Since purchasing and bringing home our first RV, I have been making list after list, taking inventory of our closets and shopping to stock the trailer with everything we would need for a comfortable camping trip. I am lucky enough to have very experienced RVers for parents as well as my own experience camping and RVing in my younger years so I felt pretty comfortable knowing what I needed and what would be too much.
I am only stocking with the interior of the trailer and the patio/activity supplies right now and I will break this post into 5 sections. Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Patio and Entertainment.
Luckily I didn’t have to buy much for the bedroom supplies. We had plenty of additional blankets, sheets, pillows and throw blankets. I did purchase the kids each a Ozark Trail Sleeping Bag from Walmart which they will got via the Easter Bunny and I will probably buy an inexpensive 2 pack of pillows for the kids which can be kept in the trailer. Everything else I pulled from our closets which was a great help with my spring cleaning this year.
I purchased a long hanging shoe organizer which can be hung in the bedroom closets. This will allow for organized storage of smaller items like socks and undershirts. The bedding and blankets are stored under one of our dinette benches. I like that sleeping bags can be stuffed back into their bag and take up less space. Pillows live in one of the bedroom closets. And let’s be honest, much will end up on the bed.
I was able to take some of our older towels from the house and demote them to the trailer. I will have to buy some new beach towels and bath towels for the house eventually but right now we have plenty to go around. I purchased a suction cup soap holder for the shower, foldable laundry hamper and hand and face towels from Dollar Tree. I also stocked the bathroom with a first aid kit, toiletries and cleaners that we will keep in the trailer at all times.
Stocking the kitchen took a bit more work. I didn’t want to have to take items in and out every time we wanted a weekend away so essentially I had to stock a second kitchen. I started by going through my kitchen and taking items that were either doubles or underused. The rest I purchased but I made sure they 1) didn’t take up too much space 2) were multi purpose and 3) are light weight. The items I wanted to touch on were our dinnerware, bowls and kitchen utensils.
For dinnerware my experienced camper parents insist on Corelle Dishes. They are very durable, light weight and super affordable for a 16 piece set. I paid about 40$ for our new set. My mom said “if they survived you and your brother, they can survive anything.” Thanks ma! But she is right, a few rough roads and the dishes could take a good rattle in the cabinets so they need to be as durable as possible.
Salads, popcorn, mixing pancakes, all need bowls to prepare but they take up a huge amount of cupboard real estate which we don’t have. There are many collapsible bowls out there but I am not a big fan. The lids never keep their shape for me. So I opted for varied sizes of nesting bowls. My mom found these for me at Walmart. The large half will stay in the house, the smaller half will go in the trailer. And they can double as tupperware when needed.
The last items is kitchen utensils. I wasn’t sure what we would need and use the most so I decided after I shopped my own kitchen, I would fill in the holes with items from Dollar Tree. Trivets, wooden spoons, metal tongs, sponges, dish soap, scrubbers, measuring cups were all purchased for $1.25 and if they don’t stand up or don’t get used often, it didn’t set us back much and we will know what we need to invest it for the future.
For our outdoor supplies we again dug into what we already had. Small travel BBQ, folding camp chairs, flash lights and tablecloths all came from our existing stash of camping items in the garage. The Easter Bunny brought the kids their own camp chairs from Walmart. They are super cute and came with their own UV shade which is great. I don’t see ours online anymore but these are similar.
We also purchased some cute mason jar patio lanterns for the awning and a nice big Coleman Outdoor Mat for the ground just outside the trailer. This will give the kids a place to play on the ground without getting completely filthy (haha, ya right) and I place for our shoes to come on and off without crowding the door.
I have been saving up and buying simple and easy toys and activities to keep packed in the trailer this summer. I will also pick a few puzzles and games from our collection at home and add them in and switch them out as they get used to keep things interesting. Right now we packed some velcro baseball mitts, bubbles and sidewalk chalk. For rainy days we will also pack some colouring a craft items and lots and lots of movies.
This is my list so far. It’s been fun getting prepared but the real test will be when we take our first trip and see what we ended up forgetting!
I have created a printable packing list to keep myself organized which you can find below. I hope they help you get organized for your next camping adventure!
RV Packing List Printable (Small)