33 Essential RV Kitchen Accessories You Should Have

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33 Essential RV Kitchen Accessories You Should Have

RV Kitchen Essentials

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One of the difficulties in becoming a full-time RV family, moving from a home to an RV 5th wheel, travel trailer or motorhome, is that you lose a bunch of kitchen space. Losing all of that kitchen space really hurts at first, but over the months and years, I have found a few RV kitchen Accessories and Gadgets that have helped me to cook efficiently in my RV kitchen.

When you have growing kids, being able to cook effectively is important. We simply cannot afford to eat out a lot and besides, I love to cook at home.  These are things that I use just about every day and could not live without. All of them do BIG jobs and take up small spaces.  Perfect for RV living.

Here is our list of essential RV Kitchen Accessories that we recommend you have when starting your RV life.

Essential RV Kitchen Accessories

Measuring Cups:

No set of RV cooking supplies is complete without stackable measuring cups and spoons. I found these cups for our RV kitchen on Amazon. I have used plastic measuring cups before and I just don’t like them. They get chewed up in the drawer and look all worn out. But having heavy traditional stainless steel cups adds weight, something we always try to avoid.

So I was overjoyed when I found these cups. They are stainless steel so they really hold up well to daily beatings in the utensil drawer. They are accurate AND they are lightweight which is very important for RV living. Someone found just the right thickness to keep them lightweight, but also durable.  Great set!

It turns out they also work well for arts and crafts when looking for something round for tracing wheels! Multi-purpose too!

If you DO dig plastic measurers, here is a nice set.  It is quite complete as it has about every possible size of measuring cup and spoon and would also work well to round out your set of kitchen gadgets.


 

Stackable Mixing Bowls:

Stackable mixing bowls are essential RV kitchen supplies. These are a great set of bowls. They are melamine so they will not break, but again are lightweight. This set comes with snap-on airtight lids that won’t let liquid out- even if you turn them upside down.

The size range is great so they can be used for thawing out large roasts or pork loins or to mix up small quantities of Franks “Super Secret Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce.” (Hint- it has honey, mustard, and BBQ sauce in it- sorry babe). The stack fits neatly on the shelf under the kitchen sink.  You can look for these at Sams Club, that’s where I got mine.


Joseph Joseph 40087 Nest 9 Nesting Bowls Set with Mixing Bowls Measuring Cups Sieve Colander, 9-Piece, Multicolored


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This set stacks nicely and they are a more rigid PVC plastic for those who want a more traditional set. Nordic Ware has good quality too.


Nordic Ware 4-Piece Prep N Serve Mixing Bowl Set, 2/3.5/5/7-Quart


List Price: $30.20 USD
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If you prefer stainless steel bowls for your own RV kitchen or you can check out this set of bowls from Joseph Joseph. It is stainless steel, but includes a sieve and colander PLUS measuring scoops.


 

Cutting Boards:

Cutting boards are essential kitchen tools for RV living. Super thin flat cutting boards work really well for the RV kitchen.  Our favorite set comes with 4 boards marked and color-coded for vegetables, fish, fruit, and meats.


This set is really nice with a bamboo board and seven plastic boards inside. It won’t save a lot of kitchen counter-top space but has a ton of great uses.


Seville Classics Easy-to-Clean Bamboo Cutting Board and 7 Color-Coded Flexible Cutting Mats with Food Icons Set


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RV Cooking Utensils:

This lightweight set of kitchen utensils is an absolute necessity in your RV kitchen.  This set is very durable and a best seller on Amazon, it even includes measuring cups and spoons.


 

Microwave Cover:

The best RV kitchen accessories and gadgets do their jobs while also saving space. This microwave cover has magnets that stick to the ceiling of the microwave, so when you are not using it, it stores in there saving valuable cupboard space. Nice!


 

Cast Iron Skillet:

This Lodge cast iron skillet is a must-have RV accessory. Cast iron cooks more evenly and lasts forever. It is also safe to use over a campfire or on the grill.  Do keep in mind they are heavier than regular pans.


 

Collapsible Strainer:

Another wonderful product that saves space in your camper kitchen. The handles slide out to provide a platform to hang it over the sink- hands-free operation.


 

Space Saving Knife Holder:

A lightweight wall mounted knife holder is just the ticket when on the road. This Camco unit mounts to wood or metal and holds all of your knives up off the counter, but easily accessible.


 

Melamine Dishes:

With all of the shaking and jostling, it is smart to use RV kitchen accessories that are as close to indestructible as possible. These melamine dishes are just the ticket and come in many colors.


