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33 Must-Have RV Kitchen Accessories

Many RV kitchens can be small, basic, and lacking in some key areas versus traditional kitchens. Fortunately, there are some very innovative RV kitchen accessories that help bridge the gaps and turn your RV kitchen into a great place to whip up some great food! We’ve pulled together a list of must-have RV kitchen gadgets that’ll enhance your camp cooking experience.

Constraints Of An RV Kitchen

There are some obvious differences between a regular house kitchen and an RV kitchen. Many of which are because of the RV’s overall smaller size. This means that cupboard space is more limited, and you might also run into issues with cupboard shape. If you have a big appliance, it might not fit the width or height of your RV kitchen cabinets.

Counter space is a luxury that few RVs have. The kitchen gadgets and accessories that once lived on your home counter will need to be smaller or find another location. We went so far as to determine which RV we purchased based on the counter space and layout of the RV kitchen!

small crowded rv kitchen counter space
The RV kitchen counter isn’t just used for food prep, but for miscellaneous items and staging.

RVs are all constrained by weight carrying capacity, so heavier items should be avoided. Quantities and heavier materials should also be considered – just think of all the pots, pans, and glass containers you have!

Finally, you’ll have to consider the size of the RV kitchen sink and stove you have. Many RV kitchen sinks are also smaller, and sometimes oddly shaped to fit the limited counter space (or for style). You’re going to have a hard time washing a big kitchen countertop appliance or oven pan in a tiny circular sink! Similarly, large clunky pots and pans might not be able to fit.

Pro Tip: Does your RV have a dinette you don’t use? Check out these 7 Smart and Sophisticated RV Dinette Replacement Ideas that you can do in your rig.

What To Look For In The Best RV Kitchen Accessories

Because of the aforementioned constraints of an RV kitchen, you must get a little creative in which RV kitchen accessories you choose. Fortunately, there are lots of great gadgets that will ease or completely overcome the hurdles presented by your smaller RV kitchen size. So when looking for the best RV kitchen accessories, keep your eyes out for the following characteristics:

Multi-purpose – The more functions a single instrument can perform, the fewer of them you’ll need! This saves weight, saves space, and makes the gadget you need closer at hand.

Lightweight – Look for RV kitchen accessories made from materials that are lighter-weight than their standard counterparts. Think plastic, silicone, or aluminum over glass or ceramic.

Space-saving – Believe it or not, there are a lot of really cool collapsible kitchen accessories out there! It can be big when you need it, and break down small for storage when you’re done. We’ve pulled together the best ones in the list below to save you the searching!

Durable (not fragile) – Besides being heavier, glass and ceramic are also fragile. When you’re in and out of the RV or driving down the road, you don’t need all of your dishware and wine glasses breaking.

Doesn’t take up much counter space – If you have a counter-top appliance you love, you might be able to find a smaller version. Look for ways to attach other items to walls or otherwise get them off the counter itself. Otherwise, you’re going to end up moving them a million times!

Functionality – Most importantly, it has to get a food preparation job done, and done well.

33 Must-Have RV Kitchen Accessories

We’ve compiled a list of RV kitchen accessories that fit these criteria. Most of these we have had personal experience with over our years of full-time RV living:

1. Collapsible Kettle

The collapsible kettle is personally one of my favorite RV kitchen gadgets. I use this kettle every single day, often multiple times. When it’s not in use, it collapses down and easily stores in a cabinet or drawer. This model also works with induction cooktops (see item #4).

Collapsible Camping Kettle for Hiking Travel &...
  • EASY TO TAKE - Designed for camping and hiking, Tthis camping...
  • REUSEFUL - Perfect for long hikes and extended camping...
  • MATERIALS LONG LASTING TO USE -This kettle is suitable for...

2. Instant Pot

While large and clunky, the Instant Pot is a perfect RV kitchen accessory because of its multi-purpose functionality. It is a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pot, and more all in one – eliminating the need to bring multiple large single-function appliances!

Not only does it combine functions, but performs them better than the very instruments it replaces. It makes pressure cooking easy – which speeds up cook time and saves energy.

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker,...
  • 7-IN-1 FUNCTIONALITY: Pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker,...
  • QUICK ONE-TOUCH COOKING: 13 customizable Smart Programs for...
  • COOK FAST OR SLOW: Pressure cook delicious one-pot meals up to...

3. Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid

Instead of having a separate Air Fryer, just add the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid to your arsenal! Yes, it is big and clunky, but not as big as getting a whole separate unit. This not only turns your Instant Pot into an Air Fryer, but we have also baked bread with this! It is much more energy efficient than our convection oven for small baking needs.

Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid 6 in 1, No Pressure...
  • Turn your instant pot into an air fryer: With one quick switch,...
  • Easy to use: The detachable air fryer lid for Instant Pot is easy...
  • Advanced safety: Overheat protection, automatic shutoff and more

4. Portable Induction Cooktop

Most RV ranges are propane. When you are hooked up to electricity, you have to continue to use propane, unless you have an electric cooking element like this one.

We’ve been using a countertop induction cooktop for years and love how fast and easy it is. It also is easier to clean than wiping down between the stovetop rails. When we are making big meals, it gives us an extra burner anywhere we have an electric plug.

Sale
Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop...
  • Requires induction compatible cookware. If a magnet sticks well...
  • Duxtop Induction Cooktop uses 120V 15 amp electrical outlet -...
  • Digital control panel. Built-in count-down digital timer with 1...

5. Magic Bullet

Blender, coffee grinder, and smoothie machine all in one. It’s also small and the containers double as cups!

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Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
  • Included: (1) 250W motor base, (1) cross-blade, (1) tall cup, (1)...
  • The magic bullet chops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds and more....
  • Effortlessly create your favorite meals and snacks like...

6. No-spill ice cube tray

Have you ever filled your ice tray and then moved your RV? Water can slosh all over the place and create a big frozen mess in your RV freezer. This ice cube tray is simply designed to keep from spilling before it freezes. Since you don’t have to get this tray level, you can be a bit more creative with your freezer packing practices, too.

OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray
  • Silicone lid seals water into Tray before freezing
  • Sealed lid allows for stacking and angled storage in freezer
  • Comfortable handle for a firm grip while filling or carrying

7. Knives with Sheaths

“With sheaths” is important. If you have knives loose in a drawer that is shaken up while going down the road, the last thing you want is to reach in there and accidentally cut yourself on a misplaced knife. These knives are also multi-purpose, serving as cutting knives or steak knives.

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Cusinart Block Knife Set, 12pc Cermaic Knife Set...
  • Precision Cutting, Reduced Risk: Elevate your kitchen with the...
  • Nonstick Ceramic Coating: The ceramic coating ensures effortless...
  • Complete Set with Guards: This set includes essential knives -...

8. Adjustable Cupboard Bars

We consider these as required RV accessories. After arriving at your campsite, the next step is to go around to all the cabinets and make sure items that shifted don’t come flying out. These adjustable cupboard bars save you from that chore, and from whenever you forget and get dive-bombed by the olive oil.

Tip: these also work great in residential-style fridges that don’t come with the RV fridge ridges or bars to keep the pickles from spilling out onto the floor. (Speaking from experience)

SIQUK 6 Pack Cupboard Bars Adjustable Spring...
  • Extendable length - twist the rod to adjust the length from 15.7"...
  • Spring action - the tension rod with spring loaded inside,...
  • Good structure - the tension rod ends with grommets so that the...

9. Collapsible Dish Drying Rack

Most RVs have to do dishes by hand, and that means needing a drying rack. This one collapses down for easy storage.

madesmart EMW6337273, Collapsible Dish Rack,...
  • DISH DRYING RACK: Offers a practical solution for drying a...
  • COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN: Flexible material allows the dish rack to...
  • ORGANIZED DRYING: Features a large area to store dinnerware and...

10. Collapsible Mixing Bowl

Mixing bowls take up a lot of space in an RV, and can be difficult to maneuver around. This one collapses down to stay out of the way when not in use.

Squish 3 Quart Red Collapsible Mixing Bowl Gray
  • CAPACITY 3 Quart
  • INTEGRATED Pour Spout. GENEROUS Easy-Grasp Rim – NON-SLIP Base
  • LOW PROFILE STORAGE - collapses to 2 inches for compact storage.

11. Collapsible Salad Spinner

Bonus: This one doubles as another collapsible mixing bowl!

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Prepworks by Progressive 3 Quart Space Saving...
  • The patented design of this innovative collapsible salad spinner...
  • The internal basket and external bowl collapses to almost half...
  • The non-skid base makes spinning stable and easy

12. Squish Colander

Thanks to these collapsible colanders, we can store these in a slender drawer instead of taking up coveted real estate in a taller cabinet.

