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What Kitchen Gear To Pack For Camping

Main Camp Kitchen Essentials:

1) Stove and Fuel


A camp stove is definitely essential, but there’s no need to go out and spend a lot of money on one.

I’ve been using an old Coleman camp stove for years! It’s a really great option if you’re just getting into camping and don’t want to spend a lot of money.

There are so many easy camping meals that you can make with a camp stove.

Make sure to pack the fuel too!

Cooking bacon in a cast iron pan while camping.

2) Cast Iron Pan

I cannot say enough great things about cooking with cast iron. Not only do I use it camping, but I also use it at home.

My cast iron pan is an antique Griswold pan. It’s about 100 years old! How cool is that?

But you don’t need to go to an antique store to find a cast iron pan.

My favorite place to buy cast iron is the company Barebones Living. They make a really nice cast iron pan for a great price.

Why Cast Iron is Great for Camp Cooking:

  • it holds heat really well

  • it can be used on a camp stove or over a campfire

  • it’s easy to clean and take care of

  • it will last a lifetime

  • there are no toxic non-stick coatings to worry about

3) Water Jug


It’s so convenient to have a big water jug at your campsite. Most campgrounds have water availability, so it’s easy to refill them. Then, when you’re cooking or need to fill up your water bottle, you can easily do that at your campsite.

In addition, sometimes I camp in places that don’t have a water source. In that case, it’s nice to have a way to pack a lot of water for a trip.

4) Cooler

A Yeti Tundra cooler is the best cooler for camping!

A cooler is an item that will instantly elevate your camp kitchen! Imagine being able to pack things like cheese, milk, meats, cold beers, and more.

If you’re planning to camp a lot, it’s worth getting a good cooler.

Nick and I use a Yeti cooler, and it’s the best thing ever!

Years ago, I thought it was ridiculous to spend a lot of money on a cooler, so I bought a cheaper version of the Yeti from a different brand at Walmart.

Needless to say, it didn’t work very well.

The Yeti will keep things cool for days, and you don’t have to constantly refill it with ice.

5) Pot with a Lid

I like to pack a small pot with a lid for making simple meals like mac and cheese, ramen, or this delicious grilled chicken with Indian simmer sauce!

The pot that I have is a relatively small one. It’s the MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot in the 1.6 L size.

It’s great for 2 people, but if you have a larger group of campers, you might want a bigger one like this pot from Barebones Living.

Cutting tomatoes on a wooden cutting board while camping.

6) Cutting Board

Any cutting board you already have will work here, or check out the Gear Spotlight below!

7) Sharp Knife

Of course, you’ll need a knife to go with that cutting board.

Make sure you have a good sharp knife and a knife cover for when you travel with it.

Gear Spotlight: Camp Kitchen Kit

This GSI camp kitchen kit is perfect for camping! I even featured it in my gift guide for campers.

This kit has knives (with covers), a cutting board, a small towel, and a little soap bottle. It’s a great all-in-one compact solution that I thought was of great quality, especially for the price!

The camp kitchen gear used to serve this bacon and eggs breakfast is a spork and a metal plate.

8) Forks and Spoons to Eat With


These Humangear sporks are some of my favorites because they’re really durable, and cheap, and they come in so many fun colors!

We store all of our eating utensils in a wide-mouth Nalgene water bottle, that way they don’t get lost.

I also have these nicer utensils from Barebones Living if I’m feeling fancy!

9) Plates and Bowls

When it’s just me and Nick camping, we usually just pack 2 plates and 2 bowls.

This set is my favorite camp enamelware. It’s really durable and I love how nice it looks!

10) Spatula

For flipping pancakes, fried eggs… you name it!

Cooking foil packet meals over the campfire and using metal tongs to flip the packets.

11) Metal Tongs

Metal tongs are great to have for handling really hot things like coals over a fire.

I use these when I cook with the dutch oven and when I’m making foil packet meals.



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