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First Time RV Camping Checklist

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Is it your first time RV camping – or living the #vanlife, as the cool kids are calling it? After you get your first RV or trailer, the next step to take is planning your route and what to pack. It can seem like a daunting task to pack for a lifestyle that you’re not familiar with. Questions like “what is necessary,” “do I really need to bring this” and “am I packing too much (or not enough)” are common. Lucky for you, there are RV industry experts like RoverPass to answer these questions for you.

The checklist below contains the full list of items you might need while RVing. Print it out, save it on your phone, share it with your friends who are new to RVing and need a guide – this kind of checklist will definitely come in handy!

The Checklist for First-Time RVers

Tools and Maintenance Supplies

  • Battery jumper cables
  • Bungee cords
  • Extension cords
  • Duct and electrical tape
  • Tool Kit (with scissors, nails, a hammer, a screwdriver and wrench)
  • Pocket Knife
  • Flashlights
  • Extra light bulbs
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Motor oil and transmission fluid
  • Clean rags
  • Jack
  • Spray lubricant
  • Wheel lug wrench
  • Rubber bands
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sewer hose with hookup fittings
  • Water hose (for drinking)
  • Siphon hose
  • Spare fuses
  • Rope
  • Lighter or matches
  • Leveling blocks
  • Plastic Tarp
  • Wheel Chocks

Emergency and Aid Supplies

  • Emergency roadside kit
    • Flares and reflectors
    • Coolant
    • Blanket
    • Batteries
    • Washer fluid
    • Ice scraper
    • Fire extinguisher
  • First-Aid Kit


Let’s not forget that RV camping is about experiencing adventure and seeing where the road takes you. What do you want to experience once you reach your destination? Plan to rent or bring outdoor equipment, such as: 

For more ideas on what to bring to keep you entertained once the RV is parked, check out our post on the RoverPass blog!

Read more first time camping tips on our blog, such as how to avoid mosquito bites and how to camp with kids!

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5 Comment

  1. Hello there,
    Next month, I’m taking my family on a camping trip in our car and so I am really glad that you posted these tips, especially on RV camping topic. I also planed to do it this year.
    Keep up the good works, mate.

  2. Hello there,
    Thank you solo much. What a great help this information is!!!
    We’re just in the learning stage before buying a 5th wheel (I like to be very well-informed!).
    Great work, keep it up.

  3. Thanks so much for the checklist of things to bring on your RV camping trip! I imagine many people don’t think of things like jumper cables, but I can see how not having them could really put a damper on your vacation. I would think that ti would also be a good idea to find a campsite with RV hookups so you can fully enjoy the amenities your vehicle has to offer.

  4. WOW!!!
    That’s a great listing.
    I think it will help us to enjoy a safe camping.
    Thanks a lot for this awesome advice.

  5. When will you tired then you need sort sleep or rest so air mattress is best for this.

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