Space is essential when traveling in my 13-foot travel trailer.

Because of this, I have had to learn about what is essential and which comforts can be sacrificed.

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Your camping trip will be different if you bring your trailer. Although you may be tempted to pack more than you actually need, you can quickly find your travel trailer feeling cramped if you bring too much.

Preparing for your first trip in a travel trailer is a good idea. Make a list of all the things you absolutely must have. You can also refer to my checklist below. These are the essentials that will get you through the trip without the need to stop at a shop. You’ll often find that you can do without a lot of these essentials.

Here are my top packing tips and what to bring.

Kitchen Essentials

Do you plan to cook on the road while traveling? These are my top travel trailer cooking products that I take on every trip.

  • Sponges, Microfiber Towels and Pot Holders
  • Paper Towels
  • 12-piece Dinnerware Set
  • Cooking with Utensils

Camping stove with fuel (If you wish to cook outside the camper.

  • Stackable Pots & Pans
  • Knife Set With Blade Guards
  • Collapsible Food Storage Containers and Ziplock Bags
  • Dish Soap
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Can You Opener

Stovetop Cutting Board (A great space-saver!)

  • Trash bags
  • Pour over Coffee Strainer
  • Matches & Lighter
  • If you don’t own a fridge, cooler & ice
  • Bed & Bath Essentials

This is where you can skip the tent, as your bed is already built into the camper. You don’t need to use sleeping pads, tarps or bags with a trailer (unless you prefer sheets and a comforter).

These are my top travel trailer bath and bed products

Comforter & Camping Sheets (depending on the size of your mattress, these sheets are ideal for twin, double or queen-sized campout sheets).

  • Pillows
  • Washcloths & Towels Quick-Dry
  • Toilet paper
  • Biodegradable Wipes

Toiletries (Shampoo and Conditioner, Deodorant. Toothbrush, Toothpaste. Moisturizer. Soap. Contact Lens Solution. Floss. Hair Ties. Make-up. Medications. Brush & Comb. Floss. Nail Clippers.

  • Sunscreen & Aloe Vera Gel
  • Spray for bugs
  • First Aid Kit

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Camping Essentials

Without these essentials, camping in a trailer is much more difficult. I take them with me on every trip.

  • Indoor & Outdoor Mats
  • Dustbuster or Broom
  • Camping Chairs
  • Refillable Water Bottles
  • Headlamps & Flashlights

Portable speaker (not necessary, but I always bring it with me on camping trips).

  • Fishing gear
  • Adapters and Portable Charger
  • Generator (I love this company!)
  • Travel trailer safety essentials

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These safety necessities will keep your travel trailer safe and on the road. Each and every one is crucial for travel trailer camping.

  • Air Compressor
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Trailer Lock
  • Jack & Lug Wrench
  • Hitch Lock
  • Locks for Wheels
  • Leveling Blocks
  • Wheel Chocks
  • Toilet Chemicals
  • Drinking water hose
  • Water filter
  • Water regulator

Kit for an Emergency Roadside Assistance

  • DampRid Moisture Absorber
  • Surge Guard
  • Tool Kit

Tips for Packing for Your First Travel Trailer Camping Trip

  • You can plan your meals ahead of time

It is a huge help to know exactly what food you should bring and how many of each ingredient you will need when packing your travel trailer. You should always overpack your food, as you don’t want it to go bad. Also, bring as many canned and dry items as you can. Avoid glass storage containers as they can be broken or smashed on the road.

  • Secure Loose Products

Even though it seems inevitable that your travel trailer will be moved around on every road trip, making sure that you secure any loose items before you leave will help to ensure they don’t get damaged and that you don’t end up in a big mess.

Place everything in cabinets or closets. Keep heavy items off the ground. Slip-resistant shelf papers and storage containers can be used to hold individual items.

  • Use Bungee Cables

Camper trailers are equipped with closet and cabinet doors that click shut. But you’d be amazed at how easy it is for them to open. While in transit, I recommend that all doors be secured with bungee cable.

  • Know your trailer weight limit

Each camping trailer comes with a weight limit. This is the maximum load your trailer can withstand without causing structural damage. This limit will be important for your safety and that of others. It also helps to ensure the durability of your trailer.

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  • Balance the load

After you have chosen the items you wish to bring on your camping trip it is time to pack them all into the trailer. When you do this, ensure that the load is evenly distributed throughout the trailer. If possible, place more weight towards the front. This will prevent tire blowouts and axel strain as well as a lopsided trailer.

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  • Prime Your Travel Trailer

Do a thorough inspection of your camper before you go on your camping trip. Check that your tanks have been emptied. Unplug the water hose and pull in any awnings. Take off all wheel chocks and jacks. Next, check your tire pressure and make sure that your hitch is secure.