Squish Colander 6 Quart Purple
  • Colander for quick washing: pasta, spaghetti, potatoes,...
  • Package Dimensions: 23.114 H x 5.334 L x 13.716 W (centimetres)
  • Package Weight: 0.454 kilograms

13. Collapsible Measuring Cups & Spoons

These nesting RV kitchen accessories make it so you don’t have to live with minimal denominations of measuring tools. You can still have them all!

leepiya Measuring Cups and Spoons set, Collapsible...
  • 1) SIZE ACCURACY - Baking and cooking requires spot on...
  • 2) EXTREMLY long-lasting AND LONG LASTING - Perfect set of 8 BPA...
  • 3) AN ULTIMATE SPACE SAVER - Collapsible cups do not take up much...

14. Space-Saving Prep Tools

Think of the big versions of these tools, and then check out how small and space-saving they can be!

Kitchen Gadgets Set 5 Pieces, Stackable Cooking...
  • 👍[COMPLETE SMALL KITCHEN TOOLS SET]: Set includes 1 grater for...
  • 👍[DURABLE & COMFORTABLE]: Made of strong and durable ABS...
  • 👍[SPACE SAVING STORAGE - TWO WAYS]: The space saving design...

15. Adjustable Cutlery Tray

Specially made for smaller RV drawers, this tray will expand to fit whatever size drawer you want your cutlery in.

Camco Adjustable Cutlery Tray - Designed for RV...
  • Adjustable Cutlery Tray, White
  • Adjustable Cutlery Tray, White
  • Adjustable Cutlery Tray, White

16. Collapsible Funnel

We went years without a funnel due to space in our utensil drawer. We no longer have to, and we find all kinds of uses for this thing!

17. Collapsible Leftover Containers

While we love the glass Pyrex and Anchor leftover containers, they are extremely heavy and take up a lot of space. These silicone containers get the job done just as well, and take up a fraction of the space in the drawer.

Set of 4 Collapsible Silicone Food Storage...
  • VALUE SET CONTAIN DIFFERENT SIZE - Set of 4 silicone collapsible...
  • SAFE MATERIAL WITH PREMIUM QUALITY - The food storage box is made...
  • PRACTICAL DESIGN FOR DAILY NEEDS - The collapsible design shrink...

18. Square Pantry Storage Containers

RV pantry space is precious, so don’t waste space with cylindrical and uneven-height containers! These square, stacking containers will help you get the most out of your limited pantry real estate.

Chef's Path Kitchen Storage Box – Set of 14...
  • [Top Notch Kitchen Storage & Organisation] - Organize your...
  • [Versatile] - Includes 2 extra large airtight containers...
  • [Improved Design] - The 4-hinge locking system of these food...

19. Collapsible Cutting Board/Wash Tub

Another one of the collapsible RV kitchen accessories that has multiple functions. We told you there were some cool ones!

Collapsible Cutting Board, Foldable Chopping Board...
  • Bonus Knife & Knife Slot: we take your using experience into...
  • 3-in-1 Multi-function: this vegetable washing basket has 3...
  • Space Saving Portable Design: folding desige makes it easier to...

20. Plate Rack

Plate racks keep your plates and shallow bowls from sliding around during travel. They also save space and easily grab your desired dishware.

Better Houseware 1494/4 Plate Rack, standard,...
  • Holds plates vertically
  • Made of durable chrome
  • No mounting or installation required

21. Travel Spice Rack

Compact and space-saving. If you’re RVing on the weekends, you don’t have to skimp on the spices! If you’re RVing full-time, you don’t have to sacrifice the space to cylindrical spice containers.

KaryHome Plastic Mini Spice shaker Jars,Seasoning...
  • Sliding Open Design - Gently slip, you can pour out the spices....
  • Portable Design - Set of 6 spice containers with a tray, compact...
  • Airtight Seasoning Box - Keeps your spices fresh, odor-free and...

22. Govino Wine Glasses

One of the best solutions for RVers out there – wine “glasses” that don’t break! We’ve gone through our fair share of wine glasses and have learned that it’s really not worth the work of cleaning up shards when this is a perfectly acceptable solution. We also like the insulated wine cups as mentioned in #27.

govino Go Anywhere Wine Glasses | Dishwasher Safe,...
  • The Govino Go Anywhere Wine Glass Performs Better Than Plastic,...
  • Designed For Fine Wine, Govino Glasses Also Serve As A Great...
  • Leave Them At Home Or Bring Your Govino Anywhere. To The Beach,...

23. Insulated Chaser Mug

Traveling through hot weather just isn’t as bad when you’ve got a reliably cold drink to sip!

ORCA Chaser Cup, Seafoam/Clear, 27 oz
  • The orca chaser stainless steel tumbler has a double-walled...
  • Tritan polymer lid with silicone gasket creates a leak-proof seal
  • Condensation free grip retains ice or heat

24. Contigo Auto-Seal Travel Mug

Never spill your coffee again! These Contigo mugs close and stay closed – perfect for the weekend or full-time traveler.

