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The Minimalist RV Galley Kit

All of the Gear You Need to Outfit Your Tiny Kitchen

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Cooking in an RV galley requires operating comfortably in a tight space and making the most of limited counterspace and storage. To get the most out of your kitchen, you’ll need to outfit it with the proper equipment. For RV owners, that means cooking gear and utensils that are highly useful without taking up too much room.

Most products in your minimalist RV galley kit should see almost daily use. Learning to leave extraneous items is part of everyone’s process of downsizing for an RV lifestyle. In other words, start with the cookware and kitchen essentials you can’t live without. If space allows, fill in a few luxury items after that.

When setting up your minimalist RV galley kit, certain products should be on your “must-have” list. These items emphasize efficiency and maximize space. Fortunately, they all perform exceptionally well, which makes them easy to recommend to any would-be RV gourmet chef.

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Camco Stove or Sink Covers

Adding a stove or sink cover to your kitchen increases your useable counterspace for meal prep. These handy products provide more room for preparing ingredients before, during, and after cooking.

The Camco Oak Accents Sink Cover looks great and fits over most RV sinks, while Camco’s Silent Stovetop Cover offers similar functionality but covers the stove instead. It also comes with a flexible cutting mat and helps reduce the noise generated by a rattling stove while driving.

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Prepworks Thinstore Collapsible Bowls

Whether you’re using them to serve a meal or store leftovers, bowls are handy in any kitchen. If those bowls happen to collapse to save room when you’re not using them, they’re especially well-suited for RV use. That’s what you get with the Prepworks Thinstore Collapsible Bowl collection, which comes in various sizes and includes leak-proof lids.

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Magma Stainless Steel “Nesting” Cookware

Unfortunately, even RV-specific pots and pans can’t collapse to save space—but they can nest together to accomplish the same purpose. Magma’s Stainless Steel Cookware comes with a 10-inch frying pan, a five-quart stock pot, two saucepans (1.5 and 2 quarts), and lids to cover each piece. Those items neatly stack inside one another, making it surprisingly easy to stash everything in a small cupboard.

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Camco Kitchen Knife Set

Knives play an important role in meal prep and are helpful while eating as well. A good set of cutting instruments is essential for any RV galley kit. The Camco Knife Set includes seven different knives in multiple lengths. Some have serrated blades and others have a standard edge, but all of them fit nicely into the included knife safe, which helps you save kitchen storage space by mounting on the wall.

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Cambridge Stainless Steel Flatware Set

Made from high-quality, durable stainless steel, the Cambridge Flatware Set is the perfect option for eating meals in your RV. The 24-piece flatware set includes enough knives, forks, and spoons for up to eight people and is dishwasher safe for easy clean-up. Add a Mesh Cutlery Tray to keep everything well organized in the drawer.

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Prepworks Collapsible Measuring Cups and Spoons

If you’re cooking from scratch in your RV, there will inevitably come a time when you’ll need to measure ingredients. To ensure accurate measurements, add a set of Prepworks Collapsible Measuring Cups and Flexible Measuring Spoons to your kitchen. Not only are they incredibly useful, but they also don’t take up much room in a drawer.

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

The GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Coffee Maker is the perfect addition to any minimalist RV galley. It can brew up to nine cups of coffee and boil water for hot cocoa, tea, or any other hot beverage of your choosing. A heat-resistant silicone handle makes it safe to pick up and pour and the high-quality stainless steel is durable and easy to clean. An included filter basket makes it easy to make a pot of coffee to your preferred strength.

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Rock Creek Camp Kitchen Mug Set

Thanks to a heat-resistant silicone liner, the Rock Creek Camp Kitchen Mug Set is versatile enough to handle hot and cold beverages. The lightweight mugs are BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and made from rugged anodized aluminum, making them perfect for use in and around your RV.

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GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set 24

Every RV galley kit needs cooking utensils for meal prep, and the GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set 24 has just about everything a chef could want. The 24-piece kit includes a mini cheese grater, collapsible whisk, pivot spoon and spatula, utility knife, and a cutting board.

It even comes with two condiment containers and a towel for post-meal clean-up. All items can be stored and organized in the included nylon case, which makes the utensil set easy to transport. For extra convenience, add a utensil holder to your kitchen wall to keep these cooking tools close at hand.

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Sensible Designs Sliding Spice Rack

Spices are an essential part of any cook’s arsenal, but they can take up a lot of space in a cabinet or pantry. The Sensible Designs Large Sliding Spice Rack attaches to a cupboard door or wall and includes adjustable plastic clips that securely hold spice containers in place.

This keeps your seasonings organized when it’s time to make a meal and prevents them from sliding around while in transit. The larger version of the spice rack accommodates up to 15 different containers, while the small rack has room for ten.

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Robert Irvine Collapsible Colander and Strainer

Whether you’re rinsing vegetables or straining pasta, a colander is a welcome addition to every RV kitchen. The Robert Irving Collapsible Colander and Strainer is another handy product that can be used for various cooking tasks but won’t take up much room in the cupboard.

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Northwind Non-Slip Dinner Plates

While some RVers prefer to use disposable paper plates for meals, that generates more trash and isn’t as eco-friendly as using regular plates. Instead, go with the Northwind Non-Slip Dinner Plates, which are ten inches in diameter, dishwasher safe, and microwavable.

They are also durable enough to resist breaking when dropped and include a non-slip ring to help hold them in place. Northwind also offers matching salad plates if needed and, for added protection while traveling, add a Camco Stack-a-Plate Organizer to your cupboards.

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Camco Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack

Designed for use in compact spaces, the Camco Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack fits over the sink in your RV to provide extra space for drying pots, pans, and plates. The rack is heat-resistant up to 450ºF and doubles as a trivet mat on a countertop. Best of all, when not in use, the drying rack rolls up for easy storage.

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Camco Pop-Up Utility Container

You’ll find many uses for Camco’s Pop-Up Utility Container, but it makes an excellent trash can at the campsite. This freestanding container accommodates a 30-gallon trash bag when fully assembled and includes a zippered lid and built-in padded handles that make it easy to move around. Camco even ships the container with a stake to anchor it down in windy conditions. And when not in use, the entire package collapses down to just 2.5 inches tall, making it another great item to help you maximize space in your RV.

This list contains the essential products you’ll want in your RV’s kitchen. With these items in your cupboards, you’ll be fully prepared to make your favorite meals while on the road. If you have the space, you can add other items to your inventory, creating an RV galley kit that makes your time at the campsite more fun and rewarding.

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