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Stocking Your New RV

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So, you have a new RV, and you want to use it as soon as possible. But, what items do you actually need in an RV, and which items can you skip? How do you know you’re properly stocking your new RV?  Here’s everything you need to know about stocking your new RV.

Living Items For Your RV

The first thing you should focus on is making sure your RV is ready to host! That means filling it with essential living items that you would expect to have in any home. These are the areas you should consider:


  • Shampoo
  • Soap/body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer (portable, for outdoor use)
  • Hand soap
  • Towels


  • Pillows (with extra pillowcases)
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Laundry basket
  • A flashlight (for navigating through the RV at night)


  • Plates/bowls
  • Pots/pans
  • Cutlery
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring cups
  • Mugs
  • Coffee supplies (coffee, coffee maker, filters, etc.)
  • Cleaning equipment (sponge, dish brush, etc.)
  • Grilling equipment

When packing your RV, imagine that you’re building a miniature home-away-from-home. Go through your day-to-day activities and ask yourself what supplies you’ll need!

Camping And Other Equipment For Your RV

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There are also items that you need to keep your RV running smoothly, as well as some fun equipment to bring for a camping trip under the stars:

RV Equipment

  • Potable water hose
  • Sewer hose
  • Regulator for water pressure
  • Electricity converters
  • Surge protectors
  • Chocks and leveling boards
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Kit for replacing fuses
  • Toolbox full of basic tools (hammers, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • Appropriate on-RV replacements (light bulbs, screws, etc.)
  • Gloves

Camping Equipment

  • Sleeping bags
  • Outdoor lighting (Lanterns, flashlights, etc.)
  • Camp chairs
  • Fire starters
  • Grill or portable grill
  • Table linens (if eating on picnic tables outside)
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils

Final Tips For Stocking Your RV

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Even with this handy checklist, you may find that your individual tastes require bringing along different items. To make sure you pack everything you need, you may consider:

  • Keeping a notebook handy on your first time out. You’re not likely going to get everything right the first time, and that’s ok! What’s important is that you use this opportunity to note what you forgot or what you’ll need more of. Don’t expect that you’ll remember it; instead, jot down the notes as soon as you realize that something is missing.
  • Over-packing for your first night. Over-packing is fine, because it’s a simple matter of removing what you don’t need the next time you spend time in your RV. As long as you have enough space, over-packing shows you exactly what you should bring and what you shouldn’t.

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