DIY $2.50 Travel Spice Rack

Travel Spice Container

Now, I realize that not everyone spends as much time in other people’s kitchens as I do, but there’s always the occasional picnic, family dinner, or camping trip that requires some on-the-spot cooking, and you never know what you’re going to find in Aunt Mildred’s cupboards (or worse, you have a pretty good idea of what you will!)

You can pick up mini-spice containers online or at specialty kitchen shops, but typically they’re a little spendy, complicated to use, and either don’t hold enough spices for more than one meal, or have openings that are too small to fit a teaspoon into.

So, when I found this beauty at The Tualatin Pharmacy the other day, I was pretty excited. It holds a reasonable amount of my seven most common spices (I’m seriously considering buying a second one, as well) in huge 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 2″ compartments.

It’s lightweight, durable, easy to use, and best of all, it was a whopping $2.50!

Some tips:

  • Before you load up your new container (and after you wash and dry it), get out all of your favorite spices, and line them up on the counter according to your favorites and the ones you use the most often. If you enjoy different cuisines, you could get multiple containers and label them according to the type of spices (Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc…)
  • You can use a sharpie to write the names of each spice on the outside of the container, but I recommend using a strip of masking tape so you can change your mind in the future.
  • The snap on these lids are pretty tight, but due to my own paranoia, I like to add a good, tight rubber-band lengthwise down the box. You could also put the whole thing in a gallon zip back for a third layer of protection.
  • For big multi-dish meals with lots of spices, you could also pre-mix the spices for each recipe and store them in an individual section. Dedicate one space each to salt and pepper, and the other 5 to specific recipes!

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Just a note, the great big ones like this can be hard to find, so when you do, splurge and buy a couple of extra for future use.


Chef Perry