One of the best places to go RV camping in the entire United States is at Mammoth Lakes.  

It’s a great way to spend some quality vacation time with friends and family, with tons of options for everyone from first-time campers to more seasoned outdoor adventurers.  

Now that you’ve secured your RV for your big camping weekend, the big question now is: what sort of gear should I be bringing along with me to my nature getaway at Mammoth Lakes? 

Whether you’re traveling with kids, with pets, or with more active and hardcore camping companions, you’d certainly want to have everything covered for your big trip, so let’s get down to it: 

Your RV Camping Checklist  

OK so let’s go through the stuff you’ll ideally want to bring along with you on your Mammoth Lakes camping trip. 

The Basics 

Let’s start with some of the essentials. The following are the most important items you’ll want to bring on your big camping weekend:  

  • Headlamps or flashlights, plus extra batteries 
  • Camp chairs and table  
  • Lantern, mantles, and fuel or batteries 

Optional: 

  • Sunshade, tarp or screen house 
  • Hammock and/or cots 
  • Sleeping bag liners 
  • Firewood sourced near the campsite
  • Camp rug 
  • Tablecloth and clips (or tape) 
  • Clothesline with clips  

Clothing & Footwear 

You’ll want to dress appropriately when you’re up at Mammoth Lakes, or at least bring some clothes just in case there’s a sudden change in the weather or a drop in temperature. A lot of these clothes are also designed to protect you from the elements, including the sun and even seasonal pests and insects.  

  • Moisture-wicking underwear 
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts 
  • Quick-drying pants/shorts 
  • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs) 
  • Lightweight fleece or jacket 
  • Boots or shoes suited to the terrain 
  • Socks (synthetic or wool) 
  • Sleepwear  

Sun and bug protection: 

  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses (and retainer leash) 
  • Sun hat 
  • Lip balm 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Insect repellent candles 

Additional items for rainy and/or cold weather: 

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants) 
  • Long underwear 
  • Warm insulated jacket or vest 
  • Fleece pants 
  • Gloves or mittens 
  • Warm hat 

Optional: 

  • Swimsuits 
  • Water sandals 
  • In-camp sandals or booties 
  • Bandanas  

Health & Hygiene 

Even with supply stores and other facilities readily available, it’s always wise to bring your own personal health and hygiene supplies.   

  • Toilet paper 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Toiletry kit 
  • Quick-dry towel 
  • Feminine care products 
  • Prescription medications 
  • First-aid kit or first-aid supplies   

Optional: 

  • Urinary products 
  • Sanitation trowel (if there are no toilets) 
  • Baby wipes 
  • Alcohol or antiseptic wipes 
  • Mirror 
  • Brush/comb 
  • Cosmetics 
  • Spare eyeglasses/contact lens supplies 
  • Eyeshades 
  • Earplugs 
  • Portable camp shower 

Kitchen 

One of the more important things you’ll want to figure out really quickly is your source of drinkable water which, fortunately, many campgrounds around Mammoth Lakes already have. Other really important supplies would include firewood, fuel for your stoves, and ice.  

  • Stove and fuel 
  • Matches, lighter, and/or firestarter 
  • Cooking pots and pot holders 
  • Frying pan 
  • Eating utensils 
  • Cooking utensils 
  • Bottle opener, can opener, corkscrew 
  • Sharp knife 
  • Plates and bowls 
  • Mugs and/or cups 
  • Cutting board 
  • Cooler 
  • Ice or ice substitutes 
  • Water bottles 
  • Camp sink or wash bins 
  • Biodegradable soap 
  • Pot scrubbers or sponges 
  • Trash/recycling bags 
  • Dishtowel 

Optional: 

  • Camp grill and fuel 
  • Grill rack 
  • Griddle 
  • Dutch oven 
  • Charcoal 
  • Portable coffee/tea maker 
  • Marshmallow/hot dog roasting forks 
  • Small food-storage containers/bags/foil 
  • Large water jugs 
  • Large, clear plastic bins to store kitchen gear 

Tools & Repair Items 

It pays to be prepared at all times. In the same way you have a first-aid kit for emergencies, so too should you have basic tools and repair items handy in the RV. 

  • Multi-tool 
  • Duct tape 
  • Extra cord 
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve 
  • Pad/mattress repair kit 
  • Mallet or hammer (for hammering tent stakes) 
  • Saw or ax (for cutting firewood) 
  • Small broom and dustpan  

Personal Items 

You’re likely to be bringing these with you anyway, but make sure you tuck them into a clear waterproof bag, container, or even a Ziploc bag to keep these out of harm’s way.  

  • Credit card and/or cash 
  • ID 
  • Cellphone 
  • Your campsite reservation confirmation (if required) 

Campsite Extras 

Lastly, here are some optional items, or some things you may want (or need) to bring when you have kids or pets tagging along for the camping trip. 

  • Solar and portable power 
  • Binoculars 
  • Navigation tools 
  • Field guides (flowers, insects) 
  • Star chart/night-sky identifier 
  • Book/reading material 
  • Notebook and pen/pencil 
  • Music player with headphones 
  • Games and toys 
  • Dog gear 
  • Dry bags, stuff sacks or clear plastic bins to store items  

RV Rentals In Mammoth Lakes 

Adventure in Camping allows you to experience the joys of camping, Mother Nature, and the Great Outdoors easily and conveniently.   

You don’t need to bring your own RV– they’ll bring it to you! All you have to do is pick out your Mammoth Lakes campsite, and your RV or trailer rental will be there even before you arrive. 

When your stay is over, they’ll come to haul the trailer away for you– so you don’t need to worry about it. All you need to do is bring your gear and enjoy your stay at Mammoth Lakes! 

Adventure in Camping has an awesome selection of RV and trailer rentals for your big trip, with plenty of options for your other special requirements or requests. Rentals have some basic gear included, so you might want to check those as well. Generator rentals and other camping gear may also be available for rent.  

For more details, visit AdventureinCamping.com, or call (760) 935-4890 today. 

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