When Packing Make an RV Checklist

Are you a list maker? Checklists come in handy when there are lots of things to remember, like when you're packing your RV. The problem is that there are so many items, but so little space and sometimes not much time. Here are a few things to consider when you are packing and want to make an RV checklist.

Hauling canned goods
Weight and balancing the load are important considerations when packing. Just take enough to get you through the first couple of days. Canned goods can be purchased when you stop at the store near your camping area.

Special toys for camping
Keep special camping toys in the camper and do not allow the children to play with them except when they are camping. Every time they go out, it will seem like they have a box of new toys to play with.

Consider including the following items in your list:

  • Bug spray
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuits and towels
  • Beach toys
  • Folding chairs
  • Camera
  • Film
  • First-aid supplies
  • AA batteries
  • 9 V batteries
  • Fuses for converter
  • Light bulbs
  • White-water hose
  • Extra 25-foot, 30- or 50-amp power cord
  • Pressure regulator
  • Extra section of sewer hose
  • Sewer line seal (donut)
  • Road flares
  • Rope or wire
  • Firewood (some states do not allow firewood across state lines)
  • Matches
  • Flashlights
  • Flashlight batteries
  • Lanterns
  • Grill and fuel
  • Folding shovel
  • Handyman tools
  • Bottle and can opener
  • Dishes, paper plates and cups
  • Pots and pans
  • Trash bags
  • Plastic bags
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Indoor games for rainy days
  • Craft supplies
  • Raincoats and jackets
  • Umbrellas
  • Sweaters, sweatshirts, long pants, even for warm destinations
  • Sports equipment
  • Books and magazines
  • Personal items

Before leaving the campsite
Some folks have a list to check to see if they have done everything before leaving the campsite. Always leave the site better than when you came.

Many campgrounds have a checklist on the sign as you leave the park. It is this:

  • Antenna down?
  • Steps up?
  • Wife in?
  • Have a good trip!
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