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Planning an RV-Friendly Wardrobe

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There is no written law stating, “To live the RV lifestyle, you must dress like one of the seven dwarfs.” Therefore, there is no need to sacrifice your personal style while RVing.

Here are a few tips to keep you looking good while still being practical and maintaining your storage space:

  • Versatility is key, but it a modified version. Pick a few color schemes and stick with them. You can then mix and match within these schemes and apply your accessories accordingly.
  • Choose fabrics that can be worn year-round and don’t require dry cleaning.
  • Always be prepared! When RVing, you never know what type of weather you will encounter. It’s best to have articles of clothing for all climates.

For a three- to six-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 (Khaki/cotton/twill/linen pants look nice and are 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)
  • Dressy shirts (for example, polos) — 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 – 1 black, 1 brown
  • 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-john’s, 1 hiking/active shoe

Her

  • Underwear – 14 pairs
  • 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 (Khaki/cotton/twill/linen pants look nice and are 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 (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)
  • Belts – 1 black, 1 brown, 2 fun
  • 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-john’s, 1 hiking/active shoe
  • Accessories — 1 summer scarf, 1 winter scarf, 1 summer hat, 1 winter hat, jewelry (that’s a whole separate article!)

This is a basic packing list. After your first couple of trips, you will be able to edit this list to suit your personality, lifestyle, and RV. You will become an RV wardrobe master in no time. Just remember not to over pack; when RVing, less is more!