23 Useful RV Kitchen Accessories You Need

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RV kitchen sink and stove with kitchen accessories and prepped food on the stove top

When you first start cooking in an RV, you will probably hit a learning curve. The reduced space alone is enough to send us into a downward spiral of ramen and boxed mac and cheese (no judgment, I love both).

When you start making decisions about what RV kitchen accessories to include, here are a few things to consider.

  • How much counter or storage space will the item need?
  • How resource hungry is it – will it require a lot of power to run or a lot of water to wash?
  • How durable is it – can it handle the outdoors and hold up in a moving kitchen?

These are just a few things we examine when choosing essentials for our kitchen. With these questions in mind, here’s our ultimate guide for accessories to create the best RV kitchen.

1. Portable Propane Grill or Griddle

A portable grill or griddle allows you to embrace the outdoors at mealtime. There’s nothing better than setting up camp and breaking out the grill while relaxing with a beverage.

man cooking on weber grill at campsite

Why You Need It

  • On hot days, creating an outdoor kitchen takes the heat and steam outside of the RV.
  • This grill and griddle pack away easily for storage in your RV basement, truck, etc.
  • Cooking outside allows you to enjoy more of the outdoors.

We like the Weber propane grill above with its automatic igniter, foldout tables, and durability for RV living. However, many RVers swear by the Blackstone griddle, so we also had to give it a place on the list!

PRO TIP: Use the Yoshi grill mat (#18 on this list) for a quick cleanup process after grilling.

2. Electric Tea Kettle

If you are a tea or coffee drinker, this RV kitchen gadget provides a lot of conveniences. We are big iced tea drinkers, and being able to quickly make tea without heating up the stove (and the RV) is a big plus.

Why You Need It

  • You can heat just the amount of water you need (some models even have a temperature setting).
  • A kettle boils water quicker than the microwave.
  • You can avoid using your propane tank.
  • This kettle has an automatic shut-off for safety, and you won’t waste energy.
Electric Tea Kettle by Hamilton Beach
$34.99 $29.99
  • The kettle is cordless once lifted off the base
  • Automatic shut-off when water is boiling
  • Boil as much as 1.7 liters at a time
  • Requires 1500 watts (faster than the microwave and easier than the stovetop)
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Like any appliance that creates heat, electric kettles take a lot of power to operate. They tend to draw about 1,100 to 1,500 watts. You will probably want to be on shore power to use the kettle or at the least give your generator a good workout!

We have had this electric tea kettle for over three years with heavy use, and it’s still holding up well.

PRO TIP: Use your kettle to get water boiling for oats, pasta, etc., and then pour into a pot on the stove to save propane.

3. Beeswax Food Wraps

Living in a small space closer to nature, we’ve taken a look at our single-use items in the kitchen.

We were desperate to cut back on plastic storage bags, and beeswax wraps helped us do just that.

To use beeswax wraps, cover the piece of food and use the heat from your hand to mold the wrap into place.

kitchen bowl and cheese wrapped in bees wax wraps

Why You Need Them

  • Reusable beeswax wraps will help you minimize your use of plastic storage bags.
  • They maximize space saving in the fridge compared to a glass or plastic container – and your food is still fresh!
  • You’ll create less trash which is more eco-friendly and more manageable in a tiny RV.
Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps in 3 Sizes (S,M,L)
$18.99 $18.00
  • Made of certified organic cotton (plastic and silicone free)
  • Washes easily with soap and cold water
  • Made in Vermont, USA
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We have the Bee’s Wrap pack above and love them. With regular use, they’ll last about a year before needing to be replaced.

PRO TIP: Keep these wraps away from heat to avoid melting the wax and rendering the wrap unusable. Please don’t ask how we know!

4. RV Stove Top Cover

A stove cover for your RV will add a good deal of extra space to your prep area. Stove covers can also double as RV sink covers if you don’t already have them. When you use your stove, move the stovetop cover to the sink to keep your added counter space.

This Camco option is an affordable, quick option to get more out of your camper kitchen.

RV kitchen sink and stove/oven setup

Why You Need It

  • In most cases, it will double your prep space in the kitchen.
  • Rubber feet keep the cover secure while still allowing easy removal.
  • It will also help silence that pesky stove rattle while you are moving down the road.
Camco Universal Silent Top Stove Cover
  • Solid-wood oak stove cover
  • Compatible with almost all 3 and 4 burner stove tops
  • 19.5 inches long, 17 inches wide
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This above option from Camco is a universal cover and will fit almost any three or four-burner RV stovetop. It also made our list of 10 RV Kitchen Must-Haves.