Melamine Dinnerware Set - 12 Pcs Dinner Dishes Set for Outdoor Use, Dishwasher Safe, Lightweight Unbreakable, Blue


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Acrylic Tumblers:

Same applies to your glasses. RV glasses take a good deal of pounding so get a set that will be safe indoors or out.  We have found this set to be one of the most durable camping dishes we purchased.


Classic 9-ounce Premium Quality Plastic Tumblers | set of 6 Clear


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Optix 20-ounce Plastic Tumblers | set of 8 in 4 Assorted Colors


List Price: $16.99 USD
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Acrylic Wine Glasses:

We love wine, even more than that, we love drinking wine from actual wine glasses.  These glasses are stackable and we never have to worry about them on travel day.  We prefer stemless because they won’t get blown over by the wind :).


TOSSWARE 14oz Vino - recyclable wine plastic cup - SET OF 12 - stemless, shatterproof and BPA-free wine glasses


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Dish Drying Rack:

A space saving dish rack will fit over the sink and hold all of your kitchen gadgets and dishes, while not taking up counter space.  This Prepworks unit includes a wash basin and works great.


 

Stackable Pots and Pans:

A great set of pans is a necessity in any RV. A space saving set that nests together is a HUGE bonus! No need to give up on quality either with this Calphalon set.


Calphalon Premier Space Saving Nonstick 6 Piece Set


List Price: $299.99 USD
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RV Kitchen Gadgets

Magic Bullet:

We LOVE smoothies. A bag of frozen fruit medley, some yogurt, a bit of milk and it’s “Happy Days” in the Foley camp. The kids always get excited about smoothies and it is a great way to get a TON of nutrition into them without the usual WAH-WAH that comes with nutritious foods. I also use the Bullet for dicing up veggies and making homemade hummus.

Then there is, of course, the rare “margarita night” with hubby.  Those always end well! For many smaller campers or travel trailers, where space is really at a premium, the smaller “Bullet” is an awesome space saver.

If you are looking for a LARGER MARGARITA, Magic Bullet makes a blender size as well. This works great for larger fifth wheels or motorhomes where there is a bit more organizational space.


Magic Bullet NutriBullet Rx N17-1001 Blender, Black


List Price: $149.99 USD
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Kettle:

Many people are coffee drinkers. We drink tea here so a coffee maker is not a priority in our RV kitchen. That being said, we did start our adventures with a Keurig. It made a nice cup of tea, but man that thing was a beast. With very little counter space, it didn’t make sense for long (although I did hang onto it for almost a year!). Besides, those little K Cups can get kind of expensive. So we went back to tea bags!

I love my Hamilton Beach electric kettle. This is a nice little kitchen gadget. It heats up just enough water for 2 LARGE sized cups of tea. It is lightweight and the heating base is separate from the pot, so you can just pick it up and move around without having to unplug.

The only bad thing about it is that when we boondock, we can’t use it so we heat water on the stove in a pan just like the cavemen did!


Hamilton Beach 40998 Electric Kettle, 1L, Silver


List Price: $23.49 USD
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For those of you who are coffee drinkers, here is the best selling Classic Keurig.


Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable Black


List Price: $116.78 USD
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Slow Cooker:

This sits at the top of our most used RV cooking supplies. I know, I know. So many of you are using Instant Pot. I don’t know why I can’t get on board with those but we did get one a while back. I hated it! I couldn’t figure out how to use it, I did try I promise, but alas, we weren’t meant to be.

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned. I love my Crock Pot.  It is all wrong- it is heavy, bulky, takes up WAY too much room in my cabinet- but I use it ALL of the time! We like to shop at Sams Club and Walmart once a month to gear up for our travels to more remote places.

So whenever we catch a sale at the local market or hit Sams, we find the best deals on meats. That usually means larger cuts. Pork Loins, Spareribs, Boston Butt, London Broil, a turkey breast- you get the point. ANY of these can be cooked really nicely in the crock pot and we have meat for days. I can set it on low, toss in some veggies and spices, and 4 hours later VOILA!


I love it AND since I discovered Slow Cooker liner bags, even the cleanup has become a breeze.


Reynolds Kitchens Slow Cooker Liners (Regular Size, 6 Count)


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Here’s the Instant Pot that everyone loves.


Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer


List Price: $79.95 USD
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RV Water Filter:

Even though this is an outdoor gadget, the water you are concerned about is what is coming out of your kitchen faucet for drinking and cooking in your RV kitchen. Ensure fresh clean water with an in-line filter by Camco.  This is a must-have kitchen accessory.


