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Essential gear for RV camping: A checklist of must-haves.
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RV camping has become an increasingly popular way to travel and vacation in North America. An RV (recreational vehicle) provides the comforts of home while on the road, allowing you to explore the great outdoors without completely roughing it.

This article provides an essential gear checklist to help make your next RV camping trip enjoyable, comfortable, and hassle-free. We’ll outline must-have RV camping gear covering all the basics from shelter to hygiene. With the right essential gear packed, you can focus on creating lasting memories outdoors with family and friends.

Essential Gear Outdoor Camping


A few key pieces of gear can make a big difference in keeping you comfortable and protected from the elements while RV camping. Investing in quality shelter items will ensure you have durable, long-lasting gear.


While your RV itself provides basic shelter, having a few tents on hand gives you flexibility. Keep a large 8-10 person tent for gatherings and meals outside your RV. Smaller, 2-3 person tents allow each family member private sleeping quarters. Look for waterproof tents with UV protection and mesh screens for ventilation.


RV awnings extend your living space outdoors. Manual and electric awnings both have pros and cons. Consider an awning with built-in LED lighting for ambient light in the evenings. Make sure to buy quality stakes and tie downs rated for windy conditions.

Sleep Comfortably Through the Night

One of the keys to getting good rest while RV camping is having the right sleep setup. Here are some top picks for items that will help you sleep comfortably no matter where you lay your head:

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Air Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Cot

Camping Chairs

Pack compact, lightweight camping chairs, so each member of your group has a place to relax at the campsite. Look for chairs with durable fabric seats and breathable mesh backs. Attachable shade canopies, cupholders, and pockets add convenience. Aim for chairs that fold up small enough to pack in the RV.

Consider rocking chairs for a soothing front-porch feel. Low-to-the-ground models are safer and more stable. Padded, oversized camping chairs offer deluxe comfort for lounging by the fire. Camping recliners lean back for stargazing and power naps.


Bring along some classic board and card games that the whole family can enjoy. Games like Jenga, Scrabble, Uno, Monopoly, and playing cards are easy to pack and fun for all ages. Outdoor games like cornhole, ladder ball, Frisbees, and washers are also great since you’ll be outside.

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