Pantry Items for your Galley Kitchen

When you are travelling, you will likely be picking up fresh items along your journey at local grocery stores and farmers markets. Sometimes the best part about a new place is finding the local farmer’s market and spending time wandering around the stalls picking out fresh fruits and vegetables and whatever local fair takes your fancy. I still remember eating the most amazing, fresh tomato that I got from a little market in upstate New York when we were winding our way down the Erie Canal. The list below is for Pantry items you will want to have stocked in your Galley Kitchen.

As long as you can buy fresh items every few day, you will be able to enjoy and cook most of the Recipes on this site with the items listed below. For my ideas on what equipment I recommend try out Galley Equipment for some suggestions.

The following list is my idea of which stock food items and other supplies to keep in your Pantry. This, of course, can be modified to suit your personal tastes and what recipes you plan on using. I will update and modify this list as I learn more and hear suggestions from my fellow galley kitchen cooks.

Please leave comments below if you think of anything else I can add.


  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salad Dressing
  • Cranberries
  • Nuts – Almonds/Walnuts
  • Favourite Hot Sauce
  • Lemon and Lime Juice
  • Farro or Quinoa
  • Pasta noodles
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Rice – Instant rice packages are good to have on hand
  • Steak Sauce (A-1 is my favourite)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Ketchup
  • Relish
  • Mustard – Yellow and Whole Grain Dijon
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chicken Broth
  • Can of Tomatoes
  • Flour
  • Honey

Spices – A Category Of Their Own

Spices are a very important part of the pantry in a Galley. After we spend a considerable amount of time cooking in our Galley Kitchen, we are usually looking from some kind of variety. Spices are the perfect thing to use to, well, “spice” things up a bit. Those I’ve listed here are common ones I use in cooking and are featured in many of the recipes you will find on this site. Feel free to modify the list to suit your own tastes but for the amount of space this takes up, please don’t be afraid to have some extra on hand.

  • Salt/ Kosher Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Coriander
  • Curry Powder
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Paprika
  • Allspice
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Red Chili Flakes

Fresh to Dry Ingredients and Spice Conversions

A safe method of converting herbs and spices from fresh to dried is by using a ratio of 1 Teaspoon (tsp) of dried or powdered is equal to 1 Tablespoon (T) of Fresh Herbs.

Some other ratios that you might find helpful are:

1 Small onion = 1/2 tsp of onion powder

1 Clove of garlic – 1/8 tsp of garlic powder

Other Pantry Items

For other pantry items, I try to limit it to the essentials as much as possible to manage the space. I think you would agree that you can’t live without the following.

  • Tin Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Baggies, both small and large
  • Pet Food
  • Pet Treats

Try my Galley Equipment blog to see what else I recommend in the Galley. Don’t forget to leave me comments below. What are your absolute must have items in your pantry?


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