15 cooking equipment essentials to take on your next camping trip
It can be easy to forget one or two pieces of cooking equipment when packing for your camping trip. Having all the essential equipment makes cooking easy, convenient and enjoyable. We’ve compiled a list of 15 pieces of camping cooking equipment we consider vital for any trip. As long as you’ve got these essentials, you’ll be cooking delicious meals in no time. Struggling for recipe inspiration? Take a look at our list of 15 easy camping recipes.
1. Camping stove
If you’re considering cooking on your next camping trip, the camping stove is an essential piece of equipment. Whether it’s a single or dual burner, freestanding or table-top, a camping stove will be necessary for all types of cooking.
Safety is always a priority when cooking, therefore it’s vital to take all the necessary precautions. Whether you’re camping in a tent, caravan or motorhome, it’s imperative not to cook in your unit due to the potential fire risk. Also, inadequate ventilation can lead to a build-up of poisonous carbon monoxide. Before using a camping stove, read our guides on how to use gas safely for tent campers and for caravans and motorhomes.
2. Cool box
Cool boxes are essential for keeping food fresh, milk cold and drinks chilled. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, cool boxes are perfect for preventing food from going off.
If space is a priority when packing, cool bags are a useful, space-saving alternative. The majority of our Club Sites offer ice pack freezing so you can keep your items cool throughout your stay.
3. Camping stove gas
There is little point in owning a camping stove if you don’t have any fuel to fire it up. Different stoves require different types of fuel, however butane (usually in a blue pressurised canister) or propane (in a red canister) are clean and easy.
Gas is a popular choice for cooking fuel as it’s clean and easily portable. Before using camping fuel, take a look at our guide to gas and liquid fuels.
It may seem like a given, but it’s easy to forget you might need something to eat on and drink from.
It’s worth investing in some reusable dinnerware, as it’s better for the environment than using single-use paper plates and plastic cutlery. Here’s what you’re going to need:
- Knives and forks
- Spoons and teaspoons
- Serving dishes
5. Camping pots and pans
Whether it’s special camping kitchen equipment or cookware from home, you’re going to need some pots and pans to cook your food.
There is a wide variety of pots and pans available on the market. Generally, special camping cookware is lighter, more robust and easier to pack. It’s important to remember to bring larger pots and pans if you intend to cook big batches for a large group of people.
6. Camping kettle
If you are hoping to have a cup of tea or coffee, or cook some pasta or rice, packing a kettle can be really useful.
There are a number of camping kettles on offer, including aluminium and stainless steel, as well as easily-packable folding kettles. If you’re new to camping and have booked onto a pitch with electric, any kettle rated at around 2kw or less will do the trick.
7. Cooking utensils
No matter what recipe you are following, you will at some point need knives for chopping, wooden spoons for stirring and spatulas for flipping. Here’s a list of what you’re going to need:
- Wooden spoon
- Large spoons
- Sharp knives
- Chopping board
8. Water container
If you’re a tent camper, having a full container of water is a matter of convenience. Use a tap at your campsite to fill the container and use the supply each time you need it.
You can buy collapsible water containers and ones with taps from most outdoor shops, which are easy to pack, transport and use.
9. First aid kit
When it comes to camping, safety always comes first. A small first aid kit is essential for any camping trip. Before your trip, take a look at our guide on how to stay safe on the campsite.
When preparing food, burns and cuts are fairly common and plasters and bandages can be very useful. Here’s a list of what you need in your kit:
- A variety of plasters
- Disposable sterile gloves
- A variety of bandages
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- Sticky tape
- Antiseptic cream
10. Folding camping toaster
Cheap, filling and easy, toast is an ideal food to eat when camping. If you have a folding camping toaster, there’s no need to take your toaster from home with you.
Cooking with a camping toaster is convenient, safe and perfect for toasting bread, bagels, teacakes and melting the cheese in your toastie.
11. Camping table
You’ve bought all your ingredients, brought all your cooking camping equipment with you, followed a recipe, served it on plates – but where are you going to eat it?
Gather your family or friends around your camping table and make dinnertime a communal activity. Camping tables are adaptable too, use the table to set up a board game or gather everyone round for a game of cards.
12. Bin bags
A tidy camp is a happy camp. Put all your rubbish in big bags and keep your campsite environment uncluttered, this will reduce the chances of wildlife taking an interest and raise the morale of everyone in the camp.
It’s important to bear the camping code of “leave no trace” in mind, therefore you should try your best to leave your pitch in the same state you found it in.
All of our Club Sites have a rubbish disposal point and it's important to dispose of rubbish in an environmentally friendly manner and to recycle responsibly.
13. Washing up equipment
As mentioned above, keeping your pitch tidy is a good routine to get in to. Don't allow washing up to sit around, use the ample washing facilities and while you're at it, have a chat with your fellow campers - it's a great meeting place too.
Your cookware is going to get dirty if you don’t have the washing up equipment essentials. Here’s what you’re going to need:
- Washing up liquid
- Tea towels
- Scouring pad
- Dish cloth
14. Butterfly can opener
When camping in a secluded area, there are few things more tedious than having a can but no can opener, or a bottle with no bottle opener.
If you remember to pack your butterfly can opener, neither of these issues will be a problem and you’re bound to be a popular member of the camp.
15. Food storage
Having a variety of containers will allow you to keep your food organised and your environment orderly.
Keep your ingredients fresh by putting them in Tupperware chilled in your coolbox, put your leftover food in containers and reuse it the following day. If you don’t have any containers, beeswax sheets can also help keep food fresh.
If this list has left you hungry for more food and drink inspiration, take a look at some camping food and cooking ideas.