Packing List

160+ items to pack if you’re going RVing full time

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  Plates & Bowls     Having dishes seems pretty obvious, but in a moving house? Things break, so we found some that were much less prone to breakage with moving and kids, and still felt like we weren't having a permanent picnic.
  Bullet Blender     Five (5) years! At least 5 days a week. Sometimes more than once a day. We've used our bullet blender consistently. It's the #1 used 'appliance' in the kitchen that we took in the RV. It's easy, it's simple to hand-clean, and it's multipurpose. We make shakes, creams, fun things, amazing avocado dip (good vinegar adds a great flavor), and it takes up so little space.
  Ninja Blender     We used the bullet, but had we not, I would have been very tempted to get this instead for the same reasons. OK, well I am interested, but don't have room for two of these type of things, you probably don't either. So choose wisely, they both are practical.
  Small Coffee Maker     Waking up in the RV doesn't mean instant sunshiny dispositions all the time. So ... coffee. There are lots of small or single serving options out there. We use a small Mr Coffee Keurig machine. It's small and does the job. You may prefer real coffee, so choose a good but small caffeine elf that works for you.
  Duxtop Induction Hot Plate     Some days it's too hot to heat things up, and others, just no more space on that luxury 3 burner RV stove top. That's when this thing comes in handy. Uses induction, so it doesn't add heat to the room but it needs magnetic bottom pots to work. It's pretty small and easy to store away.
  Instant Pot     After a long day of exploring, making dinner can be a chore. And while a crockpot is awesome, it also takes planning ahead. The instant pot has been a hit for many - turning frozen chicken into a hot meal in 30 minutes or less. It does so much more too.
  Steamer     Not everyone's cup of veges, but for healthy, this is a great option.
  Dehydrator     Not for the average RVer, but some people are hard core.
  Water Kettle     Again, not a necessity, but if you're regularly making a load of tea or hot chocolate, this is a lot faster and easier.
  Paper Towel Holder     You can't go wrong with freeing your counter from paper towels or bringing them outside with you and not having to chase them as they blow or roll away. This allows both.
  Flip Counter Extension     RV's are not know for having a ton of counter space. Some 5th wheels yes, but in general a little extra counter space is huge!
  Cutting Boards     We use a variety of these but you'll want ones that are as easy to store as they are easy to use.
  Sink Topper     Extra. Counter. Space. gives you extra space to an prepare food or gives a nice clean look to your kitchen when done.
  Refrigerator Bar     When your house moves, things shift. The bar helps you to store more and worry less. It's a must for us. Get the size that fits your fridge.
  Dinner Plate Holder     If you're prone to bumpy boondocking roads, it just might benefit to have one of these as extra protection.
  Collapsible Colander     It folds flat. It stores easier. You'll want it.
  Dish Drainer     Can be a pain, but one side of our sink is the drainer where dishes dry, when the kids aren't there to dry them immediately.
  13" Oven Pizza Stone     Mandatory! Atwood stoves don't heat evenly. This stone is the only one that fits. It might split, but still works great for even heating.
  Grommets     Stove top rattles when you drive. Annoying. These grommets fix that. Buy a few packs, but start with 1 to verify fit. You're welcome.
  Emergencee     When we're getting run down from exploring, or feeling sick, we break THIS out. I split one dose between 2 kids.
  Berkey Water Filter     We do NOT use this, but we don't drink tap. But if you do, please be careful. Expensive, but supposed to be top notch. Find one that you can fit into a good home in your RV.

