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Portable Bars For Travel

 Three Bottle Bartender’s Cocktail Bar Travel Bar with ToolsCheck PriceI’m a firm believer that an RV is not completely packed if the portable travel bar isn’t onboard.

Our 3-bottle portable bar has been all over the US with us on our RV trips. It’s always packed with a bottle of vodka (mine), bourbon (mine) and scotch (ours!) along with everything needed to make the best martinis, manhattans, or scotch rocks.

Portable bars come in various sizes, generally carrying 2 or 3 bottles. Some of the more lightweight travel bars carry liquor in flasks. The best portable bar is just what you make it. Load it up with your favorite libations and sip a cool cocktail as you make camp.

Since these portable bars are so easy to carry along in their well made cases, you can take your libations on camping trips, boating trips, picnics, or anywhere you’d like a cocktail (and where it’s legal). You can even take your portable travel bar on vacation and carry it on the plane as long as you wait to load it up with liquor when you get to your destination.

Portable Bars – Cocktails At The Ready!

These travel bars are stocked and ready to go, just add your own liquor. All the tools you need for cocktail hour are at your fingers.

 Picnic Time Manhattan Insulated Two-Bottle Cocktail Case/Bar Tool Kit, MahoganyCheck Price Two Bottle Bartender’s Cocktail Bar Travel Bar With ToolsCheck Price Trav-L-Bar Vinyl 2-Bottle Travel Bar, BlackCheck Price Three Bottle Bartender’s Cocktail Bar Travel Bar with ToolsCheck Price Three Bottle Bartender’s Cocktail Bar Travel Bar with Flask & ToolsCheck Price Barmaster’s Pro Bar Travel SetCheck Price Genuine Black Leather 10 Piece Travel Flask & Shaker Cocktail Barware Set BS913Check Price Franmara Martini Travel Bar Set with CaseCheck Price Bartending Bar Kit, Home and Travel- 24 Piece Kit! Best Seller!, Garden, Lawn, MaintenanceCheck Price

Travel Flasks

We always carry a flask or two along on our RVing trips. These Anne Taintor flasks are among my favorites.

 Anne Taintor Flask, Wasted All DayCheck Price Anne Taintor 58285 2-3/4 W by 4-1/4-Inch H Flask, Rat’s AssCheck Price Anne Taintor – Warning Label Stainless Steel FlaskCheck Price Old Enough to Know Better Hip FlaskCheck Price (3×4) Anne Taintor – Try Anything Stainless Steel FlaskCheck Price Anne Taintor Flask, ModerationCheck Price

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Magnetic Knife Holder

 Maple M.O.C. Board 12 Inch Wood Magnetic Knife Holder or Magnetic Knife StripCheck Price

Since storage in an RV kitchen is almost always at a premium, hanging a magnetic knife holder makes a lot of sense.

Magnetic knife holders come in various sizes, but I suggest getting the largest size that you can hang. For instance, in our Shadow Cruiser, we managed to hang up a 20″ magnetic bar that has plenty of room for our knives, scissors, and wine opener (after all, you’re going to want that wine opener handy). I also keep a few safety pins on the magnetic holder; they come in very handy. In fact, I got very bright and bought some magnetic tape so that I can hang all kinds of things on my knife bar now. For instance, I keep a small box of bandaids there for when I cut myself on one of those knives….

Be particularly careful though when hanging anything in an RV. The last thing in the world you want to do is go through the thin shell. Check your owner’s manual for the correct equipment you’ll need to hang a magnetic knife holder and then proceed slowly. It will be worth it.

Note: it used to be that these magnetic knife holders were all metal but, now, you can find them in maple, cherry, or oak finishes if you’d like to match the interior of your RV.

