The Essential Camping List

Have you ever gone on an RV trip and realized you forgot a few essential items? Buying forgotten essentials from the campground store can be a pain (and expensive!), and if you’re camping on your own, well…good luck! At Lerch RV, we know how important it is to know what to bring on an RV trip, so we put together this little checklist to make sure your packing is as stress free as possible. Before you go on your next RV trip this season, stop by to visit us and stock up on all the essentials!


The best thing to do with kitchenware is to just buy a lot and leave it in your RV all season. This way, you’ll always know you have some on hand and won’t have to worry about packing it up while deciding what to bring on your RV trip.

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Flatware
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Hand towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Can opener
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ziploc bags
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Bowls
  • Cutting boards
  • Folding table
  • Outdoor chairs
  • Garbage Bags

Kitchen Supplies:

One of the more frustrating things when getting ready to cook dinner  is when you’ve forgotten your little spice assortment.  You have to have rosemary to rub onto your grilled chicken.  How about cinnamon for your French toast? One thing that many people do is to stop at their favorite grocery store before the trip to pick up some fresh herbs.  There’s nothing better than fresh basil to top off a fresh mozzarella and tomato salad.  Fresh oregano is fantastic in spaghetti sauce. When you’re on the road, it can be very hard to find a grocery store that carries fresh herbs.  The best thing to do with kitchenware is to just buy a lot and leave it in your RV all season. This way, you’ll always know you have some on hand and won’t have to worry about packing it up while deciding what to bring on your RV trip.

  • Salt and Pepper
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Mayo and Mustard
  • BBQ sauce and horseradish sauce
  • Oil and vinegar


Again, toiletries are things you can buy once and leave on your RV all season, and knowing what toiletries to bring on your RV trip can make your experience a lot more comfortable (for you AND those around you!). Before you leave for your first trip, make sure you have the following things:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Hair products
  • Deodorant
  • Powder
  • Perfume
  • RV safe toilet paper

Special Equipment

You’ve taken care of yourself – now take care of your RV! When you’re deciding what to bring on your RV trip, don’t forget to take the following RV essentials:

  • Extra long sewer hose to help you reach your sewer connection in those hard to reach campsites
  • 25 – 50 ft vinyl water hose with connecting devices (rubber can make water taste bad)
  • Water pressure regulator (A must have)
  • RV Toilet chemicals
  • Coaxial cable if campgrounds offer cable/satellite television
  • Work gloves and rubber gloves (for hooking up sewer connections to your RV and doing the dirty work)
  • Leveling blocks to ensure that your RV (and in particular, the refrigerator) is level

Electrical Equipment

Don’t forget your adapters! Since campgrounds have varying electricity sources, it is important to remember your adapters when thinking of what to bring on your RV trip – otherwise your appliances might not work! In addition to various adapters, stock up on batteries for your flashlights, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, gas leak detectors and other electronic devices.

Odds and Ends

What else should you bring on your RV trip? Whatever you want! There are a lot of other miscellaneous essentials that you’ll need, including:

  • GPS
  • Portable vacuum
  • Bungee cords
  • Whisk broom
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Matches or a Lighter
  • Puzzles and games
  • Bikes
  • Frisbee
  • Fishing poles and gear
  • Anything Else that makes your trip enjoyable and memorable

The best thing about having a camper is that once it’s packed up you don’t have to worry about what to bring on your trip for the rest of the season. Remember, if you’re planning a road trip and want some advice on what to bring or what to do, visit the Lerch RV’s camping center parts department. Our friendly staff will not only be able to help you find the all the supplies you need in our parts department, but we also have experienced campers who know exactly what you shouldn’t camp without! So stop by your Central PA RV Dealership today to prepare your travel trailer or 5th wheel for the upcoming camping season.



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