Last Updated on August 21, 2020 by Lori
I don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things to do when we go camping is EAT!
So, it’s very important that I not only carefully plan our meals for the number of days we will be away, but that I also pack the necessary RV pantry items so that I can make our meals tasty too!
While everyone’s “must-have” pantry items for their RV kitchen may be different (depending on your taste buds), remembering to pack them will make everyone in the family – Happy Campers!
Must-Haves For Your RV Kitchen and Pantry
I’m sure one of the first things you noticed when you began looking at RVs and travel trailers is that most RVs do not have a commercial-sized refrigerator!
I am surprised, however, just how much I can fit into my fridge with a little careful maneuvering!
One thing to remember is when you start your season:
All those condiments that could go in the cabinets on your way to the campground will have to fit into the refrigerator after you’ve opened and used them while camping!!
These might include your ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, salsa…etc. And, don’t forget you have to get your leftovers in the fridge too!
That is unless you have a teenager like my 6’5 son who loves to eat!
Then I know there won’t be any leftovers!
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How To Organize Your RV Pantry Kitchen Items
After we had been camping a few times in our Jayco travel trailer, I realized I needed to be much more organized in the kitchen.
I do realize how lucky I am that I have a lot of storage for a 23 ft. travel trailer – and I absolutely LOVE all the counter space I have!
I found these nifty white dish tubs that are very handy to organize my canned goods, my spices, and my breakfast items.
I’ve used them for two seasons now and they work like a charm.
The bins fit right in the overhead cabinets so when we travel the tubs don’t move around at all.
I also use one under the sink for my dish soap, sponges, Windex, and other cleaning supplies.
If you’re RVing for an extended period of time, you don’t want to have to pull out the tub every time to find what you need.
This type of spice rack which fits on your cabinet doors is perfect for your plastic jars of spices.
My mom uses these refrigerator bars in her 5th wheel trailer.
The bars help things from moving around in the refrigerator as you travel.
RV HACK – Clean out your peanut butter jars to put dry ingredients like sugar and flour in while camping. This will keep them closed tight from any little critters who may find their way in!
I found this plastic storage container to keep my silverware together in the large drawer under the refrigerator.
This drawer is also great for the BBQ tongs, spatula, and large knives.
RV Kitchen and Pantry Must-Have List
Remember, my list of the Top Kitchen and Pantry items may be different than yours!
But – I have found that I always seem to bring the same items each trip so this is a good starter list for you to build from!
- Montreal Steak
- Mrs. Dash’s Lemon Pepper
- Italian Seasonings
- Parsley Flakes
- Garlic Salt
- Onion Salt
- Red Pepper Flakes
RV Kitchen Staples
- Sweet N Low (or other sugar substitutes you might use)
- CoffeeMate (powder) After living through 10+ days of no electricity from Hurricane Sandy – I never leave home without this!
- Baking Soda (many uses other than cooking – such as bug bites, bee stings, upset stomach)
- Peanut Butter/Jelly
- Sandwich Bread
- English Muffins
- Hot Dog/Hamburger Buns
- Canned Soup
- Canned Tuna
- Baked Beans
- Canned Chicken
- Pasta (if we have a big crowd coming)
- White Rice (mostly in case the dog gets a tummy ache)
- Pancake Mix (we use the mix that you only have to add water)
- Pancake Syrup
- Aluminum Foil
- Ziplock Bags – Assorted Sizes
- Cling-Free Plastic wrap
- Zip Lock Storage containers – Assorted Sizes (for leftovers)
- Olive Oil (plastic container)
- Wesson/Crisco oil
- BBQ Sauce
RV Kitchen Dishes/Silverware/glasses/mugs
Some RVers like to eat their meals on these-type of dishes.
The one thing I MUST have though is my stoneware Mug for coffee!
I love my cast iron skillet. Although you can’t wash it as you do other cookware, it is definitely worth cooking with it.I also use these cooking tins to use at the grill.
Related Reading: 6 Quick and Easy Meals To Make When You Are RV Camping
We don’t cook very often in our RV Kitchen, but there are those times when we don’t feel like cooking outside or when it’s raining outside we find ourselves cooking indoors.
For indoor cooking, I use this cookware in our travel trailer.
The set I have comes with three (3) different sized skillets which are perfect for my indoor gas stove. I also bring along one (1) larger pot to cook spaghetti.
If space is a real concern, you can consider these nesting pots made specifically with RVs in mind!
RV Kitchen Accessories
- Baking Pan
- Cookie Sheet
- Toaster – Our toaster can toast bagels too!
- BBQ Spatula/indoor spatulas
- Slotted Spoon
- Stirring Spoon
- Wooden spoon
- Large cutting knife
- Paring knife
- Steak knives
- Can Opener
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Hot plates
- Hot pads
- Old Cookie Trays – To carry items from the trailer to the picnic table and BBQ Grill
- Cranberry Juice (or your favorite!)
- Fresh Fruit
- Hashbrowns – Freezer (I buy the frozen hash browns which works great on the Blackstone Griddle)
Related Reading: If you’ve been thinking about getting a new grill- Here’s my review of the Blackstone Griddle
- Vegetables (I buy the pre-sliced zucchini, yellow squash, and peppers)
- Deli Meat (for sandwiches on the road or when we arrive at the campground)
- Water & Other drinks
Must-Have Items For the Andrews Family
- Corn on the Cob
- Coffee/Filters – This is how I set up the “Coffee Bar” in the morning so that we don’t have to keep going inside the trailer!
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I like this thermal coffee pot because I can just take the carafe outside and leave the coffee maker inside and the coffee stays nice and hot.
If we have a lot of family with us, I just brew another pot outside!
BTW – We take our coffee milk – no sugar so that’s why you don’t see any sugar on the table!
- Twizzlers (Road Trip Must-Have)
- S’mores Fixings – Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, chocolate bars
- Open Fire Popcorn Maker Kit – This is one of our favorite camping gifts we received from our daughter!
- This kit comes with the popcorn maker, popcorn, popcorn holders and flavored salt!
You might like to read our 5 Favorite Must-Haves To Take RV Camping
RV Kitchen Must Haves
- Paper Plates (if you use them)
- Paper Bowls
- Plastic Utensils (good to have on hand)
- Coffee Travel Mugs w/ lids
- Paper towels
- Trash Bags
- Grocery Plastic Bags
RV Kitchen Miscellaneous Items
- Dish Towels
- Drying rack – My Jayco came with one!
- Dish Soap
- Cleaning supplies
I hope this gives you a great “RV Kitchen & Pantry Starter” list for your first RV trip!
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