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If you don't have a lot of extra space in your RV, collapsible RV accessories or items that can fold to a smaller size can help you fit more things into the space you do have. Here's a collection of 25 nifty folding and collapsible items for your RV.
Warning: I'm not saying you actually NEED everything on this list…but if you're like me, you probably think it's fun that someone even came up with some of these ideas! 🙂
Collapsible Kitchen Items for Your RV
To start off, here are some collapsible RV kitchen accessories.
1. Collapsible Bakeware
Not only does this set of collapsible bakeware flatten to save space in a drawer or cupboard, the muffin pan, bread pan, brownie pan, and cake pan included with the set are all small enough to fit in RV ovens. And since it's silicone, you don't have to listen to it bang around as you drive!
2. Combination Dish Pan and Cutting Board
This collapsible dish pan and cutting board combo would be so handy if you prefer to do cooking outside next to the grill or campfire. Use it as a cutting board for chopping your hamburger fixings, then fill it with water and it becomes a dish pan for soaking your BBQ utensils! It has a plug so that if you want to leave it sitting in half of a farmhouse style sink, you can easily drain it without having to lift it.
3. Step Stool
This one is essential if you're short and have a fifth wheel with really high upper cabinets. Families with kids will appreciate this as well. It's a small step stool that can be folded and stored out of the way.
4. Popcorn Maker Bowl
This collapsible popcorn maker bowl lets you make popcorn in the microwave…you know, like microwave popcorn, but you can control the amount of fat and sodium! You can actually omit the fat altogether if you want…none is required for cooking the popcorn. Each bowl is sized to hold a single portion, so you'll probably want one for each member of your household. These bowls each have a lid and come in 22 colors.
5. Collapsible Microwave Splatter Cover
Keep your microwave cleaner with this vented splatter cover. It's collapsible so you can store it more easily, but personally I would just leave it in the microwave!
7. Nested Bowls
While there are collapsible mixing bowls, this is one item that I think you'd want to be rigid instead of flexible. (Scraping batter out of a flexible bowl seems like it could get messy.) A set of nested bowls is the perfect space saving solution. This set comes with a colander and measuring spoons.
A funnel is a kitchen item I actually use quite often. They're handy to have around, especially if you're the type of person who likes to reuse bottles and jars whenever possible. This set of collapsible silicone funnels comes with multiple sizes, including the largest size that tends to fit awkwardly in a drawer.
9. Wine Bags
Are you a wine drinker? Transfer your wine to these collapsible wine bags and you won't have to worry about the bottles breaking. You can also take them with you on water activities such as boating and kayaking where glass isn't allowed.
10. Space Saving Food Storage Containers
Collapsible food storage containers are popular with a lot of RV owners, but personally my favorite type of food storage container for saving space in my fridge or pantry are deli containers in various sizes. I love that they are uniform in size and all use the same lid!
12. Travel Cup
I bought my mom one of these collapsible lidded cups for Christmas a few years back and she loved it. Not only will they save space in your RV, they also fit nicely into a purse or day pack so you can take them with you to restaurants and coffeeshops and avoid using wasteful disposable cups. They are available in 22 color options and come with a matching reusable straw.
13. Potato Masher
I think the person who invented this next item must have been motivated by this meme:
Save space in your utensil drawer–and open it every time–with this folding potato masher!
14. Nested Non-Stick Cooking Pots
Save space in your cabinets with this set of non-stick cooking pots and pans that fit neatly inside each other. The handle is easily removed or attached to each of them whenever you need to move or lift them.
15. Food Dehydrator
Okay, I know most people aren't spending their time at the lake making jerky and fruit leather. But when I lived full time in an RV, a food dehydrator was something I really wanted but didn't purchase because I didn't have space for it. If this collapsible food dehydrator had been available at the time, I definitely would have bought it.
It's true that many air fryers these days also have a dehydrator function, but if you're homesteading or full-timing in your RV and plan on dehydrating large quantities of food, you'll appreciate that this dehydrator lets you dehydrate more food at one time.
Non-Kitchen Related Collapsible Items
Here are some additional space-saving collapsible items I've found that aren't kitchen accessories.
16. Folding Bathtub for Kids or Pets
This folding bathtub comes in two sizes and allows you to give babies, small children, and pets a bath, even if your RV only has a shower. It is sturdier than inflatable bathtubs and unlike many collapsible bathtubs, it has a plug that makes it easier to drain it gradually so you don't have to dump it and potentially overflow your shower pan.
17. Collapsible Trash and Recycling Bin
It's really handy to have a trash can outdoors when you're cooking and eating outside, and a collapsible trash bin is great because it holds a lot but doesn't take up much room to store. I actually use mine for recyclables, and then I zip the whole thing closed to take it somewhere to recycle the items. Just be sure to hang it up or bring it inside at night so that wild animals don't investigate!
18. Collapsible Bucket
Buckets are handy to have around for all sorts of purposes. This one is collapsible and won't take up much space wherever you decide you need it.
19. Collapsible Solar Lantern
Solar lanterns are great for lighting your campsite or path to the shower house when you don't have electricity because you never have to worry about the batteries running down. Since this one is collapsible, you can more easily fit a couple of them in your RV.
20. Collapsible Ladder
When I got my first RV, I thought a ladder was an unnecessary items since there was one attached to the back of my RV. Turns out you DO need a ladder for chores like washing the RV exterior, changing light bulbs, fixing awnings, and more. I bought this one myself and found it to be perfect for washing the front nose of our giant fifth wheel. I love that it takes up very little space below the RV. I will warn you though–it's pretty heavy (which means it's sturdy!) so be sure to check the weight if you're close to your limit.
21. Collapsible Washing Machine
Yes, you read that right! This is a small, portable, electric washing machine that collapses so that it doesn't take up too much space! Perfect for RVers who don't have access to laundry facilities and need to wash just a few things.
22. Folding Backpack
I personally purchased this foldable back pack and I love it. It's a very roomy day pack, but when it's not in use it all folds into its smaller front pocket so that it doesn't take up nearly as much space in my closet as a regular backpack would.
23. Pair of Hiking Poles
If you're hoping to do some hiking on your RV adventures, this pair of telescoping hiking poles will be perfect for you and a hiking buddy, and they won't take up too much space in your RV.
24. Folding Kayak
Last but not least: a folding kayak. While my husband and I lived in our RV, we purchased an inflatable kayak and found that it was not very efficient or easy to row with two adults weighing it down and causing it to sag in the middle. Additionally, it was still pretty heavy and bulky when folded. Needless to say, I don't recommend an inflatable kayak for anything other than a float toy.
This kayak is rigid and aerodynamic in the water yet folds down small and is very lightweight, which seems like a huge improvement. It comes in a few different styles for different purposes and has a ton of great reviews. If you're interested in owning a kayak that doesn't take up much space, you might want to check it out.
25. Collapsible Fire Pit
If you're camping somewhere there's no fire ring, pull out this folding fire pit and you'll be ready to cook over an open flame!
Did you enjoy this list? If so, you'll enjoy these other articles I've written:
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Nifty Gadgets You'll Want for Organizing Your Camper
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