Stay or Go? How To Unpack Your RV In Between Trips

Packing and unpacking an RV can be cumbersome, especially if you’re not able to store the RV at home. So, it makes sense that most RV owners who store their vehicles at a facility like I-10 RV Storage want to find ways to make the process more efficient. 


Of course, when it comes to unpacking an RV, there are a few critical details that should never be missed unless you want to return to unwanted and unwelcome guests. So, what things are okay to leave in your RV between trips?


The short answer is, it all depends — mostly on how much time you will have in between trips.


If you’re the type of adventurer who spends most weekends on the road in your RV, it’s probably not necessary to clean out your entire stash of food. Focus on the perishables, which goes without saying. Make sure, even for brief breaks in between trips, to empty the fridge of anything that may spoil in your absence. 


Longer breaks require a more thorough cleaning, even beyond the kitchen. Here are a few items, beyond perishables, you might overlook. 


  • Seasonings. Most people leave seasonings in their RV during brief breaks, but it might be a good idea to take them out if you plan to stay off the road for a while. If that’s too much of a hassle, some RVers have had luck using locking totes to store items that will remain on the RV.
  • Grill. If your RV has a grill, make sure to scrub it down before you close it up, even for brief breaks. The smell will attract critters and it just doesn’t age well — which is to say, you won’t want to come back to it.
  • Fridge. Be sure to not only empty your fridge entirely but leave the door slightly ajar. It’s just one of those things people know they need to do but might miss while wrapping things up.
  • Linens. Don’t forget to strip down all bedding and wrap up all dirty towels before leaving for any amount of time. 
  • Dry food. Many RVers say they leave their dry food in their RV in between trips, but for extended periods, it would be best to play it safe. Remove any boxes that have been opened, or use secure storage containers for things like cereal, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and instant oatmeal. 
  • Canned goods. For brief breaks, canned goods are likely safe to keep in an RV. Most RV owners do. But, for longer breaks, it’s once again best to play it safe and store them elsewhere, even if it’s in a locked tote. 


That list likely leaves RV owners wondering what they can leave in their RV. And the list is limited. 


Toiletries, first aid and paper supplies, and cleaners are safe to leave as are traps for pests like ants, roaches, and rodents. It’s an unpopular topic, but pests are smart and opportunistic. And no one wants a freeloading hitchhiker on their next road trip.


At I-10 RV Storage, we’ve designed our Southeast Valley facility with every RV owner in mind. Our concierge-style amenities, covered parking, and prime Southeast Valley location are just a few benefits of storing with us. 


Contact us to learn more about our state-of-the-art facilities and our competitive rates!

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