RV Beginner Basics

RV Beginner Basics

For beginners or first time RV owners, it can be overwhelming on what to stock in your RV for your first trip.  After reviewing our Quick Start Checklist, you will be on the road, set up, and enjoying the camping life in no time.

Quick Start Checklist

  • Adapters for 30 amp and 50 amp outlets.  Note: most campgrounds are equipped with 50 amp breakers.  I would check with the campground website for additional information.
  • Water hose (white potable water type)
  • Sewer hose.
  • Portable sewer caddy for campgrounds without sewer hook ups. (Optional)
  • Fuses
  • Heavy-duty extension cords
  • Small Tool Bag to include
    • Wrench kit
    • Screwdrivers
    • Hatchet or small ax
    • Hammer
  • Level
  • Leveling Blocks
  • Rope, bungee cords, zip-ties
  • Fire starters, lighters/matches

For the kitchen

  • Ziploc bags (sandwich size and gallon size) aluminum foil
  • Pots and pans.  Equip yourself with pans/pots that can withstand high heat for using on the campfire
  • Dishes/cooking utensils.  We started out with plasticware and paper plates until we understand our real needs after camping a few times.
  • Bottle/can opener

For the bathroom

  • RV toilet paper.  Do NOT use regular toilet paper.
  • Toiletries; shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Toilet deodorizers

For the Bedrooms/Bunkhouse

  • Pillows, pillowcases, sheets, and blankets
  • Night light


  • Batteries- Check and see what sizes you will need.  This will be handy for your TV remotes and flashlights.
  • Firewood- most places that allow camp fires will have a service or some available for purchase.  I would suggest making quick friends with someone who sells it if you don’t have any readily available.
  • First-aid supplies: bandaids, antiseptic, etc.
  • Fire extinguisher- If you purchased your RV new, one should be already included.  Check near your entrance door to locate.
  • Flashlights or lanterns
  • Folding chairs
  • Games; card games are a family favorite.
  • Grill and fuel
  • Matches/lighter
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • Pool or beach towels
  • Grocery Bags- these are handy for your kitchen trashcan or bathroom trash cans.  I also use these to dispose smaller amounts of food cutting or garbage that may smell.
  • Trash bags- we recommend keeping your trash outside for space savings but be sure to secure your trashcan throughout the night so critters do not get inside and “trash” your site.

Everyone has favorites and must-haves they can't survive without, but the Quick Start Guide will help you go from beginner to RV pro. 

What is your must-have in your RV?  Comment below.