If you have an RV, whether you have a motorhome or a towable, and have selected your first destination, you’re ready to pack it up and have some fun. The biggest challenge most new campers have is deciding what to take without overloading your RV with unnecessary items. Follow these tips to save space, time, and stress.
Outfit Your RV With The Basics
The easiest thing to do is keep some basics in the RV during the camping season to make things simpler when you’re ready for a trip. Of course, you’ll need to be sure to wash everything thoroughly before storing the RV between trips.
Start with the basics for your RV regardless of where you’re traveling. These include:
- Bedding: sleeping bags or sheets & blankets, pillows.
- Cooking essentials: basic pots & pans, can opener, colander.
- Other kitchenware: plates, bowls, cutlery, cups, trash bags, dish soap, sponges, dish towels, napkins or paper towels, a lighter for the grill/campfire/propane oven.
- Bathroom: toilet paper, toiletries, towels.
- Health supplies: first aid kit, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug spray, and any other personal medications needed.
- Power source: a generator fuel and propane.
Make a List and Check it Twice
For the remainder of your packing, the best thing you can do is make a list based on the following categories: meals, clothing, and fun.
Consider your destination to determine what the campground accommodations will provide and what you’ll need to bring. Write a list of the items you need for that trip. Over time, you’ll find this process easier and will know exactly what you need for your family RV adventures. In the meantime, feel free to check out this checklist.
Plan Your Meals to Save Money and Space
Pantry and refrigerated space are often limited in an RV. Follow these tips for easy meal planning for your next camping trip. When it comes to cooking meals while camping, the simpler, the better. Once you’ve created your daily menus, you can make a list of the ingredients and groceries you’ll need. This not only saves space but saves money as well by reducing waste.
Stick With Simple Clothing Options
Consider where you’re going and what activities you plan to enjoy. Nothing ruins a good trip to the lake than forgetting the swimsuits. For spring and summer trips, pack one lightweight jacket per person and supplement with clothing that can be layered in case of cooler weather in the evening.
Choose comfortable items that can be mixed and matched. For longer trips, don’t forget that many campgrounds have laundry facilities. This will allow you to reduce the amount of clothing you need to pack. If you’re going to take advantage of this option be sure to bring a laundry bag and detergent.
Don’t Forget Your Outdoor Toys and Gear
One of the advantages of traveling by RV is that you can bring some of your toys with you. Don’t forget to bring along your own bikes (and locks), kayaks, and games.
You’ll also likely want to bring a few camp chairs, flashlights, and maybe even a portable fire pit. Before you go overboard and try to bring along everything you own, consider how long you’ll be gone and how much available time you’ll have to use the items.
Organize by Usage
No one wants to arrive at the campground and have to immediately unpack everything. If you organize your camping items into groups, such as kitchen supplies, bathroom items, and outdoor items, it will be simpler to find things as you need them.
When you’re loading the RV, store the items close to where you’ll use them. For example, take a few extra minutes in advance to place the toiletries in the camper’s bathroom. Store items you’ll use outdoors—such as campfire roasting sticks, extension cords, and lanterns—in a plastic bin in your basement storage or tow vehicle.
When done correctly, packing for a camping trip doesn’t need to be stressful. Like anything else, a little planning ahead of time will pay off once you reach the campground.
How do you prepare for your camping trip? Leave a comment below!