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Planning the Perfect Summer RV Trip: The Complete RV Packing List

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About 14.7 million Americans go camping in an RV each year. What do all of these people have in common? They will almost inevitably forget something while packing. It doesn’t have to happen to you, though- all you need is an RV packing list. Having a list will help you stay organized and remember all of the smaller items that make your vacation more relaxing and comfortable.

Let’s get started getting you prepped for your next great RV adventure!

Organize Your RV Packing List

Before you get started, divide your packing list up into three separate lists. This will help you stay organized as you gather your items.

Your first list will be everything you need for the galley or kitchen area. The second list will be everything you need for the bed and bath areas of your RV. The third and final list will be for your living and recreational supplies.

Galley Packing List

When it comes to creating your galley packing list, you need to think about what your family likes to eat, drink, and cook. Some of the important items to bring with you include:

  • Plates and bowls
  • Silverware
  • Eating utensils
  • Drink ware (cups, wine glasses, coffee mugs)
  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Wine bottle opener
  • Serving bowls
  • Storage containers
  • Soap and sponge
  • Small appliances

When you’re thinking about the appliances that you want to bring with you, look for ones that can serve more than one purpose. This way you get more use out of the items that you decide to bring with you.

Bed and Bath Packing List

As you pack your bed and bath supplies, try to focus on creature comforts. Remember, you will be living in a confined space, so you’ll want to be comfortable.

  • Pillows
  • Blankets and bedding
  • Towels (hand, bath, and beach)
  • Toiletries including soap and shampoo
  • First aid kit
  • Common over the counter medicines
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry supplies

Recreational Packing List

Keep in mind that you have limited space, so while you may want to bring all of your recreational toys, they may not all fit. Try to pick the ones you will get the most use out of and are the most versatile.

Let’s start with the essentials:

  • Maps
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Walkie talkies
  • Water bottles
  • Rain gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Chairs
  • Card and board games
  • Electronics
  • Charging cables
  • Water bottles and/or filters
  • Biking gear
  • Books (paper or audio)

If you enjoy a particular sport for your outdoor adventure, then be sure to pack the equipment you need.

Create Your Packing List

Once you have your RV packing list organized, you are ready to start packing! Don’t be afraid to keep adding to and revising your packing list. You will probably find out that you have forgotten some things while making your list.

Another great time to update your list is while you are out on your adventure. On your way home, scratch off the items that you didn’t use and add the things you missed. This way, you only bring the essentials.

Start planning your next RV adventure today.