How to Make a Camp Kitchen Box

How to Make a Camp Kitchen BoxMaking a camp kitchen box is an easy thing to do, as long as you adhere to a few guidelines. The main objective is to have everything you'll need without filling a foot locker.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Large plastic or waterproof box
  • Smaller plastic boxes
  • Kitchen items
Step 1
Choose the container for the camp kitchen box, making sure it's the appropriate size and shape for you. Also ensure that the container is lidded and waterproof. To keep raccoons and other scavengers out of the box, purchase one with a latches or a locking lid.

Kitchen boxes can also be purchased by many different outdoor outfitters, and many of those have legs that make accessing the box easier and keeping animals out. Also, handmade wooden camp boxes from plywood or particle board are often devised by those who possess the basic woodworking skills to complete the task.
Step 2
Line the bottom of the box with a tablecloth. Stack successive items from the bottom up, working on both sides to fit items neatly inside.

Across the bottom of the box, line one of each of the following: aluminum foil, plastic wrap and large zipping bags. Set a small cutting board in the remaining space. In a plastic "clamshell" school box or other waterproof box, place a bottle opener, can opener, paring or kitchen knife, matches, lighter and disposable salt and pepper shakers. In another box of the same size, place a cutlery set of knives, spoons and forks. Add this box to the kitchen box.
Step 3
Create a dish-washing station by filling a plastic dish tub with a dish wand, an SOS pad, a scrub brush, one dish towel, one dish rag, a bottle of hand sanitizer and a zipping bag with a small container of dish detergent inside.
Step 4
To keep things organized, pack a smaller lidded box or another empty dish tub with a wooden spoon, tongs, a zipping bag of paper napkins, a roll of paper towels, one roll of antibacterial wipes and a spatula.

On top of the packed supplies, add a small skillet, a small lidded saucepan and a coffee pot or tea