How to Pack for an RV Camping Trip


When preparing to take an RV camping trip, you will want to ensure that you have properly packed everything you need ahead of time. This will ensure that your time is spent enjoying your trip and not shopping or searching for items you need. Read on to learn how to pack for an RV camping trip.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes
  • Flatware
  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Lawn chairs
  • Tarp or awning
  • Insect repellent
  • Atlas or GPS
  • Cell phone
  • Clothing
  • Extra tires for RV
  • RV manual
  • Plug adapters
  • Games

Pack your clothing in an easy to access place. If your RV or camper has clothing storage spaces, utilize those rather than bringing a suitcase. Suitcases will only take up extra space that you could use for other things.

Secure pots and pans in proper cabinets. To ensure they don't rattle around during your trip, you might consider placing them in a large plastic bag, tied tightly.

Pack your dishes securely. You should consider plastic dishes rather than glass ones so that they don't break. You can also wrap these with large plastic bags so that they don't rattle around during your trip.

Secure the awning or tarp close to the door of the RV. That way, when you set up camp, you don't have to search for it.

Secure your lawn chairs in the camper. Bungee cords work well to secure the chairs. You can bungee cord them just just about anything in the RV, as long as they won't slide around.

Ensure that if you bring any appliances from home, such as a microwave or toaster, that they are properly secured so that they don't slide or around or won't become projectiles in the event of an accident.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store dry food in Ziploc bags as it takes up less space and is easier to access.
  • Place toiletries into small travel size containers and store larger refill containers out of the way.
  • Bring along games to ward off boredom in the evenings.
  • The rule in RV packing is that if it can move, it should be secured.

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