When it comes to stocking your new travel trailer, there’s no question that the RV Kitchen is probably a top priority. We all know that food is often the center of any fun camping adventure. These RV Kitchen Essentials are among our favorite must-have items when packing up the RV for a road trip or weekend at the campground.
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What Do I Need In My RV Kitchen?
First things first, let’s talk about what you really need in your RV Kitchen.
Dishes & Glassware
There are different philosophies when it comes to flatware and dishes in the RV.
For some, it’s paper plates and plasticware the whole way.
I mean who wants to wash dishes at the campground? I get it.
However, I’m going to argue that you really want to have at least a small set of dishes and flatware in your RV. I like to keep enough plates for each family member and some real flatware.
We eat a lot of keto camping meals, so cutting a steak on a paper plate with a plastic fork and knife isn’t exactly my idea of fun.
If you like to use your RV decor to express your love of all things RV travel, you can really find some cute RV camping dishes on Etsy or Amazon.
The Yinshine dish set is an eyecatcher with its rustic design and appeal. The dish set is made of melamine, making very durable and super safe to use whether indoors or outdoors. It is completely BPA-free which is good news for anyone looking for the perfect dish set.
The Yinshine 12 pcs dish set comes with 4 pcs 7 inch bowl, 4 pcs 8 inch salad plates, 4 pcs 10 inch dinner plates.
One of the best selling item from Jewell Pottery and Soap, this handmade maple mug has a very unique features which is a thumb rest on of the handle. This feature makes this extra large mug much easier and much more comfortable to hold.
This Maple leaf mug is made from Stoneware clay that is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe (as long as you place the item in a cold oven and then bring the oven up to temp, so as not to cause thermal shock).
This insulated wine tumbler glass comes with removable clear lid with sliding closure for more convenient drinking and a sweat-free coating to keep your drink from dripping. It is made of stainless steel and has a capacity of 12 0z.
Vacuum sealed double-wall thermal insulation makes all drinks more accessible, keeps wine cool & your coffee hot for hours. And the design that comes with it is not printed, instead it is etched so the coat doesn't wear off.
And the most important thing about this tumbler is that it is BPA & Lead free!
This Plant-Based Cutlery Set uses natural and biodegradable materials which is very important nowadays. Materials such as up-cycled bamboo fibers and a plant-based 'plastic' alternative from sugar cane starch is used in making these set of environment friendly for and spoons.
It is dishwasher safe which is proven with certified testing over 450+ commercial dishwasher washes but be aware that prolonged exposure to higher temperatures is not advisable.
You can use them without worry because they are all food safe and are all BPA free
Pots and Pans
Second to the dishes and flatware, is the need for pots and pans.
You definitely don’t want to overdue this, but there are a few pots and pans that should definitely make you RV kitchen essentials checklist.
Whether you're juts learning to cook or or a seasoned expert, this pan is a timeless piece which is a great addition to your kitchen wares. The Lodge 12 inch skillet is made in the USA out of the highest quality cast iron. It features an assist handle for easier handling and is pre- seasoned with no synthetic chemicals.
This collectible can be used on a stove top or the campfire to cook your favorite camping meals.
Lodge is as the only brand to manufacture a full line of American-made cast iron cookware which definitely stands the test of time. One of their classic pieces is the Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven which features a lid that easily converts into a skillet when you need it and loop handles that provide a secure control.
It is also pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil and can be used to sauté, simmer, braise, bake, roast and fry. You can rely on its unparalleled in heat retention and even heating to cook our camping meals to perfection.
This 3 piece frying pan set is made of professional grade 3 mm aluminum alloy which makes it lightweight, durable, sturdy and is definitely an RV kitchen essential. The frying pans has an induction type bottom which is suitable for all types of cooking including electric and ceramic cooktops.
It also comes with a bakelight handles which is riveted strongly to the pan for safe handling and convenience when used. The pan's high quality double coated nonstick interior offers easier cooking and cleanup.
One tip to remember is to use the pans at slightly lower temperatures to achieve the best results.
For the best one pot camping meals, you can count on the Cuisinart 619-14 Chef's Classic to do the job for you. This 1-Quart Saucepan is made of Hard Anodized Aluminum which makes it harder than the usual stainless steel cookware. It is also durable and highly wear resistant so you can use it for many camping seasons to come.
Hard anodized construction allows for even heat distribution eliminating the occurrence of hot spots while cooking. Featuring a quantanium non stick interior reinforced with Titanium which provides lasting food release, healthily nonfat cooking option, and very easy clean up.
Now if you need a slightly bigger pan for making sauces, gravies, boiling pasta, or reheating your camping leftovers then the Utopia Kitchen 2 Quart Nonstick Saucepan is prefect for you. It is made from top rated material 3003 aluminum alloy and is has a multi layer of non-stick coating for durability.
Including a sturdy heat resistant bakelite handle which is strongly rivetted for a comfortable and secured grip. It is also super easy to clean, it is dishwasher safe and can also be cleaned by hand.
It wouldn't be complete without some bake wares. This 13 Inch x 9 Inch non stick bake ware is perfect for making cookies for the kids. made with heavy duty steel to resist warping and features a scratch resistant non-stick coating for quick and easy clean up.
RV Kitchen Utensils
Included in RV Kitchen essentials are some necessary utensils for cooking as well as eating.
This last appliance is optional and you will have to keep it stored away when not in use.
However, while you can cook pancakes and eggs and bacon in your single pan on your RV stove, I have discovered that it often means we are eating in shifts.
If I bring the griddle along, I can cook most everyone's breakfast in one to two batches, and clean up is a breeze.
So this one is really a personal choice and depends upon your space, but I've found it is a better option than trying to cook enough for our family of five in one small pan on my RV stovetop.
The RV Kitchen appliances you DON’T NEED
Food Processor- Anything that needs to be shredded or processed can be done at home and stored in ziplock bags in your fridge or freezer.
Crock Pot– Your Instant pot will replace any need you would have for a slow cooker.
Table Top Blender/Mixer- Bringing along a handheld immersion blender with a dual mixer attachment will save you so much space. Unless you plan on baking a cake in your RV (which I don’t recommend), you won’t have need for such a large and clunky kitchen appliance in your RV.