Living Room

  Command Hooks     I used to laugh at these. Now we have tons. Hold coats, hats, lights, keys, even our shower caddy. Nailed it - metaphorically speaking.
  Space Heater     It just works better sometimes and doesn't deplete our propane. Be careful, drawing too much electrical can cause problems or fires.
  Humidifier     For when they say "It's a dry heat" or you just need a bit of a boost. It's a rare use, but sometimes breathing is hard in dry heat or sick kiddos need it in their room.
  Dehumidifier     You'll want this in the rainy and cold months for sure. And you'll be amazed at how much water it pulls out. Seriously. RVs don't like water.
  Folex     Kids, pets, carpet. This stuff is magic. Shirt stains, pet barf, food or mud on the carpet - gone! Get 2, life can get dirty.
  LED Light Bulbs     These can be hit or miss, so experiment. They come in different lighting spectrums - yellowish - bluish and different shapes and styles, but you'll want the 1141 size probably.
  Baskets & Bins     A place for everything and everything in its place. Square bins are better as they waste less space than those 'v' shaped bins.
  Sweeper Broom     Get this There are 3 ladies in our RV and 2 dogs. We use this twice a day and each time pick up enough hair to be a small animal. The side spinners stop, so get the "new model" without them and it lasts a year.
  Oscillating Fan     We don't have a 'Fantastic Fan'. But running an oscillating fan takes less energy than the AC, and works better than the AC on just the 'fan' setting. And you can mount or move this.
  Temperature Sensor     There's all kinds of these, but they're nice to have. We drop the wire lead outside, or you can put a remote sensor in a storage bin to see how cold it gets at night.
  Clock     We use our phones generally, or the microwave clock, but at times a clock is nice, and a nice one can make the RV look more like home.
  Batteries     Flashlights, remotes, and non-USB gadgets use batteries. We went through a few dozen in a year. You might too. 'AA' and 'AAA' are most common.


  Glass Nail File     This is nonsense, everyone has a nail file, but we discovered these and they work so much better than ordinary ones, I thought I'd share.
  RV Shower Head     This is NOT nonsense. Water pressure is a known problem in RVs. This shower head turns drips into drench, where it can. In all cases, you're going to get a better shower.
  Squeegee     It's good practice to remove as much water from the bathroom as you can. A good squeegee helps pull the water off the walls and even into the drain. Less water = less humidity and mold.
  Damp Rid     Not sure exactly how much this works, but we keep it in the bathroom and it just keeps helping. Reduce moisture in the bathroom.
  Shower Dispenser     Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner. Pretty standard, but chasing bottles on the floor in a small shower is lame. This is so easy. Five bathroom command strips secured this and it's rock solid.
  Towel Holder     Bathrooms are small, but bath towels are meant to hang. So add a few hooks easily. This is an easy no-screws-required upgrade.
  Wipes     Where do we start? Just get them. Fold them and toss into the trash, not the toilet. You'll save TP and water and embarrassment.
  TP Scott Extra Soft     RVs require special Toilet Paper and this is one of the softest we've found and Walmart carries it too.
  Toilet Odor Killer     You'll WANT something. Bad broccoli and spaghetti is the best of the smells I can describe. Sometimes, just lysol down the drain and a bit in the bowl does wonders. Sometimes you'll want something stronger.
  Foaming Soap     We use this in the kitchen and bathroom. It beats having globs of soap dried in the bottom of the sink. Ain't nobody got time to clean that.
  AntiMold     This stuff will clean all kinds of mold in the bathroom. That's where it will build up. All around the shower, including the ceiling in the bathroom. Clean regularly.


  Mattress     If your RV is more than a few years old, GET A NEW MATTRESS. Ours was the 10 year old original crud mattress. This one is 10" thick and may be too soft for some. It took a bit to get used to it. This is a SHORT QUEEN. It's what fit in ours, but we added this beauty to make it a full queen. Ahhh sleep!
  Electric Mattress Cover     Some nights it's brrr and getting into a freezing bed can almost stop the heart. This heated pad makes your bed toasty warm and a joy to get into on winter nights.
  Plastic Drawers     In our RV, there just wasn't enough drawers for everyone to keep their clothes. Now you can add a couple of these in the closet and have space for more kids clothes.
  Storage     There seems to always be more stuff than space in an RV. These baskets store stuff and look nice. Now you can keep those things you don't know exactly what to do with, and still get compliments for keeping a clean RV.


  Kindles     We have iPads and Kindles, and I prefer Kindles. My kids have an Amazon acct that I control and just adding that email address into the Kindle downloads the entire account's library of books, apps and more. Try that with an iPad! :) Add gift card and no surprise bills.
  Chromebooks     Simple, cheap, practically disposable if anything goes wrong. Homework, writing, email, research, learning to code on Tynker, and more.
  Bunk light     RV lights are not that bright so doing school work or reading in the morning or evening can hurt the eyes. Hang these lights with command strips above their pillow and give your kids the gift of reading in bed with plenty of light.
  Portable High Chair     Works outside or in. There are other options, but this is pretty OK.
  Lap Desk     Road schooling (or working) means sometimes being in untraditional settings and needing a flat surface. Here you go.
  Clipboard     Another flat surface my kids need when doing school work or Jr Ranger booklets. Works in the car, the bed, or even in the national parks.
  Scrambled States     Have fun learning the states while exploring the states.
  Sequence - States     More fun learning the states. Sequence is one of our favorite family games.
  Homeschool Activities     Home schooling on the road requires extra creativity. Here are 500+ ideas for ages 3-12.
  Organizers     Pencils, pens, and glue, oh my. So many crafty schooling things to organize, try one of these. We also use one in the main area to store writing things, stamps, note pads, and more.


  Collapsible Bowls     Dogs gotta drink. If you take your dog on the trail with you, this is a light portable way to make sure your friend can drink, or eat.
  Food Storage     We buy dog food in 40 pound bags. This container stores it all in the outdoor lockers. No moisture, dirt, or rodents.
  Poop Bags     Obvious reasons. Please pick up after your dog, so annoying when people don't. But buy bulk so you don't have to hit the store too often.
  Kennel Fence     Sometimes, you just want to hang out with your dog with out tying it to a tree.
  Gel Mat     Summer heat makes it hard on dogs too. This pad is activated by pressure. The dog sits on it and the gel becomes very cooling. My kids and dogs compete for space on this.


  Chocks     Standard fare for the trailer or 5th wheel. Place at wheels to keep them from moving.
  Leveling Blocks     Use these under tires and jacks to make sure the rig is level. Also good under the leveling jacks when on dirt or soft foundation.
  Leveler Socket     Reduces time and effort to raise or lower scissor jacks and attaches to a drill for power.
  Pool Noodles     Not just for swim fun. You've probably hit your head on the edge of a slideout at least once. I've lost track personally. Pool noodles can soften the blow when you smack your head on the edge of a slideout.
  Levels     Unless you're an eagle eye, use a level. You'll want to make sure you're level left to right and front to back. Slides work better when level and doors and cabinets do too.


  Water filter     This is the basic filter, but there are better. To use this, attach the Pressure Regulator (below) to the the little hose that comes with this, and attach that to the intake of the filter. This becomes one unit (just replace filter every couple of months). When connecting - connect regulator to spigot, turn on water to clear filter, then connect your hose to filter and rig. Disconnect is reverse. Grab several, they can fail unexpectedly or get left behind - not naming names...
  Water hose     Make sure your hose is for 'drinkable' use and get two. Most times 15-20 feet is enough, but occasionally, you'll want up to 50 feet to reach long distances. Grab extra for potential problems or for dedicating to flushing your black tanks - label appropriately!
  Pressure regulator     You never know what the water pressure is where you connect. Too high of pressure can cause damage to your pipes and connectors. A regulator prevents the pressure from getting over 60 PSI. If the pressure is already less than that, then it has no effect. These come in a variety of pressure limits (55-60 is good) and some come with a meter that shows the pressure.
  Water 90Deg Connector     Nice to have in your setup tool box as some spigots are awkward or put pressure on your filter hose causing leaks.
  Water 45Deg Connector     Nice to have in your setup tool box as some spigots are awkward or put pressure on your filter hose causing leaks.
  Disposable Gloves     When you go to the dump station, it's best to use these, just to be safe. If you're connected to water, take your chances, but wash your hands!
  Sewer Hose Support     Not always necessary, but helps the hose flow downhill, especially if the dump hole is above ground level.
  Sewer Hose     The "Stinky Slinky" - get 2-4 of these. Sometimes you'll be close enough for one, and sometimes you'll need two. They degrade (and leak) after being outside for long periods, so keep an extra (or two) just in case.
  Sewer Flush Wand     If you don't have a built-in black tank flush, this is the old fashioned way. It's a pain, but it works. Connect a hose to a spigot, (or splitter) and then thru the window of the RV, and to this wand. Put wand down toilet and turn on water. Move it around in the dark hole until the black tank is nearly full, then turn off and release the black tank valve.
  Water Splitter     Allows you to connect two (or more) hoses to one water spigot. Good for connecting a second hose to black tank flush.
  Water Bandit     Helps to connect your hose to a spigot that has broken threads, or to a hose end that is bend and can't be screwed onto.
  Quick Connects     This has been a life saver. My water is connected inside my setup station locker, so I keep my hose connected all the time. One end connects to the inlet and the other to the hose. I never have to twist it on. When I roll up the hose, I quick disconnect, blow through the hose forcing out the water. Then I reconnect and the hose is lighter and easier to coil up.
  Sewer Hose Donut Seal     This helps keep your sewer hose air tight as required by law in many areas. Most people don't use this, but it's good to keep just in case. Also helps keep the stink away.
  Sewer Tote     If you boon dock, or just happen to be at a campground that doesn't have sewer, you might panic if you have to be there a week. Or you can use a tote and drain your tanks into this and tote it over to the dump station. Saves you from having to disconnect your RV and move it just to dump.


  50A Extension Cord     If you have a 50A rig, you'll want to have a 50A extension card for those times you're too far from the power for your standard cord.
  30A Extension Cord     If you have a 30A rig, you'll want to have a 30A extension card for those times you're too far from the power for your standard cord.
  30A - 50A Adapter     If you're a 50A rig, there will be times you'll need to connect to 30A if that's all there is. It's a different plug and this is an adapter.
  15A - 30A Adapter     Works for both 30A and 50A for when you only have 15A (standard outlet) available. A 50A rig will need to add the 30A-50A adapter also.
  50A - 30A Adapter     If you have a 30A rig, and you only have a 50A connection available, you'll need this to adapt.
  30A Surge Protect     If you have a 30A rig, this device has lights that indicate if your connection is wired correctly before you connect and destroy your rig or worse. It can also protect you from surges.
  50A Surge Protect     If you have a 50A rig, this device has lights that indicate if your connection is wired correctly before you connect and destroy your rig or worse. It can also protect you from surges.
  Solar Battery Minder     When connected to shore power, your batteries should be charging. If you're boon docking, the generator can do it. Or you can use this and it will keep your batteries charged in the day time, so you can use your 12v system at night. No generator needed, except for AC.


  Red Safety Triangles     These are a just in case. You're driving or towing your home over the roads and someday, you never know. I've been on the side of the road at night and wished I had these. Don't wish, just get them.
  GPS Beacon     This is for the hardcore boon docker and hiker, or sailer. If you're out of reach, and you're lost, this sends out a call for help with your GPS coordinates over satellite so you can be found.
  Weather Alert Radio     We were so out of touch when we were in the RV. Unless we were driving in the car, we didn't listen to radio. But we missed many floods and even a tornado. Do yourself a favor and get severe weather alerts.
  CB Radio     When you drive so many hours over roads you're not familiar with, a CB can come in handy and gives you contact with truckers and even locals.
  2M Radio     This requires a license (my oldest and I are) and uses repeaters to go long distances to get help or just have friendly chats with new people.
  Flashlight     You can't have too many. We like these with their wide and narrow beams for walking the dog, exploring, or having light saber fights in fog.
  Magnetic LED Flashlight     The magnetic LED lights are bright and handy when working in dark places or at night when you need both hands to work.
  FRS Walkie Talkies     These are all similar no matter what distance they report. Some brands do work better. Keep in touch while hiking, or exploring.
  TPMS     Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This saved us from blowouts by letting us know we had low pressure. Gives you extra peace.
  Safe-T-Plus     If you have a drivable RV GET THIS and watch this & this. This bar is a bit expensive, but it's designed to keep your steering straight in the event of a front tire blowout. We have it and it even helps reduce fatigue a bit.
  Battery Jumper     We keep one of these in the tow vehicle. We've had a bad battery in Amish country and Yellowstone. Sometimes they also come with a tire pump. We should have gotten that one.
  Jumper Cables     Jumpers come in handy even if you have a battery jumper. If the battery jumper doesn't work or runs low, you'll still want jumper cables. We've jumped the car with the RV engine battery.
  First Aid Kit     You know you won't need it if you get it, but if you don't, it could be trouble. And if you've got kids, you'll use the bandaids... trust me.
  Fire Extinguisher     You'll want 2-3 to be safe with 1 in kitchen & 1 near bedrooms. In case of fire, get everyone out fast! Only fight a fire if you have an escape route or to hold off a fire while everyone escapes.
  Smoke/CO2 Alarm     We use two of these combined Smoke and CO2 alarms - 1 in the living area and 1 in the bedroom which has voice alerts so you don't have to try to figure out which beep means what in the middle of the night. Add more if you've got 2 bedrooms.


  Basic Tool set     If you don't already have a tool set, this will do.
  Big Tool set     This is a bigger set with more ratchet pieces.
  Jack Socket     This was listed in the 'setup' section, and duplicated here.
  Zip Ties     These don't need any explanation, they're useful in various ways, like duct tape.
  Bungee Cords     Like zip ties, these come in handy. We use a small one in the car to secure the Battery Jumper. But if you don't have them, you'll need them.
  Tire Pump (150ps)     If your tires require more than 100 PSI, then you'll want to get this. Most gas stations can't pump up high PSI tires. If your tires are 80 PSI, then you can get a cheaper on.
  Tire Pressure Gauge     Even if your tire pump has a gauge, you'll want a separate one. They never match, and having a small gauge is eaier than hauling out your pump just to measure tire pressure.
  110v Checker     Optional tool that helps to check outlets in case you're having power issues, or turning off breakers.
  Multimeter     Optional tool for testing circuits, etc.
  Fuse Tester     A multimeter can do this, but a fuse tester is easier to use with one hand in my experience. We have a fuse tester that is adjustable width, so it can test any size fuse.
  Fuses     Most rigs (and cars) use a couple different sizes from tiny to huge. Check inside and under the hood for fuse panels. There's often more than one.
  Towing Tester     Optional tester that shows whether your tow cable is working properly so that the trailer or toad is getting the proper signals.
  USB Tester     More USB chargers means more potential bad ports. This will tell you available voltage and also how much power is being used by device.
  Tester Set     A cheaper way to get multiple testing tools.
  OBD-II Code Reader     Haven't found an affordable one for the RV, but for the car, this is a nice to have tool.


  Anode Rod     You may or may not need one of these for your water heater. If you do, you'll need to replace it regularly, as well as flush it occasionally.
  RV Screws     These can be the hardest things to find, especially in the color you need. But this is a start if you're the kind of person that wants all your screws to match.
  Awning Tape     Awnings wear out and tear. This helps save them from getting worse.
  Drawer Braces     These things crack and fail. Buy a couple packs and keep them handy so you're not in a bind when one does fail.
  Drawer Locks     These crack and fail too. Keep a few on hand just in case.
  Generator Oil Filter Wrench     This is the type of wrench that works on a generator oil filter. Check your generator to find the exact size.
  Oil Funnel     Our Ford RV has the oil fill spout in an awful spot. This is to be able to pour the oil AND get it into the proper spot without getting it all over the place.
  Basement Keys & Locks     Almost every RV / Trailer out there has the same key for the lockers (shh, it's a big secret), but you can get spares or change them out to be more secure.
  Dicor Roof Sealer     If you buy a used RV, please check the roof as seals break down and that's when water gets in and does damage. Use this to repair seals.


  Welcome Mat     Nothing says friendly like a welcome mat, and a good rough one keeps the dirt out.
  RV Rugs     Relax, stay awhile and put out the big rug so you can enjoy being outside without getting dirty :)
  Chairs     Everyone needs a chair. Find a comfortable one that's light and easy to store.
  Tables     If you're going to hang out at the campground, and entertain or do road schooling, you'll need at least one of these.
  BBQ     So many varieties, but honestly, they all have their bad points too. Pick one that fits YOUR needs - easy to store, easy to use, easy to clean.
  Grill     We use this for breakfast and for easy clean up BBQ. Heats up quick and can cook pancakes, bacon and eggs, at least twice as fast as you can inside. And turn over for a meat grill and grease tray.
  Fire pit     If you're not into the smoke of wood campfires, this generates nice heat, looks nice, and there's no smoke or ashes. Some areas forbid wood burning fires.
  4-port Propane Kit     This has several uses. 1) attach a bbq, grill, or firepit right to your built-in propane tank. OR if you're staying a while, use a portable propane tank so you don't have to unhook to refill your main tank.
  Propane Adapter     To use regular propane tank instead of those tiny 1 pound tanks.
  Ball Pump     From soccer balls to bicycle tires, this little pump stores nicely and is easy to use.
  Bike Pump     If you're riding much, this pump & patch kit will keep you from walking home.
  Hammock     Because if you've got time to hang out, you might as well be really comfortable.
  Bike Rack     For the family with bikes. Just be careful if between an RV and tow car. It'll need to be raised and also you'll need an adapter to use this with your tow bar.
  Beach Blanket     You're going to the beach right? No sense skipping this compact, waterproof picnic and beach blanket.
  Backpack Chairs     Sometimes, you'll want to walk to an event - fireworks, beach, concert, and you'll want to carry your chairs longer distances (or on your bikes) without having to carry them in your hands.
  Lounger Chair     Compacts smaller than a sleeping bag, but inflates to a large comfy lounger anywhere.


  Fire Starter/Whistle     Carrying matches just isn't always convenient, but a fire starter makes starting that campfire easier, and if you got into any trouble the whistle can save the day.
  Life Straw     For the avid hiker, you're bound to come across water that is of uncertain quality. Just to keep in handy and feel invincible. I wouldn't try it at Yellowstone, though.
  Bug Racket     This is nice to have, especially if you're anywhere near the South!
  Slide Seal Conditioner     Seals in your slides can deteriorate over long use and exposure. A little spray can keep them from drying out and getting destroyed.
  Silicon Spray     Very slippery, but not quite like WD40 as it's not a liquid. We spray the bottom of the slides occasionally to help them slide easier.


  Charging Station     This is always in use in our RV - multiple Kindles, iPads, phones, etc. Get the cables below to make it easy and tangle free.
  Android/Kindle Cables     Short cables to prevent tangles and charge your Androids, Kindles, and non Apple devices.
  Apple lightning Cables     Charges newer Apple devices.
  Apple 30pin Charge Cables     Charges older Apple devices such as iPads, etc.
  Multi Charging Cables     A fun cable to have in a central spot where any one with any device can get a charge.
  Printer     We use this all-in-one wireless network printer. We give it a fixed IP in our Verizon Hotspot and we can all print to it, and even scan to our computers.
  Wifi Antenna     Because reception is everything. Antennas, properly grounded can increase usable signal greatly.
  GPS     I use my Android phone with Google Maps. And if you do you, you know, like most phone GPS, it doesn't always give the best routes for a giant big rig. This GPS is made for RVs, though I've heard it also can give bad options...
  Portable Phone Charger     This has saved us when we've been out all day, especially if we've been using our phones for directions and running the phone battery low. It's light and easy to store & carry and can charge any phone or iPad, etc.


  T-Shirt     There's a variety to choose from. Why not celebrate your nomadic life a bit.
  America's Scenic RV Adventures     Something to watch in the RV at night when you're wanting to go explore without getting off the couch.
  RV - the movie     I highly recommend watching this - after you've been RVing for a while. It makes so much more sense and is so much funnier. Like watching Princess and the Frog after visiting New Orleans.