Downsizing from a home to a RV can be a daunting task. What do you keep? What do you sell? Because it can be so crazy, we are going to break up what you need into several different posts. In this post we will focus on RV kitchen gear.
Unless you are just moving out of your parent’s house, you will find yourself staring at your kitchen and thinking, what the heck do I do with all of this? Can I fit it all in my new RV kitchen? I’ll answer the easy one first, no you can’t keep all that stuff and expect to fit it in your RV unless you don’t plan on having anything else in there!! Seriously though, lets break it down.
What do you use most?
The first things you should consider bringing with you are those things that you use all the time. If you can’t cook without a crock pot or instant pot, bring them (essential RV kitchen gear)!! If you have 3 that you have never used (like us), sell them or give them all away. If you have 10 coffee mugs, but there are only two of you, bring your two favorite and sell/give away the rest. Can you bring all 10, sure, but you will have to hand wash all of them and take up valuable cabinet space! If you love your coffee, bring your coffee maker. You might find out though that your coffee pot might take up valuable real estate on that tiny little RV kitchen counter…we found that out the hard way…we brought our Keurig with us…and it was an epic fail. We ended up purchasing a little Bialetti Moka Pot that took up very little space and allowed us to make the perfect coffees. Read more about it here.
Now that you know what RV kitchen gear you use the most and want to bring, you need to determine how many of each are you going to bring. This can be easy when it comes to some appliances (crock pot, instant pot, coffee maker, etc.), but what about plates, pots, and utensils? Here’s our list (2 adults, 2 kids – we have WAY TOO MUCH):
- Plates & Stuff – all ceramic
43 large plates (1 came careening out of the cabinet on an epic RV move)
- 4 small plates
- 4 bowls
- Cups, glasses, mugs, etc.
- 2 reusable cups for kids water
86 small glasses (2 shattered) 42 wine glasses (2 shattered)
- Way too many mugs (remember that little 10 number, I didn’t just come up with that)
- 4+ reusable hot/cold tumblers
21 kitchen flipper s(We realized we only needed 1)
- 1 spatula
- 1 large for chopping
- 1 bread slicer
- 1 large spoon/ladle (thinking we might toss)
- 1 pasta spoon
- Way too much cutlery – a full set – whoops
- 1 set of measuring cups
- 1 set of measuring spoons
- 2 wine bottle openers (need 2 since we can never find the one we need when we need it)
- Rice cooker – small
- Electric griddle
- Bialetti Moka Pot (espresso maker, use as base for our coffees)
- Pots/Pans/Oven Stuff
- 1 large Bialetti pan
- 1 small Bialetti pan
- 1 small pot
- 1 medium pot
- 1 large pot (used primarily as a mixing bowl…the mixing bowl got lost…I’m sure its somewhere in the pantry)
- 1 muffin tray
- 1 pizza sheet (used for cookies, rolls, etc.)
- 1 pizza stone (You must buy this!! You won’t burn anything again, unless you forget about it. Click here.)
- 1 table top paper towel holder
- 3 oven mits (Should only have 2)
- 1 pot holder (NEVER used, need to get rid of)
- 1 tiny dish/utensil drying rack
- 1 collapsible colander
- 1 20 gallon garbage can
Final Thoughts –
This is pretty much all our RV kitchen gear…this doesn’t include anything we used for organizing (which isn’t much). We can definitely stand to downsize some more, but this gives you an idea of what we have. Keep it as simple as you can. If you are single or a couple, you might be able to squeeze in a few more items if you need it, but really, you don’t need much…in the case of RV living, less is always more. 🙂 Still wondering what else you should get? Check out our 5 Must Haves for RV Living!
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