Tips for Building a Short-Term Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen?

In July my husband and I will be moving into our first non-apartment home. The details of the space are still to come, but for now, I can tell you that it will undergo a great deal of plumbing work in the first 30 days. We'll have limited access to water and appliances, and we will need to get by with only a refrigerator, grill, and hot plate. Do you have any suggestions of things we should add to our list of must-haves to get by?

Although we keep a well stocked kitchen when it comes to accessories, we've never had to live in a situation where water wasn't readily available or been forced to used extremely limited appliances. Now don't get me wrong, we love to camp and the idea of an entire meal being cooked over campfire is great — for a week, but for an entire month, well that's a whole new story.

Though we do actually have water storage for the majority of the month, most of that water will be going to "showers" and other basic needs. If you were in our situation, what would you make sure you purchased or packed along to put to use in the new place (besides a hotel room!)?

We hope to have major appliances in within the first few months, but we have our sights set on purchasing restaurant grade units and living without until they're paid for and installed. There's only a few times in life you get to start with a blank slate and we're trying to make the most of it.

Do you have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments below!

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