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What to Pack in Your New RV - Packing 101

Now that you’ve got your sleek new RV, and your hardest decision is behind you, you are not ready to start your adventure just yet. You’ve got to pack your RV first! With the anticipation and wanderlust building up, figuring out which items to bring along can seem overwhelming. To help make your pre-trip preparations smooth and successful, we’ve got a list of what to pack in your new RV, so that you can avoid the stress and look forward to the fun that awaits you!

Packing Light, Packing Right

Only you can decide which items are must-haves and which items you can leave behind at home. The list we’ve provided isn’t exhaustive, but it does cover the packing basics. Keep in mind that excessive weight can be a factor, so find a balance between how much space and weight an item will use up, and how useful that item will be for the journey ahead. Overweighted vehicles are dangerous to tow, so don’t risk your safety just to pack that electric power mixer or your apocalypse-ready supply of canned goods. In time and with experience, you will modify and expand upon this list so that it fits with you and your family’s unique RVing needs.


  • Bed Sheets - Typically, RV beds do not match the exact sizes of residential queen, king, and full-sized beds, so if you want a snug-fitting bed cover you may need to purchase a set designed specifically for RV mattresses.

  • Pillows

  • Clothes

  • Shower shoes - Flip flops or slip-ons

  • Swim suits

  • Wool socks

  • Alarm clock


  • Frying pan

  • Cooking pot

  • Coffee maker/Tea pot - Bring coffee filters if needed

  • Can opener

  • Trash bags

  • Dishwashing liquid - You may also want to bring a plastic washing bin if you intend on preserving water or responsibly recycling your grey water.

  • Microwaveable dish

  • Tupperware/Food storage containers

  • Tumblers/Patio-style dinnerware - You will want to avoid glassware and breakables, as they can clink around during travel and shatter. Opt for lightweight, plastic dishes and cups.

  • Dish clothes/sponges

  • Oven mitts/Pot holders

  • Utensils/Silverware

  • Bottle opener/Corkscrew

  • Aluminum foil

  • Paper towel

  • Water bottles

  • Cutting board - If not included in your unit

  • Ice cube tray

  • Measuring cups

  • Recipes

Food Essentials:

  • Salt and pepper

  • Butter

  • Coffee (K-Cups), Tea, Cocoa

  • Eggs

  • S’more supplies - Marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers

  • Cooking oil

  • Baking soda

  • Condiments and spices


  • Toilet paper - Consider getting toilet paper designed to work with RV septic systems

  • Hand soap

  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Hair brush

  • Lotion

  • Cosmetics

  • Medications/Prescriptions

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Towels

  • Razor

  • Deodorant

  • Holding tank chemicals


  • Cooler

  • Citronella candles

  • Bug spray

  • Folding table

  • Lawn chairs

  • BBQ/Camp stove - Don’t forget to bring the charcoal or propane

  • Swiss Army knife/Multi-Tool

  • Hatchet/Hammer combo

  • Umbrella

  • Door mat/Large carpet mat


  • Blankets

  • Duct tape

  • Tool box

  • GPS

  • Beach towels

  • Laundry soap/Detergent

  • Short-handled broom/Dustpan

  • Long-handled lighter

  • Board games/Deck of cards

  • Hammock

  • Backpack

  • Flashlight and batteries

  • First-aid kit

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Kleenex

  • Pet supplies

  • Electrical adapters

  • Antiseptic wipes

  • Camera

Packing is one of the last and least fun steps to prepping for an RV adventure. Now that you know the basics of what you need to bring along, what are you waiting for? There is so much to see and explore, so put your new RV to good use and get out there!

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