Cooking will make or break your camping trip.
Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to bring your camp cooking game to the next level. Check out these 5 camp kitchen essentials that will make your camping trip one to remember.
COLEMAN CAMP STOVE
Cooking with charcoal or over the fire are classic camp cooking methods, but there’s something comforting about a reliable camp stove. The Classic Coleman Camp Stove runs on standard 1lb propane canisters. Its design is so simple, rugged and functional. For years we survived just cooking over the campfire and it was kind of a pain. Now the camp stove makes cooking simple and predictable.
GSI OUTDOORS NESTED POTS AND PANS
Cooking hot dogs on a stick is always a solid fallback plan, but for some next level camp food you need some actual cookware. This nested pots and pans set has nearly everything your home kitchen has, but takes up a fraction of the space and is super lightweight. Inside the carrying sack, which doubles as a wash basin, there are 2 pots, 2 lids that double as colanders, a frying pan, a cutting board and a foldable handle. We also fit 2 wide mouth bowls inside ours for a truly complete kitchen set.
COLEMAN 70QT XTREME COOLER
Instead of spending $500 on a name brand over the top cooler, go for the Coleman Xtreme. It costs 80% less and holds ice for 5 days vs. the Yeti’s 6-7.
If my math is right and the cost of ice doesn’t balloon drastically, it would take over 5 years for the Yeti to pay for itself by buying less ice. After that point, you’re only saving an additional 11 cents per WEEK and that’s assuming constant, year round use.
Unless you’re in a remote area with limited access to ice or if your survival depends on keeping your food cold, there’s no better choice than the Coleman Xtreme.
GSI OUTDOORS 30OZ JAVAPRESS
The GSI Javapress is a perfectly sized french press that travels well. I’ve had one for over 5 years and it’s still cranking out bomb-ass backwoods coffee like it was on day one.
Pair this with a hand coffee grinder and never go un-caffeinated.
That’s right, it’s a little plastic bin. A 5 quart plastic bin to be exact. It almost seems too simple to have an impact on your camp kitchen, but think again. Having a compact place to store all of your cooking essentials is crucial. When dinner time comes, just grab your bin, your nested pots and stove. Bam. Done.
After a few years of optimizing my little kitchen tote, I think I’ve got it down to a science. Here’s what’s in mine:
- Large Spoon
- Small Rubber Spatula
- Dish Sponge
- Dish Soap
- 3 Squares of Aluminum Foil
- 2 Person Set of Cutlery
- Sharp Knife
- Mini Salt & Pepper Shakers
- 2 Terry Cloth Towels