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Searching for RV checklists or packing a camper lists? You're in the right place! Here are 7 Motorhome checklists to help you organize everything in your van.

 

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Packing a Camper lists

Trying to pack a camper or RV? Wondering what kit you need (and what you don't!?) Or are you just trying to avoid THAT feeling- the one where you're driving down the road absolutely convinced you've forgotten something vitally important!

Packing an RV or motorhome isn't easy– especially if it's new to you and you're a beginner. Where do you even start? Luckily, we have several PRINTABLE RV checklists right here with everything you're going to need, whether you're packing for a week holiday on the road or for full-time adventures!
 


Printable RV Kitchen Checklist

An essential packing checklist for motorhome and RV Kitchens. You will ALWAYS take more than you need at first- just remember to go through after each trip and discard what you no longer use. RV Kitchens are better when they're simpler and easy to find everything! Get more RV packing tips here

Pots and Pans for the RV

  • Small and large saucepans
  • Wok/ frying pan
  • Baking sheet
  • Gas Kettle
  • Oven dish or Omnia hob oven

Eating and serving checklist for motorhomes

  • Cutlery- no more than you need
  • Plates/ bowls/ pasta bowls/ serving or salad bowl
  • Glasses- water & wine
  • Mugs
  • Thermal mugs for travelling
  • Paper plates for easy meals on the move

 

 

Food prep for campers

  • Sharp knives & sharpening stone
  • Chopping boards (2 are useful)
  • Spatula/ wooden spoon/ serving spoon/ slotted spoon
  • Tongs
  • Salad servers
  • Cheese grater
  • Potato masher
  • Bottle opener/ corkscrew
  • Can opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Kitchen Scissors

Useful, but not essential RV Kitchen gear

  • Cake/ brownie pan
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Colander
  • Pot holder/ pan rests
  • Measuring jug
  • Scales

RV Kitchen extras

  • Spare lighter/ matches for BBQ
  • Trash/ bin bags
  • Sandwich bags
  • Foil
  • Film/ plastic wrap
  • Paper towels
  • Hand towel

RV Cleaning Checklist

  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Hand towels
  • Drying rack or mat
  • Washing up bowl
  • Spray cleaner
  • Broom
  • Dustpan and brush
RV Kitchen essentials checklist- Packing a camper lists. 7 essential RV checklists to download and print at home.
RV Kitchen Essential Checklist
Packing a Camper lists - Motorhome RV Packing tips for beginners -Printable Checklists for RV Life
Packing a Camper lists – Motorhome RV Packing tips for beginners -Printable Checklists for RV Life

 


Motorhome Contents Checklist- RV Living & Sleeping tips

Bedding

  • Pillows
  • Duvet (or sleeping bags, but we prefer proper bedding)
  • Bed linen. We prefer a flat sheet- it's easier to fit. You can use the duvet cover without the duvet in hot weather
  • Blanket
  • Mattress topper for extra comfort
  • Battery/ 12v fan for hot nights!

RV Setup checklist

  • Levelling chocks/ ramps
  • Hose pipe (and connectors)
  • Electric cable 
  • Gas bottles and adaptors for different filling stations
  • Fresh water
  • Water purification tablets
  • Folding bucket/ water container

Packing a Camper list- Outdoors fun

  • BBQ and plate to stand on
  • BBQ utensils
  • Outdoor seating & table
  • Awning or shade
  • Citronella candles
  • Fairylights
  • Outdoor lamp
  • Fly swat
  • Picnic rug
  • Cycle gear if you have bikes with you
  • Paddleboard/ kayak
  • Wetsuits
  • Snorkelling gear if using

What to pack in an RV? Hobbies and games!

  • Outdoor games, like boules, frisbee, badminton, football/ soccer
  • Indoor games- cards, board games, road trip activities for the kids while driving
  • Wildlife book
  • Binoculars
  • Portable telescope
  • Pen & notepad. Colouring books are useful too

RV camping- Electrical kit to pack

  • Phones & chargers. 12v chargers are useful
  • Ipads/ laptops/ kindles and chargers
  • Invertor
  • Motorhome Sat Nav
  • Camera & tripod
  • Drone
  • Go Pro (and accessories!)
  • Motorhome wifi dongle
  • Hard drive to hold all those photos and videos!
Motorhome Contents & RV Living essentials checklist- Packing a camper lists. 7 essential RV checklists to download and print at home.
Motorhome Contents checklist for RV Living
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Searching for packing a camper lists? You're in the right place! Here are 7 downloadable and printable Motorhome & RV checklists to help you organize everything in your van for RV life.

