Essential Packing Tips for Your First RV Rental

How Tos & Tips

Learning how to pack properly for an RV trip takes trial and error. It took me a handful of trips to make a comprehensive list. With more than 20 RV rentals under my belt, I know the essentials needed for a successful RV trip, and I am sharing them with you to so you can avoid classic rookie mistakes. As you prepare, packing efficiently and thoughtfully can enhance your experience and ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable getaway. Here are some essential packing tips to help you make the most of your RV excursion.

First, Check Your RV Listing for Amenities.

Before you start packing, review the amenities provided in your RV rental. Different RVs offer varying levels of amenities, so it’s essential to know what’s included to avoid overpacking. Some RVs may have kitchen essentials, bedding, outdoor chairs, and even entertainment options like board games. If you’re unsure about what’s available, don’t hesitate to reach out to the RV owner for clarification. Knowing what they provide or don’t will help you start packing. 

Things to consider: 

  • Pack for Outdoor Comfort: Even though an RV is an upgrade from sleeping in a tent, it is still camping. Since you’ll likely spend a significant amount of time outdoors, pack items that will enhance your comfort and enjoyment. Bring folding chairs for lounging around the campfire, marshmallow roasters for delicious s’mores, and cozy blankets or jackets for cooler evenings. Don’t forget to pack insect repellent and sunscreen to protect yourself from pesky bugs and harmful UV rays.
  • Prepare for Camping Meals: Cooking in your RV can be a delightful part of the experience, allowing you to savor delicious meals while surrounded by nature. Make sure you have essential kitchen tools and utensils, such as a wine opener, cutting board, knives, pots, and pans. Don’t forget to pack drinkware, including cups, mugs, and wine glasses, so you can enjoy your favorite beverages in style.
  • Stock Up on Supplies: Before hitting the road, stock up on groceries and supplies to ensure you have everything you need for your trip. Consider meal planning to minimize food waste and make cooking easier during your getaway. Don’t forget essentials like water, snacks, and ingredients for your favorite campfire recipes.
  • Pack Light and Efficiently: While it’s tempting to bring along everything but the kitchen sink, remember that space in an RV is limited. Pack only the essentials and items you know you’ll use to avoid clutter and maximize storage space. Opt for multi-purpose items whenever possible to minimize the number of things you need to bring.
  • Stay Organized: Keep your RV tidy and organized by using storage containers, bins, and collapsible storage solutions. Labeling containers can help you quickly find what you need and keep everything in its place throughout your trip.

Necessities to Pack for Your RV Trip

RVshare put together a comprehensive list here. These are my additions: 


  • Shoes that slide on and off to remove before entering the RV 
  • Shower shoes 
  • Charging Cables 
  • External Battery (charged) 
  • Rain gear 
  • A collapsable bag like a duffle or backpack to easily store. There isn’t room for big suitcases in an RV
  • Bandaids 
  • Drinking water 

Living Necessities 

  • Pillow, blankets, sheets (if I am departing from home I take my own). 
  • Quick dry towel 
  • Face wipes 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cooking utensils if they aren’t provided, including cooking spray and salt and pepper 
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap–sandwich bags and gallon-sized Ziplocs are handy
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags 
  • Wine or beer opener 
  • Camping tumblers 
  • Cutting board and knife 

Camping Gear 

  • Firestarter 
  • Lighter 
  • Folding Chairs 
  • Yard Games 
  • Deck of cards 
  • Flashlight 
  • Roasting Sticks 
  • Bug Spray 
  • Sunscreen 

By following these packing tips, you’ll be well-prepared for an unforgettable weekend RV adventure. Embrace the freedom of the open road, immerse yourself in nature, and create lasting memories with friends and loved ones as you explore new destinations from the comfort of your home on wheels. Safe travels!