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As we said here, living the #VanLife style means, first of all, freedom. Living out of the grid will certainly bring those special moments that you are looking for and the feeling of owning your own path.
Our commitment is to make this new life as successful as possible and that is why we bring here important aspects that must be taken into account, even those that go unnoticed.
This post is about the little things that can make a big difference in everyday life. The products selected here are not just Pinterest trends, but products that will help your life on the road daily.
Many of you may have already wondered how to have those kitchens so well organized that we see in Instagram photos. The answer is simple: planning.
Living on the road is more than taking the electric coffee maker from the kitchen and putting it on the counter, or packing all the spices in containers. We already talk about some essential utensils for your kitchen (inbound link to another article) and you know a little bit about how the organization is the key.
That said, it is possible to avoid the frustration of having to sleep with your van smelling like spilled coffee or to spend days cleaning the oregano spread in the corners of your house on wheels.
For this, we brought simple but essential kitchen gadgets on your journey. We brought two segments of essential accessories: electrical and organizers.
The time when even for a simple coffee it was necessary to connect the coffee maker to the car battery and run the risk of standing in the middle of the road is a thing of the past.
Electric gadgets today are portable, use batteries and/or can be easily recharged in portable chargers, which we have already talked about here (inbound link to another article)
Including some of these gadgets in your van will certainly make your life on the road much more efficient. Who said adult life in the 21st century needs to be difficult? You can enjoy the gadgets, be environmentally friendly and have style and flavor in your daily life.
The new generation of electric kitchen utensils is so versatile that the same equipment is capable of offering different types of preparation, which, for those who live in a space as limited as a van, is certainly an advantage. From a folding kettle to a fully manual espresso machine, utensils are increasingly meeting storage needs and yet offering comfort and quality.
You don't have to be a fan of home life to want your space organized. After all, when you sleep only a few meters (or even centimeters) away from pots, the refrigerator and dispensing, the organization is no longer secondary.
Considering the little space and still enjoy the meals is a determining factor for #VanLife fans. Freedom and autonomy cannot come at the expense of living in a constantly disorganized vehicle. Whether you are a fan of #vanlife style with several posts on instagram or just in a discreet and personal way, having a nice van to see is much more pleasant than a heap of things stacked in the back seat, for anyone.
Kitchen accessories give that hand when it comes to cooking and keeping everything safe when on the move. All the utensils on this list are stylish, practical and have been selected for practicality and comfort for those who live in a house on wheels.
The best part about these accessories is that they are inexpensive, so you have no excuse for not keeping your home easily organized the way you deserve.
This first choice is outstanding. A foldable kettle you can literally fit in that little cabinet.
The small and stylish piece measures 4.25 x 7.25 x 6.5 in, is easy to expand and perfect to carry wherever you go.
Made by stainless steel and lightweight food-grade silicone material, this boiler can heat water in a flash for coffees, teas, noodles, and cereals. It is faster and safe, with boil-dry protection and a sturdy lid.
Another great detail about this piece is the weight and capacity: even being very light it is yet strong and can boil 0.8L of water. It is also safe, coming with an integrated spout filter that ensures only pure water pouring.
Certified product TUV, means that you're having something safe, efficient and high-quality appliance. You'll also enjoy top-notch safety with overheat and boil-dry protection. With our specially designed 1-2 cup capacity, you'll save time, energy, and tons of luggage space for all your sipping adventures!
This beautiful designed electric pot will make yourself always thinking about your next meal! It is adjustable, with a controllable button, giving you the range between low power (150W) and high power (600W), so you don't have to worry about being fast and furious or burning your meal.
The Dezin is small in storage but still with a pretty decent capacity of 1.5L when full load. It is great for one person or a couple, and perfect for those days that you just want to cook something tasty with the minimum effort possible.
Unlike the traditional electric pot which just can be used to boiled food, this one can also be used to sauté because it contains food-grade non-stick coating, which means you can easily give that stew the amount of flavor needed instead of just boiling everything together. It is also a handy choice to sauté steak, chicken, fried rice, eggs or whatever you wish in a very clean way.
The lovely seafoam green color is a trend for kitchen utensils and the package includes a silicone turner spatula and an egg rack for you as the gifts. The material requires less oil to cook and it is toxin-free even at high temperatures, and, of course, environmentally friendly.
