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Regardless of if you are a full-time RVer, or you use one for short trips and vacations, there are certain items that you must have. There are also a few that may not be necessities, but definitely help to make your life and trip easier!
When we bought our Georgetown Forest River Class A RV, “Lucille”, back in 2014, we were complete newbies. Tom and I have been tent campers since we were children (we even tent camped on our honeymoon in Yellowstone!), and Tom’s dad had a VW hippy van they camped in when he was growing up, but the whole RV thing was completely new to us.
We are big planners and researchers and did lots of looking and researching before buying our RV. We also have friends who have fifth wheels, but for some odd reason, we didn’t talk to them about what we would need IN our RV. Since we weren’t prepared, we went through a little trial and error. Now that Lucille has been part of the family for almost 3 years, we’ve got it pretty much figured out.
Since we love our family of travel friends so much, we thought we’d let you learn from our mistakes instead of trial and error like we did. We will be doing a series of posts on this topic and I thought I would start with my favorite room, the kitchen! Here is our list of 10 RV kitchen essentials to make your trips and/or life on the road even better!
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One of the things we love about trips in our RV is we have a full kitchen. Not only does this allow us to save money by cooking all or most of our meals, we aren’t stuck constantly eating out. We love eating out and trying new places, but the reason we love it so much is because it is a treat, not an everyday thing for us.
Lucille has an amazing amount of storage. Tom and I both love to cook and we have almost as many items in our RV as we have in our kitchen at home. (when we go full time, I will be figuring out how to fit my Kitchen Aid mixer in there!) Here are our must have kitchen items:
1. Programmable Crock Pot/Slow Cooker – I like Hamilton Beach products, they’re as good as pricier brands but cost less. This is the exact model we use and it’s big enough for a family size meal, while still fitting in our cabinet space. We are usually on the go when camping, exploring, & adventuring. You can’t beat coming home to an already cooked dinner after a day out hiking. This was especially a life saver when camping at Disney! Throw it in before you head out in the morning, set the timer, and it’s warm and ready upon your return. You can also put a breakfast casserole in before bed and breakfast it’s ready when you wake up!
2. Keurig K15 (mini) – You can’t have breakfast without coffee! It’s also not camping without coffee in the morning. (or if you’re like me, you can’t do anything without coffee lol) I love my larger Keurig at home, but it’s just too big for the limited cabinet and counter space in an RV. In steps the K15 (or mini as it used to called). It doesn’t have a water reservoir like the larger model, but that makes it perfect for small spaces! This baby fits perfectly in one of our overhead cabinets while driving and sits out of the way on the counter once we’re parked, so great coffee (or hot chocolate if you’re Tom and opposed to coffee) is just a button push away! It also makes 3 different cup sizes: 6, 8, or 10 ounces. Ours is well used and has held up beautifully for 3 years and counting.
3. Hamilton Beach Ceramic Electric Skillet – We don’t have an outdoor kitchen in our motor home so we make our own. I personally would rather have the extra room and inside storage space than an outdoor kitchen. We have and love this electric skillet. Most campsites have picnic tables, so we set this up on the picnic table. It is perfect for eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and pretty much any other breakfast you could think of. It is a better non-stick surface than my expensive pans at home. It’s also easy to clean up and small enough to store easily in our interior cabinets. When camping, we spend most of our time outside and that includes cooking a lot of our meals out there making this a must have item on our list. This also works just as well inside if you prefer to do your cooking in the kitchen.
4. Cuisinart 15 pc. Knife set – Any cook knows that having a decent knife set is a MUST! Knives and cookware are one of the things I splurge a little on because it is worth getting better quality to begin with. I really like Cuisinart products, especially their knives, because they are reasonably priced while still being good quality.
5. Cooler Kitchen Flexible Cutting Mats – To go with your knives, you need something to cut on. I love my wooden cutting board at home but when space is at a premium, these mat are the way to go! They basically take up no space, they are extra thick, and have an “EZ grip” backing. My favorite part is they are marked with cute little pics! You have a mat for veggies, fish, poultry, and beef and I love the fun colors. They are also a time saver, slice on the mat, fold it up, and dump it in the pot or pan!
6. OXO 10 pc. Good Grips Pop Container Set – This is the best canister/container set ever! We have a shallow cabinet over out TV and these stack perfectly in there. This 10 piece set is the perfect size to store all our pantry staples. They are sturdy and seal better than any containers I’ve ever used. This set is perfect for storing pasta, flour, sugar, tea, coffee, cereal, grits, and spices with containers left over.
7. T&K Collapsible Silicone Measuring Cups – Speaking of space saving items in fun colors, these measuring cups and spoons rock! They can be used for both wet and dry ingredients and collapse flat for storing. They are made of durable silicone to last a long time.
8. Calphalon 6 pc Nonstick Bakeware Set – I was shocked when I found this deal! Calphalon is a top kitchen brand and this bakeware set is awesome. I usually consider Calphalon a splurge item but at only $30 for the set, this was a no brainer! The size also fits perfectly in the RV oven. I know some people who don’t use their ovens and some who (gasp!) don’t even have an oven in their campers! I can’t imagine not having an oven. It’s not camping without homemade biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast.
9. Cookware – This recommendation is a little different than the others, because there are two. Let’s call them the “Budget” and “Splurge” options. If you are weekend and vacation campers, or you don’t do a ton of cooking, then this Vremi 15 pc nonStick Cookware Set is the perfect Budget option. They are well made, especially for the price. The set also comes with the basics you need to set up your kitchen.
If you are a full-timer or you cook a lot, I think it’s worth it to splurge on this Cuisinart 11 pc Cookware Set.
I’ve already admitted my love for Cuisinart products and this set is true to form. It is well made, durable, and heats evenly. With a little TLC, it will also hold up to years of daily use.
10. Southern Homewares 5 pc Nested Storage Bowls – When you’re in a small space, you need items that do double or triple duty, plus take up the smallest amount of space. These awesome bowls fit the bill! They work well for food storage and mixing bowls (double duty) plus they nest inside each other to take up less space when not in use. They also come in fun colors!
So there you have it, our 10 RV essentials for the kitchen! While this is not all of the items we have in our RV kitchen, it is the list of items I couldn’t live without. We hope you found this helpful. We’d also like to know if there is anything you think we missed, what items you can’t live without, or make your life easier in your RV/Camper. Share your knowledge and leave us a comment.
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