12 Essential RV Kitchen Accessories

Essential kitchen accessories for RV

It’s hard for us to imagine experiencing an RV holiday without using the camper kitchen. Cooking means quality of life. That’s why RV kitchen accessories are particularly important to us.

What makes good kitchen accessories in motorhomes or RVs?

Good RV kitchen equipment consists of useful, multifunctional small appliances, a solid range of kitchen helpers, and gadgets that make everyday life easier and take up little storage space in the camper. In this guide, we will cover 12 essential RV kitchen accessories that can transform your cooking space into a functional and efficient area.

Essential RV Kitchen Accessories

We’ll highlight items that prioritize space-saving designs, durability, and ease of use, ensuring that you can make the most of your kitchen area without compromising on taste and nutrition.

1. Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is a useful gadget in every RV kitchen – but also an excellent all-purpose tool on holiday. Due to its flexible use when camping or picnicking, it is at the top of the packing list as a useful kitchen accessory.

Aluminum foil saves time and is very easy to use. For example, Fabian and I love delicious baked potatoes as a grill side dish, which we wrap in aluminum foil and prepare over the campfire.

Aluminum foil can be used for many purposes when camping:

  • Saves containers and thus space in the camper: By taking fewer plastic containers (Tupperware) with us, we save storage space. Most foods (grilled meat, fish) can be stored perfectly in aluminum foil.
  • Less washing up when things have to be done quickly: Aluminum foil on the baking tray or casserole dish saves us the time-consuming task of cleaning dishes and the oven. This saves us valuable vacation time at the same time.
  • Reliable kitchen helper at the campfire: Aluminum foil is the perfect helper when cooking over a campfire. The application is simple: wrap the food and spices in aluminum foil and prepare it in the embers or over the fire, depending on the recipe.
  • Aluminum foil keeps food warm or cool: Aluminum foil can keep food warm or cool, but it has two sides – a matt side and a shiny side. If you want to keep your schnitzel warm, pack it with the shiny side facing in. For longer cooling, we store it with the matte side inward.
  • Aluminum foil when fishing: It is well known that shiny materials attract fish. Aluminum foil can help on a fishing trip as it also shines underwater. Folded and rolled into a small pear, the foil is attached to the end of the bait and thrown into the water.
  • Aluminum foil instead of pesticides: Long-term campers usually have plants in front of or in the RV that they tend and care for. Nothing is more annoying than pests that can nibble on the leaves and destroy the beautiful eye-catchers. Aluminum foil can deter pests by wrapping the plant base so sunlight reflects onto the plant and insects stay away. In this way, we avoid unhealthy pesticides at the same time.

2. Camping Cookbooks

In the meantime, a few camping cookbooks have found a place on our shelves. Some are just for inspiration before you travel while others we take with us on the camping trip.

For example, if we are traveling with tents, the chances of a cozy evening campfire are good. For example, the book ” Feast Outside: The Campfire Cookbook is ideal because many recipe ideas can do without heaps of ingredients.

3. Zipper Pouch (Reusable Storage Bags)

Perhaps each of us has held a zipper bag in our hands at some point. They come in many shapes and sizes, and from multiple manufacturers. Tangibay Reusable Food Storage Bags, for example, can be seen in TV commercials from time to time.

These flexible companions are always in our luggage on each of our trips. But the helpful gadgets don’t just make everyday life easier in the RV kitchen.

  • More time on camping holidays: Before we set off on our journey, we prepare a few bags of raw food that can be stored in airtight bags in a cool box. This means that every cooking process goes faster and we have more time for excursions. In addition, there is less waste.
  • Space-saving storage: Anyone who has little space for Tupperware is in good hands with all-purpose bags. Leftovers from the day before that we want to keep can be stored in zip-lock bags to save a lot of space.
  • Waterproof storage: Excursions to the water are part of everyday life in the camper summer. If you want to protect your mobile devices, you can use waterproof bags. Since they come in different sizes, any small electronic device can be stowed away waterproof.
  • Storage of small parts: In mechanical emergencies, the targeted storage of small or repair parts makes sense – for example, as soon as nails, screws, and other things are involved. Each bag is labeled so that the intended use of the contents can be identified later.

4. Instant Pot

Lack of space in the camper is a common topic, which is why one often wonders which additions to the kitchen accessories in the motorhome make sense.

For us, the ingenious Instant Pot belongs in every kitchen and is a useful electrical appliance in the mobile home. Thanks to its incredible versatility when cooking, the all-purpose pot not only saves space but also a lot of time.

The kitchen appliance has already received many positive reviews, for example, from the New York Times.

The Instant Pot is a popular gift at Christmas time or if a friendly camper friend is inviting you to a birthday party.

As a 7-in-1 multifunction cooker, it can be used as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, roaster, rice cooker and steam cooker. It also can keep food warm as a yogurt maker.

5. Fire Extinguisher for the Camper Kitchen

Accidents while camping can have a variety of causes. Increased risk when camping arises in the outdoor kitchen whether campfire, grill, romantic evening with candlelight, or cooking with gas.

