Essential Checklist For Kitting Out Your Motorhome

If you’ve just taken the plunge and bought your first motorhome or RV, it’s an exciting time. But before you head off into the great wide open, take the time to plan how you will stock your vehicle to ensure you have everything you need for a happy experience.

There are many things you will be able to leave in your motorhome permanently, instead of having to unpack and repack for every single trip. It’s also worth bearing in mind the amount of space you have (or don’t have) inside your van, so think about items that are compact, foldable or multipurpose. Specialist stores such as the Caravan & Camper Megastore will be able to advise you what you need and where best to buy everything.


  • Two types of kettle: one whistling kettle for use with gas, and an electric one for when you’re on a powered site and want to save gas
  • Tin mugs
  • Plastic or melamine plates and bowls
  • Cutlery (including sharp knives for cutting)
  • A collapsible washing up bowl (or multi-purpose collapsible bucket)
  • A collapsible colander
  • Tea-towels and oven gloves
  • Rolls of cling film and foil
  • Ziplock bags
  • Plastic chopping board
  • Saucepans and frying pan
  • Bread bin
  • Utensils such as wooden spoons/tongs
  • Corkscrew/bottle opener
  • Tin opener
  • Washing up liquid and brush/clothes
  • Surface/kitchen cleaner
  • Dustpan and brush


  • Sheets and duvet – or invest in a Duvalay
  • Pillows
  • Additional blankets in case it gets cold

Camping equipment

  • Drive-way awning and waterproof roof cover
  • Bucket BBQ (unless you know there are BBQ facilities where you are staying)
  • Charcoal and firelighters
  • Single gas stove (in case you need to cook smelly food outdoors)
  • Hook-up power cable
  • Head torch
  • Small tent (especially if you have kids or are expecting guests)
  • Tools to erect tent (and tent pegs)
  • Clothes line and pegs (if you need to do laundry)
  • Collapsible chairs
  • A cool-bag if you’re planning a picnic (and ice-packs to keep food cool)
  • Small shovel
  • A hose to refill the water tank


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Even if you buy fresh food as you travel around, there are still some kitchen basics you can keep in your van:

  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Stock cubes
  • Tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Long-life milk
  • Sugar
  • Spices (you can buy multi-section spice shakers from a local camping store to save room)
  • Assorted tinned foods such as tomatoes or baked beans
  • Dried soup sachets
  • Packets of noodles
  • Pasta/rice
  • Wine/beer
  • Bottled water
  • Fruit juice concentrate or squash

Other items

  • Chargers for your phone/laptop/iPad/iPod and kids’ consoles
  • Camera and charger
  • DVDs (if you have a DVD player onboard or in your laptop)
  • Books
  • Boardgames
  • Deck of cards
  • Handheld torch
  • Passports and local currency (if you’re going abroad)
  • Maps
  • Guidebooks
  • Pens and paper

Personal items

These will vary from person to person, but don’t forget essentials such as:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower gel/soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Scissors
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • First aid kit
  • Suntan lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Waterproof boots
  • Small day packs
  • Beach towels/bag
  • Flip flops

Once you’re all stocked up, you can head off on an adventure, safe in the knowledge that you’re in a home from home. Have a great trip!

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