March 22, 2012

New To RVing? Essential Packing For Your First RV Vacation

What you should pack for an RV trip

RV Packing

Packing for an RV trip is like moving into an empty house or apartment. Kitchen cabinets are bare, bathrooms are empty and bedding needs to be stocked. The task of packing can be overwhelming, especially if you are a first-time RVer.

A best practice in packing for a road trip is to compartmentalize your essentials into storage bins of varying sizes.  For example, packing all your bedding into one large bin and kitchen essentials in another.  And, store eating and cooking utensils in a small container that will fit into the larger kitchen-designated bin.  Be sure to label your bins for easy access; masking tape and a black Sharpie work well for this task.

Below you will find a list of packing essentials and desirables to make every RV road trip a success.

Essentials For the Outdoors
Toilet Paper designed for RVs Camping chairs/beach chairs
Kleenex Sunscreen
Flashlight Beach towels
Batteries Portable BBQ Grill
First Aid Kit (human and pet) Grilling Utensils
Matches, lighter Charcoal
Paper Towels, napkins* Radio
Pots & Pans Ax
Cooking Oil Back pack(s)
Bottled Water Lantern
Cooking Utensils & Dinnerware Cooler
Can Opener Sleeping Bag
Swiss Army Knife Screened tent
Rope Tablecloth/holders
Bungee Cords Insect repellent
Bucket/wash bin
Aluminum Foil
Kitchen Towels/Pot Holders
Coffee cups/drinking glasses Desirables
Small broom Coffee Pot/Tea Kettle
Trash bags Coffee, filters, tea bags, sugar, powdered creamer
Dish and laundry detergent Books/Games for Family
Shower accessories (toothbrush, toothpaste, conditioning shampoo, soap, shower towel, flip flops) Jar of Peanut Butter
Warm clothing and extra pair of shoes  

 Packing Tips

Lists can be broken down in different ways – you can have a bedding list, a cooking list, a kitchen list or even a hiking list.  Use the list that best fits your packing  needs.  One list we highly recommend is a food list.  Whether you choose packing food items or purchase once you are on your way is up to you – though we find it easiest to have it all ready to go before you embark on your latest adventure.

Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you forget packing something.  There are plenty of stops along the way to find an item you forgot to pack.  Packing is an art — the more you practice, the easier it becomes.

*These items may not be necessary if you are taking extra steps to be earth-friendly and “green.”  See last week’s blog, It’s Easy to Go Green While Camping. To see what items you shold be packing for a Green Rv adventure.