RV Emergency Survival Kit: Staying Safe On & Off the Road

RV Emergency Survival Kit: Staying Safe On & Off the Road

With an RV emergency survival kit, you keep yourself safe as you hit the road and the outdoors in your rental. One of the great things about an RV is that you are able to adventure in comfort. The core necessities stay in your recreational vehicle. 

All you have to do is keep the fridge stocked, think ahead, and hit the road. It takes a few trips before you know how to streamline your preparation: what goes with and what stays behind. For us, we pare down the contents to what we really need. 

However, there are some safety items we never leave home without. Let’s take a look at how to prepare an RV emergency survival kit.

Comfort Case

One of the best ways to prepare is to be ready for an emergency. Part of this means being ready for the worst. While we offer 24/7 roadside assistance with our rentals, what do you do while you wait? 

It’s a great idea to have a comfort kit with you in case you have to wait for assistance. Here’s what we recommend any RV renter or owner keep with them. 

  • Wool blanket – army surplus style 
  • Small travel pillows 
  • Solar-powered external batteries (to keep sitting on the dashboard as you drive)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Handwarmers – especially for winter road trips

Emergency Stash of Water

It’s a good idea to have a couple of gallons of water as part of your RV emergency survival kit. If your water system fails, this helps you stay hydrated. Moreover, it helps you avoid buying plastic bottles over and over again. 

Oftentimes, campgrounds have areas for you to refill these jugs. Additionally, they’re great to have in the event you need to top off your radiator. 

Personal Safety

Accidents happen. It’s something we all know and understand. However, we don’t always prepare to the best of our ability. 

As you adventure, it’s a good idea to have a couple of different personal safety kits. One stays in the RV, and the other stays on you as you head out into the wilds. 

In-RV First Aid Kit

Personal safety is a big part of your RV survival kit. Carry some of the basics with you as you travel. 

  • Pain relievers
  • Gauze 
  • Antiseptic creams 
  • Bandages

Additionally, take your personal medical history into account. Do you have an up-to-date EpiPen for an allergy? Benadryl is great to keep around when bugs just love you. 

As you travel across Texas, it’s always a good idea to keep something to cool you down. A cold pack for your neck helps you recover from extreme heat. 

Always remember to tailor your RV emergency survival kit to meet your concerns and needs. If you have a medical alert bracelet, be sure to wear that throughout your trip. That ensures you receive the help you need in the event of an emergency. 

Portable First Aid Kits

Whether you head out to float the river or hike through the day, carry a small, portable first aid kit with you. Moreover, carry some of the Texas essentials. 

  • Sunblock 
  • Bug repellant 
  • Water
  • Hydration tablets (for electrolytes)
  • A whistle for emergencies 

If you’re heading out on a night excursion or expect to be out late, it’s a good idea to pack a headlamp and emergency mylar blanket. Should you head out into bear country, bear spray is a good idea. However, read the instructions so that you understand how to use it properly. 

Other RV Essentials

Part of your RV survival kit should help you avoid being cold and hungry. While our RV rentals come equipped with a lot of what you need, there’s nothing wrong with extra preparation. Consider these extras before you hit the road. 

Extra Propane

Some RVers decide to take an extra propane tank out with them. This is especially good when your destination is at a higher elevation. That’s where propane burns faster. 

Due to this, people sometimes find themselves without heat trying to make it back to a nearby supplier. Generally, though, our supply is enough to last the standard RV trip. 

Easy-to-make Food

As you stock your pantry, it’s a good idea to have some bouillon cubes, pasta, and a few cans of food. These go a long way to warm the body after a long day of hiking. If you don’t feel like cooking, having something simple around is a blessing. 

Think about some easy essentials to make your future, tired hikers satisfied. 


In your RV emergency survival kit, carry a few fire-starters. These are great for when you don’t have the patience to mess with kindling and dry tinder. 

  • Cardboard scraps 
  • Wax starters 
  • Pine fatwood sticks

These are just a few examples to help start a fire even with damp wood on a dreary day. Just be sure to keep them in a safe place. 

What’s in Your RV Emergency Survival Kit?

Now that you have a good idea of what to stock, let us know what else you like to pack! How do you prepare for emergency situations? 

Whenever you rent an RV, be sure to ask about what we specifically include in our rig. We try to help our renters stay adventure-ready throughout their trips. So, what are you waiting for? 

It’s time to plan your next adventure!

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