You’ve always imagined traveling around in an RV and now you own one. As exciting as it is, it can be daunting figuring out just what the heck you need to take with you. Particularly when space is so limited. I mean, just what constitutes an “essential” in the world of RVing?
Keep reading to find out!
1. A Proper Folding Table
If you’re new to RVing you may assume that every campsite you go to will have plenty of tables for you to use. But that’s not always the case.
Luckily you can pick up a solid folding table at many box stores that have camping/sporting departments. And since they collapse and are lightweight, you can easily store them. Eat on them, play board games or lay out a map to plan the rest of your route… a folding table serves a variety of purposes.
2. Portable Folding Propane Grill
Staying with the foldable theme, you can’t set up camp without a good grill. And again, you can’t be sure that every camp ground will have enough to go around. And if you park out in the middle of nowhere, you’ll have to rub a lot of sticks together to grill up all those burgers you bought at Sam’s Club.
You can get a quality foldable propane grill for around $250.
3. Multiple Internet Carriers
If you’re like most people, you’re going to want to be able to get online when you’re on the road to stream movies and stay in touch with friends and family back home. If you live full-time in an RV, and especially if you freelance out of your rig, you’ll definitely need to be connected.
Since RVs don’t have a regular connection like houses do, you’ll want to sign up with a couple of different and reputable carriers. We say a couple because you’ll most likely run into areas where one carrier has great coverage and the other carrier… not so much.
Start with a lesser data plan so you don’t break your travel budget. You can always add if you find you really need more. Depending on how much data you use, you’re looking at spending anywhere from $50 to $250 a month for a solid internet connection.
4. Portable Dehumidifier
Forget about summertime humidity, when you live in such a small space, even boiling water or taking a shower can cause the humidity level to climb. That’s just a bad, bad (and sticky) situation.
Do yourself a favor and get a small portable dehumidifier. They only cost about $25 and will make your life much more comfortable and your dry goods dry. Because who likes eating bendy pretzels?
5. Roadside Assistance Membership
Anyone driving anything with four wheels should have a roadside assistance card with them at all times. But this is particularly true when you’re driving such a big rig. If you should ever need a tow, you’ll be glad to just call a number and have proper help arrive.
6. Brass Y Valve
If you’ve done any kind of RVing, you’ve probably noticed that most campsites have water connections with only spigot. But often you’ll want to have two spigots so you can wash your hands and your rig, or just have an ol’ fashioned water fight with the fam. You can easily pick up a brass Y valve for about $15 at any hardware store.
7. A Quality Sewer Hose
Go ahead and skimp on the toilet paper if you want to. Maybe you think two-ply is overrated. But whatever you do, don’t skimp on your sewer hose. Trust us, the last thing you want is your hose rupturing while you’re emptying out your black water tank. A solid and dependable hose will cost you less than $100, will last a long time, and will ensure you don’t have an accident worthy of “Funniest Home Videos.”
Other Essentials Worth Mentioning
- Microwaveable bowls
- Camp percolator or teapot, coffee, tea and filters
- All-purpose cleaner
- Disinfectant spray
- Basic first aid kit
- Battery-powered radio
- Small kitchen fire extinguisher
- Duct tape
- Small tool kit
- Jumper cables
- Bungee cords with hooks
- Extra batteries
- Cellphone chargers
- Lanterns – battery or gas
- Small electric or battery powered fan
- Your sanity – because sometimes being trapped in a small space with your entire family can make you feel like losing it. But you can’t lose it if you don’t bring it with you.
When you have essential items with you, you can relax and have a good time on your trip. These are just some common and basic items, you may find you require other items as well. Pay attention to what you use and don’t use and adjust your personal list as you travel more and more.