RV Packing List

The Universal RV Packing list includes camping essentials, food lists and suggestions on how to pack a whole life into the confines of your RV.

Camp in Comfort Wherever You Are

I think we can all agree that packing and unpacking the RV and stressing about whether we're forgetting something important is one of the least fun parts of RVing.

    We can help with that.               

Whether you're heading out for the weekend or the rest of your life, we have the lists that'll turn your RV into a self sufficient traveling caravan loaded with home comforts.

Here's a Universal RV Packing list that includes camping essentials checklists, food lists, personal gear and first aid needs.

RV Packing List - Cleaning and Sanitation

  • Large and small garbage bags
  • Dish cloth, towels, scrub pad
  • Plastic washing bin
  • Towels, face cloths
  • Laundry soap
  • Rags, shop towels
  • Soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap, pre soak.
  • Cleaning solution (we use vinegar a lot)
  • Hand sanitizer, hand wipes
  • Tissues, bathroom tissue
  • Short handled broom and dustpan
  • Short handled mop/bucket

sketch of car and trailer

RV Packing List - Cooking and Campfires

  • Axe
  • Portable Propane Gas Grill , camp stove, grill for campfire cooking
  • Fuel for BBQ, stove, charcoal
  • Cooking utensils (flippers, grabbers, stirrers etc.)
  • Pot, pan, griddle
  • Coffee pot, teapot
  • Firewood
  • Firestarter, fat sticks
  • Long handled lighter, matches
  • Newspaper or other non-glossy paper (or Fatwood )
  • Weiner sticks, popcorn popper
  • Other campfire cooking tools
  • Skewers
  • Flame resistant gloves (We LOVE the Ove' Glove )
  • Oven mitts, pot holders
  • Table cloth, weights or clamps
  • Plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, go cups
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Knife, knife sharpener (or self sharpening)
  • Toothpicks
  • Mixing bowl
  • Bottle/can opener, corkscrew
  • Ice Chest , Ice
  • Timer
  • Plastic containers, zip lock bags
  • Foil, plastic wrap, wax paper
  • Napkins, paper towels
  • Can and bottle cozies
  • Wine glasses (for us, stainless steel wine glasses are rv essentials)

Do you use the OVEN in your RV?
Once or twice

Here's what you said to the above question!

  • 61% - Yes
  • 23% - No
  • 16% - Once or Twice

RV Packing List - Food

  • Salt, pepper, sugar, spices
  • Mayo, mustard, ketchup
  • Butter/margarine
  • Salad dressing, dip
  • Flour, sugar
  • Baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch
  • Cooking/Salad oil
  • Peanut butter, jam, syrup
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa, cream
  • Pickles, olives, hot peppers
  • Bread, rolls, hotdog/hamb. buns
  • Eggs, cheese, milk
  • Sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese
  • Bacon bits, parmesan, croutons
  • Oatmeal, cream of wheat, corn meal, etc.
  • Cold cereal
  • Pancake mix
  • Marshmallows, popcorn, campfire food
  • Tortillas
  • Tuna, ham flakes
  • Kraft dinner, noodle/rice side dishes
  • Limes, lemons
  • Corn on the cob
  • Potatoes, yams, carrots
  • Pasta, spaghetti, instant noodles
  • Hot dogs, hamburgers
  • Watermelon, grapes, oranges, etc.
  • Lettuce, cucumber, green onion, celery
  • Purple cabbage, radishes
  • Onion, garlic
  • Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
  • Mushrooms (canned or fresh)
  • Tomatoes, peppers, avocados
  • Chicken, pork, beef, fish
  • Bacon, sausage, ham
  • Canned beans, soups, spaghetti sauces
  • Fruit cups, pudding cups
  • Taco kit
  • Marshmallows, grahams, chocolate
  • Peanuts, nuts, chips, etc.
  • Sliced meats
  • Granola bars, cookies
  • Juice, soft drinks
  • Beer, wine, coolers
  • Liquor, bailey's, mix, ice

Mix up a batch of marinated vegetables and some muffins to help with rv meals while you're getting set up.

