What Equipment Should You Bring on Your Next RV Adventure?

Recreational vehicles (RVs) include campers, trailers, and motorhomes. People use RVs to provide shelter and accommodation. In some cases, people may live in an RV for part of the year or while they’re having work done on their home, but most people use RVs while they’re traveling.

RVs were first introduced in 1915. Since then, RVs have evolved into luxury accommodations on wheels. Large RVs have separate bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and comfortable bathrooms. The built-in storage offers plenty of space for bringing essential items, such as food and clothes, with you on your trip. There’s also room for essential equipment you should bring with you when you travel, including the equipment discussed here.

Flashlights and Lanterns

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Flashlights are portable, battery-operated lights. When you’re camping, you may need to go outside after dark to check on your site or opt to spend time outside looking at the stars. Having a good camping flashlight handy ensures you can see where you’re going so you don’t trip or walk into objects.

Lanterns are an alternative to flashlights, or they can supplement flashlights. Flashlights are handy if your power isn’t working, but lanterns are also portable. Lanterns can hang from hooks, enabling you to set them up to provide light where you need it and free up your hands. Lanterns typically offer longer battery life than flashlights. You can also opt for headlamps, which are lights you wear on your head. Headlamps are portable and hands-free.

Camera Equipment

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Documenting your journey is a great way to preserve memories. One of the most effective ways to document your travels is by taking photographs or video footage. To do that, you’ll need a camera. Standard camera options include digital cameras, digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, and mirrorless cameras.

Mirrorless cameras are lighter than DSLR cameras, making them easier to carry and operate. They’re also faster, which is why many people opt to use a mirrorless camera to capture video. When choosing between full frame mirrorless cameras, you can consider popular brands, including Nikon, Canon, and Sony. Mirrorless cameras offer the same image quality as DSLR cameras.

Mirrorless cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and 5-axis image stabilization. The Canon EOS R has multiple zoom lens options you can choose from, including EF, EFS, and RF lenses. It features a digital lens optimization system that compensates for distortions so you’ll have crisp images when using wide apertures.

You can use several accessories with a mirrorless camera to complete your camera equipment setup, including tripods, power banks, neutral density (ND) filters, and USB charging cables.

Tools

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Axes and multi-tools are two hand tools you should pack for your RV trip. You may need to chop wood to build a fire when camping, and if you’re in an area where you don’t have an electric hookup for your RV, you may need a fire to cook food.

Multi-tools are tools that combine several tools into one handle, such as a Swiss Army knife. A multi-tool offers easy access to a jackknife, which you can use to cut kindling or rope. You’ll also have a screwdriver, which can come in handy if you need to remove a panel on your RV. The bottle opener is convenient if you drink bottled beverages, such as beer. Multi-tools even have tweezers for removing splinters and nail files, enabling you to repair jagged or frayed nails.

Leveling Blocks

No matter how flat the ground looks, it’s rarely even. While it’s nice to sleep inside an RV and escape from insects and bugs, it can be hard to sleep if your RV’s sloped. Leveling blocks, which are also known as stabilizer pads, go under your tires. They’re used to alter the height of one side or end of your RV. These blocks ensure your RV’s as level as possible, so you don’t slip while walking inside or feel disoriented when you’re trying to sleep.

Next time you pack your RV for a trip, remember the essential equipment you need to ensure you have the perfect journey. Pack portable lights, such as flashlights and lanterns. You should also bring camera equipment you can use to take photos and video footage. Pack tools, such as an ax and multi-tool. And make sure you bring leveling blocks for leveling your RV when you park.