An RV Camping Checklist
Often, a first time RV renter will ask what items are needed when planning their RV Vacation. To help answer that question here are some tips that may help you decide what to bring along. Be prepared, make a list, and check it twice!
- Linens. If your RV does not contain bed linens you'll need to pack sheets or sleeping bags, pillows and perhaps a blanket. You'll also want to bring wash cloths, towels, dish cloths, dish towels and perhaps a table cloth. You might even want to include an egg-crate to help provide extra sleeping comfort.
- Clothing. When packing for any vacation the essential items include underwear, socks pajamas, T-shirts, etc. Other type of clothing needed will depend a lot on the climate, area and terrain you plan to visit and the activities that you want to participate in. For example, if you are planning on a walk on the beach or swimming activities, shorts, swim wear and sandals would be needed. Likewise, mountain climbing or hiking would require closed-toed shoes or hiking boots and hat. Whatever your activities, it would be wise to pack a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to provide warmth in the cool of the night, protect from sunburn in the daytime and keep the mosquitoes at bay. It is also a good idea to bring along a light-weight jacket to wear if the night should become cool or in case of a sudden rainstorm. A nice outfit would also be recommended should you wish to dine out in the evening.
- Kitchen. If you have rented an RV that does not contain all the kitchen essentials, you will probably want to pack the following items: can opener, measuring cups and spoons, matches or lighter, saucepans, skillet and dutch-oven, coffee pot, plates (plastic or non-breakable ones), cups, glasses, eating and cooking utensils such as wooden spoons, spatula, whisk, knife, vegetable peeler), pot holders and bowls. You'll also want to include dish soap, garbage bags, plastic bags and paper towels. Pantry items would also be needed such as flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, pepper, seasonings, vegetable oil, coffee, creamer, and tea in addition to other meal ingredients that may be needed. Be sure to prepare your menu ahead of time so you'll know exactly what to bring. You can easily place all dry ingredients in zip-lock bags to make packing lighter.
- Personal Items. Don't forget the personal care items you would normally pack, such as toothpaste, tooth brush, floss, shaving items, mirror, comb, brush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and cosmetic items you might want or need. Don't forget the special RV toilet paper or sanitizing wipes.
- Other Items: You'll probably want to add to your camping list a first aid kit, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, antiseptic, sunburn ointment, any medicines you normally take including additional items such as antacid, anti-diarrheal, analgesic, antihistamine, etc.