Top 10 Camping Essentials

October 1, 2021

RV Camping in Central Texas

Who doesn’t love camping?

There’s nothing quite like sitting around a fire roasting s’mores and telling ghost stories. Camping is the perfect activity to help you get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, it’s an excellent way to clear your head and hit restart on a tired mind.

It’s smart to have some camping essentials on hand if you run into trouble and there’s no help nearby. Having a case or box of an essential in your motor home ensures that even if your RV is stranded, you’re prepared to spend the night with everything you need. The RV lifestyle can be life-changing in the best way, but make sure you’re prepared to tackle the uncertainties of it when they come.

If you’re thinking about stocking up on some camping essentials and unsure about where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Here is a complete list of all the camping essentials you need for any emergencies or simply a weekend getaway to your local RV park or campsite. This list gives you a guide for the outdoor amenities you need to stock up on for your camping trips.

 

1. First Aid Kit
Safety should be your top priority. Having a first aid kit anywhere is a smart choice. While we always hope we won’t have to use it, accidents can happen and it’s better to be prepared for them than not having anything on hand. Make sure you stock your RV first aid kit with all the medical supplies you could need for minor to semi-serious injuries.

Here’s a list you can check off so you don’t forget anything. Since every person is different, feel free to add to it accordingly.

  • Band-Aids
  • Tourniquet
  • Surgical gloves
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Gauze
  • CPR pocket mask
  • Sam splint
  • Surgical tape
  • Safety Glasses
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors

2. Medications

Unfamiliar environments have the potential to wreak havoc inside your body if you come in contact with something dangerous. This is why it’s essential to stock up on the basic medicines that can help your body combat possible viruses and allergens.

This is often overlooked because people often pay more attention to physical wounds, but keep few basic medicines on hand as well. Most people with recreational vehicles travel across the country or sometimes to different countries like Mexico and Canada.

  • Painkillers
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidiarrheal
  • Inhaler
  • Pepto Bismol/anti-nausea tablets
  • Antibiotics

Now that you have all the medical supplies and first-aid essentials you’ll need, let’s move on to…

3. Sleeping Essentials

Whether you’re camping inside the Campervan or out in the open, you’ll probably need to sleep at some point. This includes everything from sheets to pillows to sleeping bags. Here’s a complete checklist that you can use. All of us need different things to sleep comfortably, so feel free to add whatever you like.

  • Extra Sheets
  • Extra Blankets
  • Extra Pillows
  • Sleeping bags

If you’re a light sleeper, you may want to pack some eye masks and earplugs as well. Personally, I need a fan to sleep anywhere!

4. Toiletries

Toiletries include basic supplies you need to stay clean and take care of yourself. It’s important to focus on self-care wherever you are, even if you enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. This includes bathroom essentials and some other things if you’re into some extra self-care.

Here’s a checklist, and as always, you can take out or add whatever you like.

  • Toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner (optional)
  • Face wash/cleanser (optional)
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Toilet paper (Go for ones that are made for septic tanks to avoid clogging)
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Sunscreen (Lots of it!)
  • Extra feminine hygiene products. (Someone else will ask and you will be a her hero!)

5. Electrical Supplies

RVs do have multiple batteries that you can use to use low-powered electronics. This includes coffee makers, hot plates, etc. The batteries have fairly low power capabilities so don’t bother trying to get a full-sized appliance to run.

You can stock up your RV with basic electronics so your camping trips are as comfortable as possible. Here’s a basic list.

  • Extension cords
  • Electrical Tape
  • Phone/laptop chargers
  • Power bank
  • Spare batteries
  • Electronics/Appliances (optional, only pack what you need)

6. Kitchen Supplies

Lucky for us, RVs have kitchens so you don’t have to cook on a small flame in a campfire. While that is fun sometimes, a fully stocked mini-kitchen is more convenient for camping trips. Especially when you have kids.

This will also save you a lot of time and money that you would’ve spent buying things to eat or cook with in a pinch from different places with varying pricing. It’s always better to be prepared beforehand.

