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 really is amazing how one or two forgotten items can throw a wrench in even the best-planned of family vacations!

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 that’s only an hour or so from home; others love to hit the road on a cross-country adventure. However you roll on your rented wheels, you’ll need to secure the following for safety and convenience’s sake:

  • 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! We at Fractional Toys are 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 get you set up with everything you need or otherwise 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

Packing food for a space-limited RV rental trip can get a bit tricky; luckily, we’ve got an entire blog that covers everything that you’ll need to know. You’ll need to know how to store your snacks properly if you want to be able to both access them easily and drive in peace.

For Sleeping

Many RV rentals have space for you 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 if you have kids or a spouse that is—it’s important to remember that 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 make sure that beauty sleep is always well within reach, no matter where you’re parked.

For Bathing

Face it: if you’re adventuring, you’re going to get stinky. Hiking, swimming, or even chilling around the campfire in the summer all mean that you’re bound to sweat a bit, and nothing is better than feeling cozy and clean after a long day of vacationing. No matter if your RV rental has a shower or you opt to use the campsite’s, 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

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—so you probably won’t need to pack absolutely everything in the following section, as it’s very much situation-dependent. The stuff that’s bolded, though, is stuff that everyone should consider packing, as it comes in handy in a variety of 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 2 or 3 small/medium sized tubs to store all these items in. This way when you get to your campsite and the mosquitos are horrific, you’ll know right where your bug spray is!

Contact Fractional Toys for 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 get you prepared for your next adventure. Contact our Coon Rapids office at 763-406-2488 or our Oakdale location at 651-340-0937 to schedule your trip in one of our top-of-the-line RVs or trailers today!