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RV Necessities Checklist From RV by LIFE


You have big plans with your RV. You can’t wait to hit the
open road with no limitations, living off your RV amenities and not having to
rely on civilization for comfort. But there’s a price for that freedom: planning.
If you want your next RV trip to go without a hitch, stock up on the basic RV necessities
that will ensure maximum road time and comfort. With this quick RV necessities
checklist, we’ve made it easy to remember everything you need. Why not print it
and include in your glovebox?

Safety, Emergency and

There’s no bigger RV necessity than taking care of yourself
and the people with whom you travel. That means two things: safety and
toiletries. Even if you strip your RV down to the most basic of needs, both of
these categories are sure to remain on your list. When planning a trip, make
sure you tick these off your RV necessities checklist:

  • First Aid Kit and any relevant medications
  • Fire extinguisher/all relevant alarms
  • Oral hygiene kit (floss, toothpaste, travel
    brushes, etc.)
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Nail clippers
  • Insect repellant and sunscreen
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Multi-tool such as a Leatherman
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated lantern or camp light
  • Toilet paper

Food and Drink

After you’ve met those needs, you’ll want to tackle food and
drink. It’s not hard to pull over your RV and find a restaurant or a gas
station where you can stock up on supplies, but it doesn’t hurt to keep your RV
equipped, either. You never know when you’ll be in a situation where it’s miles
to the next stop.

  • Bottled water
  • Canned goods and dry food that can be stored for
    extended periods
  • Seasoning (salt, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • Cooking equipment, depending on which recipes
    you plan on cooking
  • Cooler

Sleeping and Comfort

Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Since
resting in an RV can sometimes be difficult for those who are used to a huge
bedroom, it helps to take some familiar items from home. After taking care of
your basic RV needs, you and your family should be able to rest comfortably:

  • Fresh sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets


Even if you meet all of your physical needs, there’s a good
chance that there will be long periods of downtime. Maybe your family needs to
wait while you dump your RV waste or simply needs to pass the time while you’re
on the road. No matter what causes the downtime, it
will happen. That’s why no RV necessities checklist is complete
without some premium entertainment items:

  • Laptop
  • Portable movie player
  • Books or e-reader (pre-loaded with reading
  • Your favorite board games

RV Cleaning and

rv cleaning supplies

If you’re going to maintain the freedom of an extended RV
trip, you also need to take care of your RV’s needs. Here are a few basic
necessities for keeping it in tip-top shape:

This RV supplies checklist might seem like a lot, but
remember that a trip in an RV isn’t just a way to move around. It’s also a way
to live. If you’re going to enjoy the trip, it means having all of the necessities
in place so you’re free to enjoy the journey.

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