Before you ask yourself "why should I have an Egg cooker" and jump into the next item of this list just think about the best and easy breakfasts on the road that you can have. This compact and lightweight egg cooker with just 1lb will provide to your mornings all the energy and diversity of eggs that you can dream.
Featured in five beautiful colors, this well-designed gadget fit in any space. It includes a poaching tray, omelet tray, a holder tray for 6 eggs and a measuring cup, giving you the power to cook with precision every time. Do you love eggs benedict but have no idea how to make it? We have you covered. The Egg Cooker also includes a recipe book so you show off as a professional but with way less effort.
Speaking about smart, this beauty has a one-touch cooking power button, so you don't have to worry about the exact amount of heat or time. Just press the button and let the pan work, it will make an audible sound when is done.
The satisfaction is guaranteed; it comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty but the good meals will last way after this time, we guarantee it!
This portable rechargeable blender glass is so convenient that you will find yourself making excuses to try new smoothies every day. It is easy to use, safe to clean and fast to charge. The basis is waterproof so no need to worry about the splashes, you’re good to clean. It is accident-proof, the blades don't work when the cup is not tightened to the base, keeping your fingers safe.
The blender comes with a travel lid, it can easily become a portable blender bottle by removing the blender base. It fits even in your bag, so no need to worry about your storage space. Small but resistant, the blender is made by 6 stainless steel blades, giving that creamy consistency to your beverages and letting you add ice with no damage for the gear.
Made by durable and environmentally friendly material, the high borosilicate glass is more durable, heat-resistant and stronger than normal glass or plastic, plus not toxic. It is FDA, CE, RoHS Certified, and BPA Free. It is equipped with an upgraded 7.4V dual power motor (16500rmp/min), which enables the blender to retrain all nutrients in a more rich smoothie within 10s. 5200mAh rechargeable super long-lasting battery can be fully charged within 3~5 hours, supporting 18~20 cups of drinks with one full charge.
This electric pot mixed the versatility of a kettle with the purposes of a pot. The heat base makes easy and clean to cook and the two-stages button control helps you to decide between low or high temperature. It can be used to steam, boil water, cooking noodles/pasta/ dumplings, soup, oatmeal, and stew.
Suitable for small spaces, this hot pot will definitely save you storage space, since that you can use it for many recipes. The interior is all stainless steel made and the double-wall design keep it cool outside, letting it safe to hold. The glass lid helps you to keep an eye in your meal with no smell and splashes all over your blankets.
It has a decent capacity of 1.2L, perfect for a good meal to share. The dual power supply(200W & 600W) provides exactly the amount of energy necessary in a safe manner and the detachable design makes the pot easy for cleaning. Also, it has over-heating protection and boils dry protection technology, ensures safety and durability.
This is a handy choice for those cold nights when you want to spend the minimum amount of time outside your home but it is not on the mood to have just a cold sandwich. This electric hot pot will provide you the versatility and comfort so that your life on the road is worth living, even on the coldest nights.
Spices are, in my opinion, the heart of any kitchen, whether large or small. You can have the best ingredients, the best view, and the best company, but food without seasoning is sure to make every moment less tasty, so to speak.
This simple yet friendly and portable spice holder can be your bag of magical ingredients. All the jars are made by BPA-free material and the storage box is featured with durable oxford.
The small and simple containers keep everything fresh and are great for spices, sauces, dressings, herbs, savory, sugar, salt, pepper or any other special ingredient that your Grandma's secret recipe requires. Also, the spice jars are well-locked, so your cabinet is safe or that terrible oil stains.
It is lightweight and it comes with pretty decent options of sizes and shapes for a small kitchen. The package list includes 3 pieces of 4OZ spice jars, 4 pieces of 60OZ spice containers, 1 5 inches measuring spoon and 1 storage bag. The best part is that everything will be organized and well packed, so no matter where are you, cold or warm weather conditions, your spices will still be dry and fresh. The bag also helps to save you from broken containers spreading seasoning all over your house.
Only those who have a cabinet holder know that this gadget is a game-changer. Once we realize the practicality and use of space that these organizers provide, it is difficult to imagine a surface that cannot be used as storage.
Living in a van this becomes even more important, having things on hand but still organized and, above all, safe. After all, nobody wants to drive with boards and trays rolling on the floor.
This simple but useful cabinet door organizer has a basket dimension of 13.5"L x 9.5"H x 3.62" D. Storing 4 to 5 cutting boards, it can also be used for cookie sheets or plastic food wrap. The thin hook has EVA foam padded to fit your cabinet door and protect it from scratches.
