The Ultimate RV Packing List To Make Your Trip A Success

When you head on your RV trip you want to make sure you have everything you need. Here is our recommended RV packing list so you can get your RV loaded up and ready to go for an amazing trip!

RV Packing List

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Top Picks

The BEST camp chair! Seriously. We got this chair when it first came out years ago and everyone wanted them. By the following year most of our fellow campers had picked one up and it is now the go to in comfort when you are sitting around the campfire!

The go-to for propane firepits! We held out for years on getting a propane firepit – but once we got one we saw what we were missing out on! This one is small and compact so you can easily pack it with all your camping gear.

This one might seem odd but Craig would say it is a must have when RVing or camping! A headlamp! Campgrounds can get pretty dark at night so it is nice to have this light for walking between campgrounds or fixing something in the RV.

A friend gave me one of these and I never looked back! On days when I don’t want to wash my hair, or when I haven’t colored my hair in a while and the gray is showing through, or when we are out hiking and I don’t want my hair blowing in my face! Get yourself multiple headbands with fun patterns!

If you plan to boondock and don’t want to worry about power and not having coffee – or if you just like a really good cup of coffee you are going to want this Moka coffee maker! We have had it for YEARS and love it!! Even after getting off of the road we still make our coffee this way.

A drying rack! For all those wet suits and towels from swimming.


Traveling in an RV means you are probably going to be spending a lot of time outside. Take that into account when packing and know it means the kids are probably going to get dirty so don’t bring their fancy clothes. Instead bring outside clothes that they can run and around, play in and get dirty.

With being outside a lot it also means that you will probably want layers. Even if you travel in summer the nights can still get chilly and you will most likely be sitting around a campfire. Since the weather can get colder at night and the bugs can come out having long sleeves and pants for nighttime is a good idea.

Most RV parks do have a laundromat so keep that in mind when packing and know you can go and wash clothes if you need to. If this is a big part of your plan do confirm with the campground that they have a laundromat on site.

Here are the clothes we recommend for each person:

  • A pair of shorts per day
  • A t-shirt/tank top per day
  • 2 pairs of underwear per day (good to have extra)
  • 2 pairs of sweatpants
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • Bathing Suit
  • Towels
  • Running/hiking shoes
  • Sandals

Toiletries/Personal Items

You don’t want to forget all of your toiletries! You will be camping but the beauty of going in an RV means you probably have a shower in your rig. For these pack very similar to what you would if you were going to stay in a hotel:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Pony Tail Holders
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips
  • Hair brush/comb

A few other items you don’t want to forget:

  • Prescriptions
  • Tylenol
  • Advil
  • Bug Spray
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Shower Towels (if you don’t want to use the beach ones)
  • Feminine products if you will need those during your trip

Tools/Utility Items

Things in RV’s break . . . so it is always good to have a basic set of tools along with you. Here is a list of what we recommend having on hand. If you are planning a trip longer then a couple weeks there is definitely more that we would recommend. But for your basic RV road trip this should do.

Please note if you are using an RV rental there is a good chance they may have some of these things already in the RV. Please do check with them and then decide what you want to bring.

  • Duct Tape
  • WD-40
  • Set of socket wrenches
  • Screwdrivers (phillips and regular)
  • Hammer
  • Headlamp
  • Scissors
  • Pocket Knife
  • Rope
  • Tarp


Toys RV Packing List

Don’t forget the fun stuff! The kids will appreciate if you can bring a few toys from home that they can play with when they need some downtime. It is also fun to play board games together as a family and watch movies. Plus you don’t want to forget all your fun toys too!

