One of the most common things we hear from our customers upon returning from an RV trip is: “We had a fantastic time, but I wish I would’ve remembered to bring…”

It is amazing how one or two forgotten items can throw a wrench in the best-planned family vacations! Most RV rentals include everything you need to run the RV, but nothing extra. These items typically include propane tanks, wheel chock level, a power cord, and fresh water and sewer hoses. 

We here at Fractional Toys have all been there: out in the wilderness with no forks or spoons; or, even worse: no toilet paper. That’s why we put together this handy list of items to remember to pack before taking off on your next RV trip. 

Feel free to print off or screenshot this and use it as a checklist to prepare for your next adventure!

The Essentials

All RV rental vacations are different. Some families opt for a stay-cation at their favorite local campsite, only an hour or so from home, while others love to hit the road on a cross-country adventure. 

However you roll on your rented wheels, secure the following items for safety and convenience:

  • Flashlights

  • Batteries

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Ropes

  • Water hose

  • Tool kit

  • Road flares

  • Trash/recycling bags

  • Leveling blocks

  • Propane

  • Duct tape

  • Jumper cables

  • Tire pressure gauge

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Extension cord

  • Tarp

If it sounds like a lot, don’t panic! Fractional Toys is all about affordable, accessible fun. Chat with the staff when you stop in and inquire about your recreational rental opportunities as far as supplies go. 

We’d love to set you up with everything you need or point you in the right direction!

For Dining

You probably aren’t going to stop for every meal in a camper rental, and even if you are, you’ll need to have utensils to eat with. Dining needs are often overlooked when it comes to planning for your motorhome rental, but the best way to make sure that everything goes according to plan is to, well, plan. 

Don’t forget the following:

  • Plates and bowls

  • Forks, spoons, and knives

  • Cups

  • Pots and pans

  • Large mixing/serving bowls and spoons

  • Cleaning supplies: soaps, sponges, rags, etc.

  • Ziploc bags to store leftovers

  • Bottle opener

  • Condiments

  • Plan and ingredients for each meal

  • Coffee maker or small Keurig

Packing food for a space-limited RV rental trip can get a bit tricky. You’ll need to know how to store your snacks properly if you want to be able to both access them quickly and drive in peace.

For Sleeping

Many RV rentals have space to sleep, but you’ll need to provide the linens and pillows for sanitation’s sake. Sleeping bags are also acceptable in some cases, depending on the rental.

If you’re a fussy sleeper – or you have kids or a spouse who is – it’s important to remember they may encounter difficulties getting to sleep in an unfamiliar place, let alone an unfamiliar vehicle. TripSavvy has some handy tips and additional packing recommendations to ensure that beauty sleep is always well within reach, no matter where you’re parked.

If you don’t have extra sheets, some RV rental companies, including Fractional Toys, offer new and freshly washed bedsheets and towels for an additional charge.

For Bathing

Face it: If you’re adventuring, you’ll get stinky. Hiking, swimming, or even chilling around the campfire in the summer all mean you’re bound to sweat a bit, and nothing is better than feeling cozy and clean after a long vacation day. 

Whether your RV rental has a shower or you opt to use the campsite’s restrooms, go through the following and make sure you’ve got everything that you need for your personal care:

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Bath towels

  • Toilet paper

  • Various toiletries: deodorant, shaving cream, contact supplies, ETC.

  • Flip-flops to protect your feet in camp showers

One note about toilet paper: If your rental RV has a bathroom, purchase RV-safe toilet paper. Regular toilet paper can clog up and damage the RV’s sewer tank. RV-safe toilet paper dissolves quickly, unlike other toilet paper you can use at home.

Don’t get caught without a bathroom and/or with a damaged toilet!

For Adventuring

What kind of adventure you’ll have depends on what you’ve planned and what sort of vacation vibe you’re going for. You probably won’t need to pack everything in the following section, as it’s very situation-dependent.

That said, everyone should consider packing these items, as they come in handy in various contexts:

  • Water bottles

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Hat

  • First-aid kit

  • Bug Spray

  • Hiking shoes/boots

  • Fishing poles

  • Binoculars

A Tip From the Fractional Toys Team: Bring two or three small to medium-sized tubs to store all these items. When you get to your campsite and the mosquitos are horrific, you’ll know right where your bug spray is!

If you’re going off the grid, you might want to consider renting a generator for your RV. Most campgrounds have a 30 amp power outlet, but if that’s not an option, a generator can help keep your RV’s electricity running when you need it. 

A 2000-watt generator will keep the onboard battery charged and run small appliances but will NOT run an air conditioner. To reduce the chance of surprises and keep you cool on hot summer days, a 4000-watt or larger generator is ideal. 

Be sure to bring a few fuel cans, too, as the generator tanks typically only run six to eight hours before requiring a refill.  

Stress-Free, Full-of-Fun Recreational Rental Opportunities 

The team at Fractional Toy Store wants you to have an unforgettable trip and will work hard to prepare you for your next adventure! Contact our Rogers office at 763-406-2488.

Closer to our Oakdale location? Call us at 651-340-0937 to schedule your trip in one of our top-of-the-line RVs or trailers today!