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29 RV Kitchen Accessories You Must Have

By Jill Greising-Murschel

Jul 16
29 RV Kitchen Accessories You Must Have

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RV kitchen accessories and gadgets are those that fit easily into small spaces and provide great camper organization in your RV kitchen. As a full time traveling RV family of 6, we have learned a lot about what we REALLY need in our RV kitchen.

Camper kitchen tools are some of the most IMPORTANT RV gear that you can have while camping or RVing.

They often fold up, stay small, or are multi-purposed. We made an ultimate list of 29 RV Kitchen Accessories for you to look through before you begin your camping adventures. 

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RV Kitchen Essentials

RV Kitchen Accessories

These items are RV Kitchen Accessories you must have right away. They are items that our family could not have started traveling in an RV without.

I find that feeding 4 kids each day out of our RV requires me to be smart about my kitchen supplies. So, if you're planning to take your RV out for the first time, or you are already traveling in your motorhome, be sure to shop for these RV Kitchen Accessories.

1. Berkey Water Filter

You will need filtered and clean water when camping in an RV, camper, motorhome, or even a pop-up trailer. I never trust the water supply where we go, so we depend on our Berkey as our water purifier.

This is listed and our #1 RV kitchen accessory for a reason. We use it each and everyday and saves us a ton on having to buy bottled water.

Berkey Water Filter - RV Must Haves

We use our Berkey for all of our drinking water.

2. Instant Pot

If you want to know one of the best RV appliances, then check out an Instant Pot. It can do much of what you need in an RV kitchen. This is a must-have item and one that we also use pretty regularly. 

I love how we can cook our taco meat in it one day, rice the next day, and then make hard boiled eggs the following day. Yet, I think our family's favorite meal we make on a weekly basis is chili with dried beans in under an hour! 

3. Espresso Maker

While you're camping or RV living, you need a way to stay caffeinated right? Or is that just us?

One of our required RV appliances is our Breville Espresso Maker. Even when we're boondocking (dry camping) we'll actually turn the generator on every morning so that this baby can run and provide us some amazing espresso. 

4. AeroPress

This is the best portable coffee or espresso maker we've found. Now, if you DON'T want to start a generator up while dry camping to have your morning coffee, this really does work well. 

I'll actually take our Aeropress in my suitcase when I fly to a conference, and it works great in hotel rooms too! Bonus!

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5. Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron skillets are some of the top RV camping must haves. Honestly, you can use them for most types of RV cooking, from stovetop to oven. Or even over a bonfire!

We use ours to make amazing scrambled eggs, bacon, french toast or even just to warm up our lunch meat. A cast iron skillet is such a versatile motorhome kitchen accessory.

6. Immersion Blender

One of our favorite RV gadgets is our immersion blender. It takes up a lot less space than a blender and allows our family to enjoy smoothies in our RV kitchen.

This immersion blender even works like a food chopper. Not as a great as a food processor, but it chops and onion easily. 

7. Collapsible Strainer

A collapsible strainer is one of the most common motorhome kitchen accessories out there. Really, I'm not sure of many RVers that haven't got sucked into buying these handy collapsible things. 

I'm such a minimalist and would rather just 'get by' with what we have before buying the next new gadget. Yet, I finally realized about 6 months into living in our RV that I couldn't stand the space we were using up just to carry our old colander around.

I LOVE how much space I save in my limited cupboard space now that we finally bought one!

8. Collapsable Measuring Cups

These cool guys are such a space saver! I swear that they invented these collapsable measuring cups for tiny house living in order to help with organization and saving space. 

Our oldest daughter uses these every week to bake us homemade sourdough bread. 

9. Mason Jars for Cups and Leftovers

Mason jars have so many functions! They can be used for regular drinking cups,  food storage or even a vase for wildflowers! We've found large and small mason jars to be some of the most durable camping dishes.

If you happen to watch any of our YouTube videos, you might see Tony and I holding our small mason jars as our espresso cups!

RV Kitchen Accessories you must have

10. Knives With Covers

I highly recommend getting a set of sharp knives with covers. A good knife is important in any kitchen, but specific to an RV kitchen are having the covers. This way you can put them in your drawers and not cut yourself when you're sifting around for a spoon one day. 

11. Cups 

These stainless steel pint cups are great for camping. We have a set of 4 and they stack well, are  lightweight, and clean so easily.

12. Camping Utensils

These camping dishes are SO cool! We just bought our kids these sporks so that we could cut down on our overuse of silverware. Each person in the family is responsible for cleaning their colored spoon-fork combo and I love that they work as a knife for our toddler too!

13. Utensils

Finding RV kitchen utensils that will not clatter when they drop, is always a great find. Especially if you have a motorhome and have to listen to all the clanking in your drawers during a travel day. These bright colored utensils work perfect and are more than what you need for all your cooking.

14. Dishes

These are just like the dishes we bought from Ikea. They are simple, inexpensive, and stack easily in the RV kitchen. Go for simple. The nice part about melamine dishes is they're very shatter resistant.

Even if the little ones have them outside for a meal they should survive quite a lot of abuse.

15. Drying Rack for Dishes

One of the RV camping accessories you will need is a dish drainer or drying rack. This is a simple rack that rolls out over your sink and works really well.

As an RVer you know how crucial extra space is and that helpful items must be able to be tucked away.

16. RV  Cookware

A set of easily stackable RV cookware are necessary kitchen tools. This set is even a great space saver! Being able to stack all these pots inside of each other stash they away will make your kitchen space that much larger!

17. Hot Pad - The 'Ove Glove'

This 'Ove Glove' is fantastic for grilling and holding your cast iron skillet handle or other RV cookware. I always love finding kitchen accessories that work both in and outside.