The most common cause of a fire in a vehicle is leaking oil or fuel. Such liquids can ignite hot parts in the engine area, especially in older vehicles. Overheated brakes are also a cause of fire, as they are damaged cables.

Reason enough to equip older motorhomes in particular with a fire extinguisher! In an emergency, we can not only minimize the dangers to our health but also avoid major damage to the vehicle and its contents. For the “classic” among kitchen fires – the grease fire, we recommend a class F fire extinguisher like this one.

6. Cooler Box and Cooler Bag

For us, cooler bags and coolers are essential kitchen accessories in RVs. If you camp in summer, you need cool drinks – in the RV, the electric cool box can help to cool the well-deserved beer.

For longer trips and when no power source is available, it is advisable to take a good thermal bag with you. This CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag is a visually appealing storage option that can also be used as a beach bag.

Day trips to the lake, bike rides, picnics in the countryside, and evening campfires are the most common occasions when we are grateful for cool drinks and food from the cooler.

In this case, we take cold packs or ice with us so that the drinks stay pleasantly cool for a long time. In summer, in particular, the long-lasting heat in the mobile home means that we tend to postpone activities such as cooking or even leave them at that. The picnic in the shade with a cool bag in your luggage then replaces the cooked meal in the camper.

7. Can Opener

The most important kitchen accessory for festival camping is of course a can opener! Those who want to spend more time on the festival stage are usually among the “ravioli campers”.

At this point, we are torn. On the one hand, a delicious grilled steak is never to be scoffed at we want to take as much musical entertainment with us as possible when we camp at festivals. In this respect, a can opener is the best choice to spend as little time as possible eating.

That’s why the can opener has to be used at lunchtime at festivals while the grill is fired up in the evenings after the most important concerts. It doesn’t matter to us whether we arrive with a tent or a camper.

8. Unbreakable Crockery

For outfitting your RV kitchen with unbreakable crockery (dishes), you have several durable and lightweight options to consider. They are easy to handle and cleaning is a breeze.

For us, unbreakable glassware is now a must-have in the camping kitchen. The clever kitchen accessory shows its strengths when traveling with the motorhome, especially when there are potholes and other obstacles.

But it is also extremely useful in everyday camping life. Anyone traveling with children and pets must always expect falling objects.

9. Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector for RV & Motorhome

This electrical device does not serve directly as a kitchen accessory but should still be installed in the camper. Since the risk of too high a carbon monoxide level in the RV can be real, you shouldn’t wait until it’s too late to buy a detector.

As soon as you cook on a gas stove in the camper, for example, or operate other gas appliances, there is always a residual risk. Therefore, an alarm in the kitchen area is a good choice.

Unfortunately, not all carbon monoxide detectors are equally good for RVs and trailers. This is because many devices are designed for larger rooms and are therefore oversized for tight spaces such as in campers. If the alarm goes off erroneously on such devices, this is not only irritating but can also strain your nerves in the long run.

A camper-friendly carbon monoxide alarm is the First Alert SCO5CN. In addition to RV and mobile homes, it is also suitable for boats or the basement and garage at home.

10. Spices Safely Stowed Away in the DIY Spice Rack

Depending on the kitchen equipment in the RV, the pothole-safe storage of spices is not that easy. In the worst case, the glass falls off the shelf, breaks, and spills spicy contents throughout the mobile home.

You can use it to cover up odors. But if you’re looking for a good solution for fixing spices in your camper, you should take a look here. Always be Frosted explains in detail how we can use PET lings from the geocaching scene combined with PET clips to create a clean and safe solution for spices.

These PET-lings are basically plastic tubes with lids that we attach to the wall with metal clips and wood screws. The retaining clips (without screws) are available in packs of 5 from specialist retailers.

The tubes are then filled with spices and labeled – the DIY spice rack for the camper kitchen is ready, and it can withstand even the worst road conditions.

11. Foldable Dish Rack

Space-saving RV kitchen accessories are a must for us. Collapsible solutions such as this drainer for dishes or vegetables make everyday camping life in the kitchen easier and save storage space at the same time.

The foldable frame is placed over the sink and therefore serves as an additional surface for preparation or washing up. Alternatively, it can protect surfaces or serve as a shelf for hot food.

The draining rack made of stainless steel can be used in many ways:

  • Drying of freshly washed dishes
  • Storage of washed fruit and vegetables
  • Coasters for hot pots and pans

12. Camping Kitchen Knives

If you love cooking, you will need to equip your RV kitchen with a good knife. You can undoubtedly choose Japanese Damascus to avoid buying them twice. Whether you’re cooking in your RV or enjoying outdoor meals, a reliable kitchen knife can adapt to various cooking situations.

However, there are so many camping kitchen knife brands available; you should choose according to your budget and needs. Instead of buying multiple low-quality knives, investing in a single high-quality kitchen knife can be more cost-effective in the long run.

