CAMPING | Camp Kitchen Essentials For Your Next Camping Trip

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Being able to prepare and cook proper food when camping really can make a huge difference to your enjoyment. With not a ration pack or tin of beans in sight, we share some essentials to help you kit out your camp kitchen in style!

Kitchen area inside tent

If you eat well at home, it stands to reason that you are probably going to want to do the same whilst you’re away and being in a tent, caravan or campervan doesn’t mean you have to resort to eating rubbish!

Looking for some inspiration? Check out one of my favourite quick and easy camping meals, or see 6 handy food and camping hacks.

With some well-chosen essentials, basic camp kitchen equipment and some forward planning you can eat well under canvas.

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Basic Camp Kitchen Essentials List

There’s nothing wrong with having a basic kitchen set up, it’s all down to what works best for you, and the way you prefer to camp.

If you’re short on space, planning a single night trip or you need to carry everything with you, we’d recommend the following;

  • Gas stove or Trangia (see our review of the Primus Lite+ stove)
  • Spare gas canisters
  • Kettle
  • Mess tin(s)
  • Cutlery
  • Mug
  • Washing up supplies
Camp kitchen essentials

Family Camp Kitchen Essentials List

Not keen on sitting on the floor to make a cuppa? Don’t like the idea of living on Pot Noodles or dehydrated food packs whilst you’re camping?

If you’ve got the space and would prefer to be able to prepare and cook full meals whilst camping, this is the essentials list for you;

  • Gas stove ( see our review of the Primus Kinjia double stove)
  • Spare gas bottle(s)
  • Kettle
  • Frying pan (we find a wok provides us with more flexibility)
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula/stirring/serving spoon
  • Tongs
  • Carving knife
  • Chopping knife
  • Colander
  • Mixing/salad bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Bowls & plates (eco-friendly disposable, tin or melamine work best)
  • Scissors
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs, drinking tumblers and wine glasses (plastic)
  • Kitchen storage unit (see our review of the Outwell Padres XL camp kitchen)
  • Camp table & chairs
  • Washing up supplies + washing up bowl (collapsable ones are best)
  • Water carrier
  • Camping cool box (see our camping cool box recommendations here)
Camp kitchen essentials

Handy Store Cupboard Extras

  • Tin foil/beeswax food wraps/food storage bags
  • Food storage boxes
  • Bin bags
  • Anti-bac spray/wipes
  • Kitchen roll
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Condiments
  • Salt & pepper
  • Spray cooking oil/olive oil
  • Tea, coffee and hot chocolate
  • Long-life milk
  • Assorted spices
Campsite cooking tips

Cooking Safely When Camping

Please remember that cooking inside your tent is not recommended, a well ventilated open-sided awning to protect you from the elements is better.

When using a gas stove, please ensure you follow all relevant safety instructions and ensure you are using a carbon monoxide alarm too.

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