If you’re looking to make some easy camping food on your next family camping trip, we’ve got your camping kitchen covered with this list of the best camping cookware.
You walk out of your tent in the morning and smell pine trees and campfires. You immediately get hungry for some tasty camp breakfast. All you need is the best camping cookware out there. I’ve got you covered!
We’ve assembled an awesome list of the best camping cookware and equipment to give you the best camping kitchen in the campground. Get everything in 2 days or less with your Amazon Prime membership. If you don’t have Prime, try it free for 30 days!
Your basic camping cookware set should have a quality frying pan and pot with lid. There are a ton of different materials available. Lightweight aluminum cookware is great if weight is a concern. You can even get this awesome aluminum camping cooking set.
You can’t go wrong with cast iron. It is the classic camping kitchen cookware. Cast iron pans are awesome for cooking over the fire as it can handle high heat extremely well. Dutch ovens are another classic camping essential. Like the cast iron pans, cast iron dutch ovens also handle the high heat of camp fires with ease. Don’t forget this handy grill glove to avoid burning yourself while removing hot pans from the fire. It handles over 900 degrees with ease.
A note on cast iron:
Cast iron intimidates a lot of people because its not something you wash with soap and water and move on. Cast iron requires care, but it’s not hard. Always buy preseasoned cast iron as this will cut down on initial care. The beauty of cast iron is that it gets layers of flavor over time. Grandma’s 30 year old cast iron will always be better than a new one.
Never, ever use soap in your cast iron as this will remove the layers of flavor and possibly rust your favorite camping cookware. Immediately clean the cast iron with water when you’re done cooking, preferably while its still hot. I highly recommend this chain mail for cleaning cast iron. It is the best and easiest way I’ve ever found to get all the stuck on bits out. All you need is hot water and the chain mail. Afterwards, put a bit of cooking oil in the pan and spread it around with a paper towel. This prevents the cast iron from rusting.
Quality kitchen knives are a must for home and camping. This ceramic knife set is easy to clean and comes with individual sheaths for safety. My favorite knife for my camping kitchen is the Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife. It is awesome for prep work. The best part is the fire steel flint that comes out of the handle. You slide the FireKnife down the flint to cause sparks to start a fire. It’s awesome!
The last items you need for your prep utensils are a good silicone utensil set and a good can opener. This 10 piece set comes with the silicone utensils you need. This is a quality can opener that comes with a bonus corkscrew. You also need cutting boards. I like this set because it comes with 4 boards with different food icons. Cross contamination isn’t something to mess around with, especially while camping.
Cooking outside over a stove or fire is one of my favorite parts of camping. If you’re looking to use a stove, I highly recommend the Coleman Perfect Flow. It is both a stove top and grill top. If you’re looking to have some extra fun while cooking, try the Coleman Camp Oven. It’s designed to fit on top of any Coleman stove. You can bake up fresh biscuits and muffins. It even folds down for compact storage.
If you’re looking to cook over the fire, there are 2 types of cooking grates to choose from. There is the flat, across the fire grate and the swivel grate. They both have their advantages. The flat grate handles a lot of weight but is only one height. The swivel model adjusts up and down and can swivel off of the fire; however it doesn’t handle the weight of a dutch oven very well.
If you’re looking to cook with a dutch oven, I suggest the flat grate or a dutch oven tripod. The tripod can be adjusted up and down and can handle the weight of a dutch oven. I don’t suggest a tripod with a hanging grate. They tend to be very flimsy. Any sort of wind will blow your grate around.
Lastly, 2 other accessories are a toaster and a camp kitchen. The toaster is super easy to use over the fire or a stove. The camp kitchen will make all your prep work super easy!
After all your hard work you don’t want to eat with your bare hands on your lap. Pick up this great set of utensils. This 12 piece dinnerware set has all your cups, plates, and bowls. You can also go with the combo pack. We have this exact set and love it!
If you were playing family feud, S’mores would be the number one answer under what to eat while camping. So it gets it’s own category here.
You can go with some classic marshmallow sticks. They are super long to ensure you don’t get too close to the fire. If you’re looking to have a fun time with kids of all ages, you have to get the Firebuggz Family Fun Pack. It is a pack of 4 fishing poles and a pole holder. It can hold 4 marshmallows or 2 hot dogs. You dangle it over the fire and with a flick of the wrist, the marshmallows flip over to the other side. So much fun! We use this exact set every time we go camping.
Unless you have a huge class A motorhome with a full size fridge, you’re going to need a quality cooler. I can’t recommend a better brand of cooler than YETI. They make the best cooler for camping hands down. They are pricey but well worth it in the long run. Your ice will last for days. It is super annoying to have to run out for ice multiple times while camping. This takes time away from your trip, costs you more money, and raises food safety concerns if you don’t new ice in time.
First, there is the YETI Roadie. It is compact and holds up to 14 twelve ounce cans when packed with the recommended amount of ice. Then there is the ultimate cooler. If you’re willing to make an investment, you won’t be disappointed. The YETI Tundra 110 is the best cooler you can get. And don’t forget to keep your beverage cold with the amazing YETI Rambler vacuum insulated can cozy!
A side note on coolers:
I would consider having 2 coolers. I would use one for meat and one for beverages. Again, cross contamination isn’t something to mess around with. If only one cooler is an option, place your meat in the bottom in sealed bags. If there is leakage, then meat juice won’t contaminate your beverages and produce. No one wants to get sick especially while camping.
Stanley is by far my favorite brand of camping cookware and accessories. Stanley cooking sets are the perfect combination of quality and price. This Stanley cooking set is perfect for four people. You can use this Stanley insulated food jar to keep small amounts of food hot or this Stanley crock to keep a large amount of food hot.
And if you’re looking to keep things cold, I highly recommend the Stanley cooler and growler. I used the growler on a road trip from Wisconsin to Florida. There was still ice in the growler after a day and a half in the car. It’s awesome!