Matt Johnson

9 Storage Ideas for Small Campers

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Sep 10, 2022Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Small campers present a unique storage challenge: how do you fit all of your belongings in a barely larger space than a parking spot? You want to pack everything you need for an enjoyable and memorable weekend trip, but you don’t want your small space to feel cramped and cluttered. If only there were some storage ideas for the smaller campers.

Don’t worry. We have some good news. We’ve been camping for years upon years and have made the most of our tiny space with a few of these RV storage ideas.

Here are nine storage solutions to help you make the most of your limited storage space.

Make use of the cabinets with plastic containers.

Plastic Storage Containers in a Cabinet
Storage containers that fit perfectly in a cabinet and keep everything ready for your next trip. RV organization in the kitchen will make your RV space feel that much bigger. Photo courtesy of The Spruce.

When camping in a small camper, you have to use every inch of storage space. That’s why we recommend using the cabinets to store plastic containers. This way, you can easily see what’s inside and access it when needed. Plus, it’ll help keep your camper organized.

In the containers, you can put plasticware, spices, non-perishable food items, and other small camping essentials. Then just stack them in the cabinet or cupboard.

Another one of my favorite storage ideas for small campers is the use of mason jars. They’re great for small things and fit into cupboards nicely.

Store stuff behind the cabinet doors.

Store Stuff on Cabinet Doors
Make use of the cabinet door space by attaching shelves. You’ll save a lot of space with these RV kitchen storage ideas. Photo courtesy of The Family Handyman.

There are all sorts of hidden places to store stuff in small campers. One of the best storage ideas is to use the space behind cabinet doors. Sleek, hidden, and excellent storage from untapped space. After all, aren’t your RV kitchen cabinets for storing? Of course!

You can put hooks on the back of the doors and hang aprons, towels, or even clothes. Or you can use adhesive hooks and hang mugs, cups, or other kitchen items. Even over-the-door storage racks are perfect for smaller spaces, such as behind the cabinet door. These are great for garbage bags and to maximize space under your counter. Saving your cabinet space is so easy this is one of our favorite RV storage ideas.

Another great idea is to use clear storage bins. That way, you can see what’s inside and quickly grab what you need.

Use a bedside caddy for storing books and more.

Bedside Caddy for Bedroom Storage
Make the most of your space in your RV’s bedroom with a bedside caddy. This is one of those RV organization ideas that’s often overlooked. Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy.

One of my favorite storage ideas for small campers is to use a bedside caddy. This is a great way to store books, magazines, tablets, and other items you want to keep close by. It’ll clear up your floor space and create storage spaces for smaller items. You can even use command hooks to hang shoes or other items around the edge of your bed.

Plus, it frees up space on your nightstand or dresser. And it’s a great way to keep things organized and within reach. Over time, I found that you don’t want to put stuff in there that you need to access quickly, such as a phone or glasses. But it’s perfect for items you want close by but don’t need immediate access.

Store soap and shampoo with a RV shower pocket organizer.

Pocket Shower Organizer
Easily store all of your shower essentials with a pocket shower organizer. Photo courtesy of Big Lots. (I love Big Lots by the way!)

Bathrooms are always tight in RVs, and the shower is no exception. Like me, you probably have various soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries.

I recommend using a shower pocket organizer to keep them all organized and within reach. These are great for small campers because they take up very little space and can hold stuff. Plus, they help keep your shower organized and tidy. You can easily hang them on the shower door or shower curtain, so you have quite a few space saving options for your RV bathroom.

There’s always space under the dinette seats.

RV Dinette Storage
Don’t skimp on the space below your dinette seating! Photo courtesy of Robert Sales.

Don’t overlook the space under the dinette seats. This is a great storage area for any size of RV. You can put all sorts of things under there, such as games, puzzles, books, and more.

You can even put storage bins underneath if you have a bench seat. This is a great way to keep things organized and out of the way. We typically put things in ours that we don’t need all that often but still need to store. We currently have extra blankets and board games stored under our dinette seats.

Overdoor shoe racks can store just about anything.

Overdoor Shoe Organizer for Other Stuff
You can put just about anything in an overdoor shoe organizer. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Overdoor shoe racks come in various sizes, but they’re all great for storage. You can use them to store shoes, of course. But you can also use them to store other items such as toiletries, towels, clothes, and so much more.

They’re a great way to use otherwise wasted space and help keep your camper organized. Just be sure to get one that fits the door size of your trailer.

Find hidden space in the passthrough storage.

RV Passthrough Storage Ideas
Load up your passthrough storage for the ultimate storage idea. Photo courtesy of Forest River Forums.

Most RV’ers put their outdoor equipment in their passthrough storage (often referred to as the “basement” in an RV). But did you know that you can also store other things there?

We’ve found it a great place to store extra pillows, blankets, and towels. Just be sure to put them in waterproof containers. We’ve even put storage containers in there with things like camping chairs and tablecloths. It’s a great way to use the space and keep your camper organized.

You can use bungee cords to mount storage containers to the basement ceiling. This uses wasted vertical space and is perfect for storing things like holiday decorations or seasonal clothing. This RV storage idea can be applied in other places too like your RV cupboards.

Free up your counter space using these two storage ideas for small campers.

Stove Cover to Free Up Countertop Space
Maximize the use of your countertops with a stove or sink cover. Photo courtesy of Etsy.

Campers and RVs inherently have very little counter space. However, you can add a few things that will free up much-needed counter space.

A sink cover is a great way to create more space. They come in various sizes and styles, but they all serve the same purpose. They give you extra prep space when you need it and can be stored away easily when you don’t.

Another one of my favorite ideas is a cooktop cover. Just like the sink cover, it provides extra space when you need it and can be stored away easily when you don’t. Plus, it helps protect your cooktop from scratches and other damage.

Don’t forget the bumper storage.

Bumper Toolbox
There’s even some precious space on the outside of your mini camper!

Lastly, this is one of the most practical outdoor storage ideas. Don’t forget about the storage space on your RV’s bumper.

This is a great place to store things like bicycles, kayaks, and other outdoor gear. There are several ways you can keep just about anything back there and save space in your basement and the bed of your truck. Just be sure to use bungee cords or straps to secure the items to the bumper (we’ve seen things barely hanging on other RVs in the past). And be careful not to overload the bumper as this can structurally damage your RV. If that happens, storage will be the least of your concerns.

Upgrade your RV life with these RV storage ideas!

Small campers present a unique storage challenge because of their limited space. However, with a little bit of creativity and planning, you can easily store all of your camping gear using the tips we’ve provided.

From your RV kitchen to the bathroom and everything above and below – there’s tons of space you can make the most of when you want to organize your RV. These are just some of our favorite travel trailer organization ideas we’ve put to good use over the years of camping and glamping we’ve done.

Have you tried any of these storage ideas for small campers? Got any better ideas? We’d love to hear about them!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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