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Tips on Packing for an RV Trip

A successful RV trip starts with successful planning and packing. Having the right supplies can help make your vacation smoother, safer, and more comfortable. But it can be hard to remember everything you need to pack, especially if you'll be traveling with multiple people.


A key aspect for every RV trip is coordinating the meals you are going to eat. Making a meal plan in advance can be a helpful approach. That way, you'll know exactly what to buy and how much to bring on board. 

Of course, you don't want to spend your whole RV trip slaving away in the kitchen. Try doubling recipes so you'll cook once and have dinner for tonight and lunch for tomorrow. Two delicious home-cooked meals for the effort of one!

If you don't want to eat the exact same meal each day, you can still do batch cooking. Make a large serving of rice and meat. One day add barbecue sauce, the next use teriyaki sauce. You'll get two distinct meals with only one cooking session.

Don't forget to plan for snacks along the trip too. You're bound to work up an appetite with all the exploring and adventuring. Whether it's trail mix, peanut butter crackers, or something else, pack along snacks to tide everyone over until the next meal.

Cooking Supplies

You'll need some cooking supplies to be able to whip up delicious meals in your RV. But you'll also need to ensure the cooking supplies don't take up too much storage space. Focus on things that can stack and fit into each other. You'll also want to ensure your dishware is sturdy enough for your trip. An RV trip is not the time to break out the fine china.


Every passenger on the RV trip needs a certain amount of toiletries. But bringing normal-sized bottles of every product will quickly clutter up your RV bathroom. Instead, pack the products in travel-sized bottles and containers. It'll give you more than enough shampoo, toothpaste, and so on without taking up too much space.


Sometimes, minor RV situations crop up on the road. These can be severe enough to merit attention, but not severe enough to merit visiting a mechanic. Having a tool kit on hand allows you to fix these minor repairs without having to detour your trip (or pay an expensive repair bill). Make sure your RV toolkit includes duct tape, a hammer, a multi-purpose tool, and anything else you need to handle minor repairs.

A Bit of Home

While it's fun to take your RV on the road and explore new areas, it can also be fun to bring memories of home on board. Younger children, especially, will appreciate a touch of home and the familiarity it brings. Pack their favorite stuffed animals, blankets, and art supplies. You can also decorate your RV with photos of your hometown, friends, or any pets you've had to leave behind.

This information is for educational purposes. VIARV shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.

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