RV Storage Ideas

Drawer Organization Ideas:

With only a few drawers available in the typical RV kitchen, organization is very important, so drawer organizers are a necessity. Here are some of the best RV drawer organizers we have found.

These are some bamboo separators so you can do a custom job on your drawer.


This bamboo set expands to fit the silverware drawer exactly.


Top Rated Bellemain 100% Pure Bamboo Expandable, Utensil - Cutlery and Utility Drawer Organizer-2 Year Warranty


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These are the ones we use for the kids’ bedroom for over three years now and they work great for underwear and socks.


Simple Houseware Closet Underwear Organizer Drawer Divider 4 Set, Gray


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Hanging Organizer:

Another great Amazon find. This baby is a priceless RV organizational accessory. We use it to store all of our snacks, crackers, potato chips, granola bars, etc. They all go into this easy storage. Since it hangs on 2 hooks over the door, it can also be easily moved onto a kids bunk for travel days and then hung back up upon arrival. The amount it holds is amazing so it is fantastic for expanding the kitchen pantry a bit.


Delta Children 4 Pocket Over The Door Hanging Organizer, Beige


List Price: $7.88 USD
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Garbage Holder:

One of the big space issues in an RV kitchen is there is very little space for the garbage can. They are so big in relation to the rest of the kitchen, but full-timing you don’t really use any LESS garbage.   There are some good options out there that will help save some space.


InterDesign Axis Over the Cabinet Wastebasket Trash Can or Storage Basket for Kitchen - Bronze


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Here’s a really nice skinny unit from SimpleHuman.

For a REALLY small RV storage space, this unit will hold plastic shopping bags.


YouCopia Over The Door Plastic Bag Trash Bin for Cabinets, Stainless Steel


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RV Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Dutch Oven:

Over an open fire, or over a burner, the Lodge Dutch Oven is an essential camping kitchen accessory.  Several sizes of this awesome kitchen cooking necessity are available so you can get the size you need.  Pre-seasoned for immediate use.


Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Pre-Seasoned Pot with Lid and Dual Loop Handle


List Price: $73.06 USD
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Camping Table:

For a good outdoor RV kitchen set up, you will need a sturdy folding table.  Even large RV outdoor kitchens are limited in space for your kitchen gadgets and accessories. This folding camping table is just the right thing. It comes in several sizes for any campsite and can also be used as a small eating table when needed.


ALPS Mountaineering 8353011 Dining Table (Dining XL)


List Price: $129.99 USD
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We have used this one for over three years now and love it.  It fits all of us at mealtimes and the kids can use it for arts and crafts.

Grill:

Outdoor Rv living equals grilling. A good grill is the backbone of any camping adventure and the Coleman Road Trip line provides the perfect RV cooking platform. Whether you are in a motorhome, 5th wheel, or even a pop-up camper, there is a Coleman sized right for you.

 

Grilling Utensils:

A good grilling RV kitchen is nothing without the grilling utensils. A complete and portable set of RV grill tools is a necessity for any camping trip. This set comes complete with a carrying case.

 

Grilling Gloves:

Hot fire and skin don’t mix well. Protect yourself when grilling in the outdoor RV kitchen with flame and heat resistant gloves.


 

Camping Stove:

For an overnight in the woods, or a quick RV cooking accessory pack along a portable camping stove.  This one unfolds to provide a single burner to heat up any pot or pan.


Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition (2pack)


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Propane Bottles:

Your best outdoor RV kitchen gadgets are going to need fuel. Don’t forget to pack plenty of propane bottles.

 

Marshmallow Forks:

These extendable marshmallow forks take up only a tiny bit of room, and yet will be one of your most used outdoor RV kitchen utensils. We have s’mores several times per week, especially when it is cold and the kids love using these forks.


 

Outdoor Utensil Organizer:

Keep your RV utensils organized with this simple flatware caddy. Your outdoor table will stay neat and clean and the napkins will stay in place.


 

Outdoor Garbage Holder:

Keep your camper area clean with this RV trash can.  The best part is that it folds up nicely and holds a 33 gallon bag.  Live by the campers code and leave no trace behind!

Last but not least, this one is for your indoor OR outdoor space. It collapses easily for storage and transport during moving days.  They come in very handy for keeping the place clean.


Stormate Collapsible Garbage Bag Holder - Thetford 36773


List Price: $17.25 USD
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So there you have it, our list of 33 RV Kitchen Accessories that we cannot live without. Funny how different that list looks from what it would be in a house! But these 33 items save space, are lightweight, save time and allow us to be out in the great outdoors for more of our time. That is the whole point, right? SO try a few of these on your next camping trip.

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