Contigo Autoseal West Loop Vaccuum-Insulated...
  • Our lids are sealed: Autoseal technology is Leak and spill proof...
  • For the long Haul - Drinks stay hot up to 7 hours and cold up to...
  • Lend a hand easy one handed drinking with the push of a button;...

25. Tervis Insulated Tumblers

They don’t break easily and they keep your drink cold. When you’re chasing 70 degrees or higher, this is a must-have RV kitchen accessory.

Tervis Made in USA Double Walled Clear & Colorful...
  • Tervis tumblers feature double-wall insulated construction that...
  • Strong, impact resistant BPA-free material means these tumblers...
  • For home or on the go, Tervis drinkware is made for the moments...

26. Insulated Coffee Mug

We love our insulated coffee mugs that keep our drinks warmer for longer. Bonus: they are lighter than ceramic coffee mugs and don’t break!

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SUNWILL 14 oz Coffee Mug, Vacuum Insulated Camping...
  • Insulated Coffee Mug: SUNWILL coffee mug is with double wall...
  • Powder Coated Premium 18/8 Stainless Steel: The insulated coffee...
  • BPA Free Press-in Lid: The eco-friendly lid is completely BPA...

27. Insulated Wine Tumbler

Insulated wine tumblers are awesome for RV life because they are durable, are multi-purpose (not just for wine!) and are stylish.

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SUNWILL Insulated Wine Tumbler with Lid Rose Gold,...
  • Vacuum Insulated Technology: The Vacuum Wine Tumbler with...
  • Premium Material: Made from high-quality 18/8 of 304 Grade...
  • BPA-Free Lid & Straw Friendly: Eco-friendly lid with extra gasket...

28. Collapsible Pourover Coffee Maker

For RVers who drink one or two cups of coffee a day, you might not need a whole coffee pot taking up space on your limited counter space. Pourover coffee makers are not only a more compact solution, but this one collapses down even further!

29. One-Cup Keurig Coffee Maker

Okay, so maybe you’re not a pour-over type of person. You can still get away with a smaller, more compact coffee maker like the one-cup Keurig Coffee Maker.

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Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker, Black
  • FITS ANYWHERE: Less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small...
  • YOUR PERFECT AMOUNT: Brew any cup size between 6-12oz with Keurig...
  • ONE CUP RESERVOIR: Just add fresh water for each brew.

Outdoor RV Kitchen Accessories

Let’s talk about some of the outdoor RV kitchen accessories! If you’re looking for the great camp food experiences, here are the gadgets you’re going to want to get:

30. Dutch Oven for Camping

You might also want to pick up a copy of The Camp Dutch Oven Cookbook for some great recipe ideas!

Camp Chef Deluxe 12 Dutch Oven - Cast Iron Dutch...
  • Cast Iron Dutch Oven: This Dutch oven with a lid is durable and...
  • Generous Capacity: This Camp Chef Dutch oven can hold 9 1/3...
  • Versatile Dutch Oven: This cast iron dutch oven can be used over...

31. Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

Who can go camping without roasting a marshmallow?!

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Ajmyonsp Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Smores Stick...
  • HIGHEST QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL & SCALDING RESISTANT WOODEN...
  • SAFE FOR KIDS - Campfire hot dog sticks have a telescopic design,...
  • SMORES MAKER ESSENTIALS - You can enjoy delicious food with...

32. Camp Cookers

Great for making sandwiches and personal pies over the fire. Who knew cooking could be so much fun?

Coghlan's Cast Iron Camp Cooker
  • Cast iron cooker with two-part hinge and 27-inch handle; can be...
  • Great for toasting sandwiches, grilling meat, and cooking...
  • Affordable, essential gear for car camping, RV trailers, motor...

33. “Life is Better at the Campsite” Apron

If you’re going to be working over a campfire, you’re at risk of getting dirty. Grab one of these cute camp-themed aprons to stay clean and crisp in your cooking efforts!

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Camco Life is Better at The Campsite Adjustable...
  • Protects Clothing: Great for baking, cooking and grilling
  • Unique Design: RV-patterned apron—perfect for RV enthusiasts
  • Fit: One size fits all

Make Your Kitchen Functional and Fun With These RV Kitchen Accessories

While the challenges of preparing food in an RV can been daunting, we hope these recommendations help you find ways to fully utilize your RV kitchen. We’re a big fan of innovative RV kitchen accessories, so if you find others that work for you, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!

Happy RV Cooking!

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