If you take more than just a one week trip or plan on traveling for an extended amount of time, trying to shove a full wardrobe into a tiny RV closet(if you are lucky enough to have one) can be a daunting task!  Also, camping/RV’ing doesn’t require you to dress like one of the 7 dwarves.  So, there is no need to sacrifice your style while RV’ing.  Here are a few tips to keep you looking good without sacrificing too much of your storage space.

First there are a few simple rules to go by:

  1. If you have not worn it in the last 4 months, get rid of it! (seasonal items don’t count)  Most of us are way too comfortable with cluttered closets and holding onto items past their prime.
  2. Versatility is key!  Pick a few color schemes and stick with them.  Clothes need to be interchangeable as well as your accessories.  Choose fabrics that can be worn year round and don’t require dry cleaning.
  3. If you buy something new, it must replace something old.  The most important shopping tip is; if you don’t love it, don’t buy it!  You have to love it from the moment you put it on, if you have any doubts, walk away!
  4. Don’t knock the basics!  The perfect black dress got its name for a reason.  Simple pieces are easier to mix and match.  A few fun pieces are important just make sure not every item you own is printed and patterned.
  5. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!  This is where more is ok.  Simple outfits can be transformed with a great hat, scarf or belt.
  6. Weather is at the root of every clothing decision and it is not as predictable as the weatherman makes it out to be.  When RV’ing you never know what the weather will do, it’s best to carry a little something for any environment.  You never know when that freak storm is going to hit.

For a 3-6 month trip, your packing list might look something like this: (if you are full timing, increase everything by 25%)

His

  • Underwear – 14 pairs
  • Socks – 7 short (you don’t want tall socks with shorts), 7 long (2 wool for colder weather)
  • Jeans – 2 casual, 2 dressier
  • Chino’s – 2 different colors (Kaki/cotton/twill/linen pants look nice but are also very comfortable)
  • Shorts – 7(mix the colors…tan/white/grey/brown/blue/black/patterned)
  • T-Shirts –  4 long sleeve, 7-10 short sleeve (mixed colors and styles)
  • Polo’s —  4 (mixed colors/patterns)
  • Casual Sweater – 4 (mixed colors/styles)
  • Pajamas – 3 lounge pants / 3 lounge shorts, 6 t-shirts
  • Slippers – 1 pair
  • Dress Clothing – 2 slacks, 4 button downs, 2 nice light sweaters
  • Shoes – 2 sandals/flip flops, 2 around town (1black, 1 brown)
  • Belts – 1black, 1 brown (at a minimum, if you have something fun, bring it!)
  • Coats — 1 light, 1 heavy
  • Swimwear – 2 swim shorts, 1 beach shirt
  • Hiking/Active – 2 wicking short sleeve shirts, 1 long sleeve wicking shirt, 1 polar tech sweater, 1 quick dry/nylon pant, 1 pair of synthetic ‘long-johns’, 1 hiking/active shoe

Hers

  • Underwear — 14
  • Socks – 7 short, 7 long
  • Bras – 1 black, 2 nude, 1 black strapless, 1 nude strapless
  • Jeans — 2 casual, 2 dressier
  • Chino’s —  2 different colors (Kaki/cotton/twill/linen pants look nice but are also very comfortable)
  • Shorts — 4 (mix the colors…tan/white/grey/brown/blue/black/patterned)
  • T-Shirts/tanks – 4 long sleeve, 7 short sleeve (mixed colors and styles)
  • Blouse – 7 (mixed colors/styles)
  • Sweater – 4 (mixed colors/styles), 2 open front or button up (for layering)
  • Casual dress – 2 summer, 2 winter
  • Skirts – 2 summer, 1 winter
  • Dress Clothing – 1 pair of black slacks, 2 nice blouses, 2 dresses
  • Pajamas — 3 lounge pants, 3 lounge shorts, 6 camisole/t-shirt
  • Slippers – 1 pair
  • Shoes — 2 dress shoes (small heel), 2 sandals, 1 flip flop, 2 casual (comfortable walking), 1 boot (tall or bootie)
  • 4 belts – 1black, 1 brown, (at a minimum, if you have something fun, bring it!)
  • Coats — 1 light, 1 heavy
  • Swimwear – 2 swimsuits, 1 cover up
  • Hiking/Active – 2 wicking short sleeve shirts, 1 long sleeve wicking shirt, 1 polar tech sweater, 1 quick dry/nylon pant, 1 pair of synthetic ‘long-johns’, 1 hiking/active shoe
  • Accessories – this is where you can have fun and pack almost as much as you want!

Make your own packing list and edit it after your first couple of trips.  Just remember not to over pack, when RV’ing less is more!