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First Timer RV Packing Checklist



When you get a new RV for the first time or just getting back into RV camping, its hard to know everything you need.  Below is a base list of things you may need and could be used as a baseline when you are packing.  Feel free to add items in the comments to keep building the list.

RV Essentials:

  • Surge protector
  • Electrical adapters (50amp to 30amp AND/OR 110v to 50amp)
  • Toilet chemicals
  • Sewer kit
  • RV-friendly toilet paper (if you use your home toilet paper it will cause some serious black tank issues that just isn't worth it)
  • Water pressure regulator
  • Drinking water hose (you may want two or a longer one since some parks put there water supply in very weird locations which can be far)
  • Leveling blocks (used when the ground is really really not level you can drive a side of your RV on these to help even it up some)
  • Tire pressure gauge (be careful of anything electronic since you don't always use it, when you need it you will want it to just work instead of hunting for batteries)
  • Extension cords (can be expensive for a 50amp cord but totally worth it when its hot out and you want to use your A/C units)
  • Wheel chocks (attached a link to the most common and most highly rated by a ton on Amazon for wheel chocks)
  • Shovel
  • Electrical and duct tape
  • Extra cotter pins
  • Extra motor oil and transmission fluid
  • Flashlight
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Emergency road kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Large zip close bag for documents, including license, registration, reservations, etc.

Kitchen and cooking supplies:

  • Water bottles
  • Cutting board
  • Utensils/cutting knives
  • Can opener
  • Tongs and skewers
  • Dish soap
  • Camping griddle and pie iron
  • Bowls, plates and cups
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Zip close bags 
  • Potholders
  • Dish towels
  • Napkins
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Skillets (we prefer cast iron skillets)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Matches and lighter
  • Food storage container
  • Cooler
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Filters
  • Coffee Grinder 

Food staples:

  • Batter mixes
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Butter or margarine
  • Cereal
  • Condiments, including mayo, ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.
  • Grill meats, like hot dogs, burgers, brats, etc.
  • Drink mix packets
  • Eggs
  • S’more ingredients
  • Freeze dried meals
  • Salt, pepper, herbs and spices
  • Bread
  • Baking items, including flour, cornmeal, sugar, etc.
  • Canned foods
  • Peanut butter and jelly 
  • Snacks, including crackers, chips, pretzels, etc.
  • Cooking spray or oil
  • Soups
  • Coffee

Clothing and bedroom items:

  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Shoes, including sneakers, hiking boots, sandals, etc.
  • Bathing suit
  • Sweatshirts and jackets
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Pants and shorts
  • Short and long sleeve t-shirts
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Sewing kit
  • Towels
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Pillows

Personal items and toiletries:

  • Phone chargers
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Reservation confirmations
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Batteries
  • Watch
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel map and campground directory
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Brush and comb
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Hair ties
  • Lotion
  • Makeup
  • Razor
  • Shaving gel
  • Nail clippers

Camping and outdoor fun gear:

  • Camera
  • Wood
  • Camping chairs
  • Hammock
  • Frisbee
  • Fishing gear, including rods, tackle, license, etc.
  • Sports equipment, including football, basketball, baseball, mitt, etc.
  • Bicycles, scooters
  • Yard games, including corn hole, horseshoes, hula-hoops, etc.
  • Binoculars
  • Books and magazines (rain day)
  • Playing cards (rain day)
  • Board games (rain day)
  • Puzzles (rain day)
  • Movies (rain day)
  • Radio
  • Headphones
  • Notepad or journal
  • Laptop
  • Saw or hatchet
  • Flotation devices
  • Guitar 

Again for you experienced RV Campers, what is missing from the list that should get added to help those that like to follow lists.


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