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How to Organize an RV Pantry

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Figuring out how to organize an RV pantry can be a bit of a challenge.  No matter what size your RV or how long you’ve been camping, the RV pantry can often be a bit of a problem when it comes to organizing your food and finding room for all your family’s needs.

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In this post, we have compiled some RV pantry hacks to help you maximize space and learn better how to organize an RV pantry.

5 Tips To Consider Before You Begin Organizing Your RV Pantry

Before you even begin organizing your RV pantry, keep these 5 things in mind and you will save yourself a lot of headache when it comes time to putting the food away. 

  1. Create a Camping Meal Plan– Preparation and planning is the first step in organizing an RV pantry. It is important to pack the right types of food and use a meal plan to help you think through the types of items you can pack in your particular RV pantry. 
  2. Choose food your family loves- Since you can only pack a limited amount of food, be sure to choose food that your family loves.  There’s no point in wasting precious space in your camper with food that will just be thrown away at the end of your trip. 
  3. Choose food that travels well-Choose food that is travel friendly, convenient, and food that is easy to consume while you’re on the road.
  4. Limit perishable foods- While you want to keep healthy, fresh fruit on hand, it’s important to choose food that doesn’t easily spoil. Perishable goods are okay as long as you plan to consume them within a short period, but the last thing you want is to forget about those bananas you shoved in the very back of your pantry until the fruit flies have taken over your RV camper.   
  5. Store easily- Choose food that is easy to store, not too bulky and just enough to fit in your pantry.

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Organizing Your RV Pantry According To Pantry Type

When it comes to the actual organizing of your RV pantry, you have to consider what type of RV pantry you have. 

Just like RVs themselves vary in size, RV pantries vary in design and size as well.  Here are a few tips to consider with each of the most common types of RV pantries. 

Narrow Deep RV Pantry

This is one of the most common problems with RV pantries. In order to maximize the small space, RVs often come with narrow and deep-spaced pantries.

This can make it very difficult to reach for things towards the back and it can be a real hunt to find what you need.  

In order to best utilize the space in this type of RV pantry, you can: 

  • Buy sliding pull-out wire racks for your RV pantry.  This will help you reach the things you need without hassle.
  • Be sure you fully measure your RV pantry cabinets before ordering your slide out racks to ensure proper fit. 

Tall and Shallow Pantry

This type of pantry is a disaster waiting to happen, imagine opening a shelf and everything starts falling out and worse falling right in your face.

It’s such a waste if all of your bottled spices break open or food spills out while opening these shelves.

In order to best utilize the space in this type of RV pantry, you can:

Very small Pantry

As much as we wish to store more items in our pantries, sometimes it just won’t fit. 

In the case of just not having enough space, consider utilizing containers or wire racks in other places in your RV. 

  • Containers or wire racks that can be hung on the shelf door or mounted on a wall are a good idea for adding more space to your pantry.
  • Stacking is not always the best option but it can be a great space saver, we suggest that you get containers that are designed to stack making it easy to move and replace. 

How to Best Organize Food In your RV Pantry

Think of organizing your RV pantry as a puzzle.  You have to figure out which food fits in which space the best.  It helps to think through how you use your food when camping. 

Categorize your food- Think about your categories of food: canned goods, boxed goods, canisters, loose items, spices, etc.  

Also, think about how and when you need the items. Does it make sense to organize your food according to type or meal?

You could put all the canned goods in one place and boxes in another or you could choose to put all breakfast items on one shelf, snacks on another, etc

Canned goods

Canned food is one of the most practical foods to have when you’re RV camping. Since most of it doesn’t need much cooking, it comes in very handy when you just want a quick meal.

The main problem with having these types of food in your RV pantry is that it tends to roll or knock over when driving.

Tips: 

  • Try building your can dispenser, there is a design called the “gravity-fed” can dispenser perfect for tight spaces or slim profiles. 
  • A stackable wire can rack is also perfect for storing your canned goods preventing them from getting knocked over while on the road.
  • Store canned goods as low as possible in your RV pantry to keep them from becoming too top-heavy.

Spices

Spices are equally important while your RV Camping, it brings flavor and life to the food we make. Most of the time without it, food just tastes boring. Spices commonly come in small packages like glass bottles or plastic pouches.

  Tips: 

  • There are spice rack grippers on the market that you can put in your pantry shelf doors that are designed to hold each of your spices in place. 
  • Spice racks and caddies are also an option and can be mounted to an interior pantry wall or below the shelf with shelf brackets.
  • You can also use Magnetic spice containers which can be mounted to a wall or a shelf. 
  • Labeling-Using a tool like, Cricut Joy, will make your spice rack appealing to the eye and cut your cook prep time down to a minimum.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Bringing along healthy food options such as fruits and vegetables on your RV camping trip is a great idea but they take up a lot of space and you cannot just simply cram them all inside a teeny tiny RV pantry. Keeping them in an accessible and secure space for them to last longer.

Tips:

  • “Over-the-door” baskets can be hung on your pantry shelf doors where your fruits and vegetables can be secured regardless if your RV is moving or not.
  • You can add wall-mounted baskets on the side of your pantry shelf where you can keep not only your fruits and veggies but other items as well.
  • Hanging baskets are also a great space saver but one major disadvantage is that they will move at some points while driving your RV.

Snacks

An RV camping trip wouldn’t be complete without snacks, they fulfill the need for quick and satisfying food while you are on the road.

Snacks can also take up much space in your RV pantry, keeping your packaged snacks to a minimum can help save space and save you from bloat and intestinal upset.

Tips:

  • “Over-the-door” pantry bins can also be used in organizing your snacks and are accessible as they can be hung easily on your shelf doors.
  • You can put Binder clips and command hooks inside your pantry shelf to hang snacks or bags of leftover chips. 

Dry goods and Cereals

These types of food often come in boxes of varying sizes. If they are not properly organized and stored they will most likely take up all the space in your RV pantry.

Tips:

  • You can use stackable nesting Tupperware in storing your dry goods.
  • Mason/Glass jars are great for storing different types of cereals, but keep them on lower shelves since they can also be a bit heavy to be put on the top shelves.
  • Make sure that these containers are sealed and airtight to keep them fresh, odor-free and to prevent unwanted visitors like bugs or vermins.

Now You’re All Set!

Organizing your RV pantry isn’t supposed to be stressful, Always remember to keep things simple and small. Maximize and utilize what you have to organize everything that you need.

There are numerous tips and tricks you can search over the internet but make sure to choose something that will actually work for you. Save your time and sanity, just head on and enjoy your trip!

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