Camping Kitchen

Open Air Kitchen – Ultimate Packing List For Camping Kitchen

The weekend is just around the corner – the camping gear is being packed and you ask yourself: What do I need for the camping kitchen? The stove, pot and cup are clear, but you shouldn’t forget that. That is why we have written a detailed article for you that explains exactly what you need for your next camping adventure.

  • Camping stove
  • Outdoor lighter
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Water treatment
  • Camping cutlery
  • Cooking accessories

Camping kitchen – what else you have to take with you:

  • Water cans
  • Camping dishes
  • Cup or mountain mug
  • Plate
  • Muesli bowl or “only” deep plates
  • Fuel (gas cartridges, petrol …)
  • Multitool (with can opener / corkscrew)
  • Possibly a spatula / ladle
  • Sharp knife / pocket knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cooling box

Camping kitchen – order and cleanliness must be:

  • Washing-up liquid
  • Dish sponge
  • Dish brush
  • Sink bowl / folding bowl
  • Tea towel
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Clothes line

Grilling with the camping kitchen?

  • Camping grill
  • Possibly grill grate
  • Charcoal

The most important foods for the camping kitchen:

  • Spices (salt, pepper, herbs, …)
  • Possibly trekking food
  • Powdered drink
  • Basic stock of food (pasta, rice, sauces, …)
  • Oil / vinegar

Camping kitchen – what else is important:

The perfect outdoor kitchen has many faces, as a wide variety of cooking utensils are required depending on the requirements, number of people and dishes. Even with the individual articles there are different orientations (e.g. ultralight vs. extensive comfort variant) and price levels – depending on personal wishes. The above list is only intended to provide an aid to what you can think of in principle.

camping kitchen couple

Before going on a trekking tour, weekend trip or camping holiday, everyone has to find out for themselves what equipment they need and how they want to transport it. Depending on whether it is a camping kitchen that is driven around with the motorhome or has to be stowed in a backpack, you will set different priorities. Especially if you want to carry the camping kitchen on your back while trekking, you should pay attention to minimalism and weight reduction. Here it is advisable to use articles that are as versatile as possible (e.g. only one deep plate that can be used for soups and all other dishes, only a pocket knife instead of additional knives, a pot that is suitable for frying and cooking at the same time, etc …).

A kitchen box for the mobile home or vehicle

If you use your camping kitchen for regular excursions by bus or mobile home, you can afford to pack a little more generously. Then, for example, a small recipe book can also be a fixed part of the camping kitchen. With a rolling base camp, it is also advisable to deposit a pre-packed box in the motorhome / vehicle that contains everything except fresh food. So you don’t have to think every time whether you are missing salt and pepper or whether you have packed the right pot and the good knife. A routine kitchen check before departure is still advisable: is the gas enough for my trip? Do I have enough plates and mountain cups for the crew or do I have to add more dishes? Or: can I do without something this time? Once you are out and about, it is often unnecessarily complicated to stock up on the camping kitchen.

More tips for the camping kitchen

  • Always ensure that the gas cartridges are full and that there is enough fuel. There’s nothing more annoying about camping than a stove that doesn’t work because the cartridge is empty. Especially when you are traveling a little outside of civilization, you should definitely make sure that you have enough fuel reserves.
  • A draft shield is a luxury that you should afford depending on the stove. Some outdoor stoves have already integrated a windshield so that you don’t have to worry about a constantly dying flame. With all other stoves that you use outside, you should definitely pay attention to a corresponding device.
  • When shopping, make sure you have sturdy and versatile cookware – then, in an emergency, you can cook over an open fire without the need for additional dishes. Often it is also worth taking a grill grate with you to cook directly over the campfire.
  • A small selection of spices should be included, which you should definitely afford, depending on your weight expectations. Even salt, pepper and a few spices can quickly conjure up a delicious dish from a bland, boring meal in a bag. Even those who mainly cook a few standard recipes can simply add a little variety to the pan with a few spices.
  • Please follow the rules of nature! Neither the campsite nor the great outdoors are intended as a garbage dump. The basic rule that you take your own rubbish with you and dispose of it correctly should go without saying. Especially those who camp in the great outdoors should heed these basic rules out of love for nature and respect for other outdoor athletes. Therefore, think of a garbage bag as well!
  • Important: anyone who cooks outside should – depending on the region and season – have an eye on the risk of forest fires – and take appropriate safety measures.
  • Sufficient drinking water is more important than food. If you do not have access to clean (!!!) drinking water, you should either take enough reserves with you or make sure that you have the opportunity to purify water yourself. Because nobody wants their camping holiday or trekking tour to be destroyed by unsightly gastrointestinal problems!

Finally, a small, fine tip: A small espresso machine that you can put directly on the stove is something wonderful. A coffee for breakfast warms you up, gives you energy – and you indulge in a little luxury that you don’t often find in nature.

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