25 RV Must Haves When Traveling

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A Helpful List of RV Must Haves When Traveling

Three years ago my husband purchased an RV for our family. This purchase was something that we had been thinking about doing for years but since we lived in the city we didn’t want to pay for storage fees. After moving outside of the city, we knew that it was time to purchase an RV and after we did we immediately knew that it was the right decision. After we traveled a few times in our RV we discovered that there is a lot to know about what is needed or may be helpful when you travel with your RV. I’d love to share with you 25 RV Must-Haves When Traveling.

There is a lot that you need when traveling in your RV. Here are 25 RV Must Haves When Traveling.

There is a lot that is needed when you travel with your recreational vehicle and often times there is something that is always forgotten. Most of these RV Must-Haves are items that my husband and I realized we needed after we had already reached our camping destination and were nowhere near a store. I hope this list helps and please feel free to add to it in the comments section.

  • Batteries– You should make sure to have all sizes of batteries available in the RV. Not only do you need batteries for flashlights but you also need them for the smoke detectors that are normally located in each room.
  • Laundry Soap– Since our RV trips last around 3-4 days, I normally do not do laundry while we are RV’ing, however, I always want to be prepared for emergencies. We travel with little girls, so you never know when someone might get sick and sheets will need to be washed.
  • Propane– If you travel in the winter, propane is needed to heat the RV, in addition, you need propane so that you can cook.
  • Water Hose– This is necessary so you can hook up to the water supply at your campsite.
  • Bug Spray– When you RV you spend a lot of time outside, so you want to protect yourself from the mosquitoes.
  • Sunblock– As with bug spray, when you RV you spend a lot of time outdoors and you will want to make sure that your skin is protected from the rays of the sun.
  • Adapter for 30/50 Amp- This is necessary, in the event that your power hookup has either a 30 or 50 amp.
  • Sewer Hose– This is necessary so you can empty out your gray and black water tanks. At times you may consider purchasing a sewer hose extension in case the hook up is unable to reach where your RV is parked.
  • Board Games– These are fun to have when you can’t leave the RV because of the rain.
  • Kitchen Spices– I like to keep the common spices in our kitchen RV, such as pepper, salt, cinnamon, sugar, and garlic powder.
  • Music– Depending on where you RV, will depend on if you have satellite reception and/or internet ability, so music is a must.
  • Bubbles/ Bubble Machine– If you have kids, this is a great way to entertain them.
  • Drill– In case your power jack malfunctions, a drill will make it easier to raise and lower the RV.
  • Tool Box– You never know when you have to fix something.
  • Rain Gear– This is helpful if it starts to rain as you are trying to hook up your RV.
  • Outside Mat– This will help prevent dirt being tracked into your RV.
  • Broom– To clean up the dirt that the outside  mat didn’t catch.
  • Holding Tank Deodorizer and Waste Digester– This is necessary to break down the waste and give the toilet a pleasant smell.
  • Folding Chairs– It’s nice to have comfortable chairs to place around the campfire.
  • Campfire Cooking Supplies– This includes charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, and wire hangers for roasting marshmallows.
  • Extra Linens- I like to have extra blankets, sheets, and towels.
  • Pots & Pans– I like to have at least 1 pot, 1 saucepan, and 1 frying pan for cooking.
  • Food– I like to stock my RV refrigerator and pantry with enough healthy snacks, meals, and comfort foods that will last our entire trip.
  • Water– You want to make sure that you have enough drinking water.
  • Decorative Outdoor Lighting– When you RV, it’s fun to add fun lighting around your RV campsite.

Before each family road trip, I make sure to stop at Walmart and check in at the Automotive Care Center to have the oil checked and changed in our truck.

Walmart Automotive Care Center

I love to have my oil changed at Walmart not only because it allows me to pick up the supplies that I need for our road trip but because the employees in the Automative Care Center are extremely helpful. When I arrived before our last trip, they took the time to explain which oil would be best for my truck. Since my truck has over 75,000 miles, they referred Pennzoil®’s High Mileage Vehicle®. They took the time to tell me that this motor oil helps clean out the sludge lesser oil leaves behind while helping to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. Right now Pennzoil’s High Mileage oil is on Rollback from June 15th to September 28th from $39.88 to $35.88.

Rollback at Walmart for oil changes using Pennzoil

Make Sure Your Truck is RV Ready

When you go on an RV road trip, it’s important to take care of your vehicle and make sure that it’s in good condition to pull your RV. What are your RV Must-Haves When Traveling? Do you visit the Walmart Automotive Care Center before you begin a road trip?


  1. Thanks for all the great advice. Can’t wait to hit the road. We’ve been dreaming about this for years!

  2. Erin Jenkinson says

    Just bought our dream travel trailer…. can’t wait to hit the road. Thanks for all the great advice.

  3. Thanx 4 the tips! My fiance’ just surprised me w/ an RV. Lots to learn. Perhaps this will be our honeymoon?

  4. As a full-time RVer, I completely agree with this list. You need the essentials, and a little more for fun and enjoyment!

    Congrats on the new RV. 🙂

  5. Matt Beasley says

    Good tips. You also need to make sure you have the tools to change a tire . ( Good spare tire , Lug wrench or 4 way, and a good jack ) I take a floor jack on our travels it makes it easier for not just changing tires!

  6. RV Roadtripping looks like such fun, I’ve always wanted to do it x

  7. Great tips! We don’t own an RV ourselves, but our friends do and we’ve been talking about going camping with them. Thanks for sharing these tips! #client

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