Being able to grab cooking packs from the fire or snag a marshmallow before it scorches, these gloves have so many uses!

Outdoor Camping Kitchen Accessories

Are you looking for the best camping accessories for your RV outdoor kitchen? Below we are going to dive into the more 'camping' kitchen items.

Even if you don't have a camper trailer kitchen on the outside of your motorhome or RV, you can still set up a table and do much of your cooking outside!

I've found that some of the cool camping accessories and kitchen gadgets are those that you use outsides. 

18. Portable Propane Grill

Your RV outdoor kitchen is not complete with a portable propane grill. We use our Cuisinart Petit Gourmet  every week and consider it one of our RV camping must haves.

We love it so much that when it finally died after 2 years of using it multiple times per week, we bought another one!

RV camping - table portable grill_

19. Grilling Utensils

Grilling utensils are some of those must have camping accessories. They're RV camping supplies that almost everyone has so they can do any outdoor cooking.

Whether cooking on the grill or over a campfire, these utensils will help you to make a perfect meal every time. Plus with a stylish case your utensils can be safely stowed away while traveling.

I'm all about space saving in an RV. 

20. Dish Tub

A dish tub is a simple and useful RV camping must haves to add to your list. When we camp/RV without a sewer hook-up, then we use our dish tub each day to save on gray water.

Not only is this a great dish tub for RVers but it was the most common one seen in use by hikers and backpackers during our recent stop in Moab, UT.

21. Folding Table

A folding table is a must have for a camping kitchen. I especially love our adjustable height table so we can 'match' it to the height of other tables available outdoors.

Just make sure to label it with your name since it's the #1 RV accessory that's at nearly every campsite. At a potluck or cookout it's not uncommon to see over a dozen of these same tables in-use.

Potlucks while RV living With Kids

22. RV Trash Can

Many campers would say that one of best camping accessories to have is an RV trash can. This one folds up nice and fits up to a 33 gallon bag making a great addition to your RV gear.

While boondocking and needing trash storage or keeping local critters out of your trash bags, this popup container does a pretty good job.

Just a note, if you're in bear country always pack away all your trash and storage containers 🙂

23. Roasting Sticks

What's camping without roasting marshmallows or hot dogs? Roasting sticks are one of those RV camping accessories everyone needs.

Plus the telescoping ability of these sticks makes them very kid-friendly so they can stand further back from an ambitious campfire.

RV Camper Organization For The Kitchen 

Finding camper organization ideas that can help you keep your camping supplies and kitchen dinnerware sorted will help you enjoy your RV adventures.

Honestly, I hate having a disorganized kitchen. So much so, that I tend to be the first person in the family to start doing dishes and putting them away in their place.

Now, if you're looking for more overall RV gear...beyond a kitchen,   such a power surge protector and RV mattress then head over here.

Below is our list of RV organization ideas and accessories that will help you stay organized in your RV kitchen, which usually results in keeping your stress levels down right? Or is that just me?

24. Spice Rack

One of the tricks to traveling with food in motorhomes or RVs is keeping your spices secure. In this wall-mount spice rack, you won't have any issues there.

This great RV spice rack screws into the wall so that things won't go flying around on travel day. 

The last thing you want is to arrive after a long day of travel and have your whole RV smell like garlic powder and marjoram.

25. Paper Towel Holder

If you're looking for great RV ideas for saving space on your countertops, then invest in an under the cupboard paper towel holder. It's one of those RV accessories most people appreciate and don't always think about.

This was one of the first things we bought for the RV, attached with 3M Command Strips, and it hasn't budged in 2 years of full-time RV traveling and almost 30,000 miles!

RV Kitchen Accessories you Must Have

26. Non-Slip Shelf Liner

A helpful way to keep your dishes and camper kitchen accessories from sliding around in drawers and cupboards is using a non-slip shelf liner

Being able to arrive safely and have your dishes and various wares be right where you left them is the reason this shelf liner is an RV kitchen must-have.

27. Tension Rods

Some of the greatest RV organization accessories are tension rods. Keeping a couple of these tension rods between shelves can stop camping dinnerware or food from shifting during travel. 

Used in combination with the shelf liners above will ensure you and your contents arrive safely.

We even use these in our motorhome bathroom and in our electronics cabinet to hold everything in securely.

28. Over the Pantry Door Storage 

This is by far one of the best RV organization ideas for kitchens or even bathrooms! Hang it on the back of your pantry or bathroom door and use each pocket to save space!

Best RV Kitchen Accessories You Must Have

We've got one for our bathroom supplies, one for shoes, and you can even cut each row down and drape them around the base of your RV bed for even more storage.

Depending on the layout of your kitchen, these work great as an additional space to hold pantry food or dishes.

29. Glass Left Over Storage Containers

A set of stackable glass storage containers can be used safely in the microwave, while also working as dishes to eat from. They're also great camping organization ideas.

With limited storage space in an RV you want to make sure what you're buying is sturdy and these things are nearly bulletproof (kid-tested).

Prepare Your RV Kitchen 

The trick to setting up your RV kitchen successfully is to purchase items that have multiple functions or uses, and will fit well in your small space.

As a full time RV family that has been traveling and living in our RV for over 2 years now, I hope that our tips and lists above helped you become inspired to get your kitchen ready.

One big think that I've learned during this big lifestyle change is that everything in our RV needs to be used regularly to keep it. Otherwise, it takes up precious space and adds extra weight. Less is more, yet finding items that work for more than 1 purpose is what I've found to be the most valuable. 

If you're contemplating taking a long or extended family road trip, or even becoming a full time RV living family, then click here to see how we answered some big questions about RVing.

What do you have in your RV kitchen? Let me know in the comments below!

RV KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

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