How to Pack for a Motorhome Vacation

It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time you are going on a motorhome vacation, or if you’ve traveled across many countries already in your camper van – you are likely to forget to bring some things with you.

No two motorhome trips are the same, and having a list of things to take with you that you will never modify won’t do the trick. Instead, you’ll have to prepare for each motorhome vacation individually.

According to the experts at, no matter how much time we spend trying to think of every possible scenario, there’s always something that escapes our mind. In our article, you won’t find a comprehensive list of every single item that you’ll need to take with you – instead, we will focus on things that are often forgotten.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Regardless of whether your trip will last only a few days or several weeks, you’ll have to buy food in local shops, that is, unless your eating habits are unusually ascetic, and rice with some salt is good enough for you.

If it’s not the case, and you’ll have to buy groceries, reusable bags will be extremely useful, as you won’t have to worry that you will clumsily carry all the items you bought to the motorhome after every visit at the shop.

On the other hand, we stress the importance of choosing reusable grocery bags. It is estimated that 100,000 sea turtles die each year because of plastic bags in oceans – and there are also other living organisms there!

Apart from being more eco-friendly, reusable grocery bags have another advantage over single-use grocery bags – an economic aspect. Sure, their cost is higher, but you can use them until they rip apart.

Wet Wipes

It doesn’t matter if you are going on a motorhome vacation to the jungle in Vietnam, or Amazon rainforest – your hands will get dirty. We don’t mean that in a metaphorical sense, but rather, the literal one.

However, you don’t need to go to such exotic places to need wet wipes. Even after a visit to a shopping center or a short ride on a bus, you might want to clean your hands, preferably with something wet.

In the absence of better solutions, you could simply pour water on your hands, unless you are in a place where access to drinking water is limited. That’s why we recommend getting wet wipes for your RV trip. You’ll be surprised by how often they’ll come in handy.

Earplugs and Eye Mask

Motorhome vacations can help you unwind if you have too much stress at work. You’ll be far away from your problems – both mentally and physically, and you’ll be free to focus on sightseeing and getting to know other cultures.

However, your break might be spoiled if you cannot get enough sleep at night. Depending on the area you visit, the only places where you are allowed to park might be a bit noisy. Not getting proper night’s rest will quickly deplete your energy levels, and you will start dreaming about returning to your cozy bed at home.

Although there are multiple reasons why people can’t get enough rest at night, earplugs and an eye mask can help you with two: light and noise. It doesn’t matter if it’s the animals, other cars, or your partner’s snoring that’s keeping you awake at night – earplugs will come in handy in all of those situations.

Travel Adapter

If you plan RV vacations in another country, you might be surprised when you discover that your chargers are incompatible with the local power sockets. Most motorhomes have plug sockets, but most probably you won’t spend all the time right next to it.

That’s why you’ll need to be able to charge your phone while you are in a restaurant or a coffee shop. We take access to electricity for granted, but you might be in for an unpleasant surprise if you don’t bring a travel adapter on your trip.

Washing Line

If you are going on a trip that will last only a couple of days, it might be enough if you just bring several clothes. However, when it comes to longer endeavors, you’ll need to wash your clothes, or the relations with your friends might quickly deteriorate. And no, we don’t think that using a deodorant is a good replacement for washing your clothes.


No matter how much time and energy you dedicate to your career, you can’t spend 100% of it on work. Even the world’s most influential people need rest, too. RV vacations are an excellent way to recharge your batteries.

However, even relatively organized people often forget about one or two essential items. It’s usually not the end of the world, but a nuisance nonetheless. We hope that this article will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises on your RV vacations.