Essential Camping Cooking Equipment Everyone Should Have

There are lists of essential camping cooking equipment everyone should have all over, however, they aren’t worth anything if you forget them at home.  So, why not make a list of the things you do have for camping and cooking to ensure you remember them. Or keep them in the plastic tote that is easy to grab and have everything in it and ready.  Store away as your camp and keep it clean and dry and it’s always prepared. Now, some things that could be in this plastic tote are things you find around the kitchen, of course.

However, depending on how your camp can also depend on what you bring.  Bringing camping tools for cooking will be determined by if you are a grill cooker or a bonfire cooker, maybe a little bit of both?  There is certainly one tool that will earn its weight as a go-to for many campers. This tool is a pie maker, but don’t think you just have to make pies in it.  Pie makers are typically cast iron and there are essentially 100’s if not 1000’s of recipes out there. It is used on the bonfire and grilled sandwiches to various shepherds pies and well, pie as well.


Prepare to Cook Outdoors

You will need to make that bonfire, so well, wood would be great as well.  Or if you are going to cook on a grill or stove you will need the grill or stove, or both along with the fuel that you need to cook with.  If you are cooking in a camper, the camper will need to be prepared to use the stove. Or, as many campers like to do, you can cook outside on a camping stove or grill.  This allows for more room and sometimes is easier, especially if you have a larger crowd. Cooking inside a camper can get a bit cramped. But, it can be done. Storing all your kitchen camping things inside the camper and just leaving it set up can ensure you will not arrive without something important.  Things like the normal kitchen stuff such as:

  • Can Opener/Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Tub for washing the dishes or in a camper the sink hooked up
  • Dish Detergent
  • Cutting boards
  • Utensils
  • Dishes both to cook with and eat off from
  • Seasonings
  • Storage bags and trash bags
  • Oven mitts and tongs
  • Fuel for the stoves
  • The stoves
  • Coffee Pot
  • Cast Iron Pie Maker
  • Aluminum Foil

And, to make meals even easier, do up some meal prepping before you leave.  Plan out the meals and have items already chopped and put into the foil if that is how you plan to make them.  This will allow everyone to enjoy the great food without having to labor all day over it. Get creative and have fun with cooking on the open flame of the bonfire or using a grill.  The small camping stoves are very efficient and easy to use as well.

However you enjoy camping, there are certainly many varieties of cooking offered.  Just remember to be organized and ensure you have everything before you leave and have fun.


Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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