First Aid Kit
Before you set off on your travels, make sure that your first aid kit is fully stocked up. If you don't own one, get one. First aid kits contain useful medical supplies that can help with anything from bandaging up a scrape when one of the kids falls off their bike, to burn cream if you get too close to the campfire while cooking. Take a quick inventory and be sure to replace any missing items.
While not quite as important as a first aid kit, spices add ummph to dishes, so don't forget the spices for your camping trip. Maybe you think your food will be ok without it, but it'll be too late once you bite into a bland slab of meat. Your RV might even have a spice rack (like this awesome Palomino Puma for sale here at All Seasons RV) and you can keep your spices stocked up, but go through before each trip to make sure you have what you need and that you haven't run out of anything.
You'll always want to keep flashlights on hand while camping, so make sure you have a few packed up in the RV before you head out of West Michigan on your way to the Great Smoky Mountains or Mammoth Caves (two places where a flashlight would come in handy). You never know what can happen on an exciting camping trip, like maybe a power outage or storm, and you don't want to be left in the dark! Plus if you're going for a nighttime stroll or trekking to the bathhouse in the dark, you'll want to be able to see what's making noises in the dark (trust me!). They also come in handy for fun flashlight games around the campsite. And in those flashlights, be sure to check that the batteries are good. Which leads us to our next item ...
Always bring a couple packs of batteries along on your camping trips. It's inconvenient and disappointing when gadgets or essential items become useless because of dead batteries. Purchase a handy battery organizer so you can stock it up and won't have to think too much about it.
Speaking of batteries, you won't want your phone battery to die, so make sure to pack your phone charger. Yes, camping is all about getting away from it all, but you don't want to wait until it's too late to find out your phone is dead and you're without help. On one hand, it'd be silly to go out and buy a new cord when you likely already have several at home, but on the other hand, you really can't have too many phone chargers!
Clothing For Any Weather
No matter what the weather forecast is predicting for your destination, do not trust it! Weather can change quickly, especially here in West Michigan. You don't want to be stuck in shorts and a t-shirt all week if it's going to be rainy and cold. Even if you only pack one warm outfit, at least you'll be prepared. Don't forget a water-resistant coat too.
Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Without sunscreen and bug spray, your camping trip could become miserable quite quickly! Sunscreen will prevent the sun's harmful rays from making you look like a scorched human lobster, and bug spray will repel mosquitos, gnats, ticks, certain flies, and other pesky insects that can leave itchy and painful bites and spread dangerous diseases. Pack these essentials, and also be sure to include some aloe gel and mosquito bite relief because sunscreen and bug spray aren't completely foolproof.
Before you hit the road, make sure that you have all the necessary tools packed for your camping trip. Everything is great until something breaks, and it's an unfortunate situation if you can't fix it (and you'll probably be a long way from the service department at All Seasons in Muskegon)! Hopefully you'll have sharing and caring neighbors who can lend you something, but you don't want to be imposing every time something goes wrong. Just make sure everything is there and accounted for in case you took a tool out at home and forgot to put it back.
Can Opener/Bottle Opener
Nothing is worse than going to crack open an ice cold beer or glass bottle beverage after setting up camp and realizing that you left the bottle opener at home. Finding out that you didn't bring the can opener along as you go to open a can of food for dinner is even worse! There are ways around the bottle opener situation, but it is a downright pain to open a can without a can opener. Make sure you have one in your RV's kitchen, and get one that has can opening capabilities so that you don't have to pack two different items. Alternatively, bring a Swiss army knife along and you'll have everything you need and more.
It's not impossible to start a fire without fire starters, but using them makes it so much easier. Some can even get a fire started in wet conditions! Either purchase some from the camping section of a store, or make your own using dryer lint, wax, sawdust, or other safe, flammable items. If you forget the fire starters, try out this tutorial on how to build a teepee fire, which can be done with or without a fire starter.