 MIU France Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar, 20-InchCheck Price Norpro 12 Inch Magnetic Knife Tool BarCheck Price Walnut M.O.C. Board 12 Inch Wood Magnetic Knife Holder or Magnetic Knife StripCheck Price Norpro 18 Inch Aluminum Magnetic Knife BarCheck Price Ikea 15 3/4 Magnetic Knife BarCheck Price 1Heavy Duty Knife StriCheck Price Better Houseware  Bamboo Magnetic BarCheck Price Cherry . Board 12 Inch Wood Magnetic Knife Holder or Magnetic Knife StripCheck Price

Make anything into a magnet with this magnetic tape – note: it’s not super strong so be careful what you choose to hang:

 Magna Visual Magnetic Tape, 1-Inch X 50 Feet, Charcoal (MAVP240P)Check Price Flexible Magnet Tape, 1/16Check Price Flexible Magnet Tape, 1/16Check Price Magnum Magnetics-Corporation ProMAG 3/4-Inch Diameter Magnets with Foam Adhesive (AFG-12557-PGY)Check Price

cookware that nests

Nesting Cookware

For small spaces such as RVs or boats, nesting cookware just makes sense….

Space is always at a premium inside our Shadow Cruiser travel trailer, especially, it seems, in the galley kitchen area so our nesting cookware gives us more bang for a very small buck. Storage space is at an even higher premium so, when I found nesting cookware, I knew I’d hit the mother load. I store our cookware set right inside the oven when we’re camping.

So, what exactly is nesting cookware? It’s a set of pots, pans, saucepans, lids and handles that fit within each other – the lids and handles are interchangeable. Most nesting cookware sets have 3 saucepans, a larger stockpot, and a skillet along with a few lids and handles that are interchangeable. So, instead of having to store 4 or 5 pieces of cookware separately, the cookware just fits together in one neat packet – generally about 1/2 cubic foot in size.

You can find nesting cookware that is made of stainless steel (for regular stoves) or for induction cooking. It also comes in regular inside finish or non-stick.

Here’s some of the best nesting cookware sets I could find on All of these sets have at least a 4 out of 5 customer rating:

 Magma 10 Piece Gourmet Nesting Stainless Steel Cookware Set with Non-StickCheck Price Texsport Black Ice The Trailblazer H.A. QT. Cook SetCheck Price Magma Products Gourmet Nesting 10-Piece Cobalt Blue Stainless Steel Cookware SetCheck Price Stansport Premium Quality Stainless Steel 7 piece Deluxe Family CooksetCheck Price

And, here’s some cookware for induction cooking:

 Magma 10 Piece Stainless Steel Induction Cook-Top Gourmet Nesting Cookware SetCheck Price MAGMA Magma 10-Piece Stainless Steel GourmetCheck Price

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Portable Sinks

A portable sink would have save our day (week)….

We just spent a week in our travel trailer without water – you read that right – no water, hence, no sink (we did manage to flush the toilet with water from a jug so all was not lost). When we turned on the water pump in the camper, water shot out from behind the toilet and flooded the small bathroom. The only solution (after much cursing and a few Rube Goldberg tries at fixes) was to turn off the water pump.

A portable sink would have been the answers to my prayers. As it was, I had to use the hose hooked up to the water outlet at the site which was ‘ok,’ but, a portable sink would have made it much easier (and sanitary) to wash dishes, brush our teeth, Central Intelligence 2016 online

The three camping sinks below could be used on a boat, in the outdoor kitchen area of an RV, or when camping in a tent. I believe these things are just brilliant.

Note: The 1st link below – The Coleman All-In-One portable sink had mixed reviews. Some reviewers though it was better than sliced bread while others ruminated on the fact that the thing was loud when in use. It is powered by a battery that some reviewers though ran out too quickly. I’d still give it a try if only for the cool gadget factor:

 Coleman All-In-One Portable SinkCheck Price Reliance Products Wash’n Go Compact 3 Gallon SinkCheck Price COLEMAN Camping Picnic 5 Gallon Water Carrier Container + Double Wash Basin SinkCheck Price