Motorhome Kitchen – The Essentials

 

Yummy chicken for lunch on a cold day

Just because your kitchen space decreased drastically in size, you shouldn’t automatically assume that you won’t be able to cook great tasting, nutritious meals any more. All you need to make everything work is a little creativity, meal planning and organization.

Our motorhome ‘Charlize’ had a tiny kitchenette, that consisted of 2 top and 2 bottom cupboards, a very limited counter top , 3 gas hobs and a sink. That doesn’t leave much room for food preparation.  

‘Charlize’s” kitchenette

When you think that everything kitchen related had to fit there as well, plus cleaning supplies and kitty food/litter stuff, storage was a huge challenge too. 

First, let’s talk kitchen essentials. Check out our list of chosen items below.

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Chewie & Pretty – Cats and Van Life

Our cats have been a part of our little family for 4 years now. There were only 2 months old when we brought them home and it was love at first cuddle!

Chewie

Chewie, a male white tabby cat, came first – a tiny little thing, very ‘meowyand demanding, always wanting company and attention, no matter what.

Today, he’s your typical spoiled teddybear scaredy-cat, who loves feathers, cuddles and long naps. He is the quieter of the two.

Pretty

‘Pretty’, a female tortoiseshell cat, was brought home 2 weeks later. She kept her cool and her distance from everyone in the beginning but eventually surrendered to her new loving family.

Today, she is the challenging one, always wanting to go out and explore, preferably on her own, no humans to cramp her style.

She loves kneading on woolly blankies, chasing wiggly strings and birds.

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Decluttering 101 – The Clothing Issue

Van Life Essentials by @cragdoodles (https://www.instagram.com/cragdoodles/)

One year before we left for the Super-Dooper-Full-Time-Motorhome-Living-With-Cats experience, we furiously and aggressively started saving money to buy our mobile home.

Minimizing and determining the essentials to take with us was our first major challenge. We still didn’t have a definite idea of what vehicle we were going to buy and make our own, but we knew we wouldn’t have much storage available. In this series of posts, I will do my best to describe how we downsized our belongings and simplified our lives, hoping we can help others facing the same problem.

Let’s begin the decluttering wars by addressing the unruly bundles of clothing you own. This includes items of clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, bathroom and kitchen items, since you are going to need all of those in your daily life, no matter where you go/live. Look into wardrobes, chests of drawers, boxes, storage containers – overstuffed and busting with clothes. 

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Downsizing –where to begin?

OK, so, we decided: we’re going to live full-time in a motorhome.

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!

It’s gonna be so cool, so amazing, such a thrill!!!! Woo-hooo!

There is jumping up and down, there is laughter, there is excitement!!!

But then, when you finally calm down and look around your cluttered home, reality hits you like a ton of bricks:

We got way too much stuff! How are we going to fit it all in the motorhome???

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How to introduce your cats to living in a motorhome – new video!

Hey everyone!

We have a new video to share with you:

We Have Cats! (How To Take Cats On The Road) Motorhome Full-Time Living

In this episode, we attempt to describe our journey of taking the cats along in this crazy adventure of a “house” on wheels. 

Chewie with Pedro, during the Eurotunnel crossing (UK – France), May 2017

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Why, oh why, do we live in a motorhome??

Our beloved home “Charlize”

 Personally, I was always fascinated by people who left everything behind for an uncertain but exciting life on the road. Smiling dudes and girls equipped with backpacks and survival kits, ready to climb mountains, hike through mysterious forest paths, swim under glorious waterfalls, etc, etc…

However, in my mind, travelling around the world, meeting interesting people and exploring history, nature, unique places was something reserved only for the luckiest, bravest and/or richest people. It seemed so impossible and so far from my simple (and many times unsatisfying) life.

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