative just in case
  • Favorite toy
  • Bedding/ crate
  • Treats

As a final note on this category, you should also pack personal documentation for each traveling member, whether that’s a passport or driver’s license. Bring documentation of your insurance and your rental agreement with the RV’s owner. For yourself, bring a written itinerary and documentation of any other trip reservation you’ve made in advance.

RV Packing Tips For Beginners

For beginners, the sooner you start making your RV departure checklist, the better. We also recommend making each party in the trip responsible for his or her own gear on the checklist. That means, each person has to pack his or her own clothing and toiletries but is also responsible for an item that everyone will use on the journey, such as toilet paper or the deck of cards.

Also keep in mind that packing is something that can’t truly take place until you have your vehicle in your possession. After all, you’re not going to be living out of a suitcase. Spend time, both before choosing a rental and once you’ve made your decision, to survey the storage options available on your RV. While making your packing list, consider these spaces and what can go where, too.

RV Packing Ideas

Your RV trip packing checklist will make the task of packing and planning so much easier. But if this list for some reason doesn’t look complete to you, browse the internet to compare other lists and make a super list based on your findings. And add your own items. Remember, the point of motorhome travel is simplicity and practicality. Bring what you need and relish the efficiency of a well-planned adventure.

RV Camping Supplies

Ever packed the tent but forgotten the poles? Neither have we…But just to be absolutely sure, here’s a quick hit list of the things on our RV camping checklist you should definitely pack and then double check for when it comes to camping supplies:

  • Tent and poles
  • Sleeping bags and pillows
  • Sleeping pads or air mattresses
  • Lanterns/ flashlights (plus extra batteries)
  • Bug spray
  • Sunblock
  • Fire starters
  • Rain gear, like a jacket and umbrella
  • A cooler with things like bottled water
  • Skewers to roast hotdogs and marshmallows
  • A mess kit or other cooking supplies, cutlery and plates
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Cups
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Binoculars

Ready to Go?

Your RV packing list is supposed to help you avoid disaster by becoming as prepared as possible for the journey ahead. But mistakes happen and we sometimes forget even the most basic of items on the list. Don’t stress when that happens. There’s always somewhere to stop to pick up the essentials. In the meantime, rest assured you’re doing everything you can to ensure smooth sailing in advance!

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