I kind of left off with a bare bones kitchen comprised of a flat surface with a single shelf underneath. In that state the kitchen is not particularly useful, although I had been hanging jackets on the coat rack and storing some trash bags in the wire trash can.In order to make the kitchen more useful, I needed to add some additions. One of the first things I added was a secondary shelf; giving me extra space. With this new shelf installed, I decided I would keep all of my kitchen “hardware”: plates, cups, skillet, cutting boards, etc just underneath the counter. On the second shelf, the new one, I will be keeping all my food. There’s also a little bit space between the second shelf and the van floor. This space fits two pairs of climbing shoes perfectly and a stove. I also found the items on the shelves had a tendency to shift while in motion. I installed a small lip on each edge to prevent my cast iron skillet from flying off while driving. On these lips I added a few hooks. I can hang up dish cloths on these as well as anything that may be drying. I finally got my stove. I initially planned on using a hot plate to cook off of. However, I crunched some numbers back in early May and found it would be difficult to supply the necessary power to the hot plate if I was going to exclusively solar panels. After doing more research on the internet, I determined my best option was a butane stove. I’m thinking I might post about the stove and van cooking in the future.
In addition to shelf space and a stove, I needed to stay hydrated. Considering I will be using this as an adventure van, I may not always have access to potable water. I bought a 2.5 gallon jug from Walmart with a spigot attachment. This sits on the counter top next to the stove, separated by a thin wall. After driving around for a bit, I found this wasn’t particularly stable and the jug liked to slide out while the van was in motion. I took an eye hook and connected that to a hook on the other side with some paracord. Stringing the jug up like this keeps the water jug contained, but also allows for it to be easily removed and refilled.