24 Best RV Kitchen Accessories: Maximize Space & Functionality

These RV kitchen accessories are gadgets you really should have in order to maximize your tiny space without sacrificing the functionality of your camp cooking experiences. There are several considerations you need to ponder when choosing the best gear for your camp kitchen.

As a self-confessed foodie, you probably won’t be surprised when I say I believe some of the most important RV tips and hacks are related to a camper’s kitchen!

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Space Savers And RV Kitchen Organizers

My favorite RV kitchen storage accessories help me make the most out of our tiny kitchen. These tools will help you start strong but if you don’t STAY organized … what’s the point? Use these 7 simple rules for camping organization to maintain a clean and clutter-free campsite.

1. Kitchen Cabinet Organizers

Stacking shelves and rolling drawers allow you to easily see food and tools you have stored in your cabinets.

You can see how I created more usable space in my RV pantry using these two easily installed accessories. I use my pull-out drawer to store clunky utensils I can easily spot and I use the stacking shelf for food storage above the drawer.

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2. Expandable Utensil Organizer

Storing your eating utensils in an organizer makes them easy to find (rather than just throwing everything into one big compartment). This silverware organizer is expandable so it can fit different drawer sizes.

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3. Spice Organizers

Those little bottles of spices can easily get lost in the back corner of kitchen cabinets so it is a good idea to find a way to display them to keep them organized and easy to find. By using spice rack clips on the inside of kitchen cabinet doors, you make use of “dead space” and free-up space inside drawers and shelves.

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4. Food Storage Containers

You can save space by disposing food packaging and placing the food in right-sized containers. Some designs are great for storing leftovers in your fridge and freezer, too. You want containers that collapse and/or nest for storage. Make sure you purchase containers that have tight-fitting lids.

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5. RV Kitchen Sink Covers/Counter Extenders

When you are preparing and serving food in your RV, you need counter space more than you need sink space so using a cutting board that fits over the top of your sink is a great option. You can get designs that cover the entire sink basin or some that have a cutout that allows you to drop scraps into the sink as you prep your meals.

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Travel Safeguards

Securing your kitchen accessories for RV travel is really important for safety. Here are some kitchen essentials for fastening items in place during movement.

6. Refrigerator And Cabinet Bars

If you ever opened your RV door and found a mess of food or kitchenware tossed around the inside of your trailer after traveling down the road and arriving at your campsite … you’ll understand why I am a fan of refrigerator and cupboard bars.

These things are easy to use and prevent the contents from shifting during transportation and falling out when you open the doors.

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7. Plate Organizers

The shape of plates make them especially likely to shift during travel. Using plate organizers will keep them in a neat stack while driving down the highway.

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RV Food Prep Paraphernalia

You can’t have every kitchen gizmo under the sun, so choose your food prep tools carefully for your mini kitchen.

8. Compact Blenders

A countertop blender is an appliance that usually doesn’t make the “must-have” list of RV kitchen appliances because they take up too much space. But, a handheld blender is a different story. A handheld design is sleek enough to easily fit inside drawers with other RV kitchen utensils.

You’ll love being able make smoothies, milkshakes and soups with an immersion blender. You can use the pan-guard to protect pots as you blend directly in them or transfer food into a blending jar with a lid.

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9. Flexible Cutting Mats

I love RV kitchen storage ideas for kitchen equipment that can be hung on hooks on the inside of cabinet doors when it is not in use. Flexible cutting mats are not only good for chopping food but also for funneling it into pots and bowls. I like the kind that are lightweight and flexible so they are easy to clean and hang for storage and transportation.

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10. Collapsible Kitchen Gear

An easy way to maximize RV kitchen storage space is to use collapsible kitchen equipment like measuring cups, spoons, bowls and strainers.

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11. Dual Purpose Kitchen Gadgets

We are coffee drinkers so we need a way to brew our favorite morning beverage. Not only can we make coffee with our percolator coffee pot, we can remove the tube and brew basket and just use the pot and lid to boil water for tea, pasta and couscous … or heat milk for our campfire hot cocoa.

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Because of its versatility, we think it is one of the best camping coffee gadgets you can use in your RV.


12. Knives With Blade Covers

When you are traveling with sharp kitchen objects, like knives, you should have blade covers to protect you and your family from injuries … especially when packing and unpacking potentially dangerous equipment.

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RV Kitchen Cleanup Stuff

The one thing I really miss about my home kitchen when we are RVing is my dishwasher! Washing everything by hand is one of my least favorite things about camping. But, it is easier with a few pieces of equipment.

13. Dish Drainers

I may have to wash my dishes by hand but I certainly don’t have to dry them! I let them air dry in my mini dish drainer.

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If you prefer a drainer that rolls-up for storage, you can use the collapsible dish drying rack type that stretches across your countertop and sets above your sink avoiding the need for drip trays.

This rollup-style drying rack can also be used like a cooling rack after you bake a fresh batch of cookies!

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14. Kitchen Towel Hooks

Having a convenient place to hang wet towels is important to keep your counter space clear while you work in your small kitchen.

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15. Paper Towel Holders

We use paper towels inside and outside when cooking. Our current RV has enough kitchen counterspace that affords us room to have a free-standing paper towel holder that can be moved in and out of our rig. Our last trailer had less counterspace so we used an under-cabinet mounted dispenser.

