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Here’ll you find our caravan kitchen checklist as well as our top tips on how to pack a caravan kitchen.

We’ll include:

What to pack (and not to pack).

What food to take (and not to take).


Hints and tips about how to make the most of your limited space.

Let’s get started:

What should you pack in a caravan kitchen?

When you’re packing a caravan kitchen 2 things to consider are:

1. Keeping weight down, and
2. Saving space

This means not everything on this checklist might apply to you (based on what you normally cook)

Caravan storage ideas - Camec SmartSpace Pots

Here’s our caravan kitchen checklist (our essentials):

  • Air fryer
  • Baking tray and muffin tray
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Chopping boards
  • Coffee keep cups (insulated)
  • Coffee maker
  • Collander (collapsible)
  • Cups
  • Cutlery set
  • Dinnerware (Corelle)
  • Dish drying rack (roll up)
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Dish cloths
  • Egg flip
  • Egg rings (silicone)
  • Grater (container type)
  • Kettle (collapsible)
  • Knives (in sheaths)
  • Measuring cups (collapsible or nesting)
  • Meat thermometer (wireless)
  • Mixing bowls (collapsible)
  • Mixing spoons
  • Masher
  • Peeler
  • Pots and pans (nesting with removable handles)
  • Scissors
  • Sifter
  • Spatula
  • Tea towels
  • Toaster
  • Tongs
  • Wine glassess (stemless plastic)
  • Wooden spoon

What food should you pack for a caravan holiday?

Before you start putting food into your caravan… ask yourself 2 questions:

  1. What food do you already cook regularly?
  2. Is that REALLY going to change once you’re in your caravan?

When we were heading off on our lap of Australia we were about to pack everything into our van.

Then we realised:

The things WE regularly ate were:

  • Spaghetti bolognaise
  • Steamed rice with chicken
  • Pancakes
  • Meat and 3 veg
  • Porridge
  • Burritos
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Tinned tuna

So what made us think we were magically going to start using those tins of beetroot?

And that tin of pineapple we’ve had for 3 years?


So here’s what we did:

We took that list.

And we expanded it to include the ingredients for those meals.

Then that formed the basis of our caravan kitchen pantry.

[we realised we used way less spices and sauces than we were planning on taking]

Did we forget anything?


But hey… it’s not like we were in the middle of the outback day 1

In fact:

Our first caravan park was closer to a supermarket than our house was

So to answer the question ‘what food should you pack for your caravan holiday?’…

  1. List out what food you’ll eat.
  2. Work out the ingredients.
  3. Pack those.

Resist the temptation to take it all.

How to pack a caravan kitchen: Hints and tips

1. Use nesting pots and pans with removable handles

Pots and pans can take up a lot of space.

And, they’re a pain to get in and out.

Especially if they have long handles.

If you’re going to be travelling a lot, it’s totally worth getting a set of nesting pots and pans with removable handles.

At the very least, a frying pan that doesn’t have handles.

These Camec SmartSpace Pots are pretty awesome.

2. Caravan kitchen storage is much easier when everything’s collapsible

Our favourite collapsible caravan kitchen storage ideas are the:

how to pack a caravan kitchen - go collapsible

3. Roll up your kitchen dish drying rack

You can’t stack your dishes a mile high with these things

But hey, that’s a good incentive to get them done more quickly, right?

[plus you have to put them away before you travel]

Caravan Storage Ideas - Roll Up Dish Rack

These roll up dish racks off eBay take up next to no space.

4. Use your oven and microwave as storage

When you first go to pack your caravan kitchen you quickly realise how little space you have.

You want to make the most of it!

When your oven or microwave aren’t in use they’re dead space.

This is what we use ours for:

Microwave: bread and eggs

Oven: chopping boards and flatbread

[just make sure you check before you pre-heat your oven]

5. Get storage containers that fit your cupboard

When you’re choosing storage containers for your caravan make sure you think about their shape:

You lose space whenever you use anything round

The more square, the better

how to pack a caravan kitchen - get containers that fit

So make sure you get square containers for the cupboard

This relates to wine too:

Caravan storage ideas - cask wine

[goon isn’t as bad as it used to be]

6. Store knives on the back of cupboard doors

We bought some knives with sheaths on them.

But then our little boy Eddie could reach into the draw…

So this isn’t just about caravan storage ideas:

  1. It’s about keeping your knives sharp.
  2. It’s about safety.

Caravan kitchen essentials - Knives on Back of Door

This is the Camco Knife Safe from Amazon.

7. Make packing your caravan kitchen cupboards easier with shelves inside shelves

Our caravan kitchen cupboad shelves aren’t that great.

We lose a lot of space.

But once we put a shelf stand inside our cupboard…

how to pack a caravan kitchen cupboard - standing shelf

It created a lot better use of our space.

Or there’s also these under shelf hanging baskets that you can put inside your cupboard…

how to pack a caravan kitchen cupboard - Under Shelf Hanging Basket

Want a few more caravan storage ideas?

Read13 Caravan Storage Ideas: Caravan Packing Tips To Destress Your Van


That’s our caravan kitchen checklist (the things that WE take… yours might be different)

But hopefully that was helpful?

And we hope it helped give some ideas on how to pack a caravan kitchen.

Your turn:

Comment below, and let us know what you can’t go without in your caravan kitchen?