What Do You Need in an RV Kitchen?

What Do You Need in an RV Kitchen?
RVing is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors without abandoning many creature comforts of home. Whether renting or owning an RV, setting up the kitchen properly takes some thought and planning.


Many RVs come equipped with a sink, stovetop, oven range, or convection oven, microwave and refrigerator.


RVs have limited capabilities for storage, and spatial relations are at a premium when organizing its kitchen. Determining your storage, pantry, refrigerator and oven size will help you plan accordingly as standard home kitchenware might be too large or heavy for an RV.


An RVer should determine his eating habits before setting up the kitchen. Preferences in food preparation from baking to grilling, simple meals to complex recipes will assist in determining what should be added to an RV kitchen.


Equipping the RV kitchen with dinnerware, silverware, cookware, and cooking and serving utensils is recommended. Bowls of varying sizes, coffee mugs, salt and pepper shakers and a cutting board assist in meal preparation, and small appliances such as a coffee maker and toaster can be added depending on individual preferences. A good set of knives are always useful, along with plastic storage bags, aluminum foil and saran wrap.

Time Frame

Adding food to an RV kitchen can vary depending on the trip. Many avid RVers keep their pantries stocked with basic foods, and purchase their meats, dairies and other foods as necessary. It is also common for the casual RVer to add foods specific to individual trip needs.

Article Written By A.C. Bauer

A.C. Bauer is a seasoned adventurist with explorations spanning four continents, including hiking Machu Picchu, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, running the Ice Age Trail and road biking out of her front door. She has written marketing materials for eight years and worked for Red Bull, Disney and Dick's Sporting Goods, and received a master's in recreation and sport science from Ohio University.

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