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Food Safety RV Kitchen Items

Perishable food that is kept at unsafe temperatures is unhealthy and can cause food poisoning.

16. Cold Food Storage Thermometers

Whether you are storing your food in camp coolers, RV refrigerators or freezers, you need to maintain a cool enough temperature to avoid unsafe temperature ranges.

Using a thermometer will help you stay aware of your cold storage space temperatures so you can make adjustments if they rise to unsafe levels.

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17. RV Refrigerator Airflow Devices

Unfortunately, most RV refrigerators are known for inconsistent temperatures as well as “hot spots” inside the fridge. Circulating the air within the refrigerator helps to maintain cooler, more stable temps for your food.

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18. Water Filters

The Gravity-Fed Big Berkey Water Filter System is great for boondocking because you can turn sources of freshwater (like lakes, rivers, ponds and streams) into clean water that is safe to drink. Without the use of electricity, tools or plumbing, the system removes or dramatically reduces over 200+ typical contaminants found in freshwater sources. You can set it up inside on a kitchen countertop or outside on a picnic table.

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19. Monitoring RV Propane Levels

Some RV refrigerators run on electric but most run on propane or have the ability to run on dual fuel. If you are keeping perishable food inside a propane-powered refrigerator, you don’t want to run out of propane in your tank. Using a propane level gauge indicator will help you avoid running out of gas.

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RV Cooking Gadgets

The type of food you like to eat and the method of cooking you prefer will determine the best cookware for you.

20. Nesting Cookware

Using cookware that has the ability to be stored within a limited amount of space is a huge benefit when RVing. You can store smaller pots and pans inside larger ones … to a point. But, the handles limit how much “nesting” is possible.

The better option is to use travel trailer kitchen accessories including pots and pans that are specifically designed for RV travel with removable handles providing the most streamlined design for nesting the cookware.

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21. Quick Multi-Functional Cookers

For RV cooks who have access to electrical outlets, Instant Pots are a great option because they cook fast, can cook an entire meal in one pot and have the ability to perform different types of cooking methods.

The 6 quart size is perfect for families and RVing couples who cook for friends. Smaller options are great when cooking meals for one or two people.

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22. Outdoor RV Kitchen Kits

Many camp trailers and motorhomes have built-in RV outdoor kitchens with propane stoves, grills, refrigerators, sinks and more. It is super convenient to have a grill accessory kit when cooking in your outdoor kitchen.

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Serving Accessories: Indoors vs Outdoors

The kind of dishes you use really depends on the kind of RVing you do. Are you full-hookup kind of campers with unlimited water and electricity or are you boondockers with extremely limited water and running on batteries and solar panels?

To determine which serving options are best for you, consider how many people you typically feed. Make your plan around your average sized group but plan for more people when necessary. Ask yourself a few questions…

  • Do you want dishes that are microwave and dishwasher safe?
  • Do you want dishes that are rugged enough to use around a campfire?
  • Will you be washing dishes after every meal? Or, at the end of the day? Or, after multiple days in a dishwasher?
  • Do you want disposable dishes you don’t have to wash?

23. Rugged Serving Set

Personally, our preference is boondocking so we never use our microwave. In fact, I use that space for storage of paper towels. LOL.

We also do most of our cooking and eating outside so I like the ruggedness of classic camping plates, bowls and mugs … they are heavy enough to not blow in the wind and sturdy enough to set on a campfire grate over warm coals to heat things (I will often melt butter in a bowl or coffee mug this way).

My set serves four so that is perfect when my husband and I are camping alone but large enough to feed a couple of friends. If I need to serve more than that, I switch over to paper plates.

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24. Lightweight Unbreakable Plates & Bowls

RVers who do more full-hookup camping and like to use their microwave … and maybe even a dishwasher … often prefer more conventional plates and bowls. It is still a good idea to go with unbreakable materials rather than ceramic or glass.

If you do have a dishwasher, make sure you have a set large enough to fill your dishwasher because you don’t want to run the machine with only half a load.

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Other Considerations & FREE Trip Planner

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Full Time RVers vs Weekend Campers

How you use your RV will influence your preferences.

Generally, people who live in their RVs tend to spend more time inside their trailers (including cooking) than people who go out on weekends and want their camp kitchen setups to be more of an outdoor experience.

In other words, you need to determine if you want an RV outdoor kitchen or indoor-focused lifestyle when selecting your accessories.


Securing Kitchen Supplies During RV Travel

Another big factor to consider when outfitting an RV kitchen is how much you travel in your RV.

Do you move frequently or do you stay parked in one location for long periods of time?

When you think about how to secure your rig for travel, you may change your mind about the items that are included on your list of RV kitchen must haves … especially accessories that hang from hooks or sit on countertops.

We discuss this further in 12 RV Packing Tips For Beginners.


Kitchen Accessories And RV Power Requirements

Many full timers like to stay in RV parks with full hookups and prefer electric RV kitchen supplies but weekenders who like to go off-the-grid without any hookups often prefer solar or propane powered camping kitchen equipment.


RV Kitchen Size And Layout

Some modern RV kitchens are big, beautiful and have an upscale feel with lots of counter and cabinet space giving you many more kitchen accessory options.

Others have minimal space requiring you to reduce the number of RV kitchen gadgets to include only necessary items favoring nested, multi-purpose gear keeping camper kitchen organization a top priority.


Meals To Make In Your Indoor And Outdoor RV Kitchens

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