Small Kitchen & Bathroom Accessories for RVs & Boats

Downsizing to an RV or boat requires serious considerations when it comes to kitchen and bathroom accessories. Those gadgets must be smaller in size yet offer the same conveniences as they do in larger spaces in your home. Having downsized to smaller spaces twice ourselves, I found some mini size space saving solutions without sacrificing function and needs.

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When downsizing from a big RV to a much smaller motorhome or camper, you’ll quickly find out  how much you miss storage space, wall space and even floor space.

When we traded in our 42′ fifth wheel to our tiny 25′ Class C motorhome, we also had downsize our kitchen and bathroom accessories to fit our new minimalist lifestyle. Most of our RV kitchen and bathroom accessories didn’t fit into our tiny cabinets, drawers, and storage compartments. 

So, after cross-decking to our small Class C Winnebago View motorhome, we had to literally start over in outfitting our bathroom and kitchen accessories down to even a simple whisk!

But here’s the thing, when downsizing, it’s not about just getting rid of a few things. It’s about converting your larger essentials to smaller; just like downsizing from a big rig RV to a much smaller motorhome.

RV Kitchen and Bathroom Accessories for Small RVs and Campers

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These tips we’re presenting here are also perfect for van life, boat living tiny homes and even small studio apartments too!

In this article, you’ll see what we had for our previous RV kitchen and bathroom accessories versus what we have now for our smaller living space in our 25′ motorhome.

So, let’s see what we downsized from and to.


Instant Pot

Instant Pot RV Kitchen Gadget

I’m going to start with my absolutely favorite accessory that’s the perfect size for small kitchens! 

If you’re an RVer or one who lives on a boat, one of the most essential cooking appliances is an Instant Pot.

We originally moved our 6-quart Instant Pot from our house to our fifth wheel. Considering fifth wheels tend to have more interior kitchen storage, I didn’t have to really hone down sizes of my kitchen appliances. I just had to be more choosy in which ones I was taking.  

We loved this size because it offered ability to make large meals for guests or to freeze for left overs. Hands down, our Instant Pot was the perfect all-in-one cooking appliance when we’d batch cook for boondocking.

And since we had a designated drawer for my IP, it was also big enough to bring all of my 6-quart Instant Pot accessories.

However, once we cross-decked from our 42′ fifth wheel to our 25′ Class C motorhome, I was in for a rude awakening! All of my regular kitchen appliances were a no go. So, back to the drawing board to finding the same cooking method but smaller because there was no way that 6-quart would fit anywhere in our Moho.

Since we knew other peeps who were RVing in much smaller RVs, I paid attention what they had. And like us, they liked all the functions of an Instant Pot. But, because of the size of their RV, they opted for the mini-me size; the 3-quart ‘mini’ Instant Pot

It has all the same features as the 6-quart but about half the size. The great thing is it uses less electricity and less tasking on our lithium batteries. Thus, making it perfect for camping off grid.

In fact, we love this mini Instant Pot so much that we included this in our RV and Camper Holiday Gift Buying Guide video.

Vacuum Cleaner

I don’t care how big or little your living space is, you need a vacuum cleaner. And considering that you’ll be camping, you know that you’re going to combat everything from dirt, sand, 

In our fifth wheel, we loved our Dyson 8 cordless stick vacuum cleaner. It was awesome because we have cats and they shed a lot. But, again, we didn’t even have the wall space to mount the charging station let alone have it plugged in.

But, now that we have downsized to a smaller RV, we had to find a smaller portable multi-use upright handheld vacuum cleaner.

Though much smaller, it’s powerful 1000 watt motor and double filtration system is just the ticket for vacuuming up that Maine Coon thick hair, sand, grit and whatever else gets tracked in.

It cleans both carpet and hard floors. We’ve found that it can pick up even the finest dust that other vacuums miss. Its’ extra-long power cord makes it awesome for vacuuming our Jeep. It’s compact and stores easily under one of our dinette bench seats.

Bathroom Trash Can

Tiny Trash Can

We oftentimes joke about how tiny our bathroom is in our tiny Class C motorhome. It literally is about the size of the bathroom on an airplane. Only ours has a mini standup shower.

Our RV bathroom is so small I can barely hook or unhook my bra without coming out with head-to-toe bruises with a few select trashy words.

So, as you can visualize, putting a regular size bathroom trash can just isn’t going to happen! And I surely wasn’t going to sacrifice the cabinet under our bathroom sink to store one. 

Well, that was until I found the cutest tiny trash can! And, it even has a spring-loaded lid to contain unsightly stinkies! With a simple little push of our finger, the lid pops open to dispose used q-tips, facial wipes and whatever else goes in there.

Most importantly, it takes up very little real estate! Its square footprint makes it perfect to tuck in a corner within easy reach. Now, being the earthy-conscious RVers that we are, we also use little composting trash can liners so we don’t have to touch whatever the heck is put in there while trying not to taxing on our environment..


Bathroom Towels

Turkish Cotton Hand Towels

I admit, I’m quite particular about our towels and face cloths. We can’t stand those cheap scratchy bath towels that also leave lint everywhere. But also, we can’t stand polyester towels that aren’t absorbent.

A friend told me about Turkish cotton towels.  Honestly, before, I never even heard of them. I was a bit hesitant in buying them because they weren’t thick and thirsty like the standard bath towels we were used to. But we gave them a chance.

The first time we used them, we were pleasantly surprised. Though they look and feel thinner, they absorb like magic because they’re 100% absorbant cotton with no polyester fillers. And, the color I picked coordinated perfectly to our bathroom. OH, and did I mention, because they’re so absorbant, they dry super fast.

And, since they aren’t so thick and bulky, they roll compactly to less than a t-shirt. But, when completely unfurled, they are huge! In fact, they’re actually larger than the thick terry cloth towels we had.

So now, we only keep four Turkish bath towels.  We keep two hanging up in the bathroom and the other two are rolled up in our tiny clothes closet.

Oh, and did I mention that we also traded in our terry cloth hand towels in for Turkish hand towels as well. 

The cool thing is they come in all different colors so I can change them out often to coordinate with our bath towels.

Sink Topper Foldable Sink Cover – Silicone Beauty Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat Hot Tools Organizer – for Extra Space & Storage Saver – Bathroom Must Have

  • Before you dive in, ensure the perfect fit by measuring your sink’s dimensions. This sink topper presents Small and Large sizes, effectively extending your countertop to accommodate an array of makeup brushes, cleaning tools, and other essentials, transforming your sink into a versatile space.
  • SEAMLESS MAKEUP HAVEN: This innovative accessory provides a dedicated textured silver surface for precise cleaning and arrangement of your beloved cosmetic tools, designed to enhance your daily routine. Plus, the faucet cutout ensures you can effortlessly use the tap while getting ready, adding a touch of convenience to your beauty regimen

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