When we started RVing over 10 years ago, we began stocking our RV with its own set of items that we need every day. This includes towels, washcloths, hygiene items, silverware, utensils, and dinnerware. Over the years, our RV stock has grown to include a first aid kit, aluminum foil, paper towels, napkins, a hair dryer, etc.
It is impractical to stock everything, though. It wasn’t long until we found that we forgot an item or two each trip. That led us to quickly start a camping checklist. Since that time, we hardly ever find ourselves away from home without everything that we need and recommend that you do the same thing too.
Since all of our needs are unique, you may want to create your own checklist. To help you get started, though, we have created a base template that can be downloaded here in PDF format. If you would like our original list in Microsoft Publisher format, please contact us.
When you look at our template, you will notice a few things:
- The food section is essentially blank. That is because we plan base meals in advance and list all the items we need for each meal and check them off as they get loaded. By planning in advance and eating most of our meals in the RV, we are never without a meal and save on travel costs as the meals come out of our normal food budget
- Essential medications are in a separate checklist lumped under ‘Medicine chest.’ Since our RV isn’t stored in a garage, isn’t climate controlled when sitting between trips, and we live in the south, we found that the inside temperature got too high to store medications. We keep them in a separate chest and keep it stocked and waiting in our house.
- We keep portable electronics in our house for safekeeping and only load them the day of our trip.
We hope you find this checklist helpful and a good starting point so you are ready for your next adventure and don’t spend your time running to the store to purchase what you forgot.