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RV Travel – What to Bring

Planning that first RV trip can be daunting. Our media partners and consumer audience commonly ask “what do I need to pack for my first RV trip? Below is a checklist to making hitting road easy.

  • Cereal / Milk
  • Eggs / bread / bacon
  • Sandwich meats / chips
  • Steaks / Burgers / Hot dogs - anything you want to grill
  • Buns for burgers / hot dogs
  • Condiments - Ketchup / mustard / Mayo / butter / salt / pepper
  • Any veggies or salads you'll want with your barbeque
  • Coffee / sugar / cream
  • Sodas / beer / wine / bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Charcoal (or you can buy it at the campground store)
  • Chocolate bars, marshmallows, graham crackers, long skewers / sticks for s'mores! (all are sold at the campground store too)
  • There are typically grocery stores near most campgrounds to replenish supplies throughout your stay.
  • A DVD/Blu Ray player if you plan on watching movies (although many RVs come with a player – check first)!
  • Any movies you want to watch or download them on your device in case WiFi is spotty!
  • Consider a portable MiFi or hotspot for additional internet access
  • Soap, shampoo, toiletries
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, beach towels (can never have enough towels!)
  • Removable hooks to hang towels
  • Music / portable speaker
  • Your own GPS & an old fashion map (GPS signals sometimes fail) – be sure to note the height of your RV and pay attention to bridges or overpass warnings! It’s also a good idea to download the google map to use offline
  • Spatula or tongs for grill
  • Foil / plastic wrap / baggies
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic silverware
  • Paper plates
  • Garbage bags
  • Rapid dissolve toilet paper (not-2ply!) – you MUST use RV specific toilet paper!
  • Holding tank deodorizer (this keeps your black water tank ‘fresh’)
  • Napkins / tissues / paper towel
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish detergent / dish towels
  • Laundry detergent / dryer sheets / quarters if you’re doing laundry at the campsite
  • Matches / lighter for grills
  • Bottle / wine opener
  • Can opener
  • First aid supplies
  • Flashlight / lantern
  • Folding chairs
  • Games
  • Binoculars
  • Sheets, towels, blankets, pillows
  • Some campgrounds will help you hook up your RV and even empty the tanks. But just in case, it helps to bring a pair of gloves to wear when emptying the tanks and a plastic bag to keep them in.
  • For campfires, most campgrounds sell their own wood to avoid transporting any bugs or diseased wood. Check your campgrounds to see their policy.
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