What to Pack

As you get ready for your next adventure, take time to review these four simple steps to make sure you’re prepared for anything that comes your way.

1. Don’t Leave Home Without the Basics

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  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Flashlight, with extra batteries
  • Warm blanket
  • Small votive type candle, empty tin can
  • Lighter
  • First aid kit including pain reliever and Benedryl
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Shovel
  • Knife/multi-purpose tool
  • Lantern
  • Solar-powered cell phone charger
  • Non-perishable staple foods (soups, canned pastas, chili, crackers, sports drinks, etc.)
  • Ropes, tarps, bungee straps, tape and other items necessary to secure any gear
  • Wood blocks and levelers to assist in leveling your recreational vehicle

2. Be sure to tell someone back home your plans

Before you leave on your trip, always tell a family member or someone else you trust what your plans are. Tell them where you are going, who you are going with and what time you will be returning. If you happen to change your plans, be sure to call that person and let them know. This will give you the peace of mind of knowing that should you get stranded or run into another unexpected situation, your contact back home will make sure that help is on the way.

canoeing3. Learn some basic first aid and carry a first aid kit with you

Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but you’ll be glad you were prepared if you ever do. The American Red Cross recommends that a first aid kit for a family of four include the following:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

4. Bring the proper clothing and equipment to deal with changing weather

Weather conditions can change in a heartbeat, so when you’re traveling across country and visiting different climates, you never know what kind of weather conditions you might encounter. It’s best to dress in layers so you can adjust your clothing as necessary as the weather changes throughout the day.

You should also plan for changing conditions by packing a variety of outer garments and footwear. With the following items on hand, you’ll be able to weather any storm:Sunglasses

  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece or wool pullover
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy pair of walking shoes or hiking boots

5. What Food to Pack

Planning that first RV trip can be daunting. The Go RVing partners and consumer audience commonly ask “what do I need to pack for my first RV trip? Below is a checklist to making hitting road easy.

  • Cereal / Milk
  • Eggs / bread / bacon
  • Sandwich meats / chips
  • Steaks / Burgers / Hot dogs – anything you want to grill
  • Buns for burgers / hot dogs
  • Any veggies or salads you’ll want with your barbeque
  • Coffee / sugar / cream
  • Sodas / beer / wine / bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Charcoal (or you can buy it at the campground store)
  • Chocolate bars, marshmallows, graham crackers, long skewers / sticks for s’mores! (all are sold at the campground store too)
  • There are typically grocery stores near most campgrounds to replenish supplies throughout your stay.

Original article from GoCampingAmerica.com. and Go RVing and the RV Industry Association.

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