4 Steps For Packing For An RV Trip

It’s almost summer, and that means families everywhere are contemplating summer getaways and camping trips. Which requires some planning and prepping. There are many things you have to do to prepare for an RV trip, one of which is packing. Of course, you’ve got to figure out where to go on your trip first of all, which is why you might want to take some advice from somewhere like dangerousroads.org, but then you need to pack. The list of things to pack, is quite a lot, from food to clothes to games, supplies and camping gear like the proper bedding. Consider a puffy camping blankets instead of regular bedding or sleeping bags. And that’s just to name a few!

Packing can be needlessly stressful, especially if you have a lot of things going on in your life concurrently. Fortunately, the step-by-step process in this article will help you out. Here are the four steps you’ll need to follow to pack for your rv trip:

Step #1 – Food and Cooking

The very first things you should start packing into your RV are your food and cooking items. Make a list of everything food and cooking related that you will need. Spend a little bit of time on the list, so you won’t have to go back and revise it too many times during the packing process.

First gather plates, pans, pots, skillets, kitchen knives, measuring cups, spatulas, napkins, and cooking utensils. Then, begin storing them away in the kitchen cupboards. Keep them in their own separate spot so they’ll be easy to grab when you’re packing.

Next up should be the food items that do not need to be refrigerated, such as coffee, tea, chips, salt and pepper, seasoning, bread, and so on. If you can fit your utensils and non-perishables in the same cupboard space, that will make the process even easier.

Then, your refrigerated and frozen foods can be stored in the refrigerator and freezer of the RV. The best time to do this will either be on the morning of, or on the night before you’re due to leave. Try to group them all together in your home’s fridge if you can, so it’s a breeze to place them in the RV.

Step #2 – Clothes and Personal Items

Next up for packing should be clothes. It’s easy to over-pack for an RV trip so, as with the food, it’s best to have a list. As a golden rule, have each person in your family bring the following:

* 2 Pairs of Pants

* 2 Pairs of Shorts

* 1 Pair of Swimming Shorts

* 1 Jacket

* 3 Short Sleeved Shirts

* 1 Long Sleeved Shirt

* 4 Pairs of Underwear

* 4 Pairs of Socks

* 1 Pair of Sandals

* 1 Pair of Hiking Shoes

Have each person be responsible for bringing the personal items they want to have with them as well. A good rule to follow here will be to give each person either a garbage bag or a backpack and tell them that they can bring whatever they want so long as it fits in the bag or pack. That way you’re not over-packing, and no one feels like they’re missing their essentials.

Step #3 – Personal Hygiene Items

Personal hygiene is often the category of items that people neglect or overlook when preparing for RV trips. You’ll want to reserve at least one closet or storage space in the RV for personal hygiene items and towels. If you pack travel-sized items and are willing to share toothpaste, you should have plenty of room.

Step #4 – Outdoor Gear

Next, we get to your camping gear & outdoor gear. In other words, your for fun items. Only part of your time is going to be spent driving, right? The other time is going to be spent having fun outside.

To this end, you’ll most likely need things like fishing equipment, life jackets, camping chairs, outdoor games, bicycles, hammocks with tree straps or whatever else you think you’ll need. This is your trip, so plan and pack accordingly. Make sure everyone has their say in which outdoor items you bring since everyone doesn’t always enjoy the exact same activities.

Packing For Your RV Trip

Packing for an RV road trip really isn’t as complicated or stressful as it sounds and can be easily accomplished by breaking things down into a series of smaller, manageable steps. Making lists and storing items in the same place throughout the house can also cut down on stress and time constraints. By simply taking a bit more time to plan ahead, packing for your next RV trip should be a breeze!

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12 thoughts on “4 Steps For Packing For An RV Trip

  1. I’m married to the thriftiest man on the planet. He’s so thrifty that he does 99% of the shopping while we are on the road traveling. He does so because we are, unfortunately, not made of money, and he is a much more astute shopper. He goes in valuing the ever-loving buck; I go in valuing the ever-loving minute. He’s about saving money, while I’m about saving time. But, all this to say that back in the day before the RV, when we would take camping trips, we would stock up on firewood and bring our own.

  2. We haven’t done this in a long time because our travel plans have been sidetracked due to illness. Hopefully we can get to do RV trips again this summer. Thanks for the packing tips. I will bookmark this page for reference if and when we do set off for a memorable vacation.

  3. Creating a list before a trip really helps prevent overpacking and ensures you don’t forget anything. Even if you are on the road and can pick something up you’ve forgotten, it’s always better to be prepared to begin with.

  4. I will remember all of these because one day, I am hoping to have an RV and have fun with the kids. Knowing my kids, we’d have no room at all because they’d be packing everything. Good list to follow thank you

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