Planning for camping can be overwhelming. I’ve given you tips on what you need to succeed with kids (How to Camp With Babies and Kids), but almost as important is what you pack for your kitchen. There are so many cool gadgets and camp kitchen accessories out there that it’s hard to decipher what’s necessary and what’s gimmicky. (This post contains affiliate links.)
You don’t really realize how much stuff you have to bring to survive in the wilderness. Then all of a sudden you’ve literally packed everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink.
I get it, though. You never know when you’re going to need that extra set of silicone nesting shot glasses. And believe me, I am not telling you not to bring them. But when you’re sitting down to make the list of camp kitchen necessities, these 9 are all you NEED to stick to.
The best part about this list is you don’t need to break the bank for most of it. In fact in some cases, the cheapest route is the best.
9 of the Best Camp Kitchen Necessities
Before we dive in, let me clarify that this list is for car camping. I do not recommend packing all this in if you are backpacking.
1) Camp Stove
This is the one we have, and we love it. Don’t forget the propane.
2) Dish Sink
Two wash tubs work best for dishes. Fill both with hot water, and use one for scrubbing and one for rinsing. For soap we love the Campsuds Soap and use it for everything camping. Don’t forget the sponge!
They make all kinds of fancy camping cookware. And if you have extra money lying around and want to splurge, go for it. But to be honest, we’ve had great luck piece mealing pots and pans from thrift stores. Or just getting your basic cheap set. As long as you have a decent sized frying pan, and a few different sized pots.
I absolutely love flexible cutting boards. They take up zero space, and it’s really easy to just fold the mat up like a taco and dump your chopped veggies (or whatever) into the pan.
Once again, you don’t need the best. Something like this basic set would well suit your needs. You could even leave the pizza cutter and one of the spatulas at home if you wanted to. For Pete’s sake though, please just make sure you have your can opener with you!
6) French Press
We have tried NUMEROUS coffee brewing methods while camping. In my opinion though, your basic French Press makes the best coffee and takes up the least amount of space. Just make sure you get a plastic or stainless one to minimize the risk of breakage and glass at your campsite.
Now these you can go a LITTLE fancier if you want. It depends on how long you will be camping and how much storage space you like to have. The basic purpose this serves, though, is a surface to put your food prep and grill on.
I go back and forth between preferring the classic enamel dishes, and just good old paper plates you can throw in the fire when you’re done. When it does come to non-paper though, I’m a fan of this style of dishes. They won’t break. They’re not plastic. And well, they just LOOK like camping.
If all else fails, your stove won’t work, you forgot your pots and pans… You can cook pretty much anything on roasting sticks over the campfire. Plus, it’s not camping without s’mores. So don’t leave home without them!
Now that we’ve hit the necessities, here are some of the things you may THINK you need, but could easily leave at home. And don’t get me wrong, we own most of them. But we’ve found that while they are cool, nifty, or handy… More often than not we end up not using them.
But I digress. What are your camping necessities or niceties?
Also, for a limited time if you sign up for our monthly-ish email updates, you’ll get the full version of this Ultimate Camping Checklist below! You can either sign up on the side of the page under my pic, or just click here.
You may also enjoy:
Let’s stay in touch! Prevent FOMO and sign up here for awesome updates to your inbox.