How to Prepare Your RV for Guests
One of the most important things you can do before renting or loaning your RV is to make sure the rig is ready for your guests. Obviously, this includes things such as cleaning the interior and exterior of the trailer or motorhome, dumping the tanks, and filling the gas tank. However, it also means making sure your guests have everything they need to have a great trip.
Not sure how to pack an RV for guests? Read on to learn the most important items to put in your rig whenever it goes out with family, friends, or renters.
Exterior RV Accessories to Leave for Guests
Let’s begin with the exterior of your RV. As every RVer knows, your camping friends will need the following exterior RV essentials:
- Sewer hose
- Fresh water hose
- Surge protector (30-amp or 50-amp)
- RV water pressure regulator
- RV water filter
- Awning pole
- Wheel chocks
- Jack pads
- Jack crank/handle (if applicable)
What RV Interior Accessories Do I Need to Provide?
With exterior items out of the way, you’ll need to move on to collecting RV interior accessories. You may be wondering, “What RV accessories do I need to provide inside?”
Interior RV accessories fall into three main categories, which are listed below.
#1: RV Kitchen Supplies
The following basic RV kitchen items will help your guests with preparing meals during the trip:
- Plates and bowls
- Pots and pans
- Spatulas and turner
- Baking sheets
- Cake pans
- Can opener
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Salt and pepper
- Coffee maker
- Washcloths and hand towels
Don’t feel comfortable leaving these items with renters? You may consider renting a kitchen kit for an additional fee.
#2: RV Bedding
Of course, some RV necessities will also be needed in the bedroom. Be sure to stock the bedroom with the following:
- Protective mattress covers for every bed
- RV bed sheets for every bed
- Comforters and blankets for every bed
- Pillows for every bed
Prefer not to provide linens due to the laundry it creates? Be sure to let your guests know ahead of time so they can prepare.
#3: RV Bathroom Supplies
The bathroom supplies you provide can be pretty limited. That said, there are a few things that most people like to ensure their guests have on hand:
The toiletries are definitely optional. If you prefer not to provide towels because you want to skip laundry, be sure to let your guests know.
How to Pack an RV for Guests
Now that you have all of your RV supplies gathered, you may be wondering how to pack it. For the most part, things can be kept wherever you might keep them in a house: kitchen items in the kitchen cabinets and drawers, towels in a cabinet, and bathroom items in a bathroom cabinet.
Exterior items can be kept in the outdoor storage bays if you have them. If storage bays are unavailable, you will want to dedicate an indoor cabinet to these items. No matter where these things end up, be sure to put them away in an orderly fashion, using plastic bins to organize everything
Of course, you will want to let your guests know where everything is packed away, but as long as the places you choose are logical, they should be able to find their way around.
RV Guest Bedroom Ideas
The place you will want your guests to feel most welcome is the bedroom. For this reason, it’s a good idea to throw in some extra special touches in the sleeping area. Below are our favorite guest bedroom ideas:
- Make the bed ahead of time instead of leaving the sheets for your guests to deal with.
- Place chocolates on each pillow for your guests to enjoy before bed the first night in your RV.
- Use specially made camper sheets that fit the bed perfectly and won’t bunch up.
- Place a welcome basket on the bed (see below).
Creating Your Basket of RV Necessities and Gifts
Wondering what you might put in that welcome basket? Honestly, this is entirely up to you. Some people choose to leave specific RV travel trailer accessories such as a sign to hang on the front door. However, more often people leave small gifts such as s’mores ingredients, cute mugs, or even travel-sized toiletries, coffee, and other useful items.
No matter what you leave, your guests are sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness, helping to ensure they have a wonderful trip!