RV Camping Trip Essentials – A Guest Post!

The following is an actual conversation between my husband and I:

Me: I’m not going camping.
J: Well, why not?!
Me: Um, birds and snakes and ants and bears and other insects…just a few reasons for ya.
J: We should do a test run!
Me: A test run?
J: A pitch-a-tent-in-the-backyard test run!
Me: Jerrod, I’m not going camping.
J: In the backyard!!!
Me: Jerrod, I’m not going camping. My foot is down. Actually, both my feet are down. No camping.
Jerrod: But we already have a fire pit in the backyard and everything!
Me: And you know what? I already have a bed INSIDE the house. I’m not going camping.
J: You never want to do ANYTHING FUN!

Perhaps that conversation didn’t go the way he wanted it to because he used the word TENT and not the word RV. I’m just sayin’. If “camping” could look something like this…

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…then I’d be a bit more up for tagging along!

Well…apparently, it CAN, according to John from Smooth Decorator! He’s here today to give us some RV camping trip essentials! Take it away, John!

RV camping trips are an excellent activity for a summer holiday: you’ll get to spend more time outdoors, explore new areas and possibly even meet new people. But in some cases, things can get out of hand on the go, which is why it is vital to have all the gear necessary for the trip packed in advance and ready for use. To help you stay on top of RV camping essentials, we have a short list of items and gizmos you should definitely have at hand during your summer adventure.

First aid kit

To stay on the safe and healthy side during your RV camping holiday, bring along a carefully compiled first aid kit. Must-have medical supplies on the fly include antibiotic creams, antiseptic wipes, bandages, eye drops, band-aid strips, aspirin, peroxide, heat/cold packs, sterile gauze and compresses, insect repellent, nail clippers, tweezers, scissors, thermometer and sunscreen. If your trip is going to take just a few days, you can opt for travel-size bottles and packages for maximum storage convenience and portability.

Essential trailer equipment

If you’re traveling with a trailer attached, make sure you pack BBQ tools and supplies, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, emergency road kit, garden and sewer hose, hydraulic jack, spark plug socket, electrical test light, tire pressure gauge, electrical circuit checker and wheel chocks. Also, don’t forget to prepare a quality tool kit, spare fuses, bulbs and extension cords, flashlight, batteries, clean rags, rubber gloves, adhesive tape, motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, spare electrical wire, shovel, extra diesel tank and a lighter or matches. This should be enough to pull out all the stops along the way and ensure you get to your destination safely.

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Bath-time and kitchen supply

Staying clean and tidy is a priority on a daring adventure into the wild, so don’t forget to pack antibacterial soap, bath towels, dry shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, razor blades, tissues and other toiletries you normally use. Also, you will need adequate nourishment during the trip to keep your energy level high for added periods of physical activity. This means that items such as paper towels, can/bottle opener, coffee pot, toaster, dish rags and soap, essential cutlery, scrub pads, thermos, a couple of cups and bowls should definitely get their rightful place in your backpack.

Shelter and bedding gear

Sleeping outdoors can be uncomfortable, so you’d better have the necessary tents and bedding in check. You should never go camping without a tent with stakes, poles and rope, an inflatable mattress or hammock, air pump, tarp, sleeping bag, pillows, sheets and blankets, as well as some basic tools like ax, hammer and duct tape.

Miscellaneous camping accessories

In addition to all the gear listed above (and a hefty stack of clean clothes and underwear, of course), you may want to include some entertainment-oriented accessories in your camping equipment. For instance, you may need an alarm clock, watch, binoculars, camera, books, cell phone and camcorder chargers, compass, lantern, maps, guidebooks, board games and playing cards, pocketknife and the radio. Prepare light snacks, sandwiches and lots of water for the ride to stay energized and hydrated until you reach your camping site. Also, don’t forget to pack a waterproof jacket and some warm clothes if you’re expecting a rainy spell during the excursion.

Depending on the duration of your trip, you may not need all of these items for a safe and enjoyable camping experience, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, right? And one final tip: before you leave home and venture outside to brave the unknown, check the weather forecast – rain and wind can be true deal breakers, so you’d better avoid traveling in the face of raging elements.

These are fantastic tips! (Especially for someone like me who has only been RV-ing once and tent-camping NEVER! HA!) And after reading them, my hubby thought they were fantastic tips, too – and he added that he thought we should also use a high-quality dash cam for road trip and RV camping. (He does love his gadgets!) I must admit, I love the flexibility of it – carrying your house with you wherever you go really is an amazing experience, and what a great way to wrap up your summer, too! Thanks so much, John!

Have YOU ever been camping? Do you camp in a tent or an RV?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read thermal, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

14 thoughts on “RV Camping Trip Essentials – A Guest Post!

  1. I’m with you – I’ve always hated the idea of camping – I’m more into glamping! But I think I could do this if I had the camper in the photo (as long as it has a bathroom). I don’t do public showers. :)

  2. We don’t camp, which is funny because there are literally hundreds of campgrounds here in New England. This list will help a lot of people.

  3. The only time I’ve stayed in a tent was for my kids’ school camp out or our backyard. I won’t go in the woods unless it’s in a camper. I’m such a whimp…lol.

  4. We camped in a tent last year. I’m not a huge fan. I’ve camped in an RV once and it was much better. (I’ll still tent camp when my son gets older. He loved it!)

  5. I haven’t been camping since I was a teenager. I sort of want to go with my kids, but I’m not really a pitch-a-tent kind of person, and neither is my husband. An RV may be the way to go!

  6. I’m not a big fan of camping but, I would do the RV any day… I don’t blame you, I don’t do tents either. LOL! :-)

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