You are here » Home » Blog » Mobile Home » What RV Road Trip Essentials You Need This Summer

What RV Road Trip Essentials You Need This Summer

Jul 11, 23 • Mobile Home

rv travel checklist


Going on RV road trips can be a fun and exciting idea this summer, where you can explore new places and meet different people. Whether you’re an experienced traveler or doing it for the first time, it will be best to have summer RV supplies to ensure you’re ready for anything coming your way.

Having all the supplies for RV trips ready, packed, and secured will ensure an enjoyable experience, and you’re prepared for any situation. We have prepared a list of items below that you can cover to ensure you have everything you need before you head off on your next road trip.

Cooking Supplies

Many RV units have cooking essentials like pots, pans, toasters, and cutting boards. However, it will be best to make sure you have all the kitchen supplies on hand before your trip:

  • Bowls of different sizes
  • Water filter
  • Bottle opener
  • Strainer
  • Chopping board
  • Scissors
  • Peeler
  • Can opener
  • Knives
  • Spatulas
  • Baking dish
  • Skillet
  • Pans
  • Coffee maker
  • Water cooler

Kitchen, Cleaning, and Dining Essentials

Related to the previous list are dining and other kitchen essentials. You need these items so you can enjoy a meal, have some of your home comforts while on the road, and keep your interiors clean:

  • Dish soap and other cleaning tools
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Surface spray
  • Dishes and eating utensils
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Bin bags
  • Folding chairs
  • Ziplock bags
  • Cooking staples like cooking oil, sugar, salt, pepper, herbs and spices
  • Picnic blanket
  • Oven mitts (if you’re using an oven)
  • Paper towels
  • Foil
  • Sponges and scrubbing pads
  • Dish towels
  • Matches/lighter
  • Portable grill with a set of metal skewers
  • Nonperishable food (e.g., dried fruits, canned goods)
  • Folding table
  • Water bottle
  • Camping cook set

It’s important to note that you don’t need to bring plenty of these RV supplies to save on your limited space.

Repair Equipment

Repair tools are essential supplies for RV road trips. Here’s a list of tools that will be useful for a summer road trip.

  • Essential hand tools like a screwdriver set, pliers, adjustable wrenches, socket set, hammer, and utility knife.
  • Electrical tools like wire connectors, wire cutters/strippers, multimeters, crimping tools, and electrical tape.
  • Tire tools like lug wrenches, portable tire inflator, tire repair kit, pressure gauge, and tire jack.
  • Plumbing tools such as sealants and pipe wrenches.
  • RV-specific tools like leveling blocks, zip ties, jumper cables/battery chargers, duct tape, sewer hoses and supports, toilet chemicals, bungee cords, and your RV’s user manual.
  • Safety equipment like a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, flashlight with spare batteries, work gloves, and safety goggles.

Electronics and Mobile Devices

Having the tools to communicate with friends and family to share your experiences on the road would be best. You can also use these devices to call for help if you are in a difficult situation.

  • Phone, tablet, laptop, and other mobile devices.
  • Wi-Fi router and portable hotspot device.
  • Walkie talkies/two-way radio
  • Adapters, chargers, and extra batteries

A generator and some gasoline will become essential if you’re going to sites and other places that don’t have access to shore power and campground hookups. These RV supplies also come in handy if your unit doesn’t have solar panels. 

The only consideration is that generators are noisy and can disrupt other campers and residents. Check the noise restrictions in your destination before turning your generator on.

Clothing and Personal Effects

Always pack extra clothes on a road trip, and don’t forget your swimwear. Don’t forget to bring your personal effects like soap, toothbrushes, lotion, shampoo, sunblock, deodorant, and other personal effects. The goal is to have supplies to keep you clean and fresh throughout your trip.

Important Documents

Aside from the RV’s user manual, you must also bring essential documentation. These include IDs, passports, and your driver’s license.

Camping and Outdoor Gear

Some outdoor and camping gear may become essential depending on what you plan to do on your road trip. If you plan to spend time at a campsite, you must bring some camping gear and similar RV supplies.

  • Fishing equipment such as tackles, fishing rods, bait, and fishing license
  • Bicycle and riding gear
  • Hammock
  • Sports equipment
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping pads or air mattress
  • Kayak and paddles
  • A life jacket or personal flotation device
  • Camera and photo gear
  • Camp chairs and table
  • Camping stove and grill
  • Tent (in case you want to camp outside your RV)
  • Lighting equipment such as lanterns, string lights, flashlights, and headlamps
  • Bug repellent
  • Water storage and water filter
  • Navigation and safety equipment such as GPS trackers, maps, compass, and a whistle

Trust the RV Specialists from Basic Components

For your RV supplies and essentials, you can trust the specialists from Basic Components. We are your specialty product distributors for RVs and factory-built housing units. Leverage our 30 years of industry experience and prepare every essential item for your RV before your summer road trip. Place an order today, and our team will gladly assist you.