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Essential RV Camping Gear for Your Next Adventure

Updated: Apr. 16, 2024

Gearing up for the next RV adventure? Make sure to pick up a few of these RV must-haves before heading out.

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9 Rv Must Haves For Comfort Everywhere You GoRD.COM, VIA MERCHANT (3)

There’s no doubt that staying in an RV provides more comfort than regular tent camping. But there are a few RV must-haves that will really make or break a vacation when it comes to campsite cushiness. Make sure to stock up on a few of these essentials before the next trip.

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Thermacell Mr300 Portable Mosquito Repeller via merchant

Thermacell MR300 Portable Mosquito Repeller

It’s part of the RV deal to get respite from bug bites while inside, but when heading to the picnic table for dinner at dusk, the outdoors is significantly less pleasant. Enter the Thermacell Mosquito Repeller, one of the best RV must-haves, which uses heat to disperse bug repellent over a 15-foot area. Get one for the campsite and another one to take on bike or kayak rides. Our Shopping Editor tested it and attests to its efficiency and near-magic ability.

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Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

This gorgeous camp blanket is perfect to layer over the shoulders or onto the lap on a cool night while sitting around the campfire. Made entirely from recycled bottles, Rumpl blankets are water-resistant and machine-washable. Even better, they come with a 100-night return policy to make sure the buyer really loves it.

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YETI Roadie 48-Wheeled Cooler

When RVing, finding ample fridge space is an anomaly. Think of this enormous, portable cooler from YETI as a backup fridge. Wheel it out to the campfire for constant access to cool drinks (it holds 42 cans plus ice using a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio). Make good use of the wheels and take the cooler to the fishing site for easy access to snacks by the river.

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Berkley Travel Water Filter via merchant

Berkley Travel Water Filter

Water sources change with every new campsite hook-up: some are tastier and safer than others. Use this no-electricity-required gravity filter to remove more than 200 common contaminants and keep water potable and fresh. Just pour the tap water into the top of the stainless-steel filter and dispense from the spigot below.

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Villey Portable Camping Table via merchant

Villey Portable Camping Table

Not your average picnic table, this collapsible table folds small enough to fit into most cramped spaces (plus it’s only 10 pounds). Perfect for a dinner table, set the tabletop height at 17 inches (if you’re sitting on the ground), 24 inches or 27 inches (for meal prep or dining in chairs). The heat-resistant, waterproof aluminum tabletop makes clean-up a quick wipe and done—a true gift for any camper.

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The James Brand The Redstone Knife via merchant

The James Brand The Redstone Knife

There’s always a cord that needs shortening, a s’mores stick that needs sharpening or a wayward vine that needs taming at camp. RV must-haves aren’t complete without a knife. Find plenty of uses for this gorgeous, 2.5-inch-blade pocketknife. We love it for its compact size, strong steel blade and smooth close.

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Anycell Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster via merchant

Anycell Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster

The reality of a weekend in the wilderness is that sometimes cell service is spotty. This is both a blessing and a curse, of course, but for safety’s sake, or if someone needs to dial into a last-minute Zoom call while out in the woods, this cell phone signal booster is compatible with all carriers. Just put the antenna on the roof and plug it in.

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Camco Scrub Mat

Help the RV feel more like home while simultaneously reminding people to wipe their feet with this door mat that traps dirt and debris. Add it to your list of discounted camping gear and take heed of the saying on the mat that life is better at the campsite.

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Silonn Portable Ice Maker via merchant

Silonn Portable Ice Maker

One way to be an organized traveler is to think ahead. And since most RV fridges don’t have ice makers, a portable one like this countertop version from Silonn covers your bases. Add two liters of water into the tank and enjoy the first batch six minutes later.

Use the control panel to select cubes in two sizes. Whether you wake up to nature with an iced coffee in the morning or sip on a cold drink after a day exploring, this ice maker is one of our RV must-haves for a reason.