Packing for any vacation can be tricky, but a vacation in the middle of nowhere is even harder. If you are traveling close to home and forget something you can run by a store and pick it up. When RVing it is likely you are miles from the closest store or gas station. Therefore, it is important that when you pack make sure you have everything you need and anything. Packing last minute can lead to forgetting something important. Make a list with your family and decide what are the essentials to pack. Here are a few items to add to your list to help make your trip the best it can be.
The first thing you should make sure to pack is a first aid kit. You never know what will happen, and while you’re out in nature it can be easy to get a small injury like a cut or burn. Another important essential are flashlights. Even if you have lights in your RV, a flashlight will come in handy around your campsite. You’ll also want to bring extra batteries and chargers in case anything runs out of battery. If you plan on doing any hiking make sure to pack maps, compasses, and a water filter. If you are going to be near a body of water don’t forget your fishing gear and an inflatable boat. Lastly, it is a smart idea to bring a toolbox and a pocket knife.
Before packing any other equipment or food the first thing you should check is your refrigerator. Make sure it is running and has proper air flow. When packing non-refrigerated items make sure you also have some non-perishables. This includes cereal, canned food, crackers, and nuts. Another tip is to pack food that cooks in an instant. Once you know which food you plan on packing and which meals you will be making it is time to pack the kitchen equipment you will need. One item that doesn’t always come to mind is trash bags. If you are going to be out in nature it is important that you are responsible and leave with whatever you brought, including trash. Other items to remember are oven mitts, water bottles, foil, dish soap, towels, and ice. And don’t forget to pack the essentials like pots, pans, bowls, cups, and utensils.
Now that you have all of your camping and kitchen equipment it’s time to pack the final items. Although you are in nature, that doesn’t mean you need to rough it. Feel free to bring your laptop, books, movies or games to keep you entertained during your downtime. Don’t forget to pack your toiletries like shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and any other items you use to clean up. If you take any type of prescription or you know you are prone to headaches bring medication.
When it comes time to pack make sure you are packing smart and safely. Make sure you are packing bottom heavy and evenly distributing your items throughout the RV. Check your manual to make sure you are not going over the maximum weight limit.