Things We Pack For Extended RV Trips

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Over the course of almost 5 years of full-time RV living, we have had a chance to find out what we really need to pack and what we can do without. The first year we seemed to take everything under the sun. Much of it just sat unused.

Every year before heading out for our 6-month long snowbird journey we go through the whole RV and pick out all the items we can do without. As I add new upgrades to the RV such as solar panels and extra batteries this fat trimming becomes more and more important. The last thing I want to do is overload the trailer and cause a safety concern, not to mention possibly voiding our insurance if in an accident.

I often get asked by new RVers “What do you pack for extended RV trips?”. With this in mind, I’ve put together our current packing lists. I’ve likely forgotten a few things and haven’t listed clothes, medicines, personal, our pet stuff or bathroom type items. Hopefully, though if you are new to the RVing world it will give you a few ideas and hints on what you may like to bring along.
Inside the Rig Items

Assorted Inside Items

Kitchen Stuff

  • Place Setting for Four People
  • Small, Medium and Large Pots w/lids
  • Small and Large Frying Pans
  • Cake, Bread and Roasting Pans
  • Several Coffee Mugs and Assorted Plastic Glassware
  • Air Tight Plastic Containers – maybe a dozen or so of various sizes for food storage
  • Toaster
  • Slow Cooker
  • Small Blender
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen Knives and Block
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Stove Top Espresso Maker
  • Cutting Board
  • 2 Gallon Drinking Water Jug
  • Assorted Utensils (IE. Spatula, Ice Cream Scoop, Can Opener, etc.)

Outside the Rig Items

Assorted Outside Items

  • BBQ Grill
  • Camp Stove
  • Camping Chairs
  • Foldable Camp Table
  • Outside Mats
  • Beach Umbrella
  • 20 Foot Telescopic Flag Pole
  • Large Tarp and Ropes
  • 7 Gallon Fresh Water Jug
  • Foldable Multi-Ladder
  • Wheels Chocks, Tire Ramps, and Jack Pads
  • Portable Gas Generator and Gas Can
  • Spare Oil for Truck and Generator
  • Mouse Traps and Ant Bait
  • 5 Gallon Bucket
  • 20′ of Coax TV Cable

Sewer Hoses

Water and Sewer Hookups

Cleaners and Lubricants

  • Simple Green and Windex
  • Vinegar and Bleach
  • Aerospace 303 Protectant
  • Protect-All Brand – spray wax, slide out dry lube and rubber slide seal conditioner
  • RV Wash Soap and Long Adjustable Pole with Soft Bristle Brush
  • Silicone and White Lithium Spray Lubricants
  • Grease Gun and few tubes of high temp wheel bearing grease

Tools and Maintenance Items

Tools and Maintenance Items

  • Basic Mechanics Socket Set
  • Special Sized Sockets to fit any large bolts on the rig (Lug Nuts, King Pin, Suspension, etc.)
  • Torque Wrench
  • Basic Tool Kit (Screwdrivers, Pliers, Hammer, Saw, Tape Measure, etc.)
  • Cordless Drill and Bits
  • Cordless Screw Gun
  • Small Staple Gun
  • Air Compressor
  • Cordless Impact Wrench
  • Multimeter
  • Non-contact Voltage Tester
  • Infrared Temperature Gun
  • Soldering Iron, Solder and Heat Shrink Tubing
  • Small Shop Vacuum
  • Hydraulic Trolley Jack and Bottle Jack
  • Tire Changing Ramp
  • Ax and Small Spade Type Shovel
  • Eternabond, Gorilla and Assorted Other Tapes
  • Silicone Rubber, Goop and Dicor Lap Sealants
  • Caulking Gun
  • Battery Maintenance – distilled water, anti-corrosion gel, hydrometer, wire brush
  • Bailing Wire and Rope
  • Plumbers putty and grease plus spare faucet washers
  • Water Heater Maintenance – anode rod, wrenches, flushing wand, spare electric element
  • Assorted Screws, Nuts, Bolts, and Washers
  • Spare Electrical Wire
  • Work Gloves
  • 1 – 50’ and 2 – 10’ Heavy Duty Extension Cords

Safety and Emergency Items

Wow! When I actually sit down and list our stuff it sure adds up. It’s hard to believe it all fits in our rig, but it does. Luckily our Keystone Cougar fifth wheel has lots of storage space and a decent amount of extra cargo weight capacity. It was one of the reasons we chose it. Something to think about if you’re buying a rig for extended RV trips.

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