Having decent kitchen set up is one of the most important factors for an effortless van life. Cooking is a fun activity to do together especially if you are living in a van with your partner or families, and it also helps you to save on expenses.
In this article, we share our camper van kitchen essentials, which are compact and efficient, perfect tools and appliances for camper van kitchen.
1. 12v Electric Cooler / Freezer
If you are having questions whether to get a ice cooler or to spend a bit more to get an electric cooler, we absolutely recommend the electric cooler.
It’s a little on the pricey side, but Dometic 45L Electric Cooler/Freezer is most reliable with high quality and durability, the best in the market for RV fridge. It is easy set up to just hooking up to your house batteries and can support your van life journey 24-7, 365 days with efficient and economical energy usage.
Dometic 45L Electric Cooler / Freezer
12V RV Fridge - Budget Options
Thanks to the popularity of camping and RV living, there are many brands offering more economical options with same features, although as you know that you get what you pay for, the durability in long run is questionable compare to Dometic brand.
2. Coleman Camping Stove
Setting Up The Propane Tank
If you are planning to do a full time van life, don’t waste money by buying those tiny 16oz propane canisters. Instead, use a proper propane tank, which would be much cheaper in the long run.
To hook up our camping stove to our propane tank, use a 5ft Propane Adapter Hose.
3. Instant Pot
If you don’t want to spend much time on cooking, yet still keeping a healthy diet, Instant Pot (Duo Mini) can makes it possible.
It’s as simple as throwing in some diced vegetables, meat of your choice, spices, soup stock, and water. Close the lid and pressurize. Then you can lounge around and 30 minutes later, you have a perfectly cooked, delicious hot meal. You don’t have to babysit your pot once you press the button.
4. Le Creuset Cast Iron Rice Pot
I have to say as a Japanese person that Le Creuset Rice Pot is the best purchase I have made for rice cooker.
While some people purchase over thousand dollars electrical Japanese rice cookers in order to perfect the art of cooking rice, Le Creuset Rice Pot is designed specifically made for cooking rice, does the perfect job for its price.
5. Magic Bullet Blender
A blender is another great tool to prepare quick & easy meals. Great thing about this Magic Bullet Blender is its compact size and versatility, that you can make smoothies and you enjoy without serving to another cup or bowls, which is perfect for van lifers who are always conscious of water usage.
6. RV Sink & Faucet Combo
If you’re still hunting for that perfect camper van sink and faucet, look no further.Unlike other RV sinks, Ruvati Sink is deep enough to wash pots and pans easy while still maintaining its compact design.
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8. Pour Over Coffee Kettle
For making coffees / teas, instant noodle, or just to warm up your van in the winter, (YES it works!) you will be surprised the amount of times you boil the water during van life. Pouring hot water with regular pot is always annoying experience.
XIRGS Kettle will give you smooth and spill free coffee making experience every morning.
9. Water Filter
Water filter is one of the most important van life essential, so you don’t want to be cheap about it. This is the smallest size of Berkey’s portfolio, it packs much more compact than travel Berkey, it is also suitable for backpacking.
10. Stick and Peel Backsplash
What great about NextWall Stick and Peel Backsplash is that it is easy to peel (so easy to adjust if you make mistake when installing) yet stays on semi-permanently, doesn’t come off easily unless you really try to pull it off.
It also is water resistant vinyl wallpaper that makes cleaning super easy as well.