Packing List for RV Trips: A Complete Guide So You Don’t Forget Stuff

Getting ready to leave on your next RV trip? Worried you might leave something behind? Check out our complete packing list below before you leave to make sure you have everything you may need!

Making sure your RV or travel trailer is packed with everything and anything you may need while traveling can be very difficult. Whether a first-time camper or one with plenty of experience, our complete guide to the RV Packing List is sure to have you saying, “I wish I had thought of that!”

The Complete Packing List

Bedroom

  • Sheets
  • Comforters
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow Shams/Covers
  • Extra Blankets
  • Clothes
  • Coats/Jackets
  • Shoes
  • Swimsuits (if you are going somewhere near water)

Bathroom

  • Towels (at least one for every passenger)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Toothbrushes
  • Tooth Paste
  • Hair Brushes/Combs
  • Toilet Paper (be sure it is safe for your travel trailers septic
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Trash Can

Kitchen

  • Napkins
  • Dish Drying Rack
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Silverware
  • Knives
  • Spatulas/Ladles
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Oven Mits
  • Tinfoil
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Cutting Board
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Trash Can

Outdoors

  • Lawn Chairs
  • S’more Roasting Sticks
  • Patio Mat
  • Umbrella
  • Grill
  • Bug Spray
  • Citronella Candles
  • Fishing Gear
  • Frisbee
  • Ball and Glove
  • Lawn Games
  • Bikes
  • Shoe Pan

Maintenance Supplies

  • Sewage Chemicals
  • Jack Pads
  • Sewage Drain Tubes
  • Water Hose
  • A Level
  • Hitch Lock
  • Tool Kit (Socket Set Included)
  • Extension Cords
  • Air Pressure Guage
  • Rope
  • Tarps

Cleaning Supplies

  • Gloves
  • Dish Soap
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Dish Rags
  • Sponges
  • Paper Towels
  • Broom
  • Dust Pan
  • Hand Vacuum
  • Cleaning Chemicals

Pets

  • Pet Food
  • Treats
  • Dog Bed(s)
  • Food and Water Bowls
  • Floor Pan
  • Toys
  • Clean-Up Bags
  • Litter Box
  • Leash(es)
  • Brushes
  • Kennels/Carriers (optional)

Miscellaneous

  • Baby Wipes
  • Movies
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Deck of Cards
  • Pocket Knife
  • Compass

Packing Tips

Not sure why an item was listed? Wondering how you could possibly fit all of it in your RV or travel trailer?

Do not worry! Below I have the answers to both of those questions along with a few extra tips for packing your RV or travel trailer!

Bedroom

Most RVs or travel trailers have their bedrooms located in the back, so this will most likely be the first place you start packing.

If you have multiple bedrooms throughout your RV or travel trailer, pack all of them at once.

Always be sure to pack extra blankets for your camping trip. You never know when a brisk night could put a damper on all of your camping fun.

Always pack extra pillows and blankets.

Making the beds each time before setting out on your camping trip will make the set-up easier when you arrive at your final destination.

Not only will it make the set-up easier, but it will also make it easier to see what other items you may be forgetting to pack!

Trying to fit everyone’s clothes into minimal closet or drawer space can prove to be quite difficult.

Utilize some hanging closet organizers to help keep everyone’s items separate and put away.

5 Shelves Hanging Closet Organizer ($12.87)

4 Section Fabric Closet Organizer ($22.99)

Over Door/Wall Mount 4 Clear Window Pocket Organizer ($14.87)

2-Tier Resin Slat Utility Shoe Rack ($23.99)

Bathroom

Knowing exactly what to pack in your RV or travel trailer’s bathroom can be a little difficult due to the smaller size and lack of storage space.

Depending on how many days your camping trip is going to last, each passenger should only need one towel.

If you are planning on swimming a lot while in your RV or travel trailer, consider packing a few extra towels.

When packing toilet paper for your RV or travel trailer, be sure that the toilet paper you bring will be safe for your trailer’s septic system.

You can purchase toilet paper that is specifically designed to break down quickly so as to avoid clogging your RV or travel trailer’s septic system.

Be sure that the toilet paper you pack is safe for your RV or travel trailer.

Wondering if your favorite brand of toilet paper is suitable for your RV or travel trailer? You can do an at home test to find out!

Put a few pieces of your favorite brand of toilet paper in a jar filled with water, and shake for a few seconds.

If after a few seconds the toilet paper begins breaking down, feel free to pack it in your RV! If not, look at your local outdoor store for RV specific toilet paper.

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Running out of room in your bathroom for everyone’s things?

Use a bathroom organizer to help organize the smaller spaces to fit more of everyone’s items.

Metal Over Door Hair Care & Styling Tool Storage Organizer Basket ($12.99)

Hanging Mesh Bath Shower Caddy Organizer ($8.98)

2-Tier Organizer Rack ($25.99)

Kitchen

Packing your kitchen will be one of the hardest areas of your RV or travel trailer to do.

Before you set out on your camping trip, be sure that you plan out all of your meals for the entire trips and bring EVERYTHING you would need in order to cook that.

Meal planning may seem tedious but in the end, it will save you time and stress while on the road.

To cut your cooking time while in your RV or travel trailer, do all the prep work at home (cutting vegetables, mincing onions, etc.)!

When dinner time rolls around all you need to do is mix the ingredients!

Meal planning and prep before traveling will make packing (and camping) easier!

Need some make-ahead ideas for your next camping trip? Check out these 23 Easy Make-Ahead Meals by The Road Map!

Another way to make your camping trip easier is to eliminate the number of dishes you have to wash each day.

Using paper plates not only makes meal clean up easier but you are then able to use the plates as fire starter after your meal!

