Operating an RV: Packing & Shopping Checklist

If you’re new to RVing, you’re smart to wonder about how to drive and operate your RV properly.

It’s your home away from home, and should be treated as such. And Vogel Talks RVing has you covered with answers, tips, ideas, and more, so you can hit the road with confidence.

From inspecting and maintaining your first RV to knowing what to take with you on trips, having a plan helps everything run more smoothly and ensures you’re informed and in control every step of the way.

Camping at Alamo Lake State Park, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Alamo Lake State Park, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Below is a Packing and Shopping Checklist to get you started.

RVs are designed to give you plenty of storage so you can take everything you need with you. This list will help jumpstart your shopping and packing process before your trip.

Tools & Essentials

Insurance documentation and registration

All manuals and guides that came with your RV and tow vehicle/toad

Maps and travel guides

Tool box and tools

Emergency road kit

Extra fuses and light bulbs

Motor oil and other fluids for your engine

First aid supplies

Extension cords

Power adapters

Camping at Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Hoses

Holding tank supplies (gloves, etc.)

Paper and writing utensils

Extra fresh water for drinking

Kitchen

Dishes that stack and conserve space

Cups and mugs

Multi-purpose flatware

Cooking and serving utensils

Bottle and can openers

Towels

Over-sink cutting boards

Storage containers

Spices and oils

Groceries

Cleaning supplies

Camping at Okefenokee RV Park in Homeland, Georgia, © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Okefenokee RV Park in Homeland, Georgia, © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bedroom

Bedding for multiple beds

Chargers for phones and devices

Clothes and shoes

Hangers

Laundry bag

Bathroom

Shower and bath supplies

Medications

Toiletries

Towels

Outdoor Gear

Outdoor seating

Outdoor rugs

Campfire/grilling supplies

Bikes, kayaks, and other toys

Entertainment

Games and DVDs

Books and magazines

Cards

Crafts

Camping at Sunny Acres in Las Cruces, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Sunny Acres in Las Cruces, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Pets

Food and dishes

Litter box and litter

Leash and collar

Crate/carrier

Bed

Medications

Brush and cleaning supplies

Worth Pondering…

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
—Henry Ford

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