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If you’ve recently bought your first RV, you’re probably excited to take your first road trip. It’s difficult to know everything you’ll need for day-to-day living out of an RV if you’ve never done it before. From basic everyday items to safety gear for emergencies, the list of how to stock your RV before vacation is extensive. Here is a comprehensive checklist of items you’ll need in your RV and situations you may run into.

RV Tools and Safety Gear

You need your RV to function safely on a road trip, so there are some basic but important items to bring on the road. In case you encounter minor or major problems on your road trip, you’ll be glad to have these tools and gear.

  • Leveling blocks
  • Potable water hose
  • Sewer hose
  • Surge protector
  • Water pressure regulator
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Jumper cables
  • Fuse replacement kit
  • Bottled water

Gear for Outdoor Living

While you sleep inside the RV, much of your RV vacation will likely be spent outdoors. Bring these items to make your RV site feel more like home. Define the space with an outdoor rug and furniture so that you’ll have a comfortable place to spend time outside of the RV.

  • Lanterns
  • Outdoor rug
  • Camping chairs
  • Folding table
  • Portable grill
  • Firewood and kindling

Stock Your RV with Kitchen Supplies

One of the benefits of having an RV is that you can prepare your own meals instead of ordering from a restaurant. Bring these items to stock your kitchen.

  • Plates, bowls, and silverware
  • Cups and mugs
  • Nesting bowls
  • Saucepans and skillets
  • Cooking utensils (spatulas, tongs, ladles)
  • Cutting board and knives
  • Staples like cooking oil, salt, pepper, and coffee
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Coffee machine and filters
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Sponges
  • Dishcloths


You’ll need the same types of things for your RV bathroom that you need in your bathroom at home. Just keep in mind that an RV bathroom is a lot smaller.

  • Toiletry caddy
  • Towels and robes
  • Toilet brush
  • Plunger
  • Bathroom cleaner and brush
  • Floor mat

Stock Your RV with Bedding

Even though an RV mattress isn’t usually as comfortable as your bed at home, you can still make it cozy with the right bedding.

  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Blankets and quilts
  • Laundry hamper

The above list will get you started when packing for your first RV trip. Think about each family member’s needs when packing the RV and include items that will make each person’s vacation more safe and enjoyable.

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