33 Essential RV Kitchen Accessories You Should Have

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33 Essential RV Kitchen Accessories You Should Have

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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).

This is a great little set by Joseph Joseph. 2 Bowls, stainless sieve, colendar, and 5 measuring cups. Customer reviews are very good- the only bad comments are around the stacking which can be a bit unstable if they are not nested perfectly. The smallest measuring cup is actually 1 Tablespoon which is a bit weird. They are also NOT microwave safe.

For a more traditional 4 bowl set, these guys from Nordic Ware fit the bill nicely. They are BPA free and have very good reviews. They are also microwave and dishwasher safe.

For those who really prefer stainless steel, this Joseph Joseph 9 piece set is great. It is a best seller at Amazon and has great reviews. It is basically the same set as the JJ ones above, but in SS. 

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are essential kitchen tools for RV living. It is really important to have a set that is versatile and lightweight as you will use them inside and out. 

 Our favorite Fu Store set comes with 4 boards marked and color-coded for vegetables, fish, fruit, and meats. These are a little thicker but we like that. They are still very light and easy to move indoors or out. 

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. The boards are super thin. 

RV Cooking Utensils:

Every RV kitchen needs a complete set of utensils. You want to cover all of your bases without having a lot of duplication as space is tight. 

The best selling RV kitchen utensils set is this 23 piece set from Home Hero. They are great- durable and lightweight. There should be a slotted spoon with this set, but there isn’t. Big miss IMO.  Reviews are pretty good, but there are a high percentage of 1 and 2 stars. Mostly quality complaints, so be advised. Nylon is good for your teflon pans, and the SS handles look nice. 

Microwave Cover

If you use the microwave a lot, and chances are that you do if you are living on the road, you must have a plate cover. Such a simple thing that saves SO MUCH time and effort. This is one of those things that you wonder why you didn’t have one 5 years ago. 

This is a really good product with terrible marketing. The photoshopped pics do NOT do it justice and the bullet points were written by a terrible writer. However, the customer reviews are great and it is a Best Seller on Amazon. The best feature are the magnets embedded in the cover so you can store it by hanging it off the ceiling of the microwave.

Cast Iron Cooking:

There is nothing like cooking on cast iron. I know we are always harping on things being lightweight, but when it comes to cooking outdoors, you want to have your cast. Keep everything else light so you can carry these baby’s with you!

This Lodge cast iron skillet is a must-have RV kitchen 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. Then the whole thing flattens out for easy storage. 

Space Saving Knife Holder:

This stainless steel wall mounted knife holder will save you a ton of space. It has great reviews on Amazon and is a Best Seller. Space is always at a premium in the RV kitchen so why not use the walls? 

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.

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 US Acrylic set to be one of the most durable camping dishes we purchased. They are nice looking, affordable, and have fantastic reviews. No wonder they are a best seller!

This is the Optix set by the same company. Same great quality and great reviews, but you also get the pretty colors. 

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 :).

Dish Drying Rack

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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.

Space Saving 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. This is a name you can trust and this set also has very good reviews. 

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, Nutri-Bullet makes a larger blender size as well. This works great for larger fifth wheels or motorhomes where there is a bit more organizational space.

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!

For those of you who are coffee drinkers, here is the best selling Classic Keurig. It is a nice size and does not take up too much space, and of course the K-Cups make a perfect cup every time. 

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, like our favorite Pulled Pork. 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.

Here’s the Instant Pot that everyone loves.

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.

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

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.

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.

This wire frame holder is lightweight and stylish. It hangs on the inside of a cabinet door so it takes up very little space/

Here’s a really nice skinny unit from SimpleHuman.

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

RV Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Dutch Oven:

This Lodge Dutch Oven is a staple if you plan to cook outdoors. Fire up a big old pan of campfire beans and watch the neighbors wander over. Lodge is the best name in cast iron and the only name we buy. There is nothing like a nice Dutch Oven Dump Cake to finish off a great day at the campsite. 

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. So a sturdy table that folds away for transport, is worth it’s weight in gold. 

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.

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. Then it folds into a case for storage. It is not the most sturdy thing on the planet, but it has held up really well for us. 

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.

This Coleman grill is really great for camping. It has a large cooking surface and folds up small for easy transport. Reviews are nearly 90% positive so that is good.  Coleman makes quite a few models so there is always one that will fit your needs. 

Camping Stove:

For those who want an open flame, but a little more control than the open fire, a camping stove is just the ticket. All the convenience of the indoor stove, but you can stay outside with everyone else. There are so many models to choose from, but here are a couple of the Best Sellers on Amazon. 

This 2 burner Coleman tabletop model is the number 1 Best Seller at Amazon. The reviews are really good as well. It puts out 20,000 BTU’s and at 21 inches wide, it can hold a couple of good sized pans. The back wind guard hinges down to become a locking cover. 

If you really want to “Big Dog” (or are planning on cooking a really big dog) this Camp Chef 2 burner model os for you. Each burner puts out 30,000 BTU’s and, as part of the Camp Chef Modular System, there are all kinds of accessories you can get to go with it. Propane tank NOT included. 

For ultimate portability while backpacking or just packing light, these single burner butane camp stoves are fantastic. They can hold pots up to 7″ in diameter and fold up small for easy transport in their included carrying case. 

Propane/ Fuel:

Depending on which type of grill or stove you choose, don’t forget to load up on fuel. Whether propane, or butane, you’ll be cooking with gas!

Coleman propane canisters are easily ordered right on Amazon. Save yourself the hassles of a trip to the store and just order on line. 

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. They are stainless steel so they not only look good, but are really durable. 

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. These are especially useful when cooking over an open fire, or in the Dutch Oven. 

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 insanely delicious s’mores several times per week, especially when it is cold and the kids love using these forks.

Outdoor Utensil Organizer:

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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:

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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.

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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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