When we first moved into our RV to hit the road full-time I remember stressing over which RV kitchen accessories were the best, most important, and considered RV kitchen must-haves.
I read articles, discussions in Facebook groups and watched YouTube videos.
But you know what I found out? That deciding on the best RV kitchen supplies depended on one thing: me.
What and how I cook for my family may be completely different than how you cook and what you make for your family. I cook mostly vegetarian. You might be a meat-every-night kind of person. Or maybe a fruitarian. Seriously, there are people out there that only eat fruit! Amazing.
It also depends on what your RV kitchen has as far as appliances and storage space go. While I have an oven, microwave, three burner stove and like one cabinet (okay, that’s an exaggeration…I have like two), you might have a convection oven and a little more space.
So, what I’m saying is:
- It’s going to take some experimenting in your RV kitchen to figure out everything you need and
- Not all of these RV kitchen accessories will fit your needs
But I wanted to do an extensive list of what I brought with me from our house kitchen to our RV kitchen, as well as any additional items I purchased, in hopes that it might help you with your decision-making process.
What Should I Put in My RV Kitchen?
Whip Up Tasty Meals on the Road with these RV Kitchen Accessories
If you’d like a better look at what the kitchen in our travel trailer looks like, watch our RV tour video below. As you can see, I don’t have many cabinets or extra storage space, so what I could bring/purchase is very limited.
I’d like to spend some time looking at more RV storage solutions for my tiny kitchen. I’m confident I could be using some of the space better! Some much-needed RV organization has been on my to-do list since we said goodbye to our house.
Alright, let’s get started, shall we?
RV Kitchen Accessories for Stove Cooking
Side note: some of these items listed below I also use for our RV outdoor kitchen, which I have come to LOVE.
Ours is outfitted with a two-burner stove and a sink. I’ll do a separate post on all the benefits of having an outdoor kitchen and what we use it for.
Please also note: You may have different RV appliances than we did in our travel trailer. For example, a convection oven. Something I’ll admit would be amazing to have!
Oh, how I love cooking in a cast iron skillet. I’ve whipped up many fajitas in ours and use it indoors and over a campfire.
Mine is pretty heavy, so I had to factor that in as far as weight goes, but I can say I’m very happy I brought it with me.
*Great for the outdoor kitchen and campfire cooking.
I use a deep skillet like this at least twice a week. We enjoy a lot of one-pot meals like this Homemade Alfredo Sauce and Penne Pasta and stir-fries, so this skillet has been perfect for those.
It goes from stove to oven, which I like for whipping up frittatas.
I use one of these for too many things to list! My kids also use it when they want to whip up a quick quesadilla or scrambled eggs.
I use the large saucepan for blanching vegetables and simmering pasta sauces. A small saucepan is mainly used for heating up canned beans. I rarely use the small one but keep it on-hand ‘just in case’.
I use this for cooking up pasta or soups when I don’t want to use the Instant Pot.
RV Kitchen Accessories for the Oven
When I was in my research phase for cooking meals in an RV, I read in several Facebook groups the importance of a baking stone.
Putting a baking stone on the bottom shelf of your RV oven helps spread the heat more evenly. I can vouch that this works!
When I don’t use the stone, the bottom of everything burns terribly and the middle and top do not get done.
I highly recommend purchasing and using a stone. But don’t forget to measure your oven first before purchasing one.
I’m still learning some tricks for baking things in our oven.
When we first launched, I didn’t even attempt to use the oven because of the nightmare stories I had heard. I won’t be baking a Christmas turkey anytime soon, but cookies, sheet pan meals, cinnamon rolls, etc turn out really well on a cookie sheet.
Just be sure to know the measurements of your oven and cookie sheet.
I use our muffin pan all the time for whipping up muffins (obviously). I do breakfast muffins and corn muffins for chili.
I also use it for brownies. Say what? Yep, I make brownie muffins for two reasons: they cook quicker than in an 8×8 pan (which uses less propane) and they are the perfect size for ice cream sundaes. Plus, they’re just fun!
I brought one 8×8 pan with me and probably didn’t use it for close to a year. Did I mention I was scared of our oven? 🙂
I’ve since manned up (lol) and have made brownies and pasta bakes that have turned out great.
Kitchen Appliances for RV Cooking
Yep, I’m an Instant Pot lover. I was before we RV’d full-time, so bringing it with me was a no-brainer.
I sold our Crock-pot in a garage sale because for me personally, it just didn’t make sense for RV living. But, I know other RVers love using their Crock-pot, so it just depends on how you like to cook and your lifestyle.
It didn’t make sense for me because of time. We tend to work in the mornings and play in the afternoon and evenings.
I didn’t want to spend any of my precious work time getting a meal ready for the Crock-pot in the mornings and I also didn’t like the idea of leaving something plugged in while we are away from the RV.
RV parks are notorious for losing power for no reason. It’s also super easy to trip a breaker with appliances that pull quite a bit of power. I can just imagine coming home after out and about exploring to find the Crock-pot shut off and our meal isn’t done.
With the Instant Pot, I can whip up soups, rice, quinoa tacos, baked potatoes, chili, etc in under 30 minutes.
I have the 6 qt. one that doesn’t include the yogurt making option, but I’ve heard from several friends that the 6 qt. option which includes the yogurt maker button is well worth the extra price. It’s really just a personal preference.
I went back and forth on trying to decide if I was going to bring my electric griddle with me and let me tell you, I am so glad I did.
We use it all the time, especially in the summers when I don’t want to heat up the RV with the stove. Even using the burners (and not the oven) heats things up.
It’s also very useful to have when we’re low on propane and I want to save it for heating our home and water.
