The last thing you need while driving down the highway is to hear your dishes crashing in your kitchen! These ten ideas will keep your things secure so you can drive in peace.
How to keep your dishes from sliding around in the cabinet.
Lining your shelves and drawers with grippy shelf liners will help prevent dishes from sliding around while your RV is in motion. You can also cut it into circles or squares to place between metal pots and pans to prevent them from rattling.
If you have a lot of plates, you could use a plate rack to keep them neatly stacked, but the rubbery shelf liner could be enough to save another dollar.
Pegboard Kitchen Organizer
For pots and pans and other larger items in drawers or cabinets, the Peggy kitchen organizer is a neat solution. It's a plastic peg board with adjustable rods that you can place wherever you need them.
If you're handy with wood you could make something like this yourself by drilling holes in a piece of plywood and putting dowel rods in it.
Liquor Bottle Sleeves
You'll probably want to avoid glass as much as possible in your RV, but if you do have any bottles or condiments in glass containers, putting liquor bottle sleeves around them will cushion them and keep them from rattling as you bump along the road.
You can even use these sleeves to protect glassware! But if you travel often removing and replacing the liquor sleeves every time you use a dish might be too inconvenient.
However, if you're a full-time RVer who tends to stay longer at each place, these can be a good way to keep you from having to replace your glassware.
If you ask at a local liquor store, the employees may have some they would be willing to give you, but they're also pretty cheap to buy on Amazon.
For glass bottles in the fridge, here's a nifty item a subscriber told me about. It's called the Bottle Loft, and it's a strip of very strong magnets that mounts to the roof of your fridge to hold bottles that have a metal top.
How to keep items handy and accessible without having to pack and unpack them.
You will love using hooks to hang items you grab frequently, such as pot holders and dish towels. (You can buy dish towels with loops or sew some loops on yours to keep them from falling off the hooks.) If your refrigerator doors are magnetic, you can use magnetic hooks to hang small items on the door.
Command hooks are very popular with a lot of RVers, but for walls, cabinets, and other areas where a hook could come in handy, you might usually prefer to install something that looks more like what you would put in your home, such as mug hooks or a hook rack.
Just keep in mind that anything you hang on a hook will be swinging around while your RV is moving. If you have a motorhome, you may not want to hang anything that will make a lot of noise.
Utilize vertical space in your RV for storage. Items in hanging baskets are handy to access and will stay in place while your RV is moving.
If you're like me and love being surrounded by plants, you have a few in your RV. The kitchen sink is a good place for these to go while you're traveling.
You could also get some cute hanging planters that can be left in place while you're traveling.
How to keep wall decor from falling or shifting.
Regardless of what method you use to hang wall decor, photos and other decorative items may fall down or move around.
Acrylic Mounting Tape
To keep this from happening, you can put a small amount of double-sided mounting tape on the back of your items to stick them to the wall and help hold them in place. You might like clear acrylic mounting tape because it comes away cleanly when you remove it.
You can also use acrylic mounting tape to stick free-standing decorative items to shelves. Museum putty is another popular choice for this purpose. This way, you can enjoy leaving decorative items on display without having to take the time to pack them up on travel days.
How to avoid an avalanche when you open your cabinets.
It's never fun to open a cabinet and be hit with an avalanche of stuff that shifted around during travel, or for all the items inside the cabinet to be a complete mess, like this:
One way to keep that from happening is to store items in your cabinet in boxes, like reused cardboard shoe boxes or the plastic shoe boxes from Dollar Tree shown in the photo below.
Plexiglass panels can be added across the front of narrow shelves (use acrylic mounting tape to attach the plexiglass to the inside of the cabinet).
What other ideas have you thought of?
Hopefully these ideas will help make your travel days a little more efficient! Have you come up with any other great ideas for securing your stuff to keep it from shifting or rattling while you're driving? Leave a comment to let me know!
See You On The Road!