Here’s a handy little checklist you can use as a guide, feel free to add to take out anything you like.

  • Saucepan with a lid
  • Cutting board
  • Pot with a lid
  • Utensils; knives, spoons, forks, spatulas, ladles, wok skimmer (optional), corkscrew, peeler (optional).
  • Bowls, plates, cups (maybe avoid glassware).
  • Camp percolator or an electric kettle
  • Empty bottles
  • Food storage supplies; zip lock bags, plastic bags, tin foil, cling wrap, Tupperware.
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Dishwashing sponge
  • Basic spices and ingredients; you can create a list of your own depending on what you like to cook and eat.
  • Assorted snacks
  • Bottled water so you can stay hydrated.

Kitchen supplies are where you can get really creative. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the move, pack what you like (within reason) so you can snack on your favorite food on any camping trips you go on. Trust us, there’s nothing like being hungry and being unable to find good food anywhere, it can ruin the whole vibe of your trip.

7. Tool Kit

Having tools on hand is very important. It is essential for the same reasons that a first-aid kit and medical supplies are important; you’ll thank yourself in an emergency. You’ll need your tools in case you run into any car trouble.

Here are all the essentials you need: the perfect tool kit for your camping trip. As always, feel free to add anything you like that isn’t already on the list.

  • Pliers
  • Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wire cutters
  • Battery operated drill
  • Socket set
  • Hammer
  • Assorted screws and nails
  • Spare light bulbs
  • Spare fuses
  • Electrical tape
  • Wiper blades
  • Hose clips/jubilee clips
  • Collapsible ladder
  • Hatchet/Saw
  • Caulking gun
  • Rechargeable air compressor (for tires)
  • Rechargeable car battery jumper

8. Collapsible Furniture

Collapsible furniture is the key to camping anywhere you like, whether it’s the woods, an RV park, or any open area. Once you park, you’ll obviously need somewhere to sit down outside. It’s very relaxing to get out for some fresh air and stretch your legs after spending hours in a camper van.

Here are some basic collapsible items that will make your camping experience as comfortable as possible. Feel free to add whatever you like that would enhance the outdoor ambiance.

  • Chairs
  • Table
  • Folding cot if you like to sleep under the stars.

Apart from this, you’ll need lights that you can use in case it’s dark out. You can stock up on flashlights, string some fairy lights on the exterior of your RV or get electric lanterns.

9. Backup Batteries

Though RVs have multiple batteries, it’s always better to prepare for something going wrong. Stock up on backup batteries in case of an emergency. If you want to be extra careful, stock up on extra batteries for every battery-powered item in your essentials, such as flashlights, drills, small fans, heaters, etc.

10. Cleaning Supplies

Keeping your RV clean is pretty easy since everything goes in its own spot. However, it’s still essential to give it a good deep clean every few weeks, especially if you’ve come back from a long camping trip or are thinking of taking another one.

11. Miscellaneous (We gave you an extra list!)

These are miscellaneous items that we couldn’t sort into one category. These items are equally essential to everything else we’ve mentioned. Let’s get started; here’s a checklist to guide you.

  • Bug sprays
  • Insect repellant
  • Mosquito net
  • Paper towels
  • Icebox
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Bungee cords
  • Jumper cables
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Beach towels
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Water hose
  • Fishing equipment
  • Playing cards
  • Board games
  • Small grill
  • Emergency road kit
  • Matches or lighters
  • GPS
  • Sewing kits
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Crowbar

Some of these are optional and you can always add something you deem essential. Check this last list of essentials off and you’re sorted for many fun camping trips in your RV.

Final Takeaway

This was a complete breakdown of the top 10 (ok, 11) camping essentials you absolutely should stock up on for your next camping trip. We hope you found this list helpful. While some of these items are non-negotiable, some of them are optional so don’t feel like you have to get everything we recommend. Use these checklists to curate your own lists that work best for you and your family and enjoy your trip!