There is no shortage of camp kitchen checklists. The most comprehensive include everything from a stove, to salt and pepper, to “the kitchen sink”. By contrast, what we have here is the “Basic” camp kitchen – eight pieces of camp kitchen gear that everything else on the more comprehensive checklists revolve around. The pieces included here are “basic” in another sense as well. That is because they make you to feel good when using them. Yes, you can get by just fine skipping the camp dishes and using a utilitarian mug for scrambled eggs AND soup AND coffee. But to sit down to a campfire meal with friends and family and eat off of a plate with utensils, and pour coffee into a coffee cup from a coffee pot, all surrounded by the glow of lantern light, is part of the total camping experience that nothing else can duplicate.
NOTE: At the end of this article you’ll find the Savage Camper version of the Ultimate Camp Kitchen checklist, which combines several large and popular camp kitchen checklists into one list with the components included in alphabetical order. Use the list in combination with this Basic Checklist below to begin to build your own ultimate camp kitchen.
Camping Kitchen Table
There is no hassle-free camp cooking without a convenient table as kitchen headquarters. The Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Camp Kitchen Table serves that purpose. Features include a side table designed for a 2-burner camp stove, condiment racks, removable sink basin, pantry shelf and lantern hook. The heavy-duty rust-resistant steel frame folds up into a compact unit for one-handed carrying. Another camp cooking table that provides storage space with a good height for cooking is the GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station.
The Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Stove not only looks good it cooks good. Two burners fueled by a disposable propane tank ignite with the matchless Piezo ignition system and put out 20,000 BTUs of heat each. The nickel-coated steel cooking grate is strong and built to hold pots, griddles and skillets. It has a locking lid and handle ready to pack up and accompany you on any adventure.
Other Top 2 and 3 Burner Camp Stoves that you might want to check out:
|Stove||Burners||BTUs from Propane||Made from||Auto Ignition|
|Camp Chef Everest||2||40,000||Stainless Steel||Yes|
|Camp Chef Pro 90||3||90,000||Cast Aluminum||Yes|
|Stansport 2 Burner||2||50,000||Stainless Steel||Yes|
|Camp Chef Yukon 60||2||60,000||Cast Aluminum||Yes|
|Camp Chef Explorer||2||60,000||Cast Aluminum||No|
Cast Iron Dutch Oven and Skillet
No piece of camp cookware is so versatile or is the source of so many campfire memories as the cast iron skillet. With this camp cookware classic you get a 3.2 quart Dutch oven and a 10.25-inch shallow skillet that doubles as a lid. It comes pre-seasoned and ready to use. This Lodge Cast Iron Combo cooker is a perennial Amazon best seller. It is a multi-purpose piece of cast iron cookware that accommodates the preparation of almost any recipe.
Camping Coffee Pot
This coffee pot is an outdoors classic. You get an old-fashioned good looks and percolator convenience in one rugged package. It’s made of heavy gauge enamelled steel that has been kiln-hardened twice at 1400 degrees to resist scratches and chipping. The pot – handle and all – can sit close to the fire to keep coffee hot for hours. The 3-ply construction equalizes heat distribution. For those who are a little more picky about their coffee drinking, try the REI 32-ounce Table Top French Coffee Press. It’s a simple way to brew fresh coffee. The pot is insulated to keep the coffee drinkable longer.
For washing dishes after a meal, use this 3-gallon Seattle Sports Camp Bucket. It’s also handy for hauling water and washing cloths. 10.5 inches tall and 9.5 inches in diameter, It’s made of vinyl-coated nylon and has an abrasion-resistant bottom.
You need a good knife in your camp kitchen. This Morakniv Fixed Blade Utility Knife will do the job. It has a stainless steel blade which maintains an edge and is easy to care for. The ergonomic handle of TPE rubber provides a comfortable, firm grip. You will find plenty of uses for this knife around the camp kitchen including slicing and filleting.
You don’t have to cook or eat in the dark. The Black Diamond Apollo Lantern provides 200 lumens of not-too-bright light thanks to the clouded plastic surrounding the lamp. A dimmer adjusts brightness.Three rubber tipped legs fold down to increase the lantern’s height and maximize light dispersion. Two metal hooks at the top give you hanging options.
More Camp Kitchen Lighting Options
|Lantern||Size||Lumens (High)||Power Source|
|Black Diamond Apollo||9.5” x 3.3” x 5.3”||200||4AA Batteries|
|Streamlight The Siege||4” x 4” x 7.2”||340||3AA Batteries|
|Black Diamond Voyager||4.5” x 2.75” x 2.25”||140||4AA Batteries|
|Goal Zero Lighthouse 250||6” x 15” x 3”||250||Powered by an internal battery that is rechargeable by USB plug or hand crank|
Camping Table Set
The set includes a 9 1/2” plate, 6” bowl, and 12 oz cup. Everything is made of polypropylene that is lightweight, durable, easy to care for and easy to pack. Each set includes a convenient mesh bag.
Camping Can Opener
This tried and true can opener has a smooth, gear-driven function. It was the can opener selected by NASA for the Skylab Space Station. As a can opener back-up always keep a couple of P-38 or P-51 can openers made by the U.S. Shelby Company on your key ring. These little gems never fail.
With that basic inventory you’ll have the essential camp kitchen. From there you add items that you habitually use and rely on.
As promised above. here is the Ultimate Camp Kitchen checklist compiled by consolidating all of the camp kitchen checklist items from several reliable sources, including REI, Outdoor Lab, Reserve America, and others. The list is meant to be comprehensive – not short. Some items included are a little far-fetched for camping. Sometimes the same item appears twice by a slightly different name: “foil” is also “aluminum foil.” Everything is broken down into its most basic components. A “table set” for example, appears on the list as individual items: plates, bowls and cups. Pick and choose items from this list and add them to the classic checklist above to build your own personal camp kitchen.
The Ultimate Camp Kitchen Checklist
- Aluminum foil,
- Biodegradable Soap
- Bottle Opener
- Bug repellent
- Camp Sink
- Can opener
- Chopping knife
- Clothes line
- Coffee pot
- Collapsible water container(s)
- Container for food storage
- Cooking oil
- Cooking spoon
- Cutting board
- Dish pan
- Dish rags
- Dish Soap
- Dishwashing tub
- Drying Rack
- Dust brush
- Dutch oven
- Egg Holders
- Extension sticks / roasting Items
- Fire starter
- First aid kit
- Food Storage Containers
- Frying pans with lids
- Fuel bottles
- Funnel (s)
- Grill forks
- Hand crank blender
- Kitchen organizer
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Pam spray
- Paper cups
- Paper plates
- Paper towels
- Paring Knife
- Pie irons
- Plastic bags
- Pot holders / oven mitt
- Pot scrubber
- Potato peeler
- Pots with lids
- Scrub pad
- Stirring spoon
- Table cloth
- Tarp, poles, ropes, stakes
- Thumb tacks
- Trash bags
- Vacuum bottle
- Water bottles
- Water filter
- Water Jug
- Water purification
- Wood (for burning)
- Work gloves
- Ziplock bags
I would be interested in receiving a copy of what you come up with for your own personal Ultimate Camp Kitchen Checklist. Post in comments below.