Items You Need For Your First Camp Kitchen

Posted on: 21 November 2017

Camping is a great low-cost vacation idea, whether you are single or part of a family. For the cost of some reusable equipment and a small nightly campsite fee, you can vacation nearly anywhere your heart desires for a low price. Eating at camp is the key to having an enjoyable time on a budget. If you are new to camping, the following items are a must to start your camp kitchen.

A camp stove

You need a camp stove that fits your needs. Things to consider when shopping for a stove include:

  • Do you need a stand? There are table top and legged versions. If you plan to camp in primitive sites, you may not have a table available.

  • How many burners? For most small families, two burners are sufficient. For larger families, you may need more burners or more stoves.

  • What type of fuel? Avoid electric models – most campsites don't have electrical access. For smaller stoves, white fuel or mini propane tanks are best. Refillable propane is better for larger stoves.


At a bare minimum you need a a pot and a skillet with a lid. Cast iron and enameled cast iron are good choices. Avoid non-stick surfaces since they tend to crack and peel on a camp stove.

Other cook ware items you may need:

  • Spoons

  • Spatulas

  • Whisk

  • A mixing bowl

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Pot grabber

Opt for metal and silicone items when possible.

Serving ware

Some people opt for disposable serving ware, but reusable is more budget and environmentally friendly. Items you need include:

  • Plates

  • Forks, spoons, and knives

  • Cups

  • Mugs

  • Bowls

Condiment caddy

A small caddy filled with condiments you need makes everything organized and easily accessible. Your condiment choices depend on your personal preferences, but mustard, ketchup, barbecue, and hot sauce are common options. Also, don't forget your favorite herbs and spices – salt and pepper are a must. You may also want to consider a few spice blends, such as an italian blend and curry powder.

Loose ends

Finally, there are a few loose ends that complete the perfect camp kitchen. Although not directly related to food preparation, they do may everything more convenient. These include:

  • Table cloth and clips

  • A water jug with spigot

  • Pot scrubber and dish soap

  • A bus tub (for dishes)

Talk to a local camp equipment supplier if you want to buy camping cooking supplies.