More and more people are camping these days, with over six million new families in North America adopting the lifestyle in just the last several years. The majority are camping as often as three times a year, which has increased by 64%, according to the 2018 North American Camping Report. While over half of new campers choose to spend their nights in tents, many are enjoying the comforts of RVs and trailers. If you’d like to join them, you might want to search through the Jayco dealers near you – these days you’ll find multiple options offering the best of both worlds, being immersed in the Great Outdoors, without having to sleep on the ground.

While your RV is likely to come with a long list of features, there are certain camping essentials that you really won’t want to leave behind. This list will help you get packing and out on the road in no time.

Cooking and Dining Supplies

One of the best parts about camping in an RV or trailer is that you’ll probably have a kitchen which makes it easy to save on dining out while being a lot easier than cooking everything on a camping stove or over a fire. But if you don’t have the right supplies, it defeats the purpose. Obviously, you’re going to have to do a little meal planning and bring the appropriate foods, but a few of the other things to think about can also be left inside your RV so you don’t have to worry about packing them next time, such as:

  • Mugs, cups, and/or glasses
  • Silverware and knives
  • Dishes and bowels
  • Pot, pans, and other kitchenware
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Coffee pot
  • Condiments like salt and pepper
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap and sponges

Bathroom Supplies

One of the benefits of camping in an RV is that you don’t have to run out to the outhouse or wash up in a chilly river either, so don’t forget the bathroom supplies:

  • Toilet chemicals
  • RV-friendly toilet paper
  • Toiletries like soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner

Outdoor Supplies

You won’t want to spend all your time inside or it wouldn’t be like camping, right? But you can make it more comfortable by bringing along:

  • Citronella candles or bug spray
  • Campfire roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs, etc.
  • Outdoor furniture like folding chairs
  • Extra LED lights, flashlights and/or lanterns
  • Firewood

Other Must-Haves

comes to camping, there are many other must-haves that depend on your personal situation. For example, if you’re bringing your dog, don’t forget the pet supplies. If you have kids be sure to pack some games and toys to keep them occupied when they can’t be outdoors playing. You may need some outdoor adventure gear too if you’re planning on hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, or what have you.