Teardrop campers have a small kitchen space that can be hard to work with at first – especially if yours doesn’t have a lot of storage. Here are a some great teardrop trailer galley ideas to help keep your camper kitchen space organized and functional.
The first time we cooked in our teardrop trailer kitchen was a bit of a nightmare. I didn’t quite know how I wanted to organize it, and everything was a bit of a mess.
When we bought our teardrop, the teardrop galley storage consisted of a cabinet and a counter space. That was it. We quickly discovered that all the food and equipment we needed for a long weekend camping trip didn’t quite fit in the cabinet.
Over the course of that first weekend trip, things just got piled on the counter. When we went to make meals, we couldn’t find anything because it was all a disorganized mess.
So over the next few camping trips, we made a lot of adjustments to our teardrop trailer kitchen space to make it more functional. Now everything has a place and cooking on our camping trips is a much more pleasurable experience.
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Teardrop trailer galley ideas to keep your camping kitchen space organized
Every teardrop camper has a different configuration for the galley. Some have built-in stoves and sinks and lots of teardrop galley storage, and others (like ours) are bare bones. However if you implement the following tips, the teardrop camper kitchen becomes much more usable and easier to keep organized.
- Make better use of space you have.
- Choose smaller sizes of equipment and storage containers.
- Don’t pack more than you need for any given trip.
- Extend your teardrop kitchen to your outdoor space
Organize your teardrop camper kitchen cabinets
The first thing we did was to learn how to make better use of the storage we already had in our teardrop trailer galley. We had one decent sized cabinet, but discovered there was a lot of empty space above the canned and boxed goods.
Instead of just stacking things,which tend to fall over when the teardrop is being towed, you can add inexpensive shelves to make use of every available inch of storage in the cabinets. Below are some great options for adding shelving to your teardrop galley cabinets.
Before purchasing any shelving options, be sure to measure your teardrop cabinet space to ensure that the shelves you purchase will fit in the space you have.
Another things you could do to organize your teardrop galley cabinet is to use small crates to store each individual day’s meal components. We have done this on several trips now and found it works really well. You just pull out that day’s crate and you have at your fingertips all your canned and boxed goods that you need to make your meals.
For organizing our teardrop cabinet, we just used some drawer organizers that we found at Ikea. In the future we may purchase either wooden or plastic crates because they are more rigid and you can stack them. You can also use stacking baskets if your galley cabinets are tall enough.
Here are some great options for organizing your cabinets with crates or baskets.
Make use of unused wall space to increase your teardrop galley storage
The second of the teardrop trailer galley ideas I have for you today is to make use of wall space. We had a large blank space above our cabinet that we initially filled with Command Adhesive hooks to hang our utensils, pot holders, etc. Command Adhesive is removable and doesn’t ruin paint or wallpaper. So it is a good temporary solution to provide additional storage.
However, one day it occurred to me that the same pegboard system I use in my craft room at home might also work well in our teardrop trailer kitchen. You can get all sorts of hanging organizers for pegboard that would be just perfect for holding utensils, spices, measuring cups, and more. Each pegboard piece measured 12″ by 12″ so we had just enough room along the wall in our teardrop galley for 3 squares.
You can get pegboard pieces made from a variety of materials from metal to wood. It is also available in a variety of different sizes, so you should be able to find something to fit in your space. However, if you can’t find the size you need, you can also use a circular saw to cut larger pieces of wood pegboard into something that will work for your galley.
Here are some pegboard options and accessories that might work in your teardrop:
Installing pegboard in our teardrop kitchen has freed up a lot of cabinet space and has helped keep things so much better organized on camping trips.
Pack only what you need for your teardrop trailer kitchen
Because teardrop galley storage is at a premium, it is a wise idea to only pack exactly what you need for each camping trip. This is especially true with food and cooking equipment.
One way I accomplish this is through my camping planner. I have one page for each day’s meals. It has room on it for a shopping list and an equipment list. I go through the meal plan and write down exactly what food (with quantities) and cooking equipment I need to make each meal.
After I double-check everything, I compile a master list. Only things that are on that list get packed in the teardrop galley. It saves us from packing a bunch of stuff that we don’t end up using.
Teardrop trailer galley storage on the inside of the hatch lid
Another unused space in a teardrop is the galley hatch lid. We’ve turned that storage space for our teardrop camper kitchen by adding a few rods.
We added a paper towel rack and a towel rack. Both were easy to install with a few screws. The towel rack actually serves double duty. We can use it to hang out wet dish towels, but we also added a few S hooks and it is a great place to hang cooking utensils.
Downsize your storage containers / equipment to make more room in the galley
Another way you can make more efficient use of the space in your teardrop kitchen is to use smaller containers and equipment. For example, you don’t need to bring full sized spice containers. Backpacking spice containers are small and work really well in the teardrop trailer galley. You can see the ones we use in the center rack above.
Another way I save space is to store exact quantities of meal ingredients in mason jars with plastic lids, instead of bringing the full-sized containers of food on our camping trips.
Another space saving measure is to get collapsible tableware. You can easily find collapsible bowls and cups these days along with silverware that folds up like a Swiss army knife. You can get backpacking mess kits where your plate, bowl, and utensils all stack neatly in a small little container.
If you need more space saving teardrop trailer kitchen ideas, just check out the backpacking section of your local sporting goods store.
Your cooking equipment is another place where you can downsize as well. For example, my husband uses a small French press to make his morning coffee instead of lugging along a coffee maker on our camping trips. You can get telescoping marshmallow sticks which are easier to store than the full size ones. You can also get collapsible wash basins for doing your dishes that fold flat. If you look around a little bit, you will find lots of options for saving space in your teardrop galley.
Extend your teardrop trailer outdoor kitchen with an EZ Up shelter
The last of my teardrop trailer galley ideas is to put an EZ Up shelter over the back end of your teardrop. If you get a 10′ x 10′ shelter, you shouldn’t have any problem raising the lid all the way up. That way you can spread out a little bit with some of your gear and you can cook meals comfortably in your teardrop camper kitchen even if it is raining cats and dogs.
Sometimes the campsite configuration doesn’t allow us to put the EZ-Up over the galley, but we still use the space for an outdoor kitchen. Under the EZ Up, we have our big Camp Chef stove, the campsite picnic table, and our dishwashing station. It lets us move around more easily than if we tried to do everything in the galley itself.
This teardrop trailer outdoor kitchen also makes a great place to play card games in the evening or a space to hang out in if its raining all day and you can’t do much other than sit around and wait out the weather.
Bonus tip – Use tennis balls to cover the hatch lock shafts
Our teardrop (and probably most other styles and models) have locking mechanisms that extend on the inside of the hatch lid. Our teardrop locks extend a good 3 inches past the hatch wall. When you raise the hatch lid, those locks are at just the right height where you can easily bump your head on them if you aren’t paying attention.
I won’t ever forget the first time I cracked my head on the galley hatch locking mechanism. I had been chopping some veggies for a meal and lifted my head to say something to Kevin. In the process, I cracked my forehead on the right lock. I literally saw stars.
When we got home, Kevin drilled holes in a couple of tennis balls. The balls slip right over the shaft of the locks to prevent us from bumping our head into them.
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- Teardrop trailer galley ideas to keep your camping kitchen space organized
- Organize your teardrop camper kitchen cabinets
- Make use of unused wall space to increase your teardrop galley storage
- Pack only what you need for your teardrop trailer kitchen
- Teardrop trailer galley storage on the inside of the hatch lid
- Downsize your storage containers / equipment to make more room in the galley
- Extend your teardrop trailer outdoor kitchen with an EZ Up shelter
- Bonus tip – Use tennis balls to cover the hatch lock shafts
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I hope you have found these teardrop trailer galley ideas helpful for keeping your kitchen space tidy and organized. Do you have any tips to add? Be sure to leave a comment below and share your idea with our readers. Happy camping!