Essentials RV Kitchen Accessories List

Here’s our  list of essential RV kitchen accessories at a glance –

  • Compact Refrigerator/Freezer Combo
  • Portable Induction Cooktop
  • Collapsible Cookware
  • Multi-Functional Microwave/Convection Oven
  • Portable Coffee Maker
  • Toaster Oven
  • Foldable Drying Rack
  • Stackable Food Storage Containers
  • Nesting Utensil Set
  • Knife Set with Blade Covers
  • Instant pot
  • Paper towel holder
  • Portable propane grill
  • Lighter or matches
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Silicone Baking Mats
  • Compact Blender
  • RV-Friendly Spice Rack
  • Water bottles
  • Rice cooker
  • Silicone Pot Holders
  • Cutting Board
  • Collapsible Sink
  • RV-Sized Trash Can
  • Tableware Set
  • Compact Dishwasher

Carefully consider your cooking habits and preferences to select accessories that will best suit your needs.

How do you set up a kitchen in an RV?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you set up an efficient and functional kitchen in your RV –

1. Assess Your Space

Examine the available space in your RV’s kitchen area. Take measurements of countertops, cabinets, and storage areas to understand the dimensions you’re working with.

2. Prioritize Essentials

Make a list of essential kitchen items you’ll need for cooking, food storage, and meal preparation. Focus on versatile and space-saving items to maximize your kitchen’s functionality.

3. Gather Your Supplies

Collect all the kitchen accessories, utensils, cookware, and appliances you’ll need. Consider using multi-functional items and collapsible cookware to save space.

4. Organize Your Cabinets

Utilize your cabinets efficiently by placing items you use frequently within easy reach. Stackable containers, spice racks, and drawer dividers can help keep your kitchen organized.

5. Install Storage Solutions

Consider installing hooks, racks, or magnetic strips to hang utensils, pots, and pans on the walls or inside cabinet doors. This frees up counter and cabinet space.

6. Set Up Cooking Area

Place your RV-friendly cookware and utensils near the stovetop or cooktop for easy access. Ensure that your cookware fits the size of the burners.

7. Arrange Food Storage

Dedicate a section of your cabinets or pantry for storing dry goods, canned items, and snacks. Use airtight containers to keep your food fresh and prevent spills during travel.

8. Create a Food Prep Station

Designate a clear counter space for food preparation. Use a cutting board that fits over the sink to maximize your workspace.

9. Set Up Appliances

Position your appliances strategically. Place the microwave or convection oven in a spot that allows easy access without obstructing your workspace. Coffee makers and toasters can be placed on countertops or in designated storage areas.

10. Consider Safety

Ensure that your appliances are securely placed to prevent movement during travel. Secure any loose items that could become hazards while driving.

11. Plumbing and Waste

Set up a collapsible sink basin for dishwashing and food prep. Make sure your RV’s plumbing and waste systems are well-maintained to avoid clogs and leaks.

12. Lighting

Check the lighting in your kitchen area. Consider adding under-cabinet LED lights to brighten up your workspace, especially during nighttime cooking.

13. Personalize and Decorate

Add your personal touch with a splash of decor that makes your RV kitchen feel welcoming. A small rug, colorful towels, or a wall decal can add a touch of homeliness.

14. Test and Adjust

Once you’ve set up your kitchen, do a trial run by preparing a simple meal. This will help you identify any adjustments needed for convenience and efficiency.

The key to setting up an RV kitchen is adaptability. Over time, you’ll discover new ways to optimize your space and make the cooking experience even better.

FAQs – Must-Have RV Kitchen Accessories

Can I use regular kitchen appliances in my RV kitchen?

In some cases, yes. However, keep in mind that RV kitchen appliances are often designed to work with the limited power supply in an RV, so they can be more energy-efficient or have lower power requirements. Also, regular kitchen appliances can take up more space and might not be as durable for travel conditions.

What should I look for in RV-friendly cookware?

Choose lightweight and durable materials like stainless steel, cast iron, or non-stick coatings. Look for nesting or collapsible sets to save space. Consider the sizes of pots and pans to ensure they fit your RV’s stove or cooktop.

Can I install new appliances in my RV kitchen?

Yes, you can, but it’s important to consider the power requirements and available space. Always consult your RV manufacturer’s guidelines and possibly work with a professional to ensure proper installation without damaging your RV’s electrical or plumbing systems.

Can I use a regular coffee maker in my RV?

You can, but RV-specific coffee makers are often designed to handle the vibrations and movement of travel better. Additionally, they have features like lower power consumption to work well with RV electrical systems. If you do use a regular coffee maker, secure it during travel to prevent accidents.

Are there any safety considerations for using appliances in an RV kitchen?

Definitely. Always ensure that your RV’s electrical system can handle the power requirements of the appliances you’re using. Avoid overloading circuits. Use appliances on stable surfaces to prevent accidents while cooking. Make sure your propane-powered appliances are properly ventilated and shut off when not in use.


As you embark on your RV journey, the kitchen becomes a hub of creativity, comfort, and connection. Equipping your RV kitchen with essential accessories transforms this compact space into a culinary haven and allows you to savor delicious meals and memorable moments while exploring the open road.

First, set up your camping kitchen according to your feelings and needs, then check whether items are still missing from the list and add them if necessary. Because there is always the potential for optimization! Your needs will change slightly with every holiday, with every holiday location, and with every holiday year. Stay flexible and change what no longer suits you.

I wish you a nice RV camping Day!

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