RV Travel Lists: What You Need to Know

Last updated on March 28th, 2019 at 03:10 pm. Originally published on September 1st, 2015

RV trips require planning and organization. It’s never a good idea to get on the road without some kind of guide to help you keep things moving smoothly.

One of the best ways to stay organized are with RV travel lists. They are a must have for your next road trip, and this article will help you create some fantastic ones of your own.

Make Your Trip Easier with RV Travel Lists

Going on a road trip is exciting, but it can also be nerve wracking when it’s time to start packing. This nervousness and frustration are the reason that people tend to forget to pack what they need. To prevent this from happening, it’s wise to prepare a few RV travel lists ahead of time. This will ensure that you set off on your journey with everything you need.

They say that the devil is in the details and this is certainly true when it comes to packing for an RV trip. It’s easy to remember to bring the big items like the fishing poles or camp chairs. But what about necessities like aspirin, matches, safety pins, and clothespins? You would be surprised how important these items become when you don’t have easy access to them.

Remember Everything You Need with RV Travel Lists

If you don’t make a checklist of the items that you need, you may leave some things behind. You may even forget what needs to be done when setting up or breaking down your campsite. It might seem that taking the time to make a list is a hassle, but it will be even more of a hassle when you realize that you left your phone charger or other important items at home.

RV Travel List Types

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There are several types of RV travel checklists. For the sake of organization, it’s probably best to create at least two. Here are a few types:

  • A Food List: Ensures that you have the items you need to cook your favorite meals on the road.
  • General Packing: This lists the items that you will need on a daily basis.
  • Health and Personal Care: Ensure that you have all your medications, feminine hygiene products, cosmetics, toothpaste, and more.
  • Sports and Hobbies: This list is for all the extra items you will need to make your trip even more fun. Like games, fishing gear, and more.
  • Campsite Set Up and Breakdown: This list will remind you of all the things that you must do once you arrive and before you leave the campsite.

All the lists, except the one about the set up and breakdown of the campsite, can be organized on one spreadsheet. Simply divide them by subject for easier organization. Some example categories include:

  • Clothes
  • Dental
  • Groceries
  • Healthcare
  • Hair
  • Linens
  • Make up
  • Miscellaneous

Spreadsheets Make It Easy to Organize and Update your RV Travel Lists

Each checklist should be different, based on the kind of trip you are planning to take. To make things easy on yourself, consider creating a template so you won’t have to create a new list each time you set out on the road.

The best way to go about this is by creating a spreadsheet. A spreadsheet will save time and ensure that you won’t forget anything that you need on your travels. It may take some time to create your first one, but after you’ve gotten it down, you can use it over and over again. And if any changes have to be made, you can update the original template as needed.

To All the Naysayers

There are those that say that they don’t need to create RV travel lists. They say that they can always buy everything they are missing while on the road. Well, what happens if you are in the middle of the forest miles from the nearest town and you need flu medicine late at night? If you forgot you pack some, you’re screwed. It’s going to be big hassle to pack everything up to drive into town to buy some Theraflu. Not to mention, a huge waste of time.

The Bottom Line

It may be impossible to carry everything that you need on your road trip. But by creating an RV travel lists you can make sure that you have the most important items with you at all times. Happy Camping!

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