Packing and preparing for an RV trip is part of the fun! But, let’s be honest—it can feel a little overwhelming when you’re just getting started. Do you really need to pack three cutting boards, or is one enough? What about outdoor gear for hiking? That could definitely come in handy. Whether you’re a chronic over-packer or a strict minimalist, this quick guide can help you make sure you’re packing exactly what you need for your next RV adventure.

The easiest way to stay organized while packing is to divide your packing list into categories. If you’re into lists, this post is definitely for you!

Kitchen Essentials

Unless you’re planning on stopping for fast food or dining out every night, plan to cook at least a few meals in your RV. Here’s what you might need:

  • Cooking utensils
  • Mixing bowls
  • Pots and pans
  • Measuring cups
  • Knives and a cutting board
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and storage containers
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Towels and pot holders
  • Trash bags
  • Napkins or paper towels

Finally, there’s the matter of food to think about. If you prefer to stock up before you head out, create another list of meals and snacks you want to prepare to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Bed and Bath Essentials

Depending on how big a group you’re traveling in, you might only need one or two sets of bedding and towels, but make sure to pack enough for everyone!

  • Sheets and blankets
  • Pillows
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower caddy and shower shoes
  • Laundry detergent

Outdoor Essentials

  • Flashlights
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Clothes suitable for the climate
  • Sunscreen and insect spray
  • Folding chairs

Depending on the activities you have planned, you might also want to pack fishing gear, hiking boots, bikes, and other outdoor gear.