You can also buy more than one and use it for cleaning products, or even your batteries and gears. The holder will keep everything organized and handy out of the floor.
If you are one of those people who like to cook like a pro and have several seasoning options, even those who have never heard of it, but still think it will work perfectly with their scrambled eggs, these clips are definitely something to consider.
These clips can be fixed on almost any surface and it solves two problems: they maximize space efficiency by putting unused vertical surfaces to work and keep spices conveniently at your fingertips. The secure adhesives will safely hold them while you're driving even off-road, preventing you from having everything falling down because of cheap and useless adhesives. The strips can be lined in almost any design that you feel. Each strip is 8.75 in. and you can either use them lined it up or cut it individually.
The best part is that you don't have to transfer your spices into special jars or only buy a single brand, these clips can hold plastic jars of different widths. Plus, with all your spices well organized, you will save time looking for them while cooking and will be also fast to check what are you almost missing.
It's hard to imagine driving pleasantly with the sound of cutlery rattling in a drawer or container right beside you. This would be stressing and, to say, dangerous.
To invest in a compact organizer for utensil will assure you to not spending extra money buying dozen of spatulas because they always find a blind spot in your van. This organizer is amazing because each utensil has its own designated pouch, so units don't get smeared, scratched or damaged.
It is easy to store, clean and durable and long-lasting material will assure you to have them with you for thousands of kilometers. The tough woven cotton material protects your utensils from the elements, falls, and it has multiple compartments, fo flatware stays sturdy and doesn'’ clatter during transportation. In the case of a fall, the thick woven cotton outer shell casing will prevent your cutlery from getting scratched, marred or disfigured.
This organizer is so good that it comes with a 10-year warranty. Available in six colors, the whole set has 8 pieces and includes Scissors with Bottle Opener, Utility Knife, Cutting Board, Spatula, Bottle Opener, Tongs, Ladle, Rice Paddle.
Last but not least, this beauty promises to be the new favorite of lovers of #VanLife style. All coffee lovers dream of those moments of enjoying a spectacular view, the silence of nature and the delicious aroma of espresso. The Portable espresso machine will make the dream come true and everyone can now enjoy fresh and easy made espresso, either on the road, on a hiking or even on the beach.
This portable is so made by travelers that no battery or electricity is needed. Compact, lightweight and versatile, the machine is manually operated and provides you the flexibility to use any variety of coffee beans. You will finally be able to let go of the feeling of wanting to live outdoors but not having enough strength to live without your mandatory morning espresso coffee.
Beautifully designed, the black color is classic and the rounded style protects against scratches or wholes in your backpack. Its design is also leak-proof and keeps water warm for hours, allowing you to sip your coffee at the perfect time.
It is simple to operate so you don't have to attend any barista class to have a well-done espresso. To prepare your coffee you will just have to Apply slight pressure to level the grind, add hot water into the water tank, unlock from its travel position the piston and pump a few strokes to pressurize and extract perfect espresso with generous crema.
Cooking on the road and eating well is a key part of a successful #VanLife style. Many of those who feel overwhelmed or discouraged after the first few days may not even realize that it is not about changing their lifestyle, but about unruly eating or small details.
Living in a van will bring autonomy and mobility so that life in a traditional one can never provide, however, care with the preparation of this new home is essential for the journey to be successful.
Every inch counts, every routine counts, and the right equipment makes the difference between using the time to explore and carry out your plans or dealing with messes, things out of place and even compromised health due to lack of nutrients, which is just a smart eating routine can offer.
As we show here, kitchen utensils can be versatile, small yet beautiful and smart. Choosing between a stove or electric cookers or even keeping both is a decision that varies according to the profile of each one.
Before you go out and buy everything and end up dealing with a stock of pots and containers to make your aunts jealous on Thanksgiving Sunday, think about your route for the next few months, the kind of food you like to cook, honestly.
Living the #Vanlife style based on instant noodles and canned soup can be easy in the short term, but soon after the first few days, your mood will suffer consequences that not even the best sunsets will be able to soothe.
Remember to look for local producers, explore new ingredients and recipes and exchange experiences with other fans of the #VanLife style. Keep your eating routine as interesting as other aspects of your outdoor life.
As we often talk about in our kitchenware articles, thinking about meals is part of life on the road and having the right utensils is what will make each one more than food, but a good meal.