PRO TIP: When you need to use the stove, you can lean the cover against the stove’s back wall or set it over part of the sink to use it as prep space.

5. Handheld Cheese Grater

Yes, even having the right cheese grater is essential in an RV. A handheld grater improves the ease of use in a tight space. It’s also easier to find a place to store.

Why You Need It

  • The handheld option makes it easy to grate when counter space is sparse.
  • A handheld grater’s slim profile will take up less storage space than a box or rotary grater.
  • A hanging loop at the top allows storing on a Command hook inside a cabinet or on a wall.
Microplane Professional Series Grater (Extra Coarse)
  • Designed for hard and soft cheeses
  • Loop at the top of the handle for hanging to create easy storage
  • Stainless steel and measures 13.5" x 3" x 1"
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We have the cheese grater above, and it checks all the boxes for a small kitchen tool.

PRO TIP: Get a quality grater that won’t bend under stress or rust after a few months.

6. Magnetic Knife Strip

In the RV, we aim to minimize space. Anything we can store on the wall while maintaining the aesthetics is a win.

kitchen tools on mounted magnetic knife rack

Why You Need It

  • A magnetic strip allows you to store camper kitchen accessories in close reach.
  • It’s great for more than just knives – hang your metal measuring spoons, kitchen utensils, bottle opener, etc.
  • It frees up drawer space for other kitchen accessories.
Modern Innovations Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar
  • For use as a knife rack and kitchen utensil and tool holder
  • Comes in sizes from 10-inches to 24-inches long
  • Heavy-duty design
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You can find these in metal or wood versions in many different sizes. We have this basic magnetic knife strip.

PRO TIP: We hung our strip with rivets and never had a problem. We have never had a knife fall with the above strip, even on bumpy roads.

7. Stainless Steel Wine Glasses

These stemless, shatterproof wine glasses are essential for RV living. 

As someone who usually prefers glass or plastic over metal drinkware – I love these glasses. They have a thin lip that is comfortable to drink from. They also don’t leave a weird metallic aftertaste like some brands.

woman holding wine glass over desert camping area

Why You Need Them

  • Stainless steel wine glasses are light and portable for easy use in the outdoors.
  • These unbreakable glasses are more eco-friendly than plastic or acrylic glasses.
  • They won’t rust – we’ve had them on the boat for over two years, and unlike other stainless steel items, they are free of any surface rust. (The Hausgard brand below is 304 food-grade steel).
Stemless Metal Wine Glasses - Stainless Steel
$42.99 ($10.75 / Count)
  • Stainless steel tumblers, set of four
  • Unbreakable and shatterproof, 18 oz.
  • Great for camping, boating, and other outdoor activities
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PRO TIP: If these develop discoloration, soak with a little beach and water to remove tea, wine, and other stains.

8. Reuseable ‘Unpaper’ Towels

Unpaper Towels are our second sustainable option on this list. We love reducing the need for disposable paper towels by substituting this reusable option.

reusable paper towels bordered with vibrant colors folded in a jar

Why You Need Them

  • This eco-friendly paper towel replacement will save on storage and reduce trash.
  • They’re durable and can be used many times before washing.
  • You’ll save money in your grocery budget too!
MioEco Reusable Paper Towels, Washable
$19.95 ($2.00 / Count)
  • Eco-friendly, reusable paper towels
  • Made from 100% organic cotton
  • 10-pack
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You can find Unpaper Towels online at Dot & Army. You can also find similar towels here on Amazon.

PRO TIP: If you’re not using cloth napkins, these are perfect for casual dinner napkins.

9. RV Paper Towel Holder

Unless you are going all-in on reusable paper towels, you’ll probably still want the disposable version for big messes. And in that case, you’ll definitely want a paper towel holder.

paper towel holder mounted in kitchen

Why You Need It

  • It frees up precious counter space in your RV while still keeping paper towels accessible.
  • This version allows for one-handed tearing and won’t allow paper towels to unravel while traveling.
Perfect Tear Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder
$27.16 $16.77 ($16.77 / Count)
  • Paper towels slide easily on and off the roller
  • Easy to install (RVers can either use the screws, mounting tape, or a Command strip)
  • 14-inch, silver
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We’ve had this paper towel holder in our last two RVs. It works great in an RV kitchen and mounts easily.

PRO TIP: Before you mount this paper towel holder, make sure you have enough space to change out the roll in the area where you are mounting it.

10. Tiny Kitchen Storage Containers

Small food storage containers are a must with minimal fridge space. There’s no room (literally) for half-full containers in an RV fridge. 

Things like chopped herbs, dressing, sauce, etc., need appropriate-sized containers. Having half a dozen 5-ounce containers is ideal for all those little bits.

