8 Tips for Preparing Three Meals a Day in a RV

Living in a RV means your kitchen space is tiny. While I do have a bigger than average kitchen than most RV’s, it’s still really small compared to most kitchens in a house. So how do I cook for a family of five in a tiny RV kitchen? I’ll tell you how!

1.The fridge is bigger than you think!

I was worried about our fridge at first. It seemed so small compared to our previous full-sized fridge. By the end of the first month, I was pleasantly surprised! While space was tight, by careful arranging of the fridge, I was able to store a week’s worth of groceries, which included 2+ gallons of milk, a gallon of water and a gallon of juice.

2. Clean as you go!

With space so limited, there’s just not a lot of room to spread while you’re cooking. Putting away ingredients that have been used and placing the dirty dishes in the sink really helps keep the counter free.

3. Size your meals correctly.

Most meals we had would give us only one container of leftovers. However, we had some meals that drowned us in leftovers. I had to learn how to cut some recipes down, so we weren’t overwhelmed with food. 

4. Take advantage of the nice weather.

During the summer, lots of meals were cooked on our outdoor grill or stove-top in the outdoor kitchen. This gave us extra room to cook and keep the heat out of the RV. Another fun idea (especially with children) is to make a campfire and make hot dogs over the fire and s’mores for dessert!

5. Keep meals simple.

While possible, cooking a five course meal in a RV is not very practical. Why, you’d drown in dishes alone! So keep it simple. One or two dishes is all you need for a good meal.

6. Keep up on your dishes.

There’s not many dishes you can pile in the sink before they overflow. Plus, every meal you make adds more dishes. Getting the dishes cleaned consistently is one of the best tips I can offer. There are many times I haven’t wanted to make dinner because it would just add more dishes to an already huge dirty dish pile. 

7. Buy only what you need.

Buying something “just because” will fill up your pantry/refrigerator space faster than anything else. It can make it difficult to keep your kitchen organized and may keep you out of the kitchen because of how hard everything is to access.

8. Make simple meals from scratch.

One of the biggest space wasters in any kitchen is prepackaged goods, like bread, crackers, chips, etc. I’m not saying get rid of them all together, but try to narrow them down into the ones most used. I’m trying to narrow down my pantry to two types of bread, tortilla chips and crackers for my kids. Everything else is just an ingredient. 

So here are some tips to prepare multiple meals a day in a small RV kitchen. While the space might be tiny, it is definitely possible and even just as enjoyable as a regular kitchen. I hope this has helped you!

What are some tips that you’ve used to cook in a small kitchen?


DIY Hand Soap

I’m not a big fan of commercial soap. It smells too fake and it’s always very strongly scented. As I’ve moved into more natural living, I’ve found that I don’t need things that smell strongly. I’ve come to associate cleanliness with a lack of strong smell (other than when I’m cleaning with vinegar…and even then, the vinegar smell disperses quickly.) If I’m smelling something strong, that means something needs to be cleaned, pronto! I actually prefer it that way. It also makes more sense to me as well. When did strong floral or citrus smells come to mean cleanliness? Anyways, I digress.

This hand soap is made with three ingredients, one is water and the other is optional! It’s very simple to make and only takes a few seconds. When you’re busy running a house and things are crazy, you don’t need a super complicated recipe to put together, just for hand soap. At that point, it would almost be worth it to just buy soap. The best thing about this simple recipe is that it works very well! My husband even likes it, which is a huge thing. He’s actually avoided using some hand soap I’ve made before by going to the kitchen to wash his hands after using the bathroom. 

I’ve used peppermint castile soap for the base and added orange essential oil. It sounds like a weird combination, but actually smells really good! I originally used tea tree essential oil (for its antibacterial properties), but my husband didn’t like the smell. You can use any of the other castile soap scents that are out there. I know Dr. Bronner has almondeucalyptus, rose, lavender, tea tree, and citrus varieties. You can also just use plain castile soap and use essential oils for the scent. This recipe is easily modified for your preferences. 

What scent combos do you like best?

DIY Hand Soap
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  1. 1/2 c. liquid peppermint castile soap
  2. 1/2 c. water
  3. 5 drops orange or tea tree essential oil, optional
  1. Add all ingredients to a clean soap dispenser.
  2. Turn dispenser over to mix all ingredients gently.
  3. Enjoy!
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