We use the electric griddle for pancakes, grilled cheese, quesadillas, sausage, bacon…and the list goes on.
They had one of these and were using it for bacon, but told us all the other things they use it for and how much they like it. They’ve been full-time RVing for 3 years and are sensational cooks, so they know a thing or two.
We have just a basic toaster, nothing fancy, and it’s a well used RV kitchen accessory. From toast to bagels to English muffins…we use it quite a bit.
I wrote about why I purchased an electric kettle back in 2014, as well as why it’s been so great for the RV here.
Let’s just say that my love for the electric kettle is still going strong, I’m still happy we brought it with us and we still use it all the time. In fact, it stays on my kitchen counter which is almost non-existent. That’s how much we use it. 🙂
I would love to be one of those cool mountain dwelling hipsters who uses a french press while wearing a flannel shirt and beanie, but alas I’m not. (Well, I do have a flannel shirt and beanie, so I’m 3/4 of the way there.)
A 12-cup basic coffee maker is just what makes sense for our family of five. We all drink coffee in the mornings and this makes enough coffee for all of us.
Plus, my husband programs the coffee maker at night and that’s our alarm clock every morning. I can usually hear the coffee start and then it softly beeps three times when it’s done. And that’s when I get out of bed.
We do have a french press and I would like to start using it. Maybe for some late afternoon/early evening decaf?
I don’t use this kitchen appliance near enough and I’d like to change that. We all love smoothies, I just got out of the habit of making them since we’ve been on the road.
Part of it is because it’s tucked away in a hard-to-reach space. Part of it is because I haven’t been on top of keeping smoothie-making ingredients around.
I’m still glad I brought it with us and hope to start using it more for cold soups, smoothies, and shakes.
Utensils & Gadgets
Here’s a list of some gadgets and utensils I use on a weekly basis: (I figured these were self-explanatory, so no commentary from myself needed. 🙂 )
- Collapsible Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Glass Measuring Cup for Liquids
- Can opener
- Wooden Spoons
- Whisk, Ladle, Spatula, Tongs
- Cheese Grater
- Wine Opener – On a sad note, I used to have an electric wine opener but realized it didn’t make much sense to bring it with me, so I sold it. I miss you.
- Knife sharpener – I have used this countless times and am so happy I brought it with me.
- Basic knife set
- Utensil Caddy – I store the silverware, wooden spoons, spatulas in this on the counter
- Wooden Cutting Boards – One large and one small. I can place the large cutting board on one side of the sink during meal prep to give me more counter space, which is always needed.
- Colander – I have a steel one that works for me and stores with my stockpot, but for space saving a collapsible one like this might work best for you
- Lighter for Gas Stove and Firepit
- Veggetti Spiralizer – We love our zoodles! Side note: I’m not super impressed by the ‘as seen on TV’ one I have, so if you have any recommendations for another one, let me know!
- Wine Aerator – I can’t find the exact one I have, but linked to a similar one. This is my favorite little wine gadget and it takes up little space + I swear it works. Cheap grocery store red wines taste better when using this. I promise. 🙂
Okay, I lied. I added a little commentary from me.
Dishware & Glassware
- Plastic Plates, Bowls, and Cups (we decided not to bring glass dishes with us)
- Coffee mugs
- Plastic Wine Glasses
Storage & Organization
- Plastic Food Storage Containers (Spoiler alert: the lids grow in number just like in a house. Weird. I’ve heard a rumor that your missing socks from the dryer turn into these. Makes sense.)
- Shelf Racks for Cabinets – I have two of these in one cabinet and it gives us extra room for dishware, mugs, and cups
Kitchen Linens & Kitchen Clean Up
- Dish Towels – I like the flour sack ones because they last forever and fold up fairly small
- Apron – My mom bought me an apron from Anthropologie and I had to bring it with me and yes, I actually use it. Just call me the Martha Stewart of RV living. Just kidding, please don’t.
- Large Cutting Board – I have a large plastic cutting board that fits perfectly over our stove (I measured before buying!) It serves as more counter space and the area I place the dish drying mat on.
- Dish Drying Mat with Rack – I love this dish drying mat and it’s been one of my best purchases for our kitchen. At first, I bought a collapsible dish drying rack to put over one side of the sink. Long story short, it was annoying and didn’t work for me. This mat goes on the cutting board over the stove when in use and folds up nice and flat when not.
RV Refrigerator Gadgets
Although most RV refrigerators are pretty small, they can still get messy, disorganized and have you asking ‘what the heck is in there?‘
Some of these kitchen accessories for the fridge help with RV organization and some help keep things in place while you’re on the move.
- Double RV Refrigerator Bar – helps hold food in place on move days
- We never purchased a fridge brace like this one, but they could have come in handy a couple of times
- Before you purchase any storage bins like these (my favorite ones!), be sure to measure the depth of your fridge
Miscellaneous RV Kitchen Accessories
- Double RV Refrigerator Bar – This keeps things from flying out of the fridge when you open it after move day
- Tension Rods – I put these in the cabinets to prevent our dishes and mugs from flying out
- Mixing Bowls
- Trivets – I use these way more than I thought I would. They’ve been perfect for the occasion I need to place a hot dish on the table or kitchen counter.
- Microwave Plate Cover – This keeps microwave messes at bay and easily stores in the microwave
Phew! I believe that’s it for my RV kitchen accessories. I truly hope this list helps you when you’re trying to decide what to bring to set up an RV kitchen that works for you.
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Julie Bonner is one-half of the TREKKN team. She specializes in helping you whip up delicious meals in your tiny RV kitchen, as well as RV organization tips and helping fellow RVers make their RV feel like home. Her favorite RVing spot is in Banff National Park in Canada where yes, the water really is that blue and the people really are that nice.