11 In A Traveler

My 10 Favorite RV Kitchen Must Haves

I know I’ve been posting a lot about the planning I’m doing for our upcoming trip,
but it’s what’s on my mind so it’s what is getting written.

As I put together the last items needed before we hit the road, I am reminded to run through my kitchen in the trailer to make sure I have everything I need.
I hate when we get on the road and I realize I forgot something. I hate buying things when I know I already have it at home.

While I try to stock my kitchen with simple basics that I would use in any kitchen,
these are some of my favorite items that I feel I just can’t leave home without.

1. CrockPot
Even in my home kitchen I can’t go a week without using this pretty little thing. Of course, the one I have in my trailer is about 20 years older…
We use this at least once for every trip we make, whether it be a weekend camping trip, or a longer road trip.
Having a nice meal ready for you when you get back from a day of sightseeing or hiking is perfect.
I keep this one on hand both in my home and in my fifth wheel.

2. Wine Opener
I’m not a big wine drinker, but when we visited Napa last year and I realized we didn’t have one packed, it was a nightmare…
do you know how much a wine opener costs in Napa?? U
Ya… it’s not pretty.
So now I make sure never to leave home without this bad boy.

3. A Pressure Cooker
I know this one might be a little out of the ordinary for most, but if you haven’t cooked with a pressure cooker yet, you are missing out.
{I only use this one when we are traveling and not normal camping.}
I can cook a 5 pound roast in just 45-60 minutes in one of these babies, or a have perfect pulled pork in just 30.
Just throw everything in that you would normally use a crock pot for and set your timer…
dinner is ready in no-time.
This one is my favorite. When we’re living on the road for weeks at a time, I can use it for a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, even a slow cooker.


4. Cast Iron Skillet
I absolutely love cooking on cast iron. There is just something country about it.
Makes me feel at home. From cooking on the open fire, to cooking on camp stove, you can even bake with it.
It’s probably my favorite pan because of it’s versatility, I use it for almost everything.
Especially cooking over a camp fire, which is Zoie’s favorite way to cook.  

5. A Good Stock Pot
While I do love my dutch oven for baking and cooking on the open fire, I also love to have on hand a good stock pot.
It is my go to pot for cooking anything big like potatoes and noodles for salads, to corn on the cob and even oatmeal for a crowd.
It also doubles in our trailer as a giant mixing bowl for salads and such when feeding a lot of people, which we often do.
And hey! Can you say Seafood Boil?? It’s perfect for that too!

6. A Bin for Washing
While we do have hot water and can use the sink 99% of the time we take the trailer out, it is always easier for  me to do the dishes outside on a table.
That way, I know that if any food is coming off of my dishes, it’s not going to go down the drain.
This keeps my grey tank water from smelling bad if I’m in a place that I can’t dump for several days.


7. Bamboo Skewers
It doesn’t matter what time of year we go camping, or where we head off to, we always always grill something, and usually it’s veggies.
Zoie LOVES making her own veggies skewers and choosing her favorites for dinner.
So these are always on hand. Cause when food is fun, kids eat it.

8. Storage Containers
Between packing food in airtight containers, to storing left overs, I can never have enough storage containers.
I like these ones because I can store all of my fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge and the square, stackable design also helps keep things organized.

9. Vintage Tupperware Condiment Containers
I love vintage tupperware. I have a ton of it in my kitchen at home and it’s some of my favorite stuff. It reminds me of being in my grandma’s kitchen.
My Auntie recently got me some really great stuff off of ebay. She is a lover of vintage tupperware just like me. I can’t wait to use them this year.

10. A BIG Plastic Cutting Board
My cutting board is an extremely versatile tool in my rv kitchen. It’s not just used for the usual cutting and chopping. I also put it over the sink and utilize it as extra counter space, which as you may know is something you never have enough of in an rv. I also use it as a tray to carry food and cooking utensils outside so I only have to make one trip. We also use it as a hard surface for coloring or doing crafts outside or on the couch {on not so great days}.

These are only a few of my favorite items to have on hand when we take off in our home away from home.
I could probably come up with 100 more things I think I can’t live without. I’m a bit of a not when it comes to kitchen tools and gadgets.

What are some of your must have items for your RV kitchen?
I’d love to know what you keep on hand.

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  • Reply
    March 17, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Great tips! I hope to be able to RV it someday! Until then, I need a pressure cooker! 😀

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      March 17, 2015 at 3:27 am

      You do need a pressure cooker. It makes life so much easier 🙂

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    March 17, 2015 at 12:48 am

    This is a great list! What would we do without Crockpots, seriously!? I love how everything you have listed here is definitely usable and helps make life just a little bit easier 🙂 Great list!

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      March 17, 2015 at 3:26 am

      Thank you! All of this is used in my home kitchen too… I’m a sucker for anything kitchen related 🙂

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    March 17, 2015 at 2:53 am

    how exciting!! hubby and i are always thinking about a cross country trip!! i would pack a ton of cup noodles and dehydrated veggies so i can have soup!! =)

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      March 17, 2015 at 3:25 am

      That’s a great idea!

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    Jeri B.
    November 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Really enjoy your travels. Especially tips on RVIng! I saw your Pinterest pic of your DIY kayak rack for your 5th wheel. Do you have more pics and info on how he put this together? P,ease share, my husband loved it! Fantastic!! Keep it up!

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    September 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you for the tips! I also want mor pics of the AWESOME kayak rack, my husband loved it also!

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      September 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

      I’m sorry, we don’t actually have that trailer anymore. I can try to track down some pics for you.

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    March 19, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I too would like pics or details of the kayak Rack if you have any. Also details as to the materials he used to build it. How long did you have and how well did it travel? Was it a permanent fixture on the bumper or was it removeable?

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      June 6, 2019 at 8:57 am

      It was a permanent fixture that we constructed from metal purchased from the scrap yard here in town. We no longer have it but I am working on a blog post now about how we constructed it and what measurements we used. I’ll let you know when that is completed. 🙂

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