This RV travel checklist helps you pack for your trip

Get stocked up and prepared when an old-fashioned RV road trip is in your future.

RV on the road with mountains and sunset.

Is the all-American road trip on your summer travel plans? If it is and you are planning on taking that adventure on the open road in an RV, use this maintenance and supply to-do list to plan a smooth ride.

Get motorhome or camper insured

The first step is to make sure your RV or motorhome is insured. Insuring your motorhome against damage and loss caused by common risks, such as fire, storms, theft and collision will help protect you against the unexpected on your travels. Talk to an insurance agent for more information.

Plan ahead for your RV travels

Flexibility is a perk of RV travel, but a little planning will help you avoid aimless driving, congested metropolitan areas and wasted time and save you money.

  • Make an itinerary. A rough itinerary with the best places on route to eat, explore and stay will help alleviate some of the guessing.
  • Locate your camp sites. Find the lot size and water, power and sewer hookups you need at and
  • Decide what amenities you want. From rustic or Wi-Fi enabled, pools to exercise facilities, camping options run the gamut.
  • Plan your route.
  • Time your trip. Plan for the days of the week, weather conditions and special events you might want to see.
  • Make a budget. And stick to it.

Stock the supplies

Outfit your motorhome, RV, and campers with the comforts of home. Some necessities include:

  • Dishes, cookware and kitchen tools,
  • Nonperishable food items,
  • Cleaning supplies,
  • First-aid kit,
  • Tool kit,
  • Batteries,
  • Flashlights,
  • RV-friendly toilet paper, and
  • Soap, shampoo, linens and other bathroom supplies.

Go RVing Coalition maintains an RV essentials list to ensure your RV is completely stocked with the must-haves for an enjoyable trip.

Maintain, maintain, maintain

Regular maintenance can keep your RV operating safely and reduce the risk of a breakdown.

Before every trip:

Other tasks, as directed

Follow the manufacturer's suggested timeline for these tasks:

  • Cleaning air conditioner filters,
  • Draining air from air brake tanks,
  • Lubing slide wipers and rails,
  • Changing engine and generator oil,
  • Checking air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters,
  • Adjusting brakes, and
  • Checking window, door, and roof seals.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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