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Packing up the trailer to leave on a camping trip is arguably one of the most stressful parts of the entire process, especially if your trailer is brand new. You're taking it out for the first or second time. You walk into your nearest camping store, your local Wal-Mart, or even Target, and you're faced with a million different options. Even worse, they make you feel like you need all of it. Online RV packing lists can seem overwhelming, too – there are essential items on those lists. Still, it can be hard to decipher what you need and what the best RV accessories are.

What to Know

Before you spend your life savings on travel trailer accessories and outdoor gear, take a step back and think about the essential items. Of course, there are a few staple items you should always keep in your camper to be safe. Still, in reality, you probably won't need extra throw pillows on the couch or a sleeping bag onesie. When you go back to the basics and get only the right gear, you'll have a much better camping experience with less clutter and more room to have a great time. You have limited space, so make the most of it and don't pack too much stuff.

We have you covered if you're a new RV owner and are unsure what you'll need. Start with this checklist to get your travel trailer ready to hit the road! And don't worry, if you forget something, you can always make a stop or two on the way to your destination. Here are 20 RV essentials to bring on your next trip!

1. First Aid Kit

Having a fully stocked first aid kit in your travel trailer is always a good idea. You never know when an accident could happen, and being prepared will make your life easier when someone gets hurt. So keep it in a place with easy access, just in case!

2. Surge Protector 

If you're going to a campground with hookups, you'll want to use a surge protector no matter what. It will protect your travel trailer in case of faulty outlets and lighting, saving you money on repairs down the road. Nothing can ruin an RV trip faster than an electrical system malfunction!

3. Water Tank Essentials 

If your travel trailer has running water, pack all the essentials you'll need for cleaning out your gray and black tank properly. The dealership you purchase your trailer from should give you the rundown on exactly what you'll need. If you're unsure, do some additional research or call us. Ensuring it's done correctly is vital to your trailer's long-term survival! In addition, you'll likely need a freshwater hose, a water pressure regulator, and chemicals for your black water tank.

4. Toilet Paper

You can buy RV-friendly toilet paper from any camping store or travel trailer dealership. However, using regular toilet paper in your camper can cause damage to your septic system, so make sure to have this specific type on hand. 

5. Electrical and Duct Tape 

You'll most likely need electrical or duct tape during your camping adventures. So keeping them stocked in your camper trailer will come in handy when you need them for an emergency! 

6. Basic Tool Kit 

You never know when something will break, a screw will come loose, or you'll need to make a minor repair. An essential tool kit on hand will save you headaches and trips to the store while camping. You'll also want to bring a cordless drill, just in case. Having an emergency roadside kit on hand is also a good idea.

7. Flashlights

Lighting is self-explanatory, and having flashlights in your trailer is a great idea. Especially if you're boondocking and you don't have the luxury of a campground with lights. Keeping a few headlamps in your trailer is also a good idea! 

8. Extra Blankets 

There's a good chance you'll have some cold weather while camping – even in the warmest summer months. So keep a few extra blankets in your trailer to ensure everyone stays warm on those chilly nights and mornings. If you don't have much room, store your blankets in the lower storage spaces.

9. Dish & Hand Soap 

It's frustrating when you want to start washing dishes after a meal and realize you forgot the soap. Keeping a few bottles stocked in your travel trailer will prevent you from running into this problem and keep you from having to make a trip to the closest grocery store. 

10. Extra Towels 

Make sure to keep extra shower towels and beach towels in your trailer. It's one less thing you must remember when packing for each trip, and it never hurts to have a few extras. Just wash them when you get home and immediately take them back into the trailer. You'll never have to think about it and always have clean towels while camping! 

11. Paper Products 

Before your first camping trip, stock up on paper plates, bowls, plastic utensils, napkins, straws, and anything else you think you'll need during mealtimes. Remembering to bring these every time is a pain, so having them stocked in your RV kitchen will save you headaches and time. If you want to make things even easier, keep a crock pot and instant pot in your trailer.

12. Non-Perishable Food

You can keep non-perishable food items in your trailer, like pancake mixes, cake mixes, cereal, pasta, drink mix packets, s'more ingredients, baking items, and freeze-dried meals. These are perfect RV food items in your new camper that will last a long time.

13. Spices 

For non-perishable food items, get some salt, pepper, and staple spices like garlic powder and onion powder to keep in the trailer. There's nothing worse than packing all your food and realizing you forgot the herbs and spices when you go to make your first meal! 

14. Rain Gear

You never really know when a storm could strike while camping, so having some extra rain gear is always a good idea. 

15. Bedding 

Pillows, blankets, and sheets would be a must when camping, especially if your travel trailer didn't come with them. Get comfortable bedding you'll enjoy sleeping in for a more enjoyable camping experience! 

16. Phone Chargers 

Phone and smartwatch chargers are another excellent staple to keep in the trailer if you don't want to worry about packing them. Even if you don't have service where you're going, you'll still want your cell phone to capture all the fun memories. 

17. Toiletries 

These products are essential no matter where you are: toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, bug spray, sunscreen, and any other toiletries you'll need in your travel trailer. In addition, Target and Wal-Mart have great travel-sized options.

18. Hammocks & Chairs 

You'll need somewhere to sit while relaxing outside, and hammocks and camp chairs are great options. Store them in the compartments under the trailer to save space! 

19. Games 

Indoor and outdoor games are always fun to have on hand, so get a few of your favorites and keep them in your trailer. It's a great way to pass the time while having fun with friends and family. 

20. Fire Extinguisher 

Lastly, ensure quick access to a fire extinguisher in an emergency. Hopefully, you'll never need it, but it doesn't hurt to have one on hand. 

Stocking the essentials in your trailer will make packing and leaving easier for everyone. If you're looking for camper trailers for sale, reach out to Oliver Travel Trailers. We have everything from small to luxury travel trailers, so you can find something to meet your specific needs. Reach out to our team today to see what we have available!

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