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Rv Packing List

Last month, we finally did it! Yes, we have been talking about this for a couple years and we finally did it! We finally rented an RV to take a family camping (or shall I say “glamping”?) trip.

When I was a kid, my family had a pop-up camper which we traveled with many times each summer, but I had never taken an actual RV trip. While we travel frequently these days with the kids, an RV trip has always been on my to-do list. I don’t know why, but it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do. The kids are 6, 9 and 11 and I thought this would be the best time to try it.

I have to say that after our disastrous “cabin in the woods” trip of Labor Day 2015, I was a little scared that our current “roughing it” trip idea would backfire. Okay, okay….RV travel isn’t exactly roughing it but it’s close. We are still talking about campgrounds, sewage tanks, public bathrooms, building fires and sleeping in very close quarters.

We decided this Spring Break was the perfect time to test out RV travel with a mini 3-day trip to see how we liked it. Neither my husband or I have ever driven an RV, so we rented a 25″ c-class RV (no special license required). This was a medium size RV that could sleep my family of five and had a bathroom, stove,  and fridge/freezer.

To take you along on our first Baby Gizmo RV trip, we decided to do a little filming on our trip to share a Baby Gizmo RV Travel Video Series. In this first episode, we are sharing with you all the important things that we packed for our trip! Plus, at the last minute, I came up with a brilliant idea for the boys’ sleeping bunk. You have to watch the video to find out what it is!

If you are planning your first RV family trip, here is a great packing list to use!

For the RV Kitchen:

  • Cups and mugs
  • Plates and bowls
  • Utensils
  • Pot and pan
  • Matches
  • Cleaning supplies – I like took Clorox Wipes
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towels and dish sponge
  • Tupperware, Ziplocks bags, aluminum foil
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Condiments (salt and pepper)
  • Cooking oil
  • Scissors
  • Bucket

For the Bathroom:

  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletry kit
  • Dirty clothes bag

For Sleeping:

  • Sheets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Pillows

For Activities:

  • Lounge chairs
  • Books
  • Cards and games
  • Pens and paper
  • Lanterns
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Fire Wood
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or visor
  • First Aid Kit
  • Insect repellant
  • Backpack
  • Comfortable shoes

RV Essentials:

  • Tool kit
  • Road Flares
  • Trash cans
  • Trash bags
  • Leveling blocks
  • Duct Tape
  • Rubber Gloves (You’ll need these to empty the sewage tank!!)
  • Extension cord
  • Mat for outside the RV door
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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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