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It’s a great moment when you graduate from tent camping to your first pop-up, trailer, 5th wheel, or motorhome. You can now experience a whole new space and experience of comfort and ease. It also means that you can bring along things that you perhaps wouldn’t have thought to bring along. We have a checklist that we use that can help you with your packing. Everyone camps differently and “want”s and “need”s are up to the individual, group, or family, but this was a great list that I found helps us keep the essentials (for us). Tape it to the inside of one of the storage areas so you can reference it. And never be left stranded.

RV/Trailer Essentials:

  • Surge protector
  • Electrical adapters
  • Toilet chemicals
  • Sewer kit
  • RV-friendly toilet paper
  • Water pressure regulator
  • Drinking water hose
  • Levelling blocks or wood scraps for levelling
  • Tire pressure gauge (probably already in your tow vehicle)
  • Extension chords
  • Wheel chocks
  • Shovel
  • Electrical and duct tape
  • Flashlight
  • Battery jumper cables (probably already in your tow vehicle)
  • Emergency road kit (probably already in your tow vehicle)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Large zip close bag for documents, including license, registration, reservations, etc.

Kitchen and cooking supplies:

  • Water bottles for hiking and packing in and out.
  • Cutting board(s)
  • Utensils/cutting knives
  • Can opener
  • Tongs and skewers
  • Dish soap (Use Environmentally friendly)
  • Camping griddle and pie iron
  • Bowls, plates and cups
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Zip close bags 
  • Potholders
  • Dish towels
  • Napkins
  • Can opener
  • Skillets
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Matches and lighter
  • Food storage containers (like ziplocks)
  • Cooler (For beach, picnics)

Food staples:

  • Batter mixes
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Butter or margarine
  • Cereal
  • Condiments, including mayo, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles
  • Grill meats, like hot dogs, burgers, brats, etc.
  • Drink mix packets (koolAid, Ice Tea)
  • Eggs
  • S’more ingredients
  • Freeze dried meals
  • Salt, pepper, herbs and spices
  • Bread
  • Baking items, including flour, cornmeal, sugar, etc.
  • Canned foods
  • Peanut butter and jelly 
  • Snacks, including crackers, chips, pretzels, etc.
  • Cooking spray or oil
  • Soups

Clothing and bedroom items: 

  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Shoes, including sneakers, hiking boots, sandals, etc.
  • Bathing suit
  • Sweatshirts and jackets
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Pants and shorts
  • Short and long sleeve t-shirts
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Sewing kit
  • Towels
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Pillows

Personal items and toiletries:

  • Phone chargers
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Reservation confirmations
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Batteries
  • Watch
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel map and campground directory
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Brush and comb
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Hair ties
  • Lotion
  • Makeup
  • Razor
  • Shaving gel
  • Nail clippers

Camping and outdoor fun gear: 

  • Camera
  • Wood
  • Camping chairs
  • Hammock
  • Frisbee
  • Fishing gear, including rods, tackle, license, etc.
  • Sports equipment, including football, basketball, baseball, mitt, etc.
  • Yard games, including corn hole, horseshoes, hula-hoops, etc.
  • Binoculars
  • Books and magazines
  • Playing cards
  • Puzzles
  • Radio
  • Headphones
  • Notepad or journal
  • Laptop
  • Saw or hatchet
  • Flotation devices
  • Guitar or musical instrument


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