Congratulations on the purchase of your new RV. Before setting out on your first RV road trip, get ready with the Best First Time RV Checklist. In this list, we will cover some of the essentials you will need for a successful RV trip. This will include things like clothing, bedding, food, and the hookups needed for success.
Bedding & Clothes
You have planned your first RV trip. What bedding and clothing should you take?
First, let’s look at your bedding. A good quality sleeping bag is usually a good place to state. No matter where you are going it may get cool at night, even when traveling in the summer. It has also been known to snow in the south during the winter months.
RVs are usually insulated pretty well and some type on a heater. These heaters will run off your propane or electricity. If you have to run the heat on resort electricity and are paying for electricity, keep this in mind. Also, if your heater runs off your propane, in some case so does your stove and refrigerator. Adding a quality sleeping bag will reduce the run time on your heating system.
Other options for bedding are as simple as using a blanket and sheet of the beds. This very well could be the best option for comfort. I always like to bring an extra blanket or 2 just in case we have one of those chilly nights. And don’t forget your pillows.
When getting your clothing together there are a few things to keep in mind other than where you are traveling to. For travel, days bring something comfortable. You will be traveling for a period of time, it’s always best to be comfortable. Remember your not heading to a fashion show.
Watch upcoming weather for the location you are traveling to. Make the determination while packing what clothes you will need. A good rule of thumb is to have enough clothes for 5 sets of everything for every 3 days of the trip. This means for a 6-day trip, bring 10 shirts, 10 pants or shorts, and 10 pairs of undergarments. Socks is a little different, especially if you plan on hiking. I prefer to bring 2 pairs for every day.
Shirts should be a good mix of short and long sleeve depending on your location. Shorts or pants are dependent on your location. I am one of those crazy folks that wear shorts until the temperature hit 32 degrees. So I usually have a 4 to 1 ratio of short to pants. But remember where you are going and that you will have a few nights sitting by the campfire.
Along with the regular clothing, a hooded sweatshirt, rain gear and at least 2 pairs of footwear. As far as footwear, if you are planning hiking on trails. Make sure the footwear you bring is comfortable and broken in. It is not a wise idea to try and break in a new pair of hiking boot while on a trip. IT is the fastest way to ruin a trip.
Depending on where you are staying. Some RV resorts have laundry facilities on site. Don’t forget to bring some laundry detergent with you. You will find a limited selection at most resorts and the cost may be slighting higher than at your local stores.
Food & Snacks
Everyone has there different tastes in food. Think of planning your first days’ meal and bring those along with food and snacks for the trip. You will be able to find a local shopping center once you get settled in your location. Simply ask the resort when you check in. They usually have a better idea of local suppliers.
I only suggest the first 24 hours of food just so you can get settled after a long journey. Who feels like shopping after a long drive? Not me!
When it comes to snacks a good plan is to stock your cabinets with a few small treats for the drive. Depending on how long of a trip you have ahead of you. It is a good plan to stick with the snacks you can eat on the road. It is also a good idea to make simple things like sandwiches you can keep in the refrigerator during the trip.
One snack that is always a campfire favorite is smores. This marshmallow, chocolate, and gramcracker treats have been a campfire treat for decades. Resorts know this a take advantage of this by having the ingredients handy but at an increased cost. That is why I recommend you bring some with you.
The most important things of the first time RV checklist are your hookups. Having your water and electrical hookups are not complete without your sewer hose. Depending on what type of site you have awaiting you. All your hookups should normally be on the RV. It is never a bad idea to go through all you hookup to make sure they are in good working order.
I highly recommend to also test each hookup for proper function. If you note any hookup not functioning as it should replace it before traveling. I also recommend testing all the hookups as if you were on your trip. If possible do this at least a week or two before you head out. This gives you time to order any hookup or parts that may need attention. It also gives you a little practice as the first time RVer to run through your equipment.
The Best First Time RV Checklist finishes with some needed accessories that will hopefully save your trip.
Once you have settled into your campsite and recharged your batteries. Make sure you have some extra batteries for the flashlights and weather radio. These two essential things will help you at night and in case of severe weather in your area. Some resorts will announce if there is a chance of severe weather in your area. Being one step ahead will save you from running to batten down the hatches if needed.
Other accessories depend on where you are going and what you will be doing. Some important accessories include some type of rope to dry clothes. For the night adventures and occasional during the day you will need insect repellent. For those evening meals, you need something to cook in like pots, pans, and utensils. For eating it is recommended to some disposable utensils, plates, and cups. These are optional if you would rather bring household plates and such. One thing to keep in mind with these is the added weight.
While traveling we want to bring a much as we can while keeping the weight done.
First TIme RV Checklist
The following list is an Example and can be modified for your needs.
Bedding / Clothing
- Sleeping Bag
- Bathing Suit
Food & Snack
- Drinking Water
- Granola Bars
- Deli Meat
- Pancake Mix
- Orange Juice
- Chocolate Bar
- Sewer Hose
- Fresh Water Hose
- Grey Water Hose
- Utility Hose
- Electrical Cord
- Surge Protector
- Leveling Blocks
- Wheel Chock
- Electrical Adapters
- Water Pressure Regulator
- Water Filter
- 90 degree Water Coupling
- Weather Radio
- Spare Batteries
- Insect Repellent
- Table Cloth
- Cooking Utensils
- Pots and Pans
- Paper Plates
- Paper Bowls
- Plastic-Eating Utensils
- Laundry Detergent
- Sanitary Wipes
- Toilet Paper
- Cleaning Supplies
The Best First Time RV Checklist depend on a number of factor including your location, time of year, weather, and how much room you have. Starting out on the right foot will make your trip a success. I gave you a list of the thing I recommend. I’m sure there is a few things you would add and things you may not want to bring.
This checklist will hopefully get you started. If you have any questions or would like to add a comment.
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