A large plastic tub labeled “CAMP STUFF” is always on hand in my basement. It’s the only way I’ll ever be without my Negroni Nalgene and a bottle opener. When it comes to camping food, it can be as simple as a bucket of Popeyes and a six-pack, or it can be as extravagant as a slow-grilled lamb shoulder. At the very least, you’ll need some camping cooking supplies. For your next backpacking or camping trip, here are the essentials.
Everything from your utensil set to that lamb shoulder can be stored in this cabinet.
There are a few things to take care of first. All of your camping cookware will need to be stored somewhere. Make sure you have some old steak knives, one decent chef’s knife, a plastic cutting board, some sporks, Nalgene minis (they never leak) filled with olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, an all-purpose tool (like a screwdriver), and a 1-oz. canister of flaky salt or your favorite spice mix in your bag.
Bon Appet Cooking Kit Bag provided The Blue Ridge Overland Gear costs $80.00.
You’ll also need a place to keep all of your camping food’s perishables safe. If you’re short on space, a hard cooler can serve as a side table or extra seat. A company name is all that’s needed to be mentioned. There’s a good chance you already own one, whether it’s an Igloo or Coleman. A Yeti or a bust is the only option.
Bon Appétit Yeti Tundra 35 Hard Cooler $275.00, Amazon
a grill, a pot of water, and a pasta pot
Everything can be cooked over an open flame, but coffee isn’t always patient enough to wait for the kindling to catch. Eureka’s propane camp stove is a cute, classic piece of camping cooking equipment, but it isn’t strictly necessary.
It’s $110.00 from Eureka’s Bon Appétit Ignite Camp Stove!
Make any fire pit into a BBQ with this Breeo camp grill that can be adjusted in height and angle. We roasted the lamb, grilled hot dogs, and brewed coffee on the same rotisserie. Durable stainless steel construction and a convenient carrying bag are included.
Bon Appétit is the source of this information. At a cost of $140.00, Breeo Outpost 19 Grill with Bag
To make simple breakfasts like scrambled eggs and pancakes, all you’ll need is a pot and a pan. This camping cook set from GSI Outdoors includes both a nonstick pan and a pot with a built-in strainer. It’s fine if you prefer to bring your cast iron and Dutch oven to car camping.
Zola Escape Pot + Frypan $80.00, Bon Appet
The logs can be used to cook and move around. Possibly the most important piece of cooking equipment in your entire outdoor kitchen.
16″ Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Utility Tongs $11.00 from Bon Appétit, Amazon.
Pots, pans, and plates aren’t necessary for the best camping meals. Making foil packets cuts down on the amount of cooking gear you’ll need when backpacking in the backcountry. Make sure to use heavy-duty foil instead of regular foil, as this will ensure that it will not tear.
Heavy-duty aluminum foil, $12.00, from Bon Appétit
For drinking, hydrating, and boozing.
Bring a large refillable container like Reliance’s 7-gallon BPA-free Jumbo-Tainer if your campsite does not have access to drinking water. For a long camping trip in the woods, it should last four people four days of water, and you can always refill it at rest stops. Handy handle and spout make it easy to fit under your car seat, while its flat shape makes it easy to store at home.
7-Gallon Jumbo-Tainer Water Container by Bon Appétit Reliance $21.00, REI
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!
When you’ve just slept on a hard surface, you’re in desperate need of a cup of coffee. Bring La Colombe’s cold brew box or cold brew concentrate instead of a French press or percolator into the woods. Drink it on ice or heat it up over the stove, depending on your preference. Are you trying to reduce the weight of your luggage? Alpine Start’s instant coffee is the answer.
A Bon Appétit Alpine Start Instant Coffee, $8.00, from the Hive.
Everything is contained within a single, vacuum-sealed tumbler. You won’t have to worry about your wine tasting like Honey Bunches of Oats if you clean it after each use.
YETI Rambler 10-Ounce Wine Tumbler $25.00, YETI YETI
Cocktails made in bulk are a smart idea. Filling an insulated XL thermos with cocktail ice is also a good idea. In the woods, where you don’t want to be weighed down by heavy glass bottles, boxed wine is the best option. Hérisson Vin Rouge comes in 3L boxes, which is equal to four bottles. When worn with unwashed hair, this acidic, bright Gamay blend howls in the night.
Bon Appétit Hérisson has donated this image. 3 liters of Drizly Vin Rouge for $35.00
Be sure to bring a water bottle that expresses who you are the most. Hikers will appreciate the convenience of this Hydro Flask bottle on their backs. You can keep your wine chilled with this Corksicle cannister. This Nalgene also has a glow to it at night.
For $20.00, Bon Appt PARKS Glow in the Dark Water Bottle can be yours!
In order to enjoy a meal outside, you should be able to comfortably
It’s impossible to go wrong with splatter enamelware.
GSI Outdoors Pioneer Table Set, $70.00, Amazon, from Bon Appétit
When all the camp cook has to offer is cheese and bread, you’ll still need a small table for your guests to sit at (or a convenient tree stump). You can carry this tie-dye table in a tiny tote, and it’s strong enough to hold a cup of coffee. Keep your feet off it.
Helinox Table One Camping Table $150.00, Bon Appétit, Amazon
To make cleanup as simple as possible (and keeping bears away)
This sink that collapses is a game-changer. The kindling can be hauled with it as well. A biodegradable Dr. Bronner’s soap bar and a tattered old towel are all you’ll need to dry off. Remember that you don’t have to wash every piece of kitchen equipment. Using a sponge and a damp cloth, you can clean the surface. You’ve arrived in the middle of nowhere!