For three years, my husband and I and our two little girls traveled around the States. An RV was an amazingly cozy first home for our family, and the small space was easy to keep clean and organized by living a pretty minimalistic lifestyle, even with two kids.
The kitchen can be an area where clutter really builds up–and it’s no wonder! There are so many time-saving culinary gadgets out there that can be fun to use while on the road! However, after a while it can all start to add up, so we say “less is more!” when it comes to the kitchen. With the help of Rock Springs, WY RV Storage, here are things I used daily throughout those three years…or things that I wished I’d had!
We tried to avoid using our propane supply as much as possible (it can get expensive!), so I mostly cooked using the convection/microwave oven and an electric skillet in place of the oven and the stove. Added bonus–the unused oven made a great storage place for other kitchen gear! I loved having a small square electric skillet with sides and a lid that I could cook a variety of dishes in–anything I would have normally used a pot for. If I was cooking something especially smelly, I could plug it in outside so the inside would stay relatively fresh!
My RV came with one of these built-in, and I fell in love! It was incredibly convenient to sweep all the crumbs and dirt over to the wall, open the dustpan with my foot, and sweep all the dirt into the electric dustpan! I didn’t have to find a place to store a dirty dustpan, and it made it easy to keep the floors clean when people were constantly tracking stuff in those high-traffic areas.
Deciding which of the big gadgets to bring on the road can be hard–I found that I could choose a few key appliances that could serve multiple purposes, and do a lot of other stuff by hand. An immersion blender was a great way to have the convenience of a blender that could also easily puree things like smoothies, soup, or baby food, without getting an extra bowl dirty.
Berkley Water Filter
Move over, Brita! This is a product that I didn’t have, but I wish I had! We spent a lot of money (and used a lot of plastic) buying gallons of water to keep up with our family’s hydration needs in areas where the water was less-than-desirable for drinking. A Berkley Water Filter is great at providing large amounts of fresh, clean drinking water–without electricity!
Small Instant Pot
This was another gadget that wasn’t as popular during my RV days, but it would have been a life-saver! Instant Pots can be used as pressure cookers, slow cookers, rice cookers, or even just to saute and cook like you would in a pot over the stove. It definitely packs a big “all in one” punch for kitchen appliances, and it would be easy to arrange your menu while in the RV around the popular Instant Pot recipes available online!
Dish Drying Rack
Without a dishwasher, you’ll be doing a lot of handwashing in the kitchen. A great dish drying rack is an essential to any RV kitchen! I liked using a rack that I could set on the counter on top of towel while doing the dishes, but could be set into the sink once I was done to let the dishes dry (or for safe storage during travel days). I found OXO brand products to be durable enough for RV life, but also small-profile to fit into such a small space.
Cooking for your family in the small kitchen of an RV can be an adventure in creativity and minimalism, but there are tons of great, affordable products that can help make that process easy! At Self Assured Storage, we love the RV life, and are experts at taking care of your “home away from home” when you’re actually at home. Call us today to see our safe and secure RV storage units and how we can keep your RV in great shape for your next big trip!