  • Magna Tiles/Blocks
  • Lego’s/Barbies/Playmobile
  • Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Coloring Books
  • Markers
  • Sand Toys
  • Pool Toys (googles)
  • Books
  • Magazines

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Outside Gear

  • Paddle Boards
  • Kayaks
  • Tubes
  • Boogey Boards
  • Fishing Gear
  • Baggo or other outside games
  • Bikes – if you can fit them
  • Scooters – note some campgrounds are all gravel so these won’t work well
  • Firewood
  • S’more Sticks
  • Hammock


  • iPads/Kindle
  • Computer/Laptop
  • Camera
  • Videocamera
  • Phone Chargers – plug with it
  • iPad Charger – plug with it
  • Computer Charger – plug with it
  • WiFi hotspot if you need to be connected
  • Movies – ask if they have a DVD Player – may not be Blue Ray
  • Portable speaker

Food/Cooking Utensils

Food Utensils

A lot of the time rented RV’s come with all of this. If you are renting an RV you should ask them what they are providing and then you can use theirs or bring your own – whatever works for you! If you do bring your own I would recommend telling the RV owner so they can clear out their things from the cabinets.

You really don’t need a lot when it comes to cooking utensils. If you keep your meal planning simple then you only need a few things.

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Cast Iron Large Pot
  • Pizza Pan (make sure these fit in the RV oven – ask the RV owner the size)
  • Baking Dish (make sure these fit in the RV oven – ask the RV owner the size)
  • Coffee Maker (we prefer a Moka coffee maker!)
  • Oven Mitts
  • Blender
  • Foil
  • Dish Towels
  • Dish Soap
  • Water Bottles – nice to have when you go hiking too
  • Water Filter
  • S’more sticks
  • Strainer
  • Toaster
  • Cutting board
  • Grill lighter – longer lighter for lighting the stove and firepit

If these aren’t supplied (most will be if renting). Then you will also need the following:

  • 1 plate per person
  • 1 cup per person
  • 1 set of silverware per person
  • Coffee cups
  • Wine Glasses – I got these nice plastic ones for camping!
  • Whiskey Tumbler
  • Large mixing spoon
  • Spatula
  • Pizza cutter
  • Can opener
  • Wine bottle opener
  • Sharp Knife

Here are some of our easy RV Meal ideas to help you with planning your grocery shopping list. Remember keep it simple!


  • Coffee
  • Cereal
  • Pancakes
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Eggs, bacon and hash browns


  • Grilled Cheese
  • Buttered Pasta and Parmesan Cheese
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Salads
  • Hummus and Veggies
  • Tortellini
  • Mac and Cheese


  • Tacos
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Spaghetti
  • Burgers
  • Nachos


  • S’mores stuff


  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Whiskey
  • Drink Mixes
  • Ice


RV Extras

Here are a few more things that didn’t fit into a specific category but we definitely recommend you have with you.

  • Portable Hammock Stand
  • Binoculars
  • Umbrellas
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bandaids
  • Flashlights
  • Hand Soap for bathrooms
  • Clothes Drying Rack – may be good for drying swimsuits and towels – if you have room for it.
  • Folding Chairs
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towel
  • Fan(s)

Sleeping – If you want you can bring your own pillows and blankets! Everyone may sleep better this way.

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Sound Machine

Pet Gear

If you have pets traveling with you you don’t want to forget all the things they need!

  • Pet gear
  • Collar (with tags)
  • Leash
  • Food Bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Pet food
  • Treats
  • Leash
  • Longer rope/leash to hook up when you are outside
  • Poop Bags
  • Dog Bed

We hope this RV packing checklist helps you while getting prepared for your RV camping trip!

Another good list to have on hand is an RV checklist to make sure that you do everything you need to do as you are preparing to hit the road. Click here to see our post on RV Checklist To Make Your Trip A Success

If you don’t have an RV yet and are thinking about renting one check out our post: 9 RV Rental Tips You Will Want To Read

We hope you enjoy your RV trip!

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When you head on your RV trip you want to make sure you have everything you need. Here is our ultimate RV packing list so you can get your RV loaded up and ready to go for an amazing trip!
When you head on your RV trip you want to make sure you have everything you need. Here is our ultimate RV packing list so you can get your RV loaded up and ready to go for an amazing trip!

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