Our complete camper van packing list

The initial packing list for a roadtrip takes some thought, to be sure you’re not leaving out anything. Tomorrow, we leave with Jean-Claude Ram Van on a month-long excursion through Arizona, Utah, and most of California. We’re excited, to say the least, and as we take inventory and gather some last-minute supplies, we thought we’d post our complete packing list in the hopes that it might help others who are close to hitting the road. Along the way, we will also be attending 3 different weddings of friends- so the suits, ties, dresses and shoes are coming with! (We left those off the list)

What we packed for a month long trip in our campervan:


  • 1 pot
  • 1 frying pan
  • 3 sponges
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 cups
  • 2 Yeti Tumblers
  • Salt/pepper
  • Single burner butane stove
  • 6 butane canisters
  • 1 large cutting board
  • 2 small cutting boards
  • 20 paper plates
  • 4 plastic plates
  • Can opener
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Chef knife
  • Wine/bottle opener
  • 35 Qt Yeti cooler
  • Small Coleman cooler (for beers!)



  • Lenovo Chromebook – unbelievable battery life, and we loaded some movies onto a large USB drive
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • USB powered fan
  • Notepad
  • Pens/pencils
  • Scissors
  • Deck of cards
  • AA batteries/AAA batteries
  • Headphones
  • Small dustpan/broom
  • 2 quick-dry towels
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Baby wipes
  • Single packs of laundry detergent
  • Earplugs
  • Spare key, hidden on exterior of the van


  • AAA card
  • Basic Toolkit – Screwdrivers, wrench, hammer, pliers
  • Leatherman wave
  • ODB-II readerOur van is old, and when the check engine light comes on, I want to know what it means
  • Voltmeter
  • Spare fuses, wood/metal screws
  • Gorilla tape
  • 12V air compressor/tire inflator
  • Fix-a-flat
  • Rags