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A Practical Guide to Packing and Planning for an RV Camping Trip

Charles has long experience fishing, hiking, exploring, and camping in the Northeast.

Camping Checklist

Camping Checklist


When preparing for your camping trip, one of the first things to consider is what type of meals you will be preparing and what groceries to bring with you. There are definitely staples that every camper must bring and these items shouldn't be left out. I generally bring the following staples: coffee, sugar or artificial sweetener, cream or milk, eggs, bacon, pancake/waffle mix, syrup, fresh fruits, bread, peanut butter, jelly, salt, pepper, favorite spices, drinks of your liking and ice and a cooler for perishables and drinks TIP: plan a menu before setting out and pack the ingredients needed for each meal.

Well Stocked Camp Fridge

Stocked Fridge

Stocked Fridge


When camping take into consideration the length of your stay and the amenities that your campground has to offer if staying at a campground. The following list of supplies are a guideline of the basic necessities to make for a productive and enjoyable camping trip.

Outside: Shade, either from an awning attached to the RV or an ez-up portable canopy tent. Grill for cooking, folding chairs, folding tables, septic connection, sewer hose, 25' of coaxial cable for cable connection, 25' drinking water hose, extension cord with a wire gauge rating compatible with your RV. Power adapter to mach the amps of your RV, firewood, matches, lighter, axe, hatchet, hammer, flashlight.

For the Bathroom: First aid kit, toilet paper, baby wipes, towels shampoo and conditioner soap or body wash, washcloths or loofahs, combs and brushes, air freshener. toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors.

For the Kitchen: Broom, dustpan, window cleaner, kitchen surface cleaner, food, drinks, Tupperware, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, Ziploc bags, trash bags, silverware, pots, pans, spatula and cooking and serving utensils, napkins, paper towels, cutting board, knives, plates, bowls, cups/ glasses, toaster, coffee pot, coffee filters, sponge, dish washing liquid, matches, can opener, bottle opener.

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Bedroom/ Sleeping: Blankets/ sleeping bags, sheets, pillows, pillow cases.

Entertainment: Books, Newspapers, Magazines, radio, TV, DVD Player, DVDs, video games, bikes, helmets, board games, playing cards, laptop, iPod/iPad, fishing equipment.

Miscellaneous: Candles, Tools, Compass/GPS, Bug Spray, Maps, bottled water, sunglasses, pocket knife, binoculars, rope, bungee cords, cell phones and chargers, umbrella, fire extinguisher, scissors, paper and pen, alarm clock.

This list is a work in progress....please comment, your ideas are welcome!!! Thanks for stopping by!!! Charlie.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on February 25, 2012:

Hi Charles, wow there are many supplies to bring to a camping trip, great information. I never been camping, but I'm guessing it's better to be prepared than not. If I ever go camping the main item I will bring is a flash-light. Cool hub, thanks.

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