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RV Camping Packing List

Packing for any vacation is often a challenge, especially when you are on the road with a camper van or RV with lots of different activities and adventures ahead of you. The most important camping rule is less is more, and what is not necessary to bring stays at home!

Read on for our packing list for camping and insider recommendations for preparing for your road trip. The great news is you can save space packing because your roadsurfer motorhome is fully equipped for the adventures that lie ahead. We have prepared a guide on how to pack for your trip below:

Preparing for Your Road Trip

Anyone who has ever been on the road with an RV or camper van knows that nothing is more annoying than having too much luggage with you! Our roadsurfer tip: Only pack the essentials! You can buy everything you need on the road if you feel you are missing anything.

The good news is that if you pack for a trip with one of our RVs, you can leave some things at home as we have your essentials covered. We summarized what you need on your camping packing list so that you are road trip ready!

Important Documents

  • Identity card
  • Driving license (International if necessary)
  • Debit and credit card
  • Cash (but not too much)
  • Foreign health insurance
  • Health insurance card
  • Vaccination card
  • Toll pass (EZ-pass, FasTrak, SunPass etc)
  • Diving certification/ sailing license
  • Student ID


  • T-Shirts and long-sleeved shirts
  • Pants and shorts (or zip-off trekking pants)
  • Sweater
  • Jacket/fleece jacket
  • Sneakers/running shoes
  • Flip-flops/sandals
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear, socks
  • Hat/cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack for day trips
  • Sack for dirty laundry


  • Hiking shoes & socks
  • Hiking poles
  • Rain coat & pants
  • Rain boots
  • A nice outfit for dinner
  • Helmet for bike tours
  • Packing cubes
  • Dry bag


  • Toilet paper
  • Small shovel (if you don’t have a toilet nearby)
  • Travel detergent & clothesline
  • Bar soap, shower gel, shampoo (solid soaps/shampoos are much smaller and easier to transport)
  • Sunscreen & after sun
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush & hair ties
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Earplugs & sleeping mask
  • Travel hairdryer
  • Hand towel
  • Lip balm
  • Nail care set


  • Menstrual cup, tampons, etc.
  • Razor
  • Contact lenses & care products

Your First Aid Travel Kit

  • Bug spray and bug bite cream
  • Allergy tablets, diarrhea medication, stomach drops
  • Personal medication
  • Mosquito or insect bite repellent
  • Headache tablets
  • Band-aids and disinfectant spray/cream


What to Bring:

  • Cooler bag
  • Thermos flask & drinking bottle
  • Environmentally friendly dishwashing detergent
  • Dish sponge & tea towel
  • Trash bags
  • Tupperware containers or beeswax wraps
  • Kitchen roll


  • Water
  • Coffee, tea
  • Milk / milk powder / soy milk / oat milk or similar
  • Oil & Vinegar
  • Salt, pepper and sugar
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Sauces
  • Snacks like dried fruits, trail mix

Nice to Haves

  • Sleeping bag + pillow
  • Fitted Sheets (bring your own or include it in your booking)
  • A small tent (Can be used as storage space, too, e.g. for child seats)
  • Air mattress (Also great playground for the kids!)
  • Washing line (Even if you don’t wash, a rope is versatile item to have)
  • Camping chairs (2 are already included)
  • Camping table (included)
  • Picnic blanket
  • Gas or kerosene lamp, tea lights (For long nights)
  • Bread/meat knife
  • Salad bowl
  • Pocket knives
  • Thermos flask (+ coffee filter)
  • Camelbacks (perfect for hiking)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Garbage bags
  • Diapers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sink/sponges/cloths/towel for dishes
  • Kettle
  • Extra tarp /sun sail
  • Rain Jacket/Fleece Jacket
  • Food and drinks for the first days and the first trips
  • Travel guide / Camping guide
  • Torch
  • Wool or fleece blanket
  • Rubber mallet

Packing List for Different Adventures

Camping with a Tent

  • Sleeping bag & pillow
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent footprint
  • Rubber mallet
  • Head lamp
  • Flashlight and/or lamp for the tent
  • Mosquito net

Camping with a Dog

  • Pet passport depending on the country you are traveling to
  • Dog bed/basket
  • Travel carrier
  • Leash
  • Food and water bowl
  • Dog food
  • Dog poop bags, possibly a shovel
couple sitting on a campervan by the sea

Camping by the Sea

  • Beach towel
  • Swimwear
  • Beach/swimming shoes
  • Parasol or beach shelter
  • Snorkel set or swimming goggles
campervan driving on a snow covered road, mountains in the background

Camping in the Snow

  • Ski pants and jacket or snowsuit
  • Warm sweater
  • Long underwear
  • Gloves
  • Beanie
  • Snow goggles


  • Skis, ski boots & helmet
  • Sleds
  • Snow chains for your vehicle
Three children sitting and playing on a field with a campervan in the back

Camping with Children

  • Water floaties
  • Swim diaper
  • Sand and bath toys

Essential Camping Equipment Included in Your Rental

roadsurfer kitchen box with kitchen utensils

Your roadsurfer camper is equipped with various features depending on the model, such as a built-in kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, or an outdoor shower, along with a trailer hitch or a pop-up roof. You have the flexibility to choose the model that best fits your needs. Additionally, all campers are supplied with a kitchen box containing plates, cups, cutlery, pots, pans, and wooden spoons. This means all you’ll require for cooking are your provisions, along with a tea towel and eco-friendly washing liquid for cleanup. Furthermore, a compact, foldable sink is provided, or you might have selected a model with a built-in sink.

Here’s what you can expect in your kitchen box:

  • 4 deep plates
  • 4 shallow plates
  • 4 cups
  • 4 glasses
  • Cutlery
  • Children’s crockery
  • Set of camping pots and pans
  • Espresso maker
  • Peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Small sharp knife
  • Cooking utensils (ladle, cooking spoon etc.)
  • Can opener
  • Corkscrew/bottle opener
  • Salad servers
  • Salad spinner (bowl, sieve)
  • Colander
  • Washing up bowl
  • Lighter

Optional Extras to Add to your Booking

campervan facing a lake and mountains, open trunk with cozy blanket, campingtable and fairy lights on the open awning

Your roadsurfer camper van already includes some additional equipment, but you can easily include other items to your booking as needed:

  • A gas bottle 6 lbs (drop out)
  • External power cable and 2 adapters fresh water hoses (drop out)
  • Cool off in the shade with the awning
  • Keep things tidy with the broom
  • Stay on the right track with the mobile navigation device

→ Optional Extras 

Home Security Checklist

If you plan an extended vacation, it’s beneficial to inform friends or neighbors. They can assist by tending to tasks like watering plants and ensuring your well-being.

On your departure day, run through these points:

  • Is the fridge empty to prevent mold during your absence?
  • Have you disposed of the trash?
  • Are all windows and doors securely closed?
  • Have unnecessary devices been turned off and unplugged?
  • Is water or electricity turned off?

Are you planning a hiking adventure? Check out our Grand Canyon Camping Guide for more information about what to pack for your hiking trip.

Everything packed? We wish you a great camping holiday with many big and small adventures!

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