If you have a modest camper trailer, then you know space how is a commodity. You want to live the way you would back home, but everywhere you look, there’s no extra room for anything else.
You’re probably especially likely to feel this way in the kitchen. With your mini fridge, tiny microwave, and little oven, you might have to think about making some concessions.
How are you going to have room to store food, do the dishes, or cook and bake in the oven? Are these luxuries you have to leave behind when you go on the road? (Except doing the dishes, which no one really considers a luxury.)
Not exactly. You just need the right accessories for the job. I’ve compiled this list of 15 handy kitchen accessories that are all personal favorites. These tools will solve a lot of the storage problems you have in your camper kitchen, allowing you to live and eat your way.
15. Drawer Organizers
Who wants to waste valuable time looking for spoons, forks, or knives when you could be driving or enjoying Mother Nature? That’s why drawer organizers are so helpful. These keep your utensils from making a ruckus as you drive every turn, bump, and curve in the road. After all, that rattling sound gets annoying after a while.
I recommend this organizer specifically because it’s cheap and compact. You get three organizers for stashing all sorts of kitchen utensils, including tongs, whisks, spatulas, wooden spoons, pizza cutters, and so much more.
These organizers are plastic so they should last a long time. You do have to rinse them out every now and again, especially if you’re driving your RV after an off-season.
14. Kitchen Cutting Mats
You may have granite or glass countertops at home, so you make it a point not to do any cutting directly on those surfaces. Even if your camper counters are only made of Formica, this is still a good habit to carry with you.
You may not have enough space for a cutting board on your counter, but that’s okay. You can just use cutting mats instead. You can roll or fold these up for easy, compact storage. Try this four-piece set which is designed for flexibility.
These mats have an anti-microbial coating. They’re also non-stick so they won’t leave unpleasant residue on your countertop after you’re done making dinner.
The four mats are divided by color, with each having different functions for hygienic purposes. Green is for dicing vegetables and fruits, red is for beef and meat, blue is for fish and seafood, and yellow is for poultry.
13. Carbon Monoxide Detector
Yes, you have to worry about the risk of carbon monoxide in your camper, too. This is something that many first-time RV drivers might overlook. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late to get a carbon monoxide detector, though.
Unfortunately, with your camper often having such close quarters, many carbon monoxide detectors tend to go overboard, assuming your cooking is a poisonous affair. This can be irrtiating, since you have to stop what you’re doing, reset the alarm, and hope you didn’t burn your meal.
This carbon monoxide detector is RV-friendly. It connects to an available outlet and only beeps—not screams or shrills—if there’s a potential risk of carbon monoxide. With the included digital display, you can review readouts, errors, and more as you pass by each day. How handy is that?
12. Microwave Cover
Your camper microwave is likely a tiny thing. If your camper didn’t come with its own microwave when you bought it, chances are you purchased a separate microwave and squeezed it onto your counter.
Since your microwave is so small, when you use it, things tend to get messy pretty fast. From popcorn to reheated pizza, the stains and smells of whatever you’re cooking linger long after they come out of the microwave.
A microwave cover like this one solves that problem. Just put the cover over your plate or bowl to avoid messes. What’s best about this cover is not only how cheap it is, but how it’s collapsible. You can easily compress it and store it in a spare cabinet so it’s out of the way when you’re not using your microwave.
11. Dish Drainer
Unless you use paper and plastic dishware every time you enjoy a meal, you’re going to make some dirty dishes eventually. You must be on top of dishes duty when in a camper, because often your sink isn’t as spacious as the one you have in your kitchen back home. That means it fills up fast.
So what can you do? A dish drainer, particularly one that goes over the sink, alleviates your worries about limited kitchen counter and sink space. This plastic drainer can stash eight plates and plenty of utensils with its extra silverware tray (which you can take off if you don’t want it).
The best part about this dish drainer? It’s collapsible.
10. Sink Caddy
Speaking of doing the dishes, you need some tools for that job. There’s the cleaning liquid, sponges, and maybe even a scrubbing brush. In short, these are going to take up space that you just don’t have.
You don’t have to let your sponges grow moldy in a cabinet under the sink when you can buy a sink caddy instead. This plastic caddy has suction cups that stick to the inside of your sink (or even your kitchen wall). With an included draining plate, the caddy won’t become bacteria city after a few months.
There are tiny holders in the caddy so you can separate your sink strainer, dish soap, sponges, and any other tools you use to get dishes sparkling clean.
9. Mini Ovenware
Do you love to cook and bake? Do you often find your options are limited by the size of your tiny camper oven?
That doesn’t mean you can’t make ornate meals and yummy treats. You just have to get smart about the ovenware you use. For instance, this five-piece mini ovenware set comes with everything you need to make roast chicken, cookies, brownies, muffins, and so much more.
You get a casserole pan, a cooking pan, a cooling rack, a muffin/cupcake tray, and a brownie pan with an included plastic cover. All these items are coated in a non-stick finish and made of aluminum or steel for durability.
You can also add the pot pie toaster oven pan, pizza crisping sheet, and grill and sear pan to your list of purchases, although these are not included in the five-piece set.