You can also bring along plastic silverware to eliminate some more dishes (or you can wash them too and save yourself some money along the way!).

Use disposable dishes to save space.

To make packing your limited kitchen space easier, consider using smaller or even collapsible dishes.

While in college I was given a collapsible strainer set and it has been saving me space in my RV ever since.

Similar collapsible items include Tupperware sets, cups, mixing bowls, and even a collapsible drying rack!

Thin Bins Collapsible Containers – Set of 4 ($19.99)

2 Collapsible Colanders (Strainers) ($12.89)

Set of 4 Collapsible Silicone Measuring Cups and 4 Measuring Spoons ($9.49)

Collapsible Dish Drying Rack ($19.99)

Another great way to make use of the limited parking space is to use some kitchen organizers.

Using a kitchen organizer can help make dishes more accessible and even keep them from getting broken while traveling.

Stackable Can Rack ($21.87)

Pan and Pot Lid Organizer Rack Holder ($14.87)

Stackable 2 Tier Sliding Basket Organizer Drawer ($26.87)S

Fridge Bins and Freezer Organizer ($34.99)

Stainless Steel Kitchen Storage Rack Cupboard Hanging Hook Shelf ($9.98)

2-Tier Kitchen Spice Rack ($14.87)

Outdoors

The best part of going out in your RV or travel trailer is being able to take advantage of your time out in nature.

Lawn chairs and s’more roasting sticks are necessary for any night around the campfire.

Be sure to pack enough roasting sticks for each of your passengers so everyone can enjoy the same amount of s’mores, hot dogs, or whatever else you choose to cook over the campfire!

S’more roasting sticks make for lots of tasty fun around the campfire!

Getting bug bites can definitely decrease the overall quality of your camping trip, so be sure to pack enough of your favorite brand of bug spray.

If bug spray doesn’t work for you look into citronella candles or bracelets!

These options do not leave oil on the skin and often have a better smell as well!

Mosquito Repellent Bracelets ($14.79)

Citronella Candles Bulk Packs ($11.99)

Don’t forget to bring along some of your favorite outdoor games or sports equipment either!

If there is ever a time when you are unsure of what to do, pull out a yard game for all our your family.

You can even invite those who are camping near you to join!

Camping in your RV or travel trailer is a great way to meet new people and make new friends!

Invite those who are camping near you to join in some yard games.

Keeping dirt and mud from being tracked through your RV or travel trailer is quite difficult while out camping.

Minimize the amount of dirt and mud spread throughout your trailer with a shoe pan near the door.

Multi-Purpose Indoor & Outdoor Waterproof Tray ($8.46)

Maintenance Supplies

This is possibly one of the most important categories when packing your RV or travel trailer.

The items listed for maintenance supplies are necessary in order to make sure your RV or travel trailer is safe and usable for you on each trip.

Be sure you have all of the maintenance supplies EVERY time you go camping in your RV or travel trailer.

While most RV’s or travel trailers come with their own sewage drain tubes or water hoses, ALWAYS be sure to double check that yours are packed before hitting the road.

Wheel chocks are necessary to keep your trailer in place while camping.

You do not need anything fancy for your wheel chocks. In fact, many people use a simple block of wood in between each of their tires for this job!

Do not rely on the belief that there will be a suitable wheel chock (block of wood) where ever you are going. Always bring some form of wheel chocks from home.

Always bring some form of wheel chocks.

Jack pads are not necessary for every camping trip; however, after using them once, I have never gone out in my travel trailer without them!

Jack pads slide under your RV or travel trailer’s stabilizers and create a flat surface for the feet to land on.

When the ground is soft or uneven, jack pads will help level your RV or travel trailer and keep the trailer from sinking into the soft ground.

Pets

Remembering to pack for your furry friends on your camping trips is not only important, but it is ESSENTIAL!

I can’t count how many times we have reached our campsite only to realize that something as simple as the dog food we had packed was empty.

Be sure that you have everything you pet(s) could possibly need throughout the duration of your next camping trip.

Double check that you have packed everything for your pets before leaving.

Eliminate any food or water spills by keeping your pets food and water bowls on a floor mat!

Similar to a shoe pan, a floor pan just contains any spilled food or water inside it rather than spreading across your RV or travel trailers floor.

Multi-Purpose Indoor & Outdoor Waterproof Tray ($8.46)

Be sure to bring some toys for your furry friends to keep them occupied and to make camping enjoyable for them as well!

Miscellaneous

While a list of miscellaneous items could go on forever, I picked out a few items that are must-haves in your RV or travel trailer.

Why baby wipes if you don’t have a baby?

In the event that there is a sticky mess baby wipes or even hand wipes can come in handy.

Hand wipes make for easy clean up in small messes.

Be sure to keep a pack or two in your RV or travel trailer’s kitchen or bathroom!

If you have access to a TV or computer capable of playing DVD’s be sure to pack a few of you and your family’s favorites!

After a long day of hiking curling up in the RV for a movie together can be quite relaxing.

Every camper, RV, or travel trailer should have some board games and a deck or two of cards.

Pack cards or games to play while in your RV.

The amount of games you can play is unlimited and sure to bring joy to you and your family’s camping trip.

Looking for some new board games or card games to play? Here is 10 Card Games from WonderMom to try with your family next time you go camping!

Related Questions:

Do I need to bring my own firewood when camping? While many campsites sell packages of firewood, others may not. Look on the website of your campground to see if they sell firewood packs before you go. If not, you will need to bring your own. Prices near the campsite may be hiked up, so try to get some further up the road.

What is the best way to cook on a campfire? The easiest way to cook on a campfire is by making tinfoil dinners. However, many campers use other methods such as a dutch oven to cook while camping. If you have a grill over your campfire you can grill burgers, steaks, chicken, etc.

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