If you are considering camping for anything more than one night, you’re likely to need the ability to prepare and cook food. For family campers, this can provide a particular challenge as prepping wholesome meals for the whole family can be tough when you’re in a tent.
We don’t use ration packs when camping, and we use minimal tinned and dried foods – usually just tinned tomatoes, rice and pasta when we camp as we prefer to cook fresh food from scratch.
Eating well when camping is one of the things that helps to make the whole experience much more enjoyable, but to prepare and cook outdoors, you’ll need some basics.
Basic Camp Kitchen Essentials
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. To prepare basic food whilst camping, we’d recommend the following;
- Gas burner
- Spare Butane gas canister
- Mess tin(s)
- Washing up supplies
Family Camp Kitchen Essentials
Not keen on sitting on the floor to make a cuppa? Don’t like the idea of living on Pot Noodles whilst you’re camping? If you would prefer to be able to prepare and cook full meals whilst camping, this is the essentials list for you;
- Gas stove
- Spare gas bottle(s)
- Frying pan (we find a wok provides us with more flexibility)
- Spatula/stirring/serving spoon
- Carving knife
- Chopping knife
- Mixing/salad bowl
- Chopping board
- Bowls & plates (eco-friendly disposable, tin or melamine are best)
- Mugs, drinking tumblers and wine glasses (plastic)
- Kitchen storage unit
- Camp table & chairs
- Washing up supplies + washing up bowl (collapsable ones are best)
- Water carrier
Handy Store Cupboard Extras
- Tin foil/cling film/food storage bags
- Plastic storage boxes
- Bin bags
- Kitchen roll
- Tin opener
- Salt & pepper
- Tea, coffee and hot chocolate
- Longlife milk
- Assorted spices
Please remember that cooking inside your tent is not recommended, and when using a gas stove, please ensure you follow all relevant safety instructions and ensure you are using a carbon monoxide alarm.
Checkout my guide on sleeping bags.