Tuesday, July 06, 2010

RV Packing List

I'm getting ready to hit the road on our cross country road trip.  Last week I cleaned out the RV removing all winter camping items, boating gear, extra blankets and other items not necessary for a summer drive through the South.  While I cleaned I consolidated and moved the needed items to make room for a month's work of clothing, food, games, toys and equipment for our family of six. I also sorted through all my lists: to-do's, packing, menus, travel plans and more.

This week I'm putting all the plans into action.  I've started with a general RV packing list.  Then I'll move onto non-perishable pantry items. The day before departure I'll load in all the clothing (though it will be set out and prepped two days before departure).  And the morning of departure all perishable food items will be loaded into the pre-chilled refrigerator/freezer.

Here's my general RV packing list:
Cleaning and Sanitation
* Large and small garbage bags
* Dish cloth, towels, scrub pad
* Plastic washing bin
* Towels, face cloths
* Laundry soap
* Dryer Sheets
* Rags, shop towels
* Soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry soap, pre soak.
* Cleaning solution (vinegar)
* Hand sanitizer, hand wipes
* Tissues
* One ply toilet paper (the RV can't handle 2ply)
* Broom and dustpan
Cooking and Campfires
* Axe
* Barbeque, camp stove, and/or grill for campfire cooking
* Fuel for BBQ, stove, charcoal
* Cooking utensils (flippers, grabbers, stirrers etc.)
* Pot, pan, griddle
* Tea kettle
* Firewood
* Firestarter, fat sticks
* Long handled lighter, matches
* Newspaper or other non-glossy paper
* Other campfire cooking tools
* Skewers
* Flame resistant gloves
* Oven mitts, pot holders
* Table cloth clamps
* Plates, bowls, glasses, mugs
* Knives, forks, spoons
* Knife, knife sharpener (or self sharpening)
* Toothpicks
* Mixing bowl
* Bottle/can opener
* Cooler Bag
* Timer
* Plastic containers, zip lock bags
* Foil, plastic wrap, wax paper
* Napkins, paper towels
Games and Recreation
* Swimsuits, goggles, towels
* Dominoes, cards, dice, board games, etc.
* Frisbee, horseshoes, croquet
* Baseball/glove/bat
* Kite, remote control toys
* Compass, maps
* Fishing gear, licence, bait
* Hammock
Other Useful Items
* Large piece of outdoor carpet
* Lantern, fuel, mantles
* Fans
* Flashlights, headlamp
* Insect discouragers
* Folding table and chairs
* Batteries
* Scented candles
* Water jugs
* Camera, GPS, cell phone
* Swiss army knife, multi tool
* Binoculars
* Umbrellas
* Duct tape, gorilla glue, WD40
* Small sewing kit, safety pins
* Fire extinguisher
* Small shovel
* Music - ipod,CD's,
* Musical instruments
* Travel clock
* Clothesline/pins
* Water filter
* Bedding - pillows, sleeping bags, blankets.
First Aid
* Emergency phone numbers
* Flashlight, extra batteries
* Pen/pencil, paper
* 1 First aid booklet
* 5 Pair non-latex gloves
* 2 Burn dressings
* 5 Gauze pads 4X4 and 2X2
* 2 Pressure dressings
* 2 Eye patches
* 1 Abdominal pad
* 2 Roller gauze
* 1 Adhesive tape
* 1 Pair scissors
* 1 Pair tweezers
* 5 Triangular bandages
* 10 Alcohol wipes
* 2 Each hot and cold packs
* 1 Space blanket
* 10 Steri strips, butterfly bandages
* Bandaids (various shapes and sizes)
* Antibacterial hand gel
* Vitamins
* Prescription medication
* Epi pens, Inhalers
* Glasses, Reading glasses, contacts, sunglasses,
* Eyeglass repair kit, extra eyeglasses
* Ear plugs
* Toothpicks, brush, paste, floss
* Aspirin
* Tums
* Benadryl
* Eye drops
* Ear drops
* Aloe Vera, soothing lotions
* Sunscreen
* Bugspray
* Pain relief, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.
* Cold medication (day and night)
* Immodium, metamucil
* Water purifying tablets
* Antibiotic cream (polysporin, neosporin)
* Hot pad


  1. Please add two sizes of ziplock baggies. I recommend the gallon and quart size ones. They are precious when you need them.

  2. Don't forget the chargers for the cell phones, cameras, etc. Have a great time!!


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