8. Mini Ice Cube Trays
From cooking to drinking, you need ice in your RV. If your refrigerator has a freezer, then you’ve probably thought about filling some ice cube trays from home and making ice that way.
There’s just one little problem with that: your ice cube trays from home are too big. You squeeze and push and rearrange, but there’s just no way those long, lean trays are going in your tiny freezer.
It’s time to downsize. These mini ice cube trays come in a two-pack. They’re nine inches by four inches by two inches each and are made of a durable plastic. The trays are also blue so you’ll be able to find them fast in your freezer.
Another cool perk with these trays is how they’re meant to be stacked but won’t impact ice formation. You’ll get full, perfect ice cubes every time.
7. Stackable Mixing Bowls and Measuring Cups
You don’t even have to bake often to make use of mixing bowls and measuring cups in the kitchen. Again, though, while you would love to bring all your kitchen accessories from home with you when you travel via RV, you just don’t have the space for it.
Instead, you improvise, using large spoons for measuring tablespoons and regular bowls in lieu of mixing bowls. That’s all fine and good until you stumble upon a complicated recipe that requires exact measurements.
That’s when you need this 13-piece mixing bowl and measuring cups set. This has all your cooking and baking necessities, including:
- Measuring cups
- Measuring bowls
Each item is color-coated for easy access. Not only that, but the tools all go into a neat pile, making them a breeze to store.
6. Hanging Spice Rack
Life needs a little spice. Don’t make bland meals because you’re afraid your spice collection will tip over during long drives. Get crafty and buy a hanging spice rack instead.
This one can keep up to 12 spice jars nice and cozy no matter the driving conditions: bumpy, snowy, or anything else. With included double-sized tape, just adhere this rack to your wall, which clears up your cabinets for other necessities.
Your friends, family, and other passengers will be overjoyed to eat food with some flavor again.
5. Dinner Plate Cradles
Okay, question time (and be honest). Do you often bring plastic plates with you when on the road because you’re afraid your ceramic plates will break?
That’s a rational fear, especially if said plates are just sitting unprotected in your cabinet. It only takes one sudden brake or a sharp turn to send them moving, crashing into each other and breaking into sad pieces.
That’s why this dinner plate cradle exists. Two polypropylene cradles can hold six dinner plates each. You can use this as a means of storage or as a way to dry dishes. Either way, you know your plates are safe no matter where your adventures take you.
4. Cabinet Door Paper Towel Roll Holder
You can never have too many paper towels, especially when on in an RV. Inside or outside the camper, you have to be prepared for when life’s little messes strike.
More than likely, you probably just keep your paper towel rolls loose, hidden away wherever you can find the room for them. That works most of the time, but it also makes it difficult to grab a few handfuls of paper towels in a pinch.
This cabinet door paper towel roll holder lets you hang your paper towels again. Just affix this to the inside of your cabinet (which must have a thickness of at least ¾ inches) and voila. With non-slip padding, this paper towel roll holder won’t do any long-term damage to your cabinets.
3. Cupboard Bars
Unless your cupboards are packed to the gills, any extra room in there gives the plates, bowls, cups, and other kitchenware a chance to jostle and bounce around as you drive. I already mentioned how tragic this can be for ceramic plates. It’s not good news for the rest of your kitchenware, either.
You can never be too careful, which is why you may want to consider buying these cupboard bars. These can fit cabinet widths between 10 to 17 inches, but nothing bigger than that. The bars have rubber tips to hold them in place, while the loaded spring within also prevents movement.
These bars come with three per pack, so now you can protect all your favorite kitchenware.
2. Coffee Pod Organizer
A cup o’ joe will keep you fueled for late-night and early-morning treks. That said, you often buy your coffee when you see a store near you that has it.
This isn’t your first choice, but you know that if you tried to make coffee on your camper, the coffee pods would go flying and you’d lose them all over the RV.
Not with this plastic coffee pod organizer. It’s translucent so you can see how many coffee pods (or tea bags!) you have left. If you’re not a coffee person, you can still use this small organizer, as it can keep condiment packets, hot chocolate mix, baking yeast, and anything else that comes in a slim wrapper.
You get two organizers per pack, and they go atop one another or beside each other (your choice).
1. Pot and Pan Protectors
You’re like a Tetris master with how good you are at stacking things around your kitchen. This goes for your pots and pans as well.
There’s just one little issue: as you drive around and the pots and pans rattle, there’s risk of them wearing the finish off one another. Before you know it, after one road trip, your pots and pans are much worse for wear.
That’s why you should add these pot and pan protectors to your collection of kitchen accessories. The protectors are a premium polyester felt that comes in gray. They’re non-slip so your pots and pans won’t move. Each protector has a width of 16 inches, so even your biggest pots or pans should be covered, literally.
I hope you enjoyed this list of my favorite RV kitchen accessories. These tools are all handy, affordable, and store easily, freeing up room in and around your kitchen.
Next time you plan on taking a road trip, stock up on some of these accessories first. You’ll be glad you did.