Motorhomes, Campervans and Caravans come in all shapes and sizes, but unless you have one of those absolutely massive RV things with wind-out sides then you will share the same problem as us. Space. One of the best things about motorhoming is the ability to take your kitchen with you, so you can cook your favourite meals and experiment with fresh local ingredients wherever you park up. However, you actually have very limited space to store all your motorhome kitchen essentials. Which means that you have to pick your cooking gear wisely and think about how you will store it.
When you draw up your own personal list of campervan must-haves for your rv kitchen here are a few things to consider:
- Weight … you have to think of the payload impact of packing lots of heavy cooking equipment
- Stackability … with limited cupboard and drawer space the ability to stack items is most important
- Collapsibility … collapsible kitchen items can be a great way of minimising space used, but at the same time you want things to be robust and sturdy
- Usability … we only have three gas rings so this has been an important consideration. Your list might vary if you have an oven or microwave. If you don’t, then you might also love our post about how to cook without an oven in your motorhome or campervan
- Cleanability … we don’t want any kit that is hard to wash up
- Storability … if you can go smaller without compromise then that’s good
- Versatility … can you do multiple things with one item?
- Hard-wearing … your campervan cooking gear needs to be able to survive the bumps and knocks of the journey. Plus be suitable for indoor and outdoor use. And, you don’t want to have to replace it all after only a few trips, so quality is important
- The Noise Factor … no-one wants to drive along with metal pans rattling and glassware chinking
We are now on our third van, and have gradually acquired the perfect set of motorhome kitchen essentials for us. Of course some of these may be different for you. A lot of this depends on your cooking preferences. But here is a list of our must-haves and things we would not be without. And we hope you find it useful. This is the motorhome cooking equipment that “lives” in our van all the time: all these items are either compact, lightweight, multi-purpose or just plain lovely to use.
Tefal Ingenio Cookware
Stackable Acrylic Glasses
Unbreakable Large Wine Glasses
Joseph Joseph Folding Scales
Joseph Joseph Stretch Trivet
Collapsible Salad Spinner
OXO Good Grips Spiralizer
Knife Blade Guards
Le Creuset Wine Accessories
Camping Kettle with Folding Handle
Le Creuset Silicon Heatproof Mat
Universal Voltage Travel Kettle
Finally… A Complete Motorhome Essentials Checklist
What have we forgotten? And what are your particular favourites and essentials that you cannot leave home without? Do let us know!