Is Your RV Ready? The Essential RV Travel Checklist Good Sam Roadside Assistance family posing in front of motorhome

When you go camping, you want to make sure you have the right equipment to enjoy your experience: a tent, sleeping bags, a flashlight, and so on. The same goes for when you're ready to hit the open road in your RV. We’ve put together an essential checklist for traveling in your RV so you know what you’ll need and which essential home and utility items should come on the road with you.

RV Essentials

Below is a list of essential supplies every RVer should bring with them, but make sure to include any other items that meet your specific family needs

Safety and first aid supplies

Accidents happen on the road, especially if you’re adventuring. Make sure to bring:

  • Bandaids
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Gauze and cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Allergy medication
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescription medications
  • Thermometer
  • Hot or cold compresses

RV equipment

Your RV comes with a lot of components, so make sure that you have everything you need to keep it running smoothly. This includes:

  • Jumper cables or battery starter
  • Emergency road kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Sewer kit
  • Leveling blocks
  • Wheel chocks
  • Extension cords
  • Duct tape
  • Matches or lighter
  • Extra motor oil and transmission fluid
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Work and disposable gloves
  • Toolkit (including a drill, wrenches, screws, etc. that fit your RV’s interior and exterior fixtures)
  • Shovel
  • Tarp
  • RV registration and owner manual
  • Insurance papers
  • Road maps
  • Roadside assistance ID or paperwork

Home and Kitchen Supplies

When you’re putting together your RV kitchen supplies, it helps to make a meal plan before you hit the road. Then add what you think you’ll need so you don’t bring too much or too little. If you’re going on a short weekend adventure, you can probably skip other home items, like laundry supplies.

Kitchen and cooking supplies

  • Can opener
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, and cups
  • Knives and utensils
  • Napkins
  • Tupperware
  • Plastic wrap and foil
  • Pots and pans
  • Scissors
  • Hand soap
  • Towels
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfecting wipes or cleaning spray
  • Broom and dustpan

Bed and bath

  • Bedsheets and blankets
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Towels
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Quarters for laundromat
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap or body wash
  • Hand soap and lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Shaving supplies
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Sunscreen
  • RV-friendly toilet paper
  • Holding tank chemicals
  • Feminine products
  • Hairbrushes and combs

Before You Depart: The Walk-Around Checklist

Don’t forget to walk through the inside of your RV and around the perimeter before you leave! It takes only a few minutes and can save you from running into trouble on the road. Remember to check your RV’s owner manual and include any listed steps there, too.

Inside your RV, make sure:

  • Cabinets are closed and locked
  • The fridge is closed and secured
  • Gas pilot lights are shut off
  • Furnace and A/C are off
  • Lights and fans are off
  • Extension cords are disconnected and stowed
  • TV antenna or satellite dish is lowered
  • Loose items are stowed or secured
  • Windows and ceiling vents are secured
  • TV and shelf are stowed properly
  • Inside weight is evenly distributed
  • Internal doors are closed

Outside your RV, check to see that:

  • The awning is secured
  • Slideouts are brought in
  • Wheel chocks are removed and stowed
  • Safety restraints are buckled
  • Shore power cord is disconnected and stowed
  • Drain/fill hoses are capped and stowed
  • Black and grey tanks are dumped and reset
  • Jacks are up and locked
  • Levelers are stowed
  • Entry steps are retracted
  • Water heater and water pump are off
  • Tires look properly inflated
  • External doors and panels are locked

Then, do a final walk-through to ensure:

  • All your belongings are inside
  • Trash is removed from the campsite
  • Your gas tank is full
  • Fluid levels are good
  • Mirrors and tires are ready
  • Brake lights and turn signals are working
  • The hitch is locked and secured
  • Your parking brake is disengaged
  • Everyone is ready to go (and in the RV before you drive off!)

Make a List and Check It Twice

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list that takes into account each of your RV’s amenities; remember to adapt this checklist to suit your own needs. Depending on how many people you have coming with you, there may be more items to bring (diapers for babies, wheelchair ramps and accessories for disabled family members, etc.). But by using our checklist as a base for your own personalized lists, packing for your adventures will be a breeze.

Just keep in mind that even with a checklist, you may forget something important. To be as ready as you can be, have your Good Sam Roadside Assistance coverage info handy in case you need a helping hand while on the road. Good Sam can help when something doesn't go to plan and will keep you covered all year round.