Ingredients such as cornstarch, tomato paste, and sesame seed stored in small OXO containers with locking lids

Why You Need Them

  • Small containers let you avoid wasting space in the fridge.
  • Use these to store small amounts of dry ingredients in easy-to-reach spots in the pantry. Keep bulk supplies in more inconvenient areas you won’t need to often access.
Airtight Plastic Food Storage Containers (Set of 6)
$19.99 ($3.33 / Count)
  • 6.1 oz. rectangle storage containers (6-pack)
  • Airtight and leakproof
  • Diswasher, freezer, and microwave safe
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We prefer to use small storage containers with four-sided hinge closures to avoid spills.

PRO TIP:  Opt for square or rectangular containers over circular for maximum use of space.

11. Cabinet Organizers

Living with a moving kitchen, you’ll need to contain items so they aren’t tossed around during travel. These RV kitchen cabinet organizers are vital to making sense of your RV cabinet space and fridge.

storage basket in RV fridge

Why You Need Them

  • These organizers with handles allow you to use space efficiently. No more rooting around to see what’s in the back – just pull out your bin.
  • They contain spills that might happen during travel.
  • The see-through feature lets you organize for maximum space while allowing you to see what you have quickly.
Refrigerator & Pantry Organizer Bins with Handles
  • Set of four plastic food storage baskets with handles for ease of use
  • Great for use in the kitchen in cabinets, fridge, and freezer
  • 100% food safe BPA free shatter-resistant plastic.
  • Bin size 12” long × 6.75” wide × 4.45” high

We like the storage bins above that are similar to what we use in the fridge and cabinets.

PRO TIP: Store heavily used similar ingredients in these for easy meal prep. We keep the oatmeal fixings in one bin – we can easily pull out the bin and complete our breakfast with the toppings.

12. Vegetable Chopper

Compact and no power required makes this a must-have RV kitchen gadget. Just add your items to the container, then pull the handle with the cord to start spinning the blades and chopping the ingredients.

food chopper with onion inside

Why You Need It

  • The best feature of this chopper is it’s not electric – it’s all hand-powered and works like a charm.
  • Perfect for finely chopping veggies, fruit nuts, and more in 15 – 20 seconds.
  • It cleans up easily – especially compared to electric models with many parts.
  • It also works for making guacamole, salsa, and other chunky sauces.
Chef'n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper
$26.99 $16.81
  • Manual, hand-powered food chopper for veggies, fruits, herbs, nuts, and more
  • Perfect for travel, RVing, tent camping, boating, and more
  • Bowl, blades, and storage lid are dishwasher safe. Hand wash the pull-cord lid.
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I have owned the previous version of the chopper above for over a decade. It has always been a staple in the kitchen. I highly recommend it, no matter what kitchen you are cooking in!

PRO TIP: The container is big enough to chop roughly one large onion. Don’t overstuff the container, or you might have difficulty spinning the blades. Separate veggies and chop in sections.

13. Dishcloths (Odor-Free)

When we started full-time RVing, I stocked the motorhome with an ordinary dishcloth and didn’t think twice about it. After months of tolerating a stinky, wet dishrag in a confined space, I started searching for an alternative.

Why You Need It

  • These scrubbers are odor-resistant, even in the most humid areas (no washing or microwaving required).
  • Nylon does not promote as much bacteria growth as cotton dishrags and will last longer than a sponge.
  • It has a convenient loop for hanging.
  • They’re safe on non-stick cookware.
LUNATEC Odor-Free Dishcloths
  • Great for RVs, camping, and the boat galley
  • Lasts 3 - 4 times longer than a traditional sponge
  • 4-pack (available in 3 color choices)
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PRO TIP: If the dishcloths start getting dingy, it’s no problem to toss them in with the laundry.

14. Silicone Mat

These non-stick baking mats are ideal for pizza, cookies, granola, and more. Silicone mats are basically a replacement for parchment paper. Don’t worry about greasing your mat – it takes care of the need for that too.

pizza on non-stick mat

Why You Need It

  • You can use silicone mats in the oven, microwave, or even the freezer.
  • The mat is lightweight and replaces the need to carry around a box of parchment paper.
  • The silicone distributes heat and provides an even bake on meals like pizza that never seem to cook evenly.
  • In addition to baking, you can use the mat for kneading bread, cooling chocolate bark, or anything that requires a non-stick surface.
  • It cleans up easy – just rinse with a bit of soap and water.
Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
  • Petite jelly roll size mat, 8-1/4" x 11-3/4"
  • Made of the highest quality food grade silicone
  • Safe for use in the oven, microwave, and freezer (-40° to 500° degrees Fahrenheit)
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We have been using the Silpat brand for decades and appreciate their long-lasting products. We use the jelly roll mat size above, which is 8-1/4″ x 11-3/4″. Depending on your RV oven, you might be able to get away with something larger.

