Summer officially started on June 21st, but for many RVing families with kids, summer begins as soon as school is out. Whenever camping season starts for you, these summer RV prep tips will get your rig ready for adventure and fun!
Spend Less Time Packing and More Time Camping
- 61% of Americans plan on going on a road trip or vacation in their RV in the coming year. That’s up 13% since 2022.
- About 50% of American travelers now prefer RV travel to other forms of travel.
If you’re taking the RV out this season, there’s always a lot of preparation. We suggest organizing ahead of time so that summer RV prep will be less time consuming.
The 7 Steps to Easy Summer RV Prep
Step 1: Purge old camping and RVing gear
Look at your existing collection and see if you really need to own some of the items. For example:
And if you have a hard time letting go of stuff, ask a friend to help you. You can donate your items or bring a bag full of old clothes to H&M to receive a 15% off coupon and they promise to recycle the material if they can’t donate them. It’s a win win! Get rid of stuff cluttering your life and prevent it from going into the landfill.
Wipe down your counters, cabinets (inside and out), empty your drawers and wipe them out, wipe down the walls, scrub the bathroom, and save vacuuming and mopping for last.
Yes, it can take a few hours, but your RV will look and feel fabulous and it will make preparing for your next trip all the more exciting.
Step 3: Pre-Pack the RV Kitchen with Camping Essentials
After purging the old, take inventory of what is left and what you need. Here is our essential RV kitchen list that is packed at all times:
This long RV kitchen list will have you ready for any kind of camping fun.
Universal pan about 16” dia.
Heavy duty foil
Water dispenser jubs (bring your own water if you don’t have a good RV filter).
Salt, pepper, and favorite seasonings
Olive oil, avocado oil, and other favorites
Balsamic, white, or red vinegar
Stainless steel scrub (use baking soda & vinegar or a brand like Barkeeper’s White Vinegar for cleaning)
Step 4: Pre-Pack the Outdoor RV Cooking Essentials
Whether you love cooking on the stove or cooking over a campfire, keep these RV kitchen supplies packed in your RV to be ready for camping at a moment’s notice.
Consider storing these items in plastic tubs to keep animals away from your supplies.
Step 5: Pre-Pack RVing Pet Essentials
Keep these items packed in your RV at all times
- Light Up Long Dog Leash
- Light Up Dog Collar
- Pet water and food bowl that is only for the RV
- Cat or Dog bed
- Dog hiking water bottle
Step 6: Pre-Pack Household RV Supplies
Every RV should have these household supplies inside at all times.
Phone and computer chargers
Pens, pencils, paper, scissors
Basic household tool kit
Rope, zip ties, ratchet straps
Step 7: Pre-Pack Outdoor Fun Essentials
Be ready for any outdoor activities. Keep these items packed in your RV at all times:
- Water bottles
- Picnic backpack
- Swiss army knife
- Small notebook and pen to write down your favorite hikes or activities
- Head lamp
- Wilderness first aid emergency kit
We know this is a long summer RV prep list. But once you’re done with basic summer RV prep, you will be ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. Got a last minute spot via Spot2Nite or Harvest Hosts? You’re ready to go!
Enjoy the being on the road in your RV. It’s a big beautiful country out there.