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Best RV Checklists, Shopping Lists & Must-Have Camping Lists 

| Updated Oct 28, 2022

I’ve written many articles on the best RV checklists for packing, setup, and teardown. Plus, must-have camping lists & shopping lists for RV gadgets, organization, pet supplies, and more! Here’s a round-up of them all…

In this article round-up, I’m going to connect you with all the best RV checklists and must-have lists we’ve published! Plus, an entire list of Amazon shopping lists of our favorite RV products by category!

From packing, setup, and teardown checklists to must-have lists for pet supplies, organization products, and a whole slew of RV gadgets.

Let’s jump right in so we can cover them all. Each header is a clickable link to the full resource with a quick summary of the helpful info it contains.

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Best RV Checklists

Mike and Jennifer Wendland and their Unity travel van Best RV Checklists, Shopping Lists & Must-Have Camping Lists 

We might as well start off this list with a FREE packing checklist. Then move on to a few other helpful camping checklists and tips.

**Remember, Click on each title link to see the full article and resource.**

FREE RV Packing List (PLUS 3 Best RV Checklist Apps)

Packing is the hardest part of RVing. So, here is a FREE RV packing list, the must-have packing categories, and 3 great options for an RV checklist app.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why you need a list, what should be on it, and the different apps that can help you make your own. 

RV Setup Checklist: 15 Tips on How to Setup Your RV

Every RV setup checklist is a little different. But here are the 15 things you need to do to setup camp on your next RV trip.

By having a system in place, you can ensure that everything gets done every time and that your trip goes smoothly.

RV Breakdown Checklist: How to Tear Down Your RV Setup

An RV breakdown checklist is a must for new and experienced RVers alike. Without one, you WILL forget to do an important task that can cost you time and money.

So, if you’re a new RVer or an experienced RVer that’s learned the hard way, I’m here to help you avoid potential problems. I’m going to list out an RV departure checklist to help you drive away with confidence and without embarrassment.

RV Departure Checklist: 3 Safety Items You Can’t Forget

When customizing your RV departure checklist, you must remember these safety checks that will help ensure you make it to your next destination.

I recommend customizing a standard RV checklist to perfectly suit your needs. The following checklist items will help ensure you don’t end up on the side of the road or, worse, in an accident. 

Must-Have RV Gadgets, Products & Supplies

I’ve written dozens of articles about must-have items for RVers. They cover things like first-trip must-haves, pet travel supplies, RV organization, and so much more. 

I even have some fun lists, like for stargazing and campfire fun. See for yourself…

**Remember, Click on each title link to see the full article and resource.**

7 Must-Haves for Your First RV Trip

Jennifer and I took our first RV trip a long time ago, but I still remember feeling a bit intimidated about what we needed for our inaugural trip. 

I can relate to the temptation to overpack. But you will quickly realize you don’t have room for it all. So here are the most important items to bring and what to do before that first RV trip. 

29 Must-Have Camping Gadgets

In the olden days, camping was pretty simple: a tent, sleeping bag, compass, and some other basic items, and you were ready to go. Today, there are so many camping gadgets available that it’s hard to know which ones are really life-changing and which are excessive. 

Ranging in the definition of “necessity,” here are a bunch of camping gadgets that we love based on our own experience or recommended by others in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group.

Must-Haves for Every RV Owner (According to REAL RVers)

Our RV Lifestyle community was asked about “must-haves for every RV owner” and our members responded in droves. Here’s what real-life RVers say every RVer needs…

Must-Haves for Every RV Owner

The Ultimate ‘Bug Off!’ Shopping List for Your RV

I try to appreciate all of nature’s creatures but, boy, do bugs bug me! While I respect bees, ants, and other insects, I have no mercy for mosquitos, no-see-ums, and ticks. 

I do everything I can to keep them away from us and our dog but I am also prepared for when they manage to bite us. 

So, this list includes everything from screen tents to repellents to bite treatments to give you a full line of defense… and offense… against bugs!

10 Best Pet Accessories for Camping with Your Dog

When Jennifer and I first hit the road way back in 2012, we knew we’d have one more passenger riding along. Our dog, Tai. 

We had a lot of questions about traveling with a dog, especially in regards to how to pack for him! Through trial, error, and wonderful recommendations, we’ve figured out the best pet supplies for traveling with our dog. We figured this list could help you out, too!

10 Purrfect Cat Travel Accessories for your RV Lifestyle

Traveling with a cat comes with some added challenges, but it’s nothing you can’t handle especially if you’re prepared with the right cat travel accessories.

The following lists must-have items to help keep your kitty comfortable and safe on your next road trip! 

Stargazing for Campers Kit (10 Must-Have Items)

Stargazing for Campers Kit

With so many stars in the sky and a universe so vast, stargazing helps put life (and all of our problems) into perspective. It’s one of the biggest perks of camping when you have an open sky filled with stars above you.

Of course, all you need to stargaze is a clear sky and a craned neck. But to really soak in the heavens and enjoy your time outside at night, it helps to be comfortable. It’s also nice to know what you’re looking at and to see things even better.

So, I’ve compiled a list of items that take stargazing for campers to the next level.

10 Best Campfire Accessories to Keep in Your RV

When people think of camping, they immediately visualize people sitting around a campfire, telling stories, and cooking s’mores. It’s a highlight of every RV trip.

It’s always a perfect way to finish off a day of adventure, and the following campfire accessories make it that much more enjoyable.

I start off the list with easier ways to get your fire started, then cooking & dessert tools, and then finish the list with a firework-like display.

Amazon Shopping Lists with our Favorite RV Products

To make things easier for our RV Lifestyle community, we’ve rounded up all of our favorite RV products and categorized them into RV Lifestyle Amazon shopping lists.

You can click on that link just above to see all of the lists at once. Or, click on any of the following links to jump to the product lists…

Mike Wendland

Published on 2022-10-27

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

2 Responses to “Best RV Checklists, Shopping Lists & Must-Have Camping Lists ”

October 27, 2022at7:47 am, Sandy Parr said:

If you are going to give an RV checklist I expect a bullet list of items, maybe categorized, without all the paragraphs of explaining and leading up to a list. Just get to the point.


October 28, 2022at3:32 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Ok – thanks for the feedback – Team RV Lifestyle


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