RVing is all about fun and relaxation in the great outdoors. As much as we don’t want to consider it, any number of emergency situations could occur in your RV. That’s why, here at Scenic RV, we feel it’s essential to always be prepared for any situation. To start, we’re going to go over some of the most important things to keep in your RV emergency kit.

Food and Water

The first category of RV emergency kit items to think about is food and water. In general, it’s recommended to keep at least three days of food and water for everyone in your RV (including pets). Choose non-perishable food items, like canned food, and things with a long shelf life, like high-calorie meal bars.

Even with the long shelf life of these items, you should routinely check expiration dates on your food. You don’t want to be caught in an emergency situation with moldy canned veggies!

Make sure to keep these items stored in an ambient room temperature.

Emergency preparedness supplies. A large collection of supplies to be used in case of a natural disaster (hurricane, flood, earthquake, etc) including flashlight, backpack, batteries, water bottles, first aid kit, lantern, radio, can opener and mask. No People.

First Aid

The next category to consider for your RV emergency kit is just as essential – first aid. You likely already have a first aid kit in your car or hiking pack, one you can use for bumps and scratches. It’s important to have an additional comprehensive first aid kit in your RV that you can leave fully stocked and untouched. Here’s a list of things your kit should include, via the Red Cross:

  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Aspirin
  • Emergency blanket
  • Breathing barrier
  • Instant cold compress
  • Nonlatex gloves
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Oral thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • An emergency first aid guide

RV Emergency Kit - A tow truck driver preparing a broken down RV for towing.

Roadside Equipment

The third category of items for your RV emergency kit is focused on getting you back on the road. If you’re stranded with a broken-down RV, these items can help you get back on track quickly. Additionally, if you can get your RV or car working enough to drive yourself to the nearest mechanic, it’ll save you a lot of cash compared to an expensive tow. Here’s our list of emergency roadside equipment to keep on-hand during a road trip:

  • Hazard cones
  • High-visibility vest
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Tow straps
  • Traction mats
  • Tire chains
  • Jump starter
  • Air compressor
  • Spare tire
  • Ice scraper

Survival Items

The last category of items you should keep in your emergency kit is survival items – from extreme weather protection to miscellaneous boy-scout approved equipment. These items will help you in a variety of conditions and are great for both being stuck on a snowed-in road or lost during an off-roading misadventure.

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Extreme Weather

  • Hand warmers
  • Poncho
  • Thermal survival blanket
  • Fire starter
  • Waterproof matches

Hygiene Materials

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Tissues
  • Spare toilet paper
  • Moist towelettes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contact solution


  • Extra clothes
  • Safety glasses
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Multi-tool
  • Heavy-duty pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Window breaker/seatbelt cutter tool
  • Solar radio
  • Battery pack
  • Spare phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Emergency contact list
  • Spare medications
  • Satellite GPS
  • Important documents (passports, insurance, medical papers, etc.)

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Once you’ve got these materials stored in your RV, you’re prepared for almost any situation. From stuck in the snow to broken-down in the desert, these items will get you through basic emergency situations.

While we all hope to never be in a survival situation, it’s important to understand the possibility and be prepared. You’ll be grateful you were. We recommend going through your survival kit every year, preferably in spring when you’re de-winterizing your RV, to make sure everything works and nothing is expired or broken.

Now that your RV emergency kit is complete, it’s time to focus on the fun part. Our Scenic RV Centers sales experts will help you find the perfect travel trailer for your family and your preferred camping style – luxury or off-road. We have a complete parts store, with some of the supplies you’ll need in your emergency kit, and a full service department for RVs purchased from Scenic.

If you’re ready to purchase a new RV or sell your old unit, you can browse our full inventory online or contact us at our Slinger or Baraboo locations.