RV Camping Checklist - Motorhomes And Campervans

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Don't forget a thing - use our motorhome campervan rv camping checklist.

We also have a pre-take off check off list that we go through before we leave our camping spot. Don't forget your GLASSES - read more

Motorhome/Campervan / RV Camping Checklist

As we have a kitted out campervan, we don't need to check the bedding and utensils each time we go out. Most motorhomes for hire will have these as standard as well, so you can ignore that part of the motorhome / campervan / rv camping checklist.


  • Layers so you have light clothing, a mid-layer and a warm layer
  • 2 pairs of clothes as above - in case one gets wet
  • Thermal underwear - long johns and long-sleeved shirt are useful for sleeping or wear them under your day clothes for extra warmth
  • Shorts as well as trousers
  • Bathing costume
  • Light rain jacket
  • Warmer jacket if traveling in winter
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Hat for warmth - depending on time of year. We leave woollen hats in our campervan
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • 2 pairs of shoes - at least one pair should be good walking shoes
  • Sunglasses


Food / Cooking

We have some food that is our campervan staple and then add to it depending on season and our taste at the time, and what is available. We have listed the staples

  • Paper towels
  • Aluminium foil - for barbecues etc as it keeps pans and grills relatively clean
  • Cling film or plastic locking bags for left-overs
  • Spare storage containers
  • Drinking bottles
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Milk or UHT milk
  • Sugar or Honey as sweetener
  • Pepper and Salt
  • Juice - we make up Raro with pre-boiled water. The sachets don't take up much space
  • Oil for cooking - we have olive oil in a spray bottle for lightly oiling food
  • Sauces - we have hot sauces, like Tabasco
  • Snack food - we have almonds and raisins and mix them
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Dried foods - we have peas, packet Macaroni Cheese etc
  • Canned Baby Potatoes
  • Tuna
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Eggs

Fresh food as season and tastes dictate bought on the road



  • Umbrella
  • Games and DVDs
  • Torch - have spare batteries
  • Camera - and charger
  • Phone - and charger
  • Binoculars
  • Maps
  • Matches
  • Dishwashing liquid - we use ecologically friendly plant-based products - and dish brush
  • Tea Towel
  • First aid kit, including Band-aids, tape, scissors, tweezers
  • Outdoor furniture and barbecue
  • Pocket knife
  • Shovel - this is not essential but we find it handy to have one
  • Plastic bags to line rubbish bins
  • Rucksack for day excursions
  • Chemicals (BioMagic) for the toilet, if necessary. We have a SOG system so don't need chemicals! Rental vehicles should have chemicals supplied



  • Toilet paper
  • Shaver
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Moisturiser
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen - this is a must in New Zealand as the sun is fierce
  • Toothpaste and tooth-brushes
  • Insect Repellant - another must especially if close to the bush (native rain forest)
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush / comb
  • Medications, including Paracetamol, Ibuprofen
  • Towels and other bath linen as needed



  • Duvet or sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Sheet
  • Mattress protector - we put the sheet on this and it's easy to make up the bed quickly this way
  • Extra blankets - we have lengths of polar fleece measuring 2m x 150cm and they make excellent blankets, for extra warmth if needed in addition to the duvet, or just when lounging around


Utensils & Cutlery

  • Plates - dinner, side and bowls
  • Knives - including bread and vegetable knives
  • Spatulas
  • Tongs
  • Bottle opener / Corkscrew
  • Can opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knives, Forks, Dessert Spoons, Teaspoons
  • Cups
  • Glasses
  • Pots
  • Pan
  • Kettle
  • Bowls


"Pre-Flight" Checklist - Motorhome / Campervan / RV

So you've gone through the motorhome / campervan / RV camping checklist, now you're ready to leave.

Don't forget your GLASSES:

  • G - is the Gas turned off?
  • L - are all lockers and drawers Locked?
  • A - is the Awning in?
  • S - are the Skylight and roof hatches closed?
  • S - are all unnecessary appliances Switched off?
  • E - is the External step in?
  • S - are all items Secure?

If yes, you are ready to continue your campervan adventures - happy exploring!!