 

 


What should I pack in my RV? Grocery Shopping Checklist

Some of these foods can be bought in advance of your road trip, but some need to be bought on the day you leave. We try to turn our fridge/ freezer on for a few hours before we set off, so it's nice and cold when the perishable foods go into it.

Drinks

RV Packing tip- Store heavy things (like bottles of water) as low as possible. Get more RV Packing tips

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar/ sweetener
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Green/ flavoured tea
  • Squash
  • Juice
  • Soda
  • Water
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Reusable Ice cubes- so useful!

Dry Goods-  essentials for the RV Kitchen

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Porridge oats/ oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Canned soup
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meats
  • Olive oil/ cooking oil
  • Part baked bread
  • Salt/ pepper
  • Seasonings/ herbs
  • Table sauces
  • Jams/ Nutella
  • Peanut Butter
  • Maple Syrup/ Honey

Road Trip snacks- easy to grab on the go

Here's a list of HEALTHY ROAD TRIP SNACKS

  • Biscuits
  • Crisps
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts
  • Raisins

RV Checklist- Perishable groceries

  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Wraps
  • Muffins
  • Cheese
  • Butter/ margarine
  • Ham/ cooked cold meats
  • Uncooked meats
  • Eggs
  • Salad
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Dips/ spreads/ sauces
What should I pack in my RV? Grocery essentials checklist for the RV Kitchen- Packing a camper lists. 7 essential RV checklists to download and print at home.
What should I pack in my RV? Grocery essentials checklist for the RV Kitchen
Packing a Camper lists - Motorhome RV Packing tips for beginners -Printable Checklists for RV Life
Packing a Camper lists – Motorhome RV Packing tips for beginners -Printable Checklists for RV Life

Best RV Checklist- Bathroom essentials

RV Bathrooms cause a lot of concern- they're often a lot smaller than you're used to. But I promise, you get used to it. Here's how to keep your RV Bathroom smelling amazing all year!

Motorhome Bathroom essentials

  • Toilet paper (No- RV Toilet paper is not necessary. Use cheap stuff which disintegrates easily)
  • Toilet Brush
  • RV Toilet Chemicals ( we use laundry tabs- much cheaper!)
  • Spray cleaner/ wipes
  • Microfibre cloths (awesome for cleaning glass/ mirrors)
  • Hand soap
  • Hand towel
  • Pedal bin bags (if you want to dispose of your toilet paper separately)
  • Bath mat

What do you need in your RV camper? Toiletries. You definitely need those!

  • Shampoo/ conditioner
  • Body wash/ soap/ wipes
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss/ dental brushes
  • Razor/ cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Aftersun/ aloe vera
  • Body lotion
  • Face moisturiser
  • Deodorant
  • Body spray/ perfume
  • Hairbrush/ comb
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair ties/ bands/ clips
  • Tampons/ pads
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Towels
  • Flannel
  • Make up (here's a full list of what Makeup I carry onboard)
  • Make up remover
  • Contact lenses/ glasses
  • Medications
  • Hand santizer
  • Flip flops for public showers
  • Cotton buds
  • Cotton pads
  • Dry shampoo
  • Ear plugs

First Aid Kit

  • Paracetamol
  • Nurofen
  • Plasters/ spray plaster
  • Antiseptic wipes/ cream
  • Insect repellant
  • Bite cream
  • Vicks/ Olbas oil
  • Throat lozenges/ spray
  • Cough medicine
  • Imodium
  • Antacid
  • Eye bath and wash
  • Bandages & safety pins
  • Gauze/ tape
  • Sling
  • Hayfever/ allergy tablets

 

RV Bathroom essentials checklist- Packing a camper lists. 7 essential RV checklists to download and print at home.
Packing a camper lists- RV Bathroom checklist

Essential packing checklist for motorhomes-  Tools Checklist

You will always kind small (or big!) repairs to do on your camper as you travel. A basic tool kit is so useful to carry onboard- especially if you enjoy camping in the middle of nowhere! 

