Stocking an RV or Camper Kitchen: Travel Tips Tuesday

It's Travel Tips Tuesday!  Today I'll share some tips that make traveling easier for me and I would love for you to share tips that make traveling easier for you.  Link up at the bottom.

One of my favorite things about my camper is the kitchen.  I really like the bathroom too, but it’s more of a love/hate relationship in there.  Everything about the kitchen makes camping so much more fun.  There’s just nothing like watching other campers stand in the rain with an umbrella over their charcoal while you push the button on your microwave.  Although there are many features that make my camper kitchen feel like home, it’s much different than my non-rolling kitchen.  The limitations of an RV kitchen can make it difficult to stock, but I have learned some dos and don’ts of stocking a camper kitchen.

~New Kitchen Gear-I love these dishes~

~Don’t try to recreate your home kitchen in your camper.  There just isn’t enough space.

~Do make a list of the kitchen supplies and utensils you use at home for one week.  A dry erase board on your refrigerator is a great place to jot down the tools you use at each meal.  This is an important step in stocking your camper or RV kitchen because it forces you to stock up for the cook that you actually are rather than the cook you want to be.   While I might dream of needing a pasta extruder and a mandolin for every meal, the truth is that I am more of a can opener kind of cook and need to plan accordingly.

~Do take a look through your home cabinets before your make your shopping list.  My home cabinets are certainly overstocked with cookware and tools that I can move to the camper without needing to spend any money. 

~Don’t forget to measure your space, including your oven, countertops, and cabinets.   Finding out that your favorite pizza pan won’t fit in your teeny tiny oven just as you’re putting your dinner into to cook is very discouraging.  Ask me how I know.

~Do plan to shop at a generic store, like Walmart or Target, before you hit the specialty camping stores.   Products designed for especially for campers can be lifesavers, but they are usually more expensive.   If you can find some of these items in a standard store, you can save some cash.

~Do give your camper kitchen a test drive.  Take it out for a long weekend and make sure your supplies and space are workable.   You’ll likely find a few things you need to add to your drawers and cabinets.

 

Comments

  1. says

    I have never used a camper before. I grew up camping in tents and gave that up as soon as I was an adult and could afford a hotel room. However, you make it appealing. I like how you expand your opportunities to travel when you save money by bringing the hotel and your own kitchen with you. You're going to have a great adventure!

  2. says

    It was so hard trying to fit all my cooking gear into my RV kitchen! One thing that I really appreciated while we traveled in our RV was the roll of non-slip liner that I picked up to keep my dishes from sliding off the shelves at every turn. Very helpful!
    I also loved my cutting board that fit over my sink, essentially adding to my counter space. I always make a huge mess when cooking and spread things over every inch of the counters at home and that doesn't change in the camper. I'll squeeze out an extra inch here or there anyway I can.

  3. Amy says

    I stocked most of my kitchen RV by buying from The Dollar Tree. It was so much cheaper than anywhere else and with the minimal use the utensils, coffee mugs, etc get it makes sense. Nothing has broken yet!

  4. says

    Now I totally want a camper so I can buy cute dishes! :-)  Great tips, especially the "make a list of kitchen supplies" one.  As someone who once forgot a can opener while car camping (when almost everything we were eating was in cans), I can attest that a list would have been SUPER HANDY! 

  5. tiffany wynia says

    When we bought our camper I had to stock it with pampered chef items. We have a microwave and I can not live without my micro bowls. We do most of our cooking on the grill outside. I also take a crock pot and liners with us. Can’t live without my crock pot either. A electric fry pan has come handy too.

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