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RV Roadtrip Checklist – What to Pack for Your RV Trip

While we were preparing to leave on our summer roadtrip, we weren’t sure all the things we might need to take with us on the road. Now, having spent a month on the road in our RV, I have created this RV roadtrip checklist with all the basic essential you will need along with you as you travel. Some of these items we forgot and ended up having to purchase while on the road.

RV RoadTrip Packing List

What to Pack for Your RV Roadtrip


  • Small broom and dustpan
  • Paper and pens
  • Water bottles
  • Screwdriver and wrench
  • Drill with sockets in you have manual stabilizing legs
  • Air pressure gauge for your tire
  • Batteries
  • Scissors
  • Tape and/or glue

Kitchen Goods

  • Trash bags
  • Gallon and sandwich sized zipper bags
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Plates, cups and bowls
  • Forks, butter knives, spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen knife for chopping
  • Hand towel and Wash clothes
  • Pot holders
  • Spatulas and mixing spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups / spoons
  • Can opener
  • Pizza cutter
  • Pot
  • Skillet
  • Trash can
  • Dish brush
  • Dish soap
  • Disinfecting wipes


  • Sheets
  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Hangers (if you can hang clothes)
  • Laundry hamper
  • Touch light


  • Small garbage can
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries including: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • Makeup and/or beauty items
  • Hair brush
  • Air freshener
  • Hand soap
  • Towels
  • RV toilet solution (blue liquid)

For Outdoors

  • Buy spray
  • Lantern and/or flashlight
  • Matches or lighter
  • Firewood
  • Small outdoor rug
  • Folding table
  • Small barbecue (and propane if needed)
  • Camping chairs
  • Extension cord
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunshade or umbrella


  • Games
  • Books
  • Workbooks
  • Portable DVD player
  • Puzzle
  • Outside game like horseshoes, croquet, or badminton
  • Ball
  • Couple small cars
  • Coloring book and crayons
  • Kids travel map
  • Scavenger hunt car game

Printable RV Roadtrip Checklist

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No compensation received for this post. The roadtrip checklist above is based on my own experience and opinions.

Priscilla Benavides

Sunday 28th of July 2013

We currently don't own an RV but I have been having serious thoughts about buying one or at least saving up to buy one soon! This list is very handy and will sure print it out for future reference!

Denise Taylor-Dennis

Saturday 27th of July 2013

I Pinned this for future reference this will be helpful for camping as well as RVing.


Saturday 27th of July 2013

We bought an RV last fall so this is our first summer camping. So far the longest trip we have taken was 3 nights which was at a NASCAR race. Your list is great, I'm printing it for future use. I think I have most of the things on your list already. I was missing the games/activity items which was ok because there was plenty to do at the races but there was some down time where something else to do would be nice.


Friday 26th of July 2013

Love this list. I am bookmarking it for the future. I would love to spend a month (or even a week) in an RV

Jennifer Medeiros

Friday 26th of July 2013

Taking an RV trip is definitely on my to-do list. There are quite a few things on the checklist that I hadn't thought about, thanks!

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