RV Checklist for the Kitchen: What You Can’t Travel Without

There’s more to packing the kitchen of your RV than sticking a bunch of food in the fridge. You have to make sure to bring along all the essentials like cooking oil and spatulas. And don’t forget that when it comes time to eat, you’ll need to have things to serve the food in. Our RV kitchen checklist is full of all that stuff most of us completely forget about until it comes time to make a meal. Keep in mind that your RV kitchen is probably much smaller than the one in your home. Make sure you have all you need and not much more.

RV Checklist 1: Kitchen Essentials:

  • Paper plates
  • Paper bowls
  • Nice dishes (fully secured)
  • Plastic cups
  • Coffee mugs
  • Non-slip shelf liner
  • Coffee filters
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Serving bowls and platters
  • Salad bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Can opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Colander
  • Spatulas, wooden spoons, peelers
  • BBQ tongs
  • Chip clips
  • Spices
  • Salt & pepper (and shakers)
  • Pots, pans, skillets
  • Pizza pan (if you plan to make pizzas)
  • Dish rack for drying
  • Paper towels and holder
  • Napkins
  • Dish towels
  • Sponges
  • Steel wool pads
  • Scissors
  • Trash can
  • Trash bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • Dish drying rack
  • Tupperware
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toaster
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Coffee maker and filters
  • Rice cooker
  • Crockpot/slow cooker/cast iron skillet or Dutch Oven
  • Recipes

RV Checklist 2: Pantry Essentials

We highly advise creating a menu for the duration of your next RV trip. The best advantage of doing this is that it gives you a sense of what you need to shop for before you leave. Otherwise, you will be buying random amounts of food, which may be too much or too little by the trip’s end.

  • Drinking water (gallons and individual bottles)
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Milk/powdered milk
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder, baking soda etc. (if you plan to bake)
  • Cooking oil (olive, vegetable)
  • Vinegar or balsamic vinegar (for salad)
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Protein and/or granola bars
  • Beer, wine
  • Soda
  • Pasta, rice, noodles, taco shells
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice
  • Tuna/sardines
  • Soups/broths
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Snacks (nuts, popcorn, cookies, candy)
  • Sandwich meats/sliced cheese
  • Condiments
  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Fruit
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Ice
  • Hot dogs/buns
  • Hamburger meat/buns
  • Vegetables (canned and fresh)
  • Other meats for grilling/cooking
  • Beans, soups, sauces
  • Bread (toast, tortillas, etc.)
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter

RV Checklist 3: Insurance

Before any road trip, it’s best to make sure you have the right insurance. Your RV needs Specialty RV Insurance. Your regular Auto Insurance won’t sufficiently cover either vehicle. To find out what insurance coverage is right for you, speak with an Insurance Specialist at (866) 501-7335.


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