Simple Tricks to Make Any Dishes RV Safe
I don’t believe in drinking wine from plastic cups and I don’t eat off paper plates.
It’s not because I am a snob (ok, maybe a little), it’s because I believe it’s the little details that make everyday life special. Of course there’s always the environmental benefit of reusable vs. disposables too, which goes along with our eco-minded mantra.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years on the road its this: RV’ing isn’t exactly camping and life is too short not to treat every day like a special occasion.
In the most recent crowdsourced content poll, your votes were on “how to pick the right RV dishes”. While preparing for that video, it lead me to discover one of the best RV tricks yet and changed the way I looked at dishes for RV’ers. Before discovering these handy little tricks to make dishes RV safe, I always searched for dishes that nestled into each other so they weren’t likely to shift around while in motion. Now, I honestly think any dishes can be made RV safe! Check it out:
Now, I realize I may not be the first to think of using silicone to create non slip, non-rattling dishes but it was the first time I had thought of it or seen it, so I thought it was brilliant (yes, I am easily impressed). The crazy thing is I have been using silicone to create non-slip grips on the bottom of the soap dispensers, vases and nick knacks like my alarm clock since we began traveling…so why did it take me over four years to think of using it for my dishes?! My brain works in mysterious ways.
A word of caution!
There is one downside to using the silicone:
- Silicone is a great non-slip surface when dry but it can be slippery when wet. While washing dishes the silicone gets soapy, wet and extremely slippery. Don’t set dishes too close to the edge of the counter as they could slip off (especially if your counter is covered in soapy water and your RV isn’t level).
One tube of silicone was enough to secure 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 coffee mugs, a serving tray and I still have some to spare (I’ll think of something to use it on)! Both tubes linked below are microwave and dishwasher safe.
- Food Grade Silicone – This tube is 100% food safe just like any of your silicone baking items or spatulas.
- All Purpose Sealant (like the one I use) – This one is safe to come in contact with food but not for long term food use such as using on the inside of a potable water container.
If you are on the market for some new plates, I think these Wild Dining ones are adorable (I have a thing for animals, especially ones with style like these guys).
You can find some of our favorite drink ware in our travel store, we typically drink the good stuff and drinking out of a quality vessel just seems appropriate. Riedel glasses typically come in a solid box, in fact we purchased our champagne glasses nearly 5 years ago, so they’ve logged a lot of miles!
And here’s a nifty tie organizer for storing drink ware, it’s not exactly the same as the one we have (probably better) but we’ve had ours since our sticks and bricks days.
May your tables be beautifully set, your glasses always half full and your meals divine.
I hope these simple tricks help make your favorite dishes RV safe. If you have any nifty tips on RV dishes or storage please share them in the comment box below!