RVing for first-timers can be a little over-whelming when it comes to deciding what to pack. For many of you, you’ll be seeing the RV for the first time on the day of pick-up and orientation. If you don’t want to spend time making stops to pick up forgotten things along the way, this article will help you prepare.
It’s called camping for a reason, but if you don’t have basic necessities to eat, sleep and stay relatively comfortable, not everyone will have a good time on your first RVing adventure. We’re not saying bring the house and every comfort along, because there are weight and storage limitations with RVs and trailers, but there is no need to completely rough it either. Many of the owners who list their RVs for rent through Easy RV are happy to provide floor plans that show storage options for their units.
First, contact the owner or management company to find out exactly what is included with the RV rental. Be specific. Bed linens? Towels? pillows? Extra blankets? Plates, bowls, cups and silverware? Coffee Pot? Condiments? TV and DVD? Trash bags? Paper towels? Toilet Paper? You get the idea. Getting a printed list of the inventory of what is included, or recommendations for what you need to bring along, is a great place to start.
We’re confident this list compiled by experienced and full-time RVers will get you off to a positive start.
Sheets & blankets for every person (ask for bed dimensions)
One bath towel & one wash cloth per person (2 each for long trips)
One pillow per person
Paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, paper bowls)
Cups and wine glasses
Colander or strainer and toaster
Trash bags (for trash & dirty clothes)
One kitchen hand towel & one bathroom hand towel
Two pots, two skillets, two large bowls
Utensils (spatula, large spoons, knives, tongs, can opener, beer/wine opener)
Coffee pot, filters, coffee & coffee cups
Pot holder, rags, sponge
Aluminum foil and baggies for storage
Condiments (salt, pepper, spices)
Misc. supplies (scissors, tape, light rope or string, safety pins, paperclips)
Rain coats or ponchos (one per person)
Matches, lighter & charcoal
Chairs (one per person)
Portable lights (a lantern & flashlights for each person)
Sunscreen & hats (for each person)
First aid kit (one large & one small for day hikes)
Water bottles & backpack (for hiking)
Swim/beach towels (water socks if you have them)
Games & toys (for inside & outside)
Binoculars & cameras
Toiletries & personal care items (body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, lip balm, hair product, tweezers, razor, brush, comb, blow dryer, anti-inflammatory, antacid, allergy medicine, any prescriptions, shower flip-flops).
RVing can put you in unpredictable situations, so having a good base of supplies will save you wasted time running around looking for those forgotten items and more important, you’ll save LOTS of cash that you would end up spending in all those high dollar vacation spots. So pack up, hit the road and don’t forget to come back to this blog and share your RVing adventure under the comment section!