RV maintenance checklist- Tools

  • Battery-powered drill/ screwdriver (ideally with rechargeable batteries)
  • Ratchet socket set
  • Pliers (long nosed/ short nosed)
  • Duct tape/ gorilla tape
  • Insulation tape
  • Cable ties- mix of lengths
  • Screwdrivers
  • Spanner/ wrench set
  • String
  • Gloves- work and disposable
  • WD 40
  • Stanley knife & blades
  • Hammer
  • Bungee cords
  • Pocket Knife/ Multi tool
  • Invertor
  • 12v Powerpack (my lifesaver!)
  • Generator
  • Snowchains if necessary

What do I need for RV camping- spares

  • Spare fuses for camper
  • Spare bulbs for all lights
  • Spare engine oil
  • Spare fuel for genset
  • Spare batteries (all types)

Motorhome packing checklist- emergency kit

  • Car Jack (make sure it lifts the weight of camper!
  • High power torch
  • Traction mats (to put under tyres if you get stuck in mud)
  • Sealant/ silicone
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • Axle stand
  • Tow Rope
  • Jump leads
  • Jump pack/ battery charger
  • Fire Blanket
  • Fire Extinguisher

Before you set off, make sure you've completed this ESSENTIAL motorhome check– it really is life-saving.

Motorhome Checklist- RV and Camper Tools and emergency kit you need to carry in your motorhome.
Motorhome Checklist- RV and Camper Tools and emergency kit you need to carry in your motorhome.
Packing a Camper lists - Motorhome RV Packing tips for beginners -Printable Checklists for RV Life
Packing a Camper lists – Motorhome RV Packing tips for beginners -Printable Checklists for RV Life

How to pack a motorhome- Clothes Checklist

Ahhh- the fun bit of packing a camper- clothes! This invariably causes never-ending arguments as everyone fights over locker space and insists everyone else has too many clothes (moi?!?!) If you want to increase space, here are 5 easy tips to increase storage space for your clothes.

 

For a full list of all the clothes we carry onboard, click here

 

Packing a camper- clothes checklist for motorhomes and RVs. 7 essential checklists for packing an RV
Packing a camper- clothes checklist for motorhomes and RVs.

What do you need in your camper – Dog Travel Checklist

Is it weird that our dog has more lockers onboard our motorhome than we do?? Seriously- he has ALL. THE. THINGS. But he uses them all, so they can stay. 

Daily items for dog travel

Keep things you need every day or nearly every day easily accessible. Also, find some toys/ treats which your dog can play with quietly by themselves for a while. For Mac, he loves a good filled bone or will happily destroy anything stuffed- sometimes we accept the mess just to have a little peace & quiet if he's in one of his crazy cocker spaniel moments!!! #baddogparents

  • Crate/ bed- Mac travels in his crate and sleeps on our bed, but we use his crate to keep him safe if we leave the van during the day
  • Non spill drinking bowl- these are BRILLIANT to give your dog water whilst on the road
  • Food bowl
  • Lead (and a spare if your dog is a chewer like ours!!)
  • Chew toys
  • Play toys
  • Food (wet/dry)
  • Collar with tag. Include a dialling code on your phone number if you're travelling outside your home country.
  • Harness
  • Muzzle- used if travelling on pet-friendly ferries and also on trains, like our trip to Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Dog Passport and paperwork- learn how to get a Pet Passport
  • Poo Bags
  • Travel crate or seat harness. Mac chewed through ours within a hour- hence the crate!
  • Treats
  • Long (wire!) lead and outdoor stake to screw into ground. Mac will happily play with a ball or lie outside and watch the world go past. 

Essentials for Dog Cleanliness on the road

Keeping a dog clean is never easy. Keeping one clean in a motorhome is… challenging. We've found you should carry the following onboard:

  • Shampoo (plus possibly a strong odour remover shampoo if your dog enjoys rolling in unpleasant things!
  • Towel/ dog bag
  • Nail clippers
  • Brush
  • Tick remover- ESSENTIAL in Europe
  • Worming tablets if needed
  • Flea/ tick tablets if needed
  • Ear cleaner

Clothing/ accessories to keep your dog comfortable in extreme temperatures

During our Motorhome road trips, we've been FREEZING in Norway (before pup) and melting in Southern France. To try and keep Mac comfy, we carry:

  • Cooling jacket- this is AMAZING
  • Cool mat
  • Cooling collar
  • Warm coat
Dog Travel & Road Trip essentials checklist- Packing a camper lists. 7 essential RV checklists to download and print at home.
Dog Travel & Road Trip essentials checklist- Packing a camper lists. 7 essential RV checklists to download and print at home.

Printable Packing a Camper List- Make your Own RV Checklist

Want to add your own things to your RV packing list? Here's a blank checklist for you to add essentials as you discover (or forget them!) 

Printable RV checklist- Packing a camper lists. 7 essential RV checklists to download and print at home.
Printable RV Checklist

 

I hope you find these 7 (or 8!) RV checklists useful while packing your camper. If there's anything you think we've forgotten (most possible!), please let us know in the comments below. 

 

Want to watch a video of us PACKING UP OUR MOTORHOME FROM SCRATCH? Click HERE!

 

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