PRO TIP: To store, roll your mat and secure it with a rubber band, or just store it flat on your baking sheet.

15. Small Cutting Board

The little things really matter when you are trying to cook efficiently in a small space.

A small cutting board (roughly 8×6 inches) is an ideal tool when you just need to slice cheese, chop herbs, or mince a clove of garlic.

Why You Need It

  • A small cutting board saves on prep space and cleanup time when you don’t need the larger board’s chopping space.
  • Larger cutting boards are also just harder to maneuver and clean in a tiny kitchen. A smaller board keeps you nimble during the cooking process.
Epicurean Kitchen Series Cutting Board
  •  8-inch × 6-inch
  • Choose from three different colors
  • Can withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
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PRO TIP: Get a cutting board with a hole in one corner. Hang it on a Command hook in a cabinet or on the wall for convenient access.

16. Immersion Blender

A stick blender packs a big punch in a little package. Blend soup, whip up a pesto, and make a smoothie or creamy hummus. Purchase one with a whisk attachment, and you’ll have even more options.

immersion blender and beaker on counter top in RV kitchen

Why You Need It

  • Immersion blenders have a large amount of mixing power without the high wattage of full-size blenders, Ninjas, and other large RV kitchen gadgets.
  • They require little storage space and counter space compared to their bigger counterparts. The small size makes it easy to clean.
  • We personally love the ease of use this blender provides without having to drag out a pitcher, attachments, etc. that come with full-size blenders.

We have an older version of the KitchenAid immersion blender above. We also like the cordless version of the same blender which also includes a whisk attachment.

PRO TIP: Opt for the cordless version with lithium battery power to have a go-to option for off-grid living.

17. Quality Nesting Pots

Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality cookware. You can’t beat the nesting pot sets from Magma. They are among our favorite luxury RV kitchen accessories.

nesting pot set stacked and unstacked

Why You Need Them

  • Nesting pots save a ton of space while still providing the necessities to cook in an RV kitchen.
  • Triple-clad bottoms provide an even heat distribution.
  • The pots and lids are oven safe to 500 degrees. They’re ready to cook on the stovetop or in the oven.

For me, one of the most significant differences between these and low-quality cookware is the predictable cooking process. These pots cook consistently every time.

Read more about these cookware sets and why they’re the Best Nesting Pots with Removable Handles for a Small Kitchen.

You can find the 7-piece Magma set here and the 10-piece Magma set here.

PRO TIP: The Magma set works with gas, electric, or induction. Even if you change your cooking method, you won’t need to purchase new cookware.

18. Non-Slip Shelf Liner

Shelf liner is practically a requirement in your moving home. When you’re traveling down the road, a non-slip shelf liner will keep your items quiet and keep them from shifting during travel.

non-slip shelf liner used to line small kitchen tray

Why You Need It

  • Line your kitchen cabinets and shelves to keep large items and storage bins from shifting while riding down the road.
  • Line your storage bins and drawer inserts to keep small things from rattling around as well.
  • Most brands are machine washable.
Drawer and Shelf Liner - Truly Non-Slip & Non-Adhesive
$21.99 ($2.20 / Sq Ft)
  • Kitchen cabinet liner that is heavy, durable, and waterproof
  • 10 feet of liner per roll
  • Available in a variety of colors
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We like the shelf liner above or something similar for RV cabinets and drawers.

PRO TIP: Purchase the “smooth top” so crumbs and spills stay on top of the mat for easy cleanup.

19. Grill & Bake Mats

These non-stick mats make grilling easier and baking more consistent. You won’t get a spot on your grill with these mats. And before you buy a pizza stone, try this mat to distribute heat evenly in the oven. 

Why You Need Them

  • Grill saucy wings, veggies, and fruit without making a mess.
  • Save time on grill cleanup since you’ll only need to clean the mat.
  • Use under a baking pan or casserole dish in the oven to distribute heat evenly.
YOSHI GRILL & BAKE MATS (2 Pack), Copper
$17.99 $9.60
  • 100% non-stick
  • Can withstand heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Measures 15. 75" x 13" inches
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PRO TIP: You can cut the grill and bake mats to the size you need so they will fit perfectly on your grill or in your oven.

20. Leakproof Oil Dispenser

One of my pet peeves is an olive oil bottle sticky with drippings of its contents. This olive oil dispenser is no-drip and durable to handle the literal bumps of RV life.

