RV Must Haves That We Cannot Live Without

By Jill Greising-Murschel

RV Must Haves

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There are items that you need to be able to travel safely and comfortably in an RV. Camping, RV travel, cooking, and internet connections are just a few of the things we touch on while going through a list of 34 RV must haves.  

As a full time RV family, we also include a few ideas that will help digital nomads who want to travel in RVs. 

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These are items we highly recommend. Some you can do without for the first few days or weeks of traveling, while others you must have to make it work. Check out our list of items that we feel we could not travel full time without these RV must haves. 

RV Must Haves - The Essentials 

These items are RV accessories you must have right away.  They are items that our family could not have started without. So, if you are planning to take your RV out for the first time, be sure to shop for these RV must haves.

1. Drinking Hose

Be sure to have a clean and ready to use drinking hose ready to hook up. We learned a simple tip to connect the two ends while traveling so that nothing climbs up into the hose when it's not in use!


2 (a). Surge Protector & EMS for 30 Amp

The EMS component of this surge protector protects your RV from over and under voltage by automatically shutting off your power to save your RV electrical system. This is a must-have item.

2 (b). Surge Protector for 50 Amp

If you have an RV that needs 50 Amp then this is the surge protector that we recommend. 


3. Sewer Hose

We recommend getting 15 to 20 feet of sewer hose, as some connections can be a bit of a stretch. The Camco brand has done well for us.


4. Clear Sewer Connector

It's gross, I know. Yet, having a clear elbow is really helpful when dumping the tanks so that you can see that it's all done. 


5. Disposable Gloves

Please buy some disposable gloves...and use them when touching any sewer hose or connections! 🙂 We use ours each time we dump the gray or black tanks.

Gloves - RV Must Haves

We are always sure to wear gloves when dumping the tanks.


6. Leveling Blocks

Weather you have a camper trailer, pop-up trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome, these leveling blocks come in very handy. We use them quiet often. 


Recommended RV Gadgets

We recommend grabbing all of these rv must haves before you travel in your RV. You could make it a day or two without the following items, but we would not suggest it. Only if you are tight on money, you may be able to wait. But do NOT wait too long!

7. Generator

Dry camping and boondocking are some of the best times that our family has had camping. We used our generator daily. If you do not have an onboard generator like we do, then this is the highest ranking portable generator available. 


8. Air Compressor

We started out without carrying an air compressor, until we had our first flat tire. Now we have one with us at all times and check the tires in the motorhome and our minivan before each travel day. 

Air Compressor - RV Must Haves

Don't be like us! Be sure to always have an air compressor while traveling. We bought our air compressor the day after we had this flat tire up the side of secluded mountain.


9. Walkie Talkies

We drive in two separate vehicles, so these Two-Way radios come in very handy. Especially when we have been in the mountains or areas with no cellular service so that we could not call each other on our phones even if we wanted to. 

10. RV GPS

We have heard great things about driving with the use of an RV GPS. We do not own one, but this particular brand and model came recommended by a fellow reader!  


11. Shower Head

The shower head in your RV is not worth keeping. We bought and changed ours before we even used the RV. This one has worked out well for us so far.


12. RV Mattress

RV mattresses are usually pretty hard and many people replace them quickly. We needed a queen short mattress that would not overheat us and was comfortable. This mattress has worked great for us!


13. Water Pressure Regulator

A water pressure regulator makes sure that the pressure isn't too high where it can do damage to the pipes in your RV. 


14. RV Sewer Hose Support

We did not start with this, but bought it quickly after we began to travel more. We use it quiet often when the campsite is not very level. 


15. RV Water Filter

Many RV's come with an inline water filter. If yours did not, we highly recommend purchasing one of these. The water at campgrounds is not usually filtered. 


16. 50 amp to 30 amp Adapter 

We have an RV that requires 30 amp service. If you have an RV that requires 50 amp then you will need the 30 to 50 amp adapter at some campgrounds. 


17. Tire Pressure Gage

We needed this particular gage to read the second tires on the duly of our Motorhome. You'll want to have a tire pressure gage to check all tires regularly to avoid a blow out! 


