Transporting Liquids

Yesterday when we were packing up to leave, I discovered one of my vinegars leaked all over the bottom of my oil and vinegar bin. I consoled myself by deciding to make a blog post out of the mess and share how we pack up our liquids for tow days.

Fortunately for me I keep all of my oil and vinegar in a plastic bin, in case of this very situation. That way there’s only a small mess to clean up rather than a potentially big disaster.

On tow days I move the oil and vinegar bin from the top shelf of the pantry to the shower floor.

The booze from our mini liquor cabinet goes in a padded Trader Joe’s freezer bag in front of the cabinet by the front door. This has paid off already where one time a bottle of rum spilled during the drive, but it was contained within the bag.

We also have a place for wine under the bed, though for now it only has 2 bottles of olive oil in it.

Related: RV Spice Storage

Dinner Last Night:
Vegetarian Chili. I try to avoid too many canned foods, but last night I was tired and we had this old favorite.

2013 Cost of Camping:
14 nights paid camping
54 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $407.75
Daily average cost of camping: $6.00

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  • Reply Jim March 10, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Good prioritization– the good stuff is individually pkgd with brown paper bags and also placed closer to the front of the trailer, where the ride is smoothest. The vinegars, while still pretty special, are lumped together in a bin and stuck in the shower — a pretty bumpy ride, for sure.

    We keep our liquors bagged individually and in the storage bins under the fridge and under a wardrobe, no damage so far.

    • Reply Leigh March 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

      That’s a funny observation. The booze is up front only because that’s right by where we store it when we’re not towing!

  • Reply terrie March 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

    under the bed storage is a good feature…keeping a divided box for the wine and olive oil is good..

  • Reply John and Pam Wright March 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Great ideas! Your vinegar/olive oil bin looks like mine! I love good flavored olive oils and vinegars. I have bubble wrap taped around mine. I just leave it there all the time. Decided I need to do this after I had a bottle of olive oil break…not fun!

    Thanks for sharing your solutions. I like the TJ bag!

  • Reply Hobopals March 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Good tips. I have always had different shaped plastic bins in my food closet. As you said, it’s better to clean up a small mess than a big mess. I find that things get rattled around a bit more in my small trailer than they did when we had the big motorhome. I used to really like the pull out shelves that didn’t leave any room for spilling in the MH.

  • Reply Tricia @GeekyExplorers March 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Sorry to read about the mess! We found what really works well is containers we bought from The Container Store. They are food grade plastic, all the same size & hold 8.5 oz of the vinegar. I am doing a post soon on my RV kitchen organization but I can send you a picture if you want to see what it looks like – knock on wood no messes yet!

    • Reply Leigh March 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

      That sounds great, though I would need a BUNCH of them! I’ll subscribe to your blog, I’m definitely interested in seeing your post on kitchen organization.

  • Reply Kerri March 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Hi! First time I’ve had a chance to check out your blog. I love the range of topics you write about!

    We have liquids (in original glass containers) in cabinets all over the place (pantry, overhead bin, cabinet over the fridge), like you in containers. But we’ve never bothered moving them around for travel. In the past year-and-half on the road we had one unfotunate incident with the pantry opening and a glass jar of salsa breaking on the floor. But after that, we just started bunjeeing the pantry shut before travel. Everything seems to handle the bumpy ride, even on the bumpier end of the trailer. All the other stuff we’ve broken is stuff we’ve knocked off the counter while stationary because of limited counter space!

    My “mini bar” is also under the bed—just because that’s where it best fit. Seems to be the place!

  • Reply Anna-Marie White April 29, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Good advice, thats what we do as well. Im a containeraholic though

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