The Best Motorhome Kitchen Utensils and Storage Solutions

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The motorhome kitchen is potentially the most contentious aspect of van life but the right utensils, equipment and storage solutions can make all the difference.

For us Hobos, the word “Motorhome” definitely has a dividing line: Gav sees the word MOTOR whereas Trudi sees the word HOME. (Once, in an uncharacteristic show of force, Trudi stated that any more screwdrivers found in our van’s delightful little condiments rack would go out the back window!)

Joking aside, on this page we’re going to look at practical, inexpensive, and space-saving items that can make a real difference when it comes to cooking, washing-up and everything else that goes on in the kitchen. And there’s not a screwdriver in sight!

RV kitchen gadgets, utensils and storage solutions
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The motorhome kitchen – safety first!

We mentioned this item on our road trip essentials page but don’t mind repeating ourselves here…

Let’s go SAFETY FIRST with this fire blanket, something that will be indispensable the day you use it.

Keep a fire blanket in the kitchen where it can be grabbed and used without hesitation – not tidied away somewhere!

It’s not the prettiest of wall hangings but then – burns are worse! It was one of the first items we ever bought for our van and luckily we’ve not had to use it. Fingers crossed!

fire blanket for motorhomes

Kettles for motorhomes

Every van needs a kettle! On campsites you can plug in and use an electric one. The electric kettle we use must be 10 years old and is still going strong.

This is the best small electric kettle for campervans we’ve found on amazon. It has amazing reviews from nearly 8000 ratings! When our kettle gives up the ghost this is definitely the one we’ll be buying.

small kettles for motorhomes and campervans

And when you’re not on electric hook-up you’ll be relying on gas to heat your water. You don’t need to go mad and spend big money on one of these. We use this simple and cheap motorhome kettle for the gas stove. It’s less than a tenner and it must have made us thousands of cups of tea!

Plastic (lightweight) motorhome crockery

It’s no good lugging pottery/porcelain plates and bowls in your RV – the sort you use at home. Not only will they add to the weight of your vehicle but they are likely to crack with the constant movement of the van.

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So, instead, go for lightweight, plastic ones. They are not only practical but add a sense of fun and colour to the motorhome kitchen area, raising a smile and reminding you that you’re in your “special place”.

Check out this Flamefield Melamine Mug Set. These make sense if you’ve got little ones on board. And what about a matching 12-Piece Dining Set with Cooler Bag? This is a good idea for using on picnics as well.

motorhome kitchen utensils: 12 piece melamine dining/picnic set for motorhomes and campervans

Flamefield also make these nice campervan tumbler glasses.

If you’d prefer a proper porcelain mug, we like the designs on these ones…

A classic VW campervan coffee/cappuccino mug. Or what about a personalised mug? This one has got a VW T4 on it.

And then there’s something funny for us ‘Elders of the Tribe’, an ‘Oldi’ mug which always raises a smile.

Cooking utensils for a motorhome kitchen

Unless you’ve got one of those massive A-Class motorhomes, most van kitchens are pretty small, just big enough for one person or two at a push. You’ll want to use space-saving devices and utensils. The ones we list here take up hardly any room.

Check out this Non-Stick 25-Piece Utensil Set which includes just about every kitchen utensil you’ll ever need in your motorhome.

Along with cooking utensils, like any kitchen your van will need a good chopping board. Take a look at this one which you can personalise.

motorhome kitchen ideas: personalised chopping board

When it comes to pots and pans, we use an old set that all packs away neatly into one pot. This is the more modern version that has excellent reviews and includes 2 saucepans, a frying pan and even a small kettle.

If you’re fussy about your pots and pans you’ll want some Pan Protectors to avoid scratching the non-stick surfaces. They might also help stop rattling noises as you go along!

And to safe space in your cupboards you might like to equip your RV kitchen with these collapsible colanders and strainers.

Washing up in the motorhome

We cook a lot in our van (as the cost of eating out is so expensive). And with cooking comes washing up. It can’t be avoided, unfortunately!

To make it easy and save space we use this Collapsible Washing Up Bowl.

This small drying rack fits just right beside our kitchen sink.

Or if you’d prefer to save even more space how about this innovative mini dish drying rack that has 4.4 stars from over 15,000 reviews! It’s perfect if your van has a tiny kitchen space.

Motorhome kitchen storage

Back in 2017 as vanlife newbies, every time we opened a kitchen cupboard door the risk of being hit by falling tins was very real to anyone foolhardy enough to sit underneath. Extra shelving revolutionised our food storage cupboards (and prevented any injuries!)

These Shelf Organisers have a lip that stops things falling out when you open cupboard doors. Investing in these will tidy your kitchen cupboards but also help to prevent unnecessary trips to the emergency room!

Likewise, items rattling around in the fridge can lead to breakages and spills – not what a motorhome break is about! These neat fridge organisers clip onto the fridge’s shelves and hang underneath, helping you keep things neat and tidy.

Or this fridge organiser set works by simply placing them on top of the fridge’s shelves rather than underneath.

motorhome kitchen storage solutions: lightweight fridge organizers

Campervan BBQ

When the weather is good and you want to cook in the great outdoors, this BRISA VW collection portable suitcase BBQ does the job to perfection.

It is stainless steel, weighs only 7 lbs, and is embossed on the side with a VW T1 ‘hippie bus’ – making this an ideal present for V-Dub fanatics. At less than 50 cm wide, it’s small enough to be stored away after you’ve enjoyed your burgers, hot dogs, and spare ribs!

VW campervan portable BBQ grill

And check out the VW BBQ utensil set. Want one!!!

Classic VW campervan enamel tea/coffee mugs

Continuing our VW theme, if you like classic campers as much as we do what better way to enjoy your tea or coffee than from an enamel mug? Proper old-school camping!

These BRISA cups show the whole range of classic VW campers, from the original T1s through to the more recent T6s…

VW campervan enamel tea/coffee mugs T1 through to T6

We hope you’ve found this section helpful and are enjoying equipping your campervan kitchen with some really useful gear.

Remember to head over to our main Motorhome Gifts and Accessories shop for more great items for your RV or campervan!

And if you’re just starting out in van life, make sure you’ve looked at our road trip essentials things we never travel without.

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