camping cooking equipment

The type and amount of camping cooking equipment you choose will depend mainly if you are hiking or driving to your destination. Basic, small and lightweight equipment will mean less weight to carry if it’s going to be a long walk before setting up camp.


The Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove

More about camping cooking equipment …Common Cooking Materials:

Cast Iron: Available with an enamel coating, retains heat well, durable, very heavy – unsuitable for hiking.

Stainless steel: Very durable and easy to clean, fairly heavy.

Aluminum: Most have a non-stick coating, a good heat conductor, light, and easy to clean.

Titanium: Very strong, anti-corrosive, is ultra-lightweight making it ideal for backpacking.



For those who like to rough it and leave behind life’s little luxuries (you really don’t have to take the kitchen sink) the equipment that you choose can be very basic. If you are planning to cook over an open camp fire, a pot, pan, and a few pieces of crockery may be all that you need. There are also small lightweight camping stoves suitable for back packers if you prefer a stove or if camp fires are not allowed in your camping area.

Car or RV If you plan to drive to your camp site and have things a little easier upon arrival, the amount and weight of your cooking equipment isn’t as important. There is some pretty elaborate camping cooking equipment available if you like to make your cooking variable and as easy as possible. If you do plan to take along lots of cooking equipment to make sure that you don’t forget anything make yourself a check list.

The number of people in your party and the type of camping you are planning will mainly determine the amount and type of equipment needed, below are a few suggestions.


Camping Cooking Equipment

Stove, grill.

Fuel (propane, coal), matches/lighters

Skillet/frying pan, cooking pots (various sizes), coffee pot

Cloths, pot grips/mitts, dish towels, paper towels, aluminum foil

Cutting board, kitchen knives, cooking tongs/forks/skewers, can opener

Plates, cups, knives/forks/spoons (usually plastic for light weight)

Soap, sponge, dish washing bowl

Food bags, food containers (bear-proof if necessary), garbage bags

Folding table/chairs

Water filter/container



When going camping and “back to nature” many people like to be as basic as possible, others find camping more enjoyable with a good range of camping cooking equipment. Whatever tickles your pickle, whether you enjoy cooking via a stick over an open fire or on a multi-burner stove, …don’t forget the food!


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