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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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