If I were to give you two phrases and ask if they go together and I said something like "RV travel" and "fine china", you would absolutely say they do not go together. But, alas, I have found the secret to having nice dishes AND travelling full-time in an RV WITHOUT having to carefully pack up each dish before each travel day.
No, I'm not lying. This year alone, Grant and I have packed up and moved our house on wheels at least 25 times and not once did we take special precautions to protect our dishes.
Want to know our secret? Keep reading...
RVing With Nice Things
Throughout the year and a half that we have been full-time in our fifth-wheel, I have drastically changed the way I look at breakable items like home decor and kitchen essentials.
When I first moved into our home, I really tried to make it our own by scattering picture frames, trinkets and knick-knacks, and of course, I did not want to eat off of plastic plates because we are adults, after all.
How has that changed?
Well, I have done a complete 180. The way I see it now is that if it breaks on the way to our next destination, it wasn't meant to be.
Screw it! I'm not taking the extra time to pack and unpack the "valuables" in my home every other week. It's just too much work and ain't nobody got time for that. After all, one of the reasons I moved into a camper in the first place was that I no longer needed to pack each time I wanted to relocate.
Basically, knick-knacks are overrated... But my opinion about the dishes still remains the same! I am an adult and a kinda-homeowner. I do not want to go back to eating off of plastic plates like I did when I was a kid and my parents didn't trust me enough with breakable things.
And so the journey began to finding the perfect solution so that I could have my cake and eat it too.
I'm not sure if other RVers know about this, but if they do, it's the best-kept secret in the entire RV community. I found these amazing, game changing gadgets at IKEA.
Leave it to the Swiss to come up with the most spectacular, space-saving gadgets in the world, am I right? For real, who doesn't love wondering around IKEA and snacking on Swedish meatballs? Leave a comment if you do!
Grant and I had just moved into our camper and were on a quest to find the perfect do-dads to help us with organization and storage. On this trip, we found these wonderful contraptions linked here. They come in 2 different sizes and are adjustable to any plate size or shape.
Believe me when I say, they work! We got one for each size plate and bowl and tested them on the dish set that I had since I went to college. Honestly, I was kinda hoping they would break so we could get new ones, but they lastest for a year (until we rehomed them) without breaking in the camper.
We were not gentle about it either! Our kitchen is in the back of our camper which means it gets the most terbulance in the fifth-wheel. The only precation we took in keeping our dishes in one piece was using the organizers we bought at IKEA. That's it...
All you have to do with these organizers is set it to your dish size (fitting snuggly) and forget it. How easy is that?!
After our first few moves with zero casualties, I could hear the hallelujah chorus singing. There was no going back, we had found the solution to our problem and we could eat like adults off of real dishes!
Not only are these tools a great way to keep your kitchen cabinets organized, but they also keep your dishes from breaking in your RV. We have now hauled more than 10 thousand miles with the camper and never once have we had an issue with our dishes breaking or even chipping.
No matter if you're looking for the perfect gadget to keep your home organized or if you're like me and you want less hassle with your travels, this has been the best thing you can get for your kitchen. I now need less time for packing which means I have more time for relaxing and that is exactly what you want with RV life.
You can have your cake and eat it too... off of real dishes... in your RV.