RV Basics

First Time RV Essential Stock Up Checklist

A lot of RV checklists are available online to help ensure you’re fully stocked up for your first trip. But many of them seem to list everything you might possibly want (if I have never done a puzzle at home, I’m probably not going to start on my next RV trip). Or included things I’ve never heard of and so definitely wouldn’t be able to use even if I had them (what is a “pie iron” anyway?) This list is much more pared down to what you probably need. You definitely will want other things, but these are essentials you won’t want to forget.

I made this list when stocking up our new RV (yes, we finally got a new one!) over the course of a couple of weeks as I kept realizing more things I was missing.

Here’s the RV!

This list works in general for any kind of RV but is specific to a class B with 30 AMP power. I’ve included links to what we’ve purchased (where applicable).

RV equipment:

Bedding and towels:

  • sheets, comforter, and pillows (we also have a mattress topper)
  • Quick dry towels in multiple sizes (we use these for all kinds of things: showers, hand towels, dish towels, outside table cloth…)



Obviously, this will vary, but some staples we started with are:

  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • canned beans and rice
  • nuts and protein bars
  • pancake mix and syrup
  • instant mashed potatoes, pasta, and marinara sauce

You can check out my post on food to road trip with here.

Bath/toiletries (we keep a travel toiletries bag):

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss
  • Skincare of your choice
  • First aid kit
  • Soap and shampoo (you could use castile soap for an all in one option)


  • USB cords (for charging phones)
  • HDMI cable (for connecting laptop to TV to watch movies)
  • Flashlight

For lounging outside:

When heading out:

  • Fill water jug
  • Stock refrigerator
  • Full water bottles and coffee/tea travel mugs
  • Clothes, coats, and boots (remember clothes for lounging!)
  • Don’t forget retainers! (OK, this is only for those of us who had Invisalign)

One reply on “First Time RV Essential Stock Up Checklist”

In an earlier post you mentioned a “donut” for your Roadtrek Macerator …. Where did you find one. I have looked everywhere for one that was in your picture …. looks like it would fit like a glove…..


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