The marinated vegetables are great raw or wrapped in foil
and roasted on the BBQ or campfire.

We always carry some just-in-case rations, usually a can or jar of spaghetti sauce and a package of pasta, as emergency meals.

If we are delayed for some reason or have unexpected guests it comes in very handy.

RV Living

  • Large piece of outdoor carpet
  • Lantern, fuel, mantles
  • Heater, fuel
  • Flashlights, headlamp
  • Smoking materials
  • Insect discouragers
  • Compact table
  • Folding chairs
  • Batteries
  • Scented candles
  • Water jugs
  • Camera, GPS, cell phone
  • Swiss army knife, multi tool
  • Warm clothing, wool socks
  • Lightweight binoculars
  • Rain gear, umbrella, gum boots
  • Duct tape, gorilla glue, WD40
  • Small sewing kit, safety pins
  • Solar outdoor lights
  • Solar panel
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Toilet paper, paper towel
  • Lightweight folding shovel
  • Road Trip Music - ipod, satellite radio, etc.
  • Musical instruments
  • Whistles
  • Travel clock
  • Clothesline/pins
  • Water, water filter
  • Bedding - pillows, sleeping bags, blankets.

RV Packing List - Games and Recreation

  • Life jackets
  • Swimsuits, fins, goggles, towels
  • Canoe/kayak, inflatable dinghy, paddles
  • Tubes, noodles, boogie boards, float toys
  • Bicycles, wagon
  • Dominoes, cards, dice, board games, etc.
  • Bocce Set , frisbee, horseshoes, croquet
  • Volleyball, badminton
  • Baseball/glove/bat, basketball, soccer ball, football
  • Kite, remote control toys
  • Compass , maps
  • Mirror
  • Foot pump for inflatables
  • Fishing gear, licence, bait
  • Golf clubs, tennis racquets
  • Hammock

RV Packing List - First Aid

  • Emergency phone numbers, poison control
  • Flashlight, extra batteries
  • Pen/pencil, paper
  • 1 First aid booklet
  • 1 Barrier device (breathing)
  • 4 Pair non-latex gloves (2 different sizes)
  • 2 Burn dressings
  • 5 Gauze pads 4X4 and 2X2
  • 2 Pressure dressings
  • 2 Eye patches
  • 1 Abdominal pad
  • 2 Roller gauze
  • 1 Adhesive tape
  • 1 Pair scissors
  • 1 Pair tweezers
  • 2 Triangular bandages
  • 10 Alcohol wipes
  • 2 Each hot and cold packs
  • 1 Space blanket
  • 10 Steri strips, butterfly bandages
  • Bandaids (various shapes and sizes)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • 1 pocket mask

RV Packing Lists - Medical

  • Prescription medication
  • Epi pens, Inhalers
  • Glasses, Reading glasses, contacts, sunglasses,
  • Eyeglass repair kit , extra eyeglasses
  • Hearing Aid cleaning kit
  • Reminder

    Don't forget Epi Pens and Inhalers!!!

    Always pack a little more medication than you expect you'll need in case of travel delays or loss of/damage to meds.

  • Earplugs, hearing aids
  • Toothpicks, brush, paste, floss
  • ASA (aspirin)
  • Antacid (tums)
  • Benadryl
  • Eye drops
  • Ear drops
  • Toothache drops
  • Aloe Vera, soothing lotions
  • Sunscreen, bugspray
  • Pain relief, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.
  • Vitamins, herbal preparations
  • Cold medication (day and night)
  • Immodium, metamucil
  • Water purification tablets
  • Antibiotic cream (polysporin, neosporin)
  • Hot Water Bottle

Going Shoreside Camping?

If your rv trip will include stays at beach areas check out our beach trip checklist too.

Browse through our RV checklist and add and subtract items to make our rv packing list your personal list.

For a checklist of personal items like clothing and toiletries, go to our Family Vacation Packing List

Documents, electronics and clever miscellaneous items are found here vacation packing checklists.

If there's something you think should be included on our rv checklist let us know.

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Check the fluids, tires, belts, glass and batteries - fill the water, fuel and propane tanks and... Have a Great Trip!

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