18. Travel Laundry Bag

We highly recommend having a laundry bag that is portable. This bag with straps to put over your back is the most ideal!

RV Kitchen Accessories

Here is our list of RV appliances and other accessories that you must have in your kitchen! If you plan to spend some time cooking in your RV, then we highly recommend purchasing these RV kitchen accessories and items. 

19. Instant Pot

Meal preparation is much easier with our Instant Pot! I use it daily! We cook dried beans in under 1 hour without soaking, stew, roasts, soups, rice, etc. I recommend it to everyone I talk to!


20. Cast Iron Skillet

We use our cast iron skillet daily and store it inside our oven. Our eggs taste so much better cooked in it.


21. Berkey Water Filter

Best purchase that we have made yet! We drink a lot of water....and needed to be sure that we did not have to buy bottled water all the time. The Travel Berkey fits well on our RV kitchen counter too. 

Berkey Water Filter - RV Must Haves

We use our Berkey for all of our drinking water.


22. Immersion Blender

We have an immersion blender like this one and use it often in place of a food processor. It works great and is much smaller and lighter than a food processor. 


23. Espresso Maker

We have owned our Breville Espresso Maker for over 4 years and it's still going strong! It makes amazing espresso, which is a good thing for the parents living in the RV ;). 


24. Kitchen Knife set with Covers

You will need a good set of kitchen knives and a place to store them. We were sure to buy knives like these with covers so that they could go right into the drawer. 

Camping RV Supplies 

These outdoor camping items are those that we highly recommend. Take a look at the list and see if there is anything on here that you may not have thought of. 

25. Hammock

Our friends have one of these and we just loved it! The kids play in it, its durable, and packs up very easy. We are ordering one next week!


26. Propane Firepit

Many campgrounds do not allow wood burning fires. Either due to the close proximity to fellow RVers, city regulations, or if you are out west during the dry summer and fire season. This comes is handy in those instances!


27. Grill

We love our Cuisinart grill. It cooks our food well and folds up easily to fit in a rubbermaid bin for travel! 


28. Folding Table - Adjustable

This table is amazing! It adjusts to be the right hight for the kids to eat at outside while sitting lower to the ground. It also functions as a work table that we stack on a second table or on top of our bed to hold our laptops on as a work station!


29. Chairs

These chairs are great for around the fire or at the beach. We love multi-functional items. They have storage on the back and straps to carry them!


30. Grilling Utensils 

If you don't already have some, grab a great set of grilling utensils. You will not regret it.


31. Best Bike Rack

This bike rack has worked great carrying 2 adult's bikes and 3 children's bikes. We looked into many racks before choosing this rack based on the reviews and it has really held up great. 

Best Bike Rack - Hitch bike rack

This is the best bike rack for our family, holding 5 bikes on the hitch of our van.

RV Internet Connection Accessories

If your plan is to travel full time in an RV, then you might want to stay connected to the internet on a regular basis. We do not recommend depending on campground wifi connections, as they are often very unreliable. Cellular internet is your best bet, and in order to have a great connection to stream videos or even connect on Facebook, you will need these items. 

32. We-Boost

Install this in your RV to boost cellular signal for hot spots and cell phones. We could not have worked online in many places out West without our We-Boost. We highly recommend investing in a We-Boost if you need to work online like we do!


 33. Laptop Stand 

This was a game changer for our posture while working on our laptops. As soon as we discovered this laptop stand, bought it, and began standing to work, shoulder and back pain went away. It folds up small and has a carrying case too. 

RV Internet Connections - RV Must Haves

We use the folding table and laptop stand regularly while working on the road.


34. Battery Pack

You WILL use your battery pack to charge cell phones or run laptops while away from access to power. It is a must have item. We have also found it very helpful when we are boondocking!


35. Hot Spot Antenna

Connect this to your hot spot to increase the range, allowing you to pick up signal. I use this in the van to help boost signal while driving. 


What items did we miss? Is there something that you cannot imagine being without, while traveling in an RV? Leave a comment below and let us know, as we are always adding to our RV Must Haves list. 

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Jill is passionate about traveling with family and inspiring others to travel with kids. She loves to plan out new trips to exciting destinations to take her family and enjoys capturing memories on camera.

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