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Camping enthusiasts will wish all cars came with this addition. 

Elisabeth Sherman
March 13, 2018

For people who like to travel and explore, one common problem stands out: How can you remain mobile while also carrying everything you need to survive? Some hikers and campers solve this conundrum with backpacks stuffed with freeze-dried food, while others opt for those 35-foot long cross-country RVs. But there has to be some in-between option, and a man from New Zealand might have figured out the solution.

This innovative tech genius installed a tiny kitchen in the trunk of his compact electric car, complete with a mini fridge and a gas camping stove. He even managed to fit the kitchen sink.

The kitchen unit itself is made from wood—“really light, and its easily removable,” as he says in the video—meaning that it won’t weigh down the car or take up too much space. To make the sink, all he uses is a stainless steel bowl with a hole drilled in the bottom for the drain. And yes, the sink does come equipped with running water, using a clever McGyver-esque method: a small plastic container of water, hooked up to a windshield wiper motor. He even covers the entire kitchen unit in wood-printed vinyl to make it look even more professional.

The entire system does work, and was installed and built completely by hand, which means if you have the same engineering savvy and extra time as this guy, you could theoretically recreate the kitchen in your own car.

What purpose would all that hard work serve? Think about all the adventures that you could go on—cross-country drives, camping trips—with a working kitchen in your car. No more lugging around a backpack filled with provisions, or mini-hikes to the nearest waterspout to rinse out your dishes. If you’re an outdoors person of any kind, looking at this mini kitchen probably has you drooling with envy.