When preparing for our 12 day RV road trip through the Southwest, I severely underestimated was how extensive the packing process would be. You’ll not only need to plan to pack clothing for varying climates (depending on your route/time of year), you’ll also need to plan for the fact that you’re basically going to be living out of your RV for weeks on end. There are a lot of things that are easy to overlook, such as a trash can, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc. Our RV came completely empty so we had to equip it from scratch. You may get lucky and your rental may come with a few kitchen staples.

But, if not, I created this easy to follow RV packing check list to make sure life on the road is as comfortable as possible. Print it out, make your own additions and check things off as you pack them!

Want more tips on how to survive your first RV road trip? Read my latest blog post.

free download: 12 day rv itinerary


  • Trash Can

  • Garbage Bags

  • Pots & Pans

  • Utensils

  • Dishes

  • Bowls

  • Silverware

  • Cups

  • Wine Glasses

  • Coffee Mugs

  • French Press

  • Paper Towels

  • Paper Towel Holder

  • Paper Plates & Disposable Silverware

  • Tupperware

  • Tea Kettle

  • Dish Towels

  • Cutting Boards & Knives

  • Spices

  • Condiments & Dressings

  • Butter/Cooking Oil

  • Water Jugs

  • Dish Sponge

  • Dish Soap

  • Dishwashing Gloves

  • Storage Bins For Pantry

  • Can Opener

  • Wine Corkscrew

  • Aluminum Foil


  • Flashlight / Flood Light

  • Broom & Dust Pan

  • Swiffer

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Decorations

  • Plants

  • Storage Bins

  • Candles

  • Room Spray

  • Scissors

  • Duct Tape

  • Batteries


  • Sheets

  • Comforter

  • Pillows

  • Mattress Pad


  • Face Towel

  • Shower Towel

  • Bath Mat

  • RV Toilet Paper

  • Toilet Chemicals


  • First Aid Kit

  • Books & Magazines

  • Playing Cards / Games

  • Journal

  • Blow Dryer / Hair Tools

  • Baby Wipes

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug Spray

  • Phone / Laptop Chargers

  • External Battery Packs

  • Printed Confirmations

  • Medications / Prescriptions

  • Vitamins / Supplements

  • Lotion

  • Beach Towels

  • Essential Oils

  • Hand Warmers

RV Essentials

  • Disposable Gloves for Sewer Drainage

  • Wheel Chocks

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Camping Chairs

  • Outdoor Rug

  • Hammock

  • Door Mat

  • Cooler & Ice

  • Firewood & Fire Starter

  • Insurance Paperwork

  • Rental Paperwork


  • Hiking Boots & Gear

  • Backpacks

  • Jacket

  • Swimsuits

  • RV Slippers

  • Hats

  • Hangers

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Wrinkle Release Spray


  • Bowls

  • Travel Bowl

  • Kibble & Food

  • Treats

  • Toys

  • Bed

  • Dog First Aid Kit

  • Dog Towels

  • Poop Bags

  • Leash

  • Collars

  • Medical / Vaccination Forms

16 tips for surviving your first RV road trip
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