When it comes to seeing the countryside, there’s no better way to do it than in an RV. However, if you’re still new to the world of road tripping in a motorhome, then you’ll want to make sure that you pack all of the right gear and essentials before heading out.
So, with that in mind, we want to share the top 10 things to pack for your next RV vacation.
What’s in Your RV?
Before we can discuss particular items to bring, it’s essential to figure out what’s possible. Not all RVs are alike, which means that some may have various luxuries that others don’t. For example, do you have space for a washer and dryer on board? Do you have a shower or just a toilet? What about a generator for using electronics?
Overall, keep these questions in mind as we go over these RV packing tips for beginners so that you’re as prepared as possible.
#1 Food – one of the best things about an RV is that you can cook in it. Also, since going through a drive-thru is not an option, you need to be well stocked at all times. We suggest a mix of canned goods, fresh food (if you have a fridge), and snacks for the trip.
#2 Water – this item is separate from food because it’s so versatile. Your RV has a water tank, but if you’re not near a potable water source, you may need to refill it with whatever you have inside.
#3 Wifi Modem – traveling across the country means that you may not always have access to a strong wifi signal. Bringing your own source will make it easier to connect. Check if your RV has one first!
#4 Cooking Utensils – pots, pans, and other items like tongs or spatulas are necessary if you plan on cooking.
#5 Plates and Flatware – on the one hand, bringing disposable options can make clean up easier. On the other hand, it’s wasteful. Bring both so that you can wash when you have water, and toss when you don’t.
#6 Bathroom Essentials – having a toilet in your RV makes things more convenient, but you have to keep it well stocked. Toilet paper, towels, and other items are necessary if you want to maintain a clean bathroom.
#7 Folding/Deck Chairs – no matter where you stop, you’re not going to want to spend all your time inside the RV. Bring some chairs (and possibly a folding table if there’s room) so that you can enjoy the sunshine.
#8 Games – traveling in an RV is a great way to see parts of the country you wouldn’t otherwise. However, depending on where you’re going, you probably won’t be able to rely on electricity for entertainment. Bring cards and other games to pass the time when you’re not exploring.
#9 Flashlight/Lanterns – if you do run out of power while parked, you’ll need to have some kind of light source. Also, using these will save your RV batteries as well.
#10 Propane – before leaving, check your propane levels (along with everything else, such as water). If possible, bring an extra tank, especially if you’re going to be gone for a while.
Bottom Line – Be Prepared for Anything
Just because an RV has many of the luxuries of modern life doesn’t mean that it’s immune to problems. Keep in mind that anything that goes wrong has to be fixed by you, so plan accordingly. Also, don’t assume that you’ll always have access to things like water and electricity, or even a dump site for your waste. Thinking this way will save you a lot of potential headaches and stress. For more specfic RV packing tips, check our list of 10 things you REALLY need.