New Camper Checklist- What do you need camping checklist
Some of the things to buy when getting a new camper:
If you think you are going to purchase a new camper and be ready to go hit the campground, think again. I was shocked at how much we ended up having to get to actually go camping and it took me two months to figure out everything there was, and I’m still not done. Here is a camping checklist of items we have gotten so far. I have taken the time to link to each product online in the description.
If you have a travel trailer you are going to need a good weight distribution hitch and sway bar. We chose the Equalizer brand and have been very happy with it. Just a word of caution, shop around when looking for a hitch since the dealer wanted over $800 for this hitch and we purchased it from etrailer.com for around $500
If your truck does not have a built-in brake controller you will need one of these as well. Fortunately, my truck had the tow package and was pre-wired. All I needed to purchase was the controller itself and an adapter plug to plug into my model of truck. I ended up getting both on Amazon for around $125 (be sure to get the right adapter for your model truck)
Again if your truck currently does not have tow mirrors this is something you may want to invest in. I opted for the clip-on style that attached right over your existing mirrors for a great price on Amazon. (Be sure to get the appropriate ones for your truck)
You will want to get a drinking water grade hose so it is safe to drink from. We opted to a heavier duty hose purchased on Amazon
Be sure to purchase an inline water filter for your main potable water supply. One never knows what’s in some of this water from these parks, if you buy this set you will get a free flexible adapter to prevent damage to your RV water tap. Grab on on Amazon.
This is a hose used for washing your sewer hose or RV or any purpose other than drinking. Purchased on Amazon
We invested in a water hose splitter to connect both drinking water and a multipurpose hose to the same faucet. Purchased on Amazon
This is something that comes highly recommended as some water pressure coming from the faucet is too high for RV plumbing. Purchased on Amazon.
I decided to lump all of these together since they all connect to the sewer line. They are all required to successfully dump your black tank and connect to full hookup sites. All can be purchased on Amazon
A box of latex gloves is required when handling the sewer hose and connecting to the black tank. Easy purchase on Amazon or grab them at Walmart.
Since our RV is a 30 amp unit I needed to invest in an adapter for when we stay in 50 amp sites. Some sites only have a 50 amp plug and this adapter will convert the connector, also if you have a 50 amp camper you may want to invest in a 30 to 50 amp adapter in case the campground doesn’t have a 50 amp hookup. Purchase on Amazon
Since the plug on our RV is a 30 Amp I also purchased a 30 amp to 110v 15 amp adapter to plug onto a regular house outlet. We can’t run major appliances like the AC but it can work the lights and fridge when no 30 amp plugs are available. Also purchased on Amazon
Some RV parks have ancient electrical systems so it is best to protect your RV’s electronics from a power surge (be sure to get the right size for your unit 30 or 50 amp). Purchased on Amazon
It would be a shame if your investment rolled away. It’s always good practice to put wheel chocks on your tires. Purchased on Amazon
These are great to level the RV side to side and also put under your stabilizers to keep them out of the mud. Purchased on Amazon
Better safe than sorry, we invested in a tongue lock so no one could hook up to our trailer and take off. Purchased on Amazon
You never know when you’re going to need an extension cord around the campsite. Amazon
What a time saver and small investment, a nut driver attachment for your cordless drill to raise and lower the stabilizers jacks. Purchased on Amazon
Use this each time you dump your black tank to break down waste and keep odors down. Purchase on Amazon.
Keep some of this in your camper at all times to absorb excess moisture and reduce mold and odors. Amazon
Have about 20-30’ length of coax cable just in case the site you’re on offers cable TV. Check it out on Amazon.
You will need basic tools just like around your home, purchase a kit or build your own. Either way, you will need channel lock pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, cordless drill, extra electrical fuses, duct tape and more. Here is a kit I started with from Amazon.
It is recommended to use RV and marine grade toilet paper to keep your black tank from clogging up. Purchase on Amazon or Walmart
These are great to hanging thing in your RV without damaging the walls. There are never enough places to hang things so grab a few of these to be safe. Purchase on Amazon
There’s nothing better than hanging outside your camper in a nice comfortable chair. We purchased ours at Academy Sports
Below is a list of personal preference items to consider when stocking your camper for the first trip and to add to your camping checklist.
- Lighter fluid
- Campfire wood
- Bug Spray
- First Aid Kit
- Sun Screen
- Kitchen flatware and silverware
- Coffee maker
- Extra blankets
- Portable Fan
- Grilling accessories
- Phone chargers
We will continue to update this camping checklist often so please check back and bookmark this page. If you have any items we missed please comment below. Also, check out some of our other blog posts.
Happy travels fellow campers and good luck with your camping checklist!