Camping and traveling in a small RV takes practice, especially when learning how to store food in a tiny house on wheels.
Several manufacturers make kitchen organizers for RV food storage, but often you’ll need to drill holes into cabinetry and walls to keep them in one place while you travel.
Consider these seven practical food storage tips that maximize use of cabinets, kitchen drawers and other odd-shaped storage areas in your RV.
1. Avoid round storage containers.
In the average RV every inch of storage space counts – and round containers don’t stack neatly.
Stock the RV kitchen with square or rectangular plastic food storage containers, which fit nicely into RV pantries alongside or on top of one another.
By buying a kit of rectangular stackable containers, you won’t waste valuable shelf space that’s lost in between rounded edges.
2. Put cans in plastic storage bins or “corrals”.
Since we usually can’t avoid buying cans for essentials, you can keep these awkward containers neatly stored by placing them inside shoe box-sized clear plastic bins.
A great tool for storing cans is the Cupboard Corral, a customizable shelf organizer system for all sizes and shapes of food and beverage containers.
3. Use the inside of cabinet doors.
Things often get messy inside cabinets. Use double-sided mounting tape to install a simple hook or clamp.
Place often used items, such as sugar packs, tea bags or coffee, inside a small cargo net thats hung on the hook or clamp.
4. Make friends with resealable food bags.
Keep a steady supply of quality reclosable food storage bags to condense half-empty food containers like cereal boxes and coffee cans.
Be sure to label and date everything, and then store your bags in clear bins.
5. Buy less packaging.
Buy pantry items in bulk at the grocery store. Dry goods such as oats, cereal, flours and spices are easily found in bulk food sections and are often cheaper than name brand, prepackaged items.
Store them in RV-friendly container packaging (see above) and you’ll save lots of kitchen space.
6. Condense beverage containers.
This is an especially good way to avoid carrying heavy liquor bottles around.
Remember to store beverages upright to avoid leaks.
7. Get creative with storage.
Kitchen items don’t necessarily have to be kept inside the pantry.
Look for unused spaces in your RV to safely store odd-sized and fragile items, such as potato chips, tall cereal boxes and loaves of bread.
Your RV’s storage compartments underneath the bed, in the back of a closet and even inside of an unused microwave can keep your kitchen items safe from damage.
Living inside a small space doesn’t come easy for most people but if you practice tiny house storage tips, you’ll enjoy unforgettable excursions at some of the best camping destinations in North America.