Stocking Your RV
Having your RV always stocked with some basic necessities saves a lot of time when you are itching to get out there and do some camping. Packing can be long and tedious however keeping the RV packed with many of the things we use from home can help make packing for your trip less stressful.
First, Sleeping Gear
Figure out how many people will be using the RV when camping, then buy that many sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. For instance, if you have 5 kids and 2 adults that will be sleeping in the RV, then pack 7 sleeping bags 7 blankets and 7 pillows. Storing them will be a chinch if you keep them rolled up and in garbage bags to keep them safe from insects and spiders. Make sure you have clean pillow cases stored with the pillows. Storing them on the bunks or the main bed will make them easy to find and save some much needed space in the garage for those much needed power tools.
Let’s move on to the bathroom. Toilet paper goes without saying. You can never store too much toilet paper. If you have been through Covid or another disaster toilet paper is always one of the first things to disapear from the stores. So, better to just be prepared than to be caught without TP. Not having any is no fun at all. Make sure you get RV toilet paper as to not clog the RV sewer tank though. Aside from the TP, it’s a good idea to pack shampoo, conditioner, body soap (bar preferably), toothpaste, hand sanitizer, hand wash, a comb/brush etc. I would make a list of all the things that get used by every member of the family. Here’s some more ideas for things you can keep stocked.
Nail clippers, tweezers, dental floss, pads/tampons, insect repellent, sunscreen, beach & shower towels, hand towels and washcloths. Local dollar stores are a great place to find many inexpensive toiletries that can be very cost effective for any budget.
Personally, I just go down every kitchen isle in the dollar store and load up. Start with the basics. Plastic forks, knives, spoons, paper plates and cups, napkins, paper towels and zip lock bags. Garbage bags are great to keep stocked too, because they have so many uses. They can be a laundry bag, a garbage bag, or an extra bag for towels. They can hold sleeping bags, pillows and pillow cases too. Trash bags really are a good thing to have around.
Kitchens have so many basics that need to be stocked and everyone is different with what they consider “basics.” Regardless of what you are hunting for, there are cheap ways to get ahold of them.
When camping, I like to be able to keep myself and surroundings clean. Baby wipes and hand sanitizer can be used while hiking instead of hand soap for instance. Baby wipes are also great for little sticky hands and messes. Clorox wipes are a must for the kitchen and bathroom areas. A broom, dustpan and mop can all be found at discount stores and are important to keep your RV clean.
Be sure to stock your camping stove, s’mores equipment and camping chairs. Also keep in mind that you can still get headaches, tummy aches, gas, cramps and allergies while camping. So, come prepared and don’t forget the first aid kit.
In the end, stocking your RV may seem pointless, but you will be glad you did. It will save you time when the weekend comes and will give you a chance to make sure you have everything you need. Let’s face it, if you try to pack everything in one day as you mind is drifting to the trip ahead, you are going to forget something.
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