Why You Need It

  • Unlike many other olive oil dispensers, the large mouth makes it easy to clean. Have you ever tried to clean a dispenser with a spout?
  • It truly is leakproof and no-drip, making the cooking process smoother.
  • You can use it for more than just oil – it’s perfect for salad dressing, syrup, vinegar, and more.
Olive Oil Dispenser Bottle with Auto Flip Cap
  • Leakproof cooking oil dispenser
  • No drip design
  • Holds 21 oz.
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PRO TIP: Since this olive oil dispenser is a see-through container, maintain oil quality longer by storing it in a dark area. Light and heat are the enemies of olive oil. Choose a darker-colored dispenser if you plan to keep your oil in the open.

21. Collapsible Tub

A collapsible tub that fits securely in your sink is an essential kitchen accessory for an RV lifestyle.

When we boondock (or stay somewhere without a sewer hookup), we put the tub in the sink and catch extra freshwater for washing dishes. When it’s convenient, we’ll toss water outside the RV to avoid putting more water into the gray tank.

collapsible tub in RV stink

Why You Need It

  • This bin allows you to conserve or reuse freshwater
  • It keeps the water flowing into your gray water tank to a minimum.
  • It collapses down for easy storage when you don’t need to manage water resources.

Ultimately, this item allows you to stay off-grid longer. We like the two sizes above, depending on your sink size. The smaller version is also available as a collapsible dish drying rack.

PRO TIP: This tub pulls double-duty on laundry day. Perfect for handwashing small clothing items, kitchen towels, etc.

22. Drinking Water Filter

If you’ve ever gone RV camping, you already know clean water is essential. However, finding a source of safe drinking water can be challenging, especially if you’re in a remote location. That’s where RV water filters come in handy. These filters can remove bacteria, viruses, and contaminants such as rust and chlorine, making water safe to drink.

small water purifying faucet filling up a stainless steel mug

Why You Need It

  • Although you should also use an inline water filter when filling your RV water tank, these drinking water filters purify and filter water after it leaves your water tank.
  • By filtering your own drinking water, you can avoid buying and storing separate drinking water.
  • You don’t have to worry about sourcing drinking water separately if you’re in a remote location.
Acuva ArrowMax 1.0 UV-LED Water Purifier, Under Sink Water Filter System
$499.00 $446.85
  • Water purifier and filter can be installed under the sink
  • Available with AC and DC power supply
  • Includes Smart faucet
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Our favorite UV-LED water purifier is the Acuva system (for 10% off, use discount code: thehomethatroams10). Many RVers also swear by their Berkey water filter system.

PRO TIP: Before you purchase, make sure you have space under your sink for mounting the Acuva system or counter space for storing the Berkey water filter.

23. Vertical Storage Containers

In any tiny living space, you’ll want to use vertical storage to your advantage. The RV pantry is an excellent place to start since we often need to make the most of our kitchen storage.

Why You Need Them

  • These containers allow you to store more dry goods in convenient to reach areas by utilizing the vertical space.
  • You can easily see what you have and how much. This will help you avoid the last-minute grocery run or change in dinner plans.
Airtight Rectangular Tall Food Storage Container
$29.99 $25.90 ($6.48 / Count)
  • Lock N Lock durable, airtight, and leakproof containers
  • Each container holds 7.61 cups
  • BPA free plastic, 4-piece set, clear
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PRO TIP: Make sure to measure the height of the cabinets where you’ll store your food. Most vertical storage containers are too tall for RV cabinets. We recommend the Lock & Lock’s because they are a shorter vertical container.

Outfitting an RV Kitchen

Just like in our sticks-and-bricks home, the way we cook in our RV is personal. It’s based on what we eat, how we shop, and how we travel in our RV. Make sure you figure out what works for you, and don’t buy something just because the RV industry says you need it.

But What About the Large Kitchen Appliances?

Before adding large kitchen appliances such as crock pots, slow cookers, an Instant Pot, or a pressure cooker to your kitchen – make sure it is something you’ll use often and that it works for your RV kitchen and storage space.

I hope this RV kitchen essentials list gave you a few ideas for better organization and more efficient cooking in your tiny kitchen. The more stress-free you can make your time in the kitchen, the more fun the RV experience will be.

For more RV kitchen storage ideas, check out our 11 Tips for Organizing an RV Kitchen.

Want to learn more about cooking in an RV?

For more ideas for recipes, meal planning, and how to outfit your RV kitchen, view our guide.

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    1. Hey Zach, thanks! And yes, since RVs require such a mindful use of space and storage a lot of these items would be beneficial in a house – especially one with a smaller kitchen!

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