Three Overlooked Items to Pack for Every RV Trip

Even if you have only take one or two trips in an RV previously, you probably already know most of the basics that should be packed with you on a trip. Food, clothing, basic camping supplies, and more should all find their way into the RV before you head out onto the road. It doesn’t take long as an RV owner to get the hang of how to pack your rig successfully before setting out on a trip.


Traveling with a Little Cash is a Smart Move
Traveling with a Little Cash is a Smart Move

However, there are some other items that you should consider taking with you which are often overlooked. These items are necessarily ‘must-haves’ for an RV vacation, but they certainly can come in handy.

#1 – Cash

In today’s high tech world, many people travel without cash. Debit and credit cards are accepted most places, so it seems somewhat silly to bother with cash when you can just use a card. However, when you are going camping in your RV, you might want to think twice about relying on cards only. Depending on your travel destination, you might find yourself in a place where cards aren’t as universally accepted. Also, some campgrounds may not be set up to take cards, requiring you to leave a cash payment for your spot (this is often true of government-run campgrounds). You don’t need to pack a large amount of cash for your trip, but having even $100 in your wallet could come in handy when you really need it.

#2 – Extra Socks

Certainly you are already packing some socks for your trip, but taking more than you will think you need is always a good idea. Having a fresh pair of socks available when your feet are tired or sore is a great feeling, and socks take up almost no room in your suitcase. Why are socks so important while camping in an RV? Because of the activities you are likely to take part in during your vacation. Many RV trips involve hiking, playing near the water, or otherwise being active in some way. All of these things can lead to sweaty, smelly socks. Therefore, it is common to go through more than one pair of socks during the day – and you could use as many as three or four pair depending on what you are doing and where you are. Instead of having to limit your activities because you don’t have enough clean socks, take extra and have as much fun as you would like.

#3 – Outdoor Lights

It is amazing how many RV travelers forget that they will want to spend time outside of their RV after night has fallen. Your RV obviously has lights on the inside, but it probably doesn’t have enough exterior light for you to enjoy a starry evening out in the fresh air. Take a lantern or other outdoor light source so you can sit around the table well into the evening if you so choose. An RV makes for a great place to retire to when the night is done, but you still want to be able to enjoy the great outdoors for as much of your trip as possible.



  1. There’s no better way to ruin “a starry evening out in the fresh air” than to have artificial lights turned on.

    • Exactly what I was thinking Murray Lundberg. Outside light don’t let you enjoy the “starry nights”. Don’t forget a good flashlight or two, is what I think they should have said. To see going to the bath house or looking for “eyes” in the night.

  2. We take old oil lanterns and use citronellà oil to help keep mosquitoes at bay. Plus the light intensity can be controlled.,

  3. All legal and medical papers. Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, List of Medications, Names of Doctors, etc. These are not pleasant topics. We had a brief seminar for Snowbirds this past winter and almost everyone did not have the legal papers with them.

    • If you have a smart phone set up the emergency settings. This allows you to put in next of kin to contact and link to notes (all of your meds and history) After this is set up it is available by pressing the emergency icon with out a password

  4. I do bring a few solar lights we have found that if placed on the path to say an outhouse or such we find it better at night. We are referring to camping with tents. We now have a washroom in the camper so my wife is more comfortable. But a couple of low voltage solar don’t ruin my start gazing at all…

  5. Make sure that in a medical emergency of the primary driver the companion can drive enough to get the unit to a place of help/safety.

  6. Concerning the cash: we were on a 6 week trip but stayed most of the time in Bristol, Va. at Sugar Hollow Campground which required cash only. Was only $18 per night. Very close to I-81, shopping of all sorts and lots of eating options. The bath housed needed updating.

  7. If you have a satellite receiver with DVD recorder in your home you can remove the receiver from your home and take it with you while camping… You can’t receive any programs but you can watch what ever you have recorded…

  8. #3 we have a bug light one on the far left of our Heartland Sundance 5er and one under the top step. I also make sure to take my propane fire pit with us on every trip. I bought it at Lowes for $99 bucks. I even use it when we aren’t camping. I love looking up in the sky and seeing all the stars. Beautiful.

  9. we always take a suitcase, you never know when something might happen and you have to spend a night or two in a motel. it beats carrying everything in without one.

  10. For pet lovers….carry the pets list of shots, etc. your vet will gladly print it out. Also be sure to have your pet microchipped, nation wide.

    • I make sure al g with my pets re rods that I look p vets and emergency vets in the areas we will be in. It would be very hard in an emergency to look that up.

  11. A Thermacell it’s worth it’s weight in gold. It not only keeps mosquitoes away but all fling insects. Plus you don’t have to spray yourself with smelly chemicals. Trust me you will be glad you bought one or two.

  12. Cash, yep! We travel with quite a bit, actually. Split carefully between the 2 of of us and the trailer, in case of theft. We’ve had cards declined (because of out of state purchases) and we’ve had our share of roadside emergencies. Socks – yep! At least 20 pair each for a 2 week trip. We always have plenty of flashlights, again roadside problems. We do enjoy our awning lights for dining but yeah on a clear night they get turned off so we can see the stars.

  13. I always carry plenty of socks. Even in summer, never know when weather in mountains will change. We always carry extra cash in case of an emergency. You never know what might come up. Our outside light is a white 5 gal. bucket with lid and handle. It was given to us by our neice. It has a very low wattage bulb and is decorated on the sides.

  14. On the subject of cell phones and phone numbers. Take a moment and print out your contacts. I was recently admitted ti the hospital through the ER. Needless to say, I was not prepared with a charger in my purse, etc. The battery died and I had a problem even calling my sisters! Who remembers phone numbers any more?


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