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The Essential RV Road Trip Packing List

Traveling in an RV makes hitting the open road easier and more comfortable. After all, there’s no need to find a hotel room or Airbnb whenever you make stops. But how do you pack for an RV road trip to make sure you have everything you need? Check out our complete RV packing list below to ensure you bring the essentials, stay organized, and have a successful road trip!

Tools & Gadgets

Portable solar panels. Photo by Instagram user @bosswattsolar
Photo via @bosswattsolar

Cover all of your bases with these essential tools and emergency items to keep your RV trip on track.

  • Jumper cables
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Extra fuses
  • Tool box
  • Road flares
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Bungie cords
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Scissors
  • Shovel
  • RV gutter spouts (with extensions)
  • Roof repair tape
  • Gloves
  • WD-40
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Extension cords
  • Solar batteries
  • Battery charger
  • Lithium jump starter
  • WiFi signal booster
  • GPS system
  • Weather radio

First-Aid Supplies

Boxes of Band-Aids. Photo by Instagram user @fsastore
Photo via @fsastore

An adventure is guaranteed to have a few bumps along the way. Be prepared for almost everything with a full first-aid and pharmaceutical kit.

  • Antibiotic cream
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Pain reliever
  • Antacids
  • Chapstick
  • Tweezers
  • Cold and flu medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Any prescription medications you need

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies. Photo by Instagram user @dellathegrayseal
Photo via @dellathegrayseal

Keep common areas, the kitchen, and the bathroom clean with these cleaning tools.

  • Wet wipes
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • Mop with bucket
  • Floor cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Rubber gloves
  • Napkins
  • Handheld rechargeable vacuum
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Sponges
  • Trash can
  • Trash bags

Kitchen Essentials

Small RV kitchen with dish organizer. Photo by Instagram user @girl_camper
Photo via @girl_camper

Save money on the road by keeping a few small kitchen appliances and utensils on hand!

  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee grinder
  • Electric skillet
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Pots and pans
  • Crockpot or pressure cooker
  • Cups and mugs
  • Water-filter pitcher
  • Plates and bowls
  • Dishholder
  • Silverware
  • Cutting board
  • Can opener
  • Pot holders
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener
  • Mixing bowls
  • Colander
  • Measuring cups
  • Food storage containers
  • Plastic bags
  • Cooler

Food & Beverages

Eggs and bacon breakfast. Photo by Instagram user @lizzyeeeats
Photo via @lizzyeeeats

Ditch gas station snacks and expensive restaurant meals with these RV cooking staples.

  • Eggs
  • Bread and buns
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam or jelly
  • Bananas and apples
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Granola bars
  • Canned tuna
  • Bacon and sausage
  • Steaks
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Microwave or stovetop popcorn
  • Pancake mix
  • Orange juice
  • Soda
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee beans or grounds
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices
  • Vegetable oil
  • Condiments
  • Butter
  • Syrup
  • Ice

Grilling Essentials

Portable Camp Chef grill. Photo by Instagram user @gethushin
Photo via @gethushin

Enjoy steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and other grilled foods on your road trip without having to go to a restaurant.

  • Portable grill
  • Grill brush
  • Tongs
  • Propane or lighter fluid
  • Charcoal
  • Matches
  • Basting brush
  • Metal spatula
  • Meat thermometer
  • Aluminum foil

Bedroom Essentials

Bed inside RV. Photo by Instagram user @threebeancircus
Photo via @threebeancircus

Who needs a hotel? Get a great night’s sleep in your RV with these cozy bedroom staples.

  • Pillows
  • Bedding
  • An inflatable or extra mattress
  • Throw blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleep aids (e.g., eye mask, earplugs, essential oils, fan, etc.)

Bathroom Essentials

Small RV bathroom with supplies. Photo by Instagram user @daretolivechannel
Photo via @daretolivechannel

There’s no need for bathing in the river when you have an RV bathroom! Just try to keep toiletries to travel size bottles to save space.

  • Hand soap
  • Bar soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Air freshener
  • Lotion
  • Small trash can
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Comb or brush
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper (made for RVs)
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower flip flops
  • Toiletry kit (e.g., deodorant, nail clippers, lip balm, tweezers, razor, etc.)
  • Blow dryer

Outdoor Recreation Essentials

Couple in hammock on beach with dogs. Photo by Instagram user @follow_your_detour
Photo via @follow_your_detour

Whether you plan to hike, bike, and swim or simply sit outside under the stars, add these outdoor recreation items to your RV packing list.

  • Tent
  • Waterproof boots
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tennis shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Wool socks
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Baseball cap
  • Backpack
  • Bike racks
  • Pocket knife
  • Binoculars
  • Lanterns
  • Umbrella and ponchos
  • Swimsuits
  • Beach towels
  • Biking equipment
  • Lawn chairs
  • Folding table and chairs
  • Portable fire pit
  • Picnic basket
  • Hammock

Entertainment Essentials

Scrabble board. Photo by Instagram user @_mysticwoman_
Photo via @_mysticwoman_

No road trip packing list is complete without entertainment! These essentials will ensure hours of fun no matter how long the delay.

  • A deck of cards
  • Cornhole, horseshoes, badminton, other outdoor games
  • Sporting equipment
  • Board games
  • Crosswords
  • Puzzles
  • Books and magazines
  • Journal and extra pens
  • Portable TV and DVD player
  • Tablet pre-loaded with shows and movies

There you have it! With this RV essentials list, you’ll be packed and prepared for your road trip!

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