As Roving Retirees, the apartments we rent never have the same complement of kitchen tools. At one point we came up with a comprehensive list of things to check when we first arrive at a new condo/apartment/flat. I know we have heard of others doing the same thing. It is good to remind yourself of the things you need to ask your host before they disappear forever. Since our experience with kitchenware has been so frustrating we decided to just make sure we had the basics. In this post, I go over items we feel we need to bring with us for a minimal level of cooking comfort.
During Our Big Trip in the 2nd half of 2019, we were always in a hotel, i.e. no cooking required. Moving to this year, we have already spent 14 weeks staying in apartments with a full kitchen where we cooked almost every day. This was especially true of the 7 weeks we were on lockdown in France.
Of the five different places we have stayed at this year, each one had most but not all of the items needed to have a functional kitchen. We keep having to get some items after we check-in. For example, our current apartment has a full-size oven but no ovenware, i.e. some kind of baking pan. 🙁
How We Chose What to Travel With
Obviously, we can’t travel with everything we used to have at home (when we had one). I’d love to have a toaster oven, slow cooker, and a blender, but lugging those through the airports of Europe isn’t practical. So, everything we bring has to provide sufficient value for the weight and volume it takes in our luggage. We found a small zippered bag, courtesy of Zeus Living, to keep most of these items in to make packing and unpacking easier.
What We Have So Far
|Vegetable Peeler||Using a paring knife isn’t always safe|
|Kitchen Sheers||Again, using a knife isn’t always safe|
|Grater||Nothing compares to fresh grated cheese and veggies|
|Measuring spoons||Size matters|
|Meat Thermometer||Cutting into the meat to check is a no-no and I really missed having one in France|
|Chip clips||Stale chips are no fun|
|Steamer||I’m not into boiled veggies|
|Microwave cover||I hate cleaning up the spatter|
|French Press||They make a difference|
|Coffee scoop||Again, size matters and it came with the French Press|
|Leatherman Multitool||For the can opener, and much more|
|Plastic Storage bags||Keep the crackers fresh or manage the marinade|
|Soup spoons||Good for serving, too|
|Salt and Pepper||Why keep buying these?|
|Coozie||Only the Brits like warm beer|
|Insulated cups||Keepin’ it chill|
|Champagne Cap||For the rare times, we don’t finish the bottle|
|Wine Disk||Cheap way to stop drips for dine-in and dine out|
I’m still on the fence about Sriracha and some spices. 🙂
What items do you bring with you when you travel?