RV Camping Checklist Items

RV Camping Checklists

Many of the items you take on your RV camping trip are different for everyone. Different outdoor recreation plans will necessitate some specific items, but this extensive list provides just about everything you should need for general RV camping anywhere. We recommend that you pick what you want from this list to make your own list of needed RV camping items.

RV camping checklist items can be purchased at RV Supplies And Products.

RV Camping - Bed & Bath Checklist

  • First Aid Kit - Make it a good one!
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Sleeping bags
  • Bed comforter/blankets
  • Sheets
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Hand lotion and soap
  • Towels
  • RV Holding Tank Chemicals
  • Insect repellent spray and pest strips
  • Deodorant
  • Face Cloths
  • Lip balm
  • Beach Towels
  • Tissues and wet wipes
  • Aspirin
  • Suntan lotion
  • Mouse traps
  • Toiletry kit
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Toilet Paper - Single Ply
  • Dental Floss
  • Necessary medicines
  • Scissors
  • Feminine napkins/supplies
  • Mouthwash
  • Paper cups

RV Camping - Clothing Checklist

  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Rain Suit
  • Shirts
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Underwear (insulated, long johns)
  • Camp shoes/slippers
  • Down vest
  • Jeans
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Coat
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sweat shirt
  • Sweater
  • Swimming suit
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Wind breaker

RV Camping - Kitchen Supplies Checklist

  • Baking soda
  • Can opener
  • Electric coffee pot and filters
  • Storage containers
  • Cooking pot set with pot lids
  • Food chopper/processor - electric
  • Table Cloth
  • Tea Towels
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Whisk Broom
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft Scrub
  • Knives
  • Knife sharpening stone
  • Measuring cups
  • Misc. kitchen tools and gadgets
  • Mixer, small hand-held electric
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Pie & baking tins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper bowls
  • Aluminum foil
  • Zip lock bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Trash bags
  • Matches
  • Dish detergent
  • Pot holders
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Serving bowls
  • Sugar or substitute
  • Table settings (plates, cups, silverware)
  • Disposable baking/roasting bags
  • Toaster
  • Trash can and trash liners
  • Trash bags
  • Frying pan
  • Large pot
  • Steamer insert
  • Dishpan, plastic
  • Cutting board
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 doz. egg plastic carrier
  • Tablecloth holders
  • Large bread knife
  • Paper plate holders
  • Tablecloth
  • Dish cloth
  • Dish towels
  • Stove-top toaster
  • Bottle opener
  • Sponges
  • Scrub pads
  • Stove-top coffee pot and filters
  • Ladle
  • Tongs
  • Serving spoons
  • Wooden stirring spoon
  • Spatula
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Corkscrew

RV Camping - Miscellaneous Items Checklist

  • Chairs - folding
  • Table - folding
  • Cooler
  • Thermos
  • Fishing equipment
  • Road Map
  • J-B Weld
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Vehicle Registration and Insurance information
  • Laundry soap and softener
  • Gas lantern & mantles
  • Gas Stove w/bottle
  • Multiple outlet electric cord
  • Water hose and nozzle
  • Water jugs and 12 volt transfer pump
  • Outdoor rug
  • Rope
  • Alarm clock
  • Hatchet
  • Axe
  • Chainsaw
  • Army foxhole shovel
  • Books/magazines
  • Bungee cords
  • Eyeglass repair kit
  • Paper clips
  • Pens, pencils and marking pens
  • Playing cards and games
  • Pocket knife
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wire ties
  • Bailing wire
  • B-B-Q Grill - Charcoal
  • Charcoal and lighter
  • Campground directories
  • Emergency road kit with approved triangle reflectors & flares
  • Extension cords
  • Tarp
  • Extra bulbs, fuses
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Garden hose w/nozzle
  • Hydraulic jack suitable for weight of your vehicle
  • Leveling blocks, boards & chocks
  • Matches & lighter
  • Rags
  • Umbrella
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sewer hose with hookup fittings
  • Tire pressure gage
  • Compass
  • Battery lantern
  • Heater
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Battery distilled water
  • Flashlight batteries
  • Dirty clothing stuff sack
  • 3M waterproofing spray
  • Solar shower
  • Port-a-potty or empty quart milk jug w/cap
  • Vacuum - Dustbuster/small ShopVac
  • Camera & lots of film
  • Cellular phone
  • CB radios
  • Chopsticks
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Snake bite kit
  • Tapes/CDs
  • Watch
  • Drivers license
  • GPS
  • Mosquito coils
  • Cash and checkbook
  • Credit cards
  • Phone cards
  • Travelers checks
  • Reading glasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Battery radio

RV Camping - Tools Checklist

  • Electrical tape
  • WD-40
  • Emergency warning light (trouble light)
  • Fuses
  • Hammer
  • Jumper cables
  • Leatherman Multi-tool
  • Pliers - Channel Lock
  • Pliers (needle nose)
  • Pliers (standard)
  • Screwdrivers (assorted)
  • Socket set
  • Crowbar
  • Tape, Teflon
  • Tire inflater
  • Tire patch/plug kit
  • Tire pressure gage
  • Tire Pump - Hand/Foot
  • Vice Grip Pliers
  • Wire and alligator clips
  • Wrenches - Combination
  • Wrenches - Crescent 4” and 10”
  • Wrenches - Metric
  • Wrench (spark plug)
  • Spare parts as desired
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tool box
  • Duct tape
  • Wheel lug wrench
  • Vehicle/trailer jack
  • Diagonal Pliers - Dikes
  • Tin snips
  • Small measuring tape
  • Hacksaw & spare blades
  • Allen wrench /hex key sets
  • Pocket knife
  • Hammers standard & ball peen
  • Small electric drill & bits
  • Volt ohm meter
  • Small soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Vehicle radiator/heater hose
  • DC test light
  • Hose clamps selection 1/2 in. to 3 in.
  • Grease
  • Small plastic jars of nuts, bolts, nails, screws & washers
  • Saber saw and blades
  • Vehicle Fluids - Washer, Oil, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid
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RV Camping Information

USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about camping, campgrounds, regulations, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. Campgrounds are located in the most historic and scenic places in the USA, and the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping in America.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

Free Overnight Parking Ideas

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Nebraska due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.