Six Camp Kitchen Essentials—And How to Pack Them
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A good camp kitchen starts with being organized. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite tools to help with that task, as long as some tips and tricks for packing.
1. A Good Bin
I like the SidioCrate (from $42)—it’s light and customizable, thanks to inserts that let you change the interior layout. Water runs through holes in the bottom, so you needn’t worry about spills.
2. An All-in-One Kitchen
Camp-ready pots and pans can all be bought separately, but it’s easier (and sometimes cheaper) to buy a complete set that nests together. I’m a longtime fan of the 21-piece Stanley’s Base Camp cookset ($90), which includes a 3.7-quart pot with a lid, a frying pan, a spatula and serving spoon, a dish-drying rack, and four plates, bowls, and sporks.
3. A Basic Pantry
I keep staples in the bin, but it’s best to pack most food in another container or a cooler.
4. Cleanup Supplies
To wash all that nice cookware, I pack dish soap, a sponge, and a collapsible sink (not pictured) that holds up to 16 liters—perfect for a large meal.
5. A Chef’s Knife
A good knife is probably the most important tool in the bin.
Leave the fancy pour-over setup at home: it’s not worth the hassle. A Jetboil Flash ($115) heats water absurdly fast—once it’s boiling, add a stick of Mount Hagen’s instant, freeze-dried coffee ($11 for 25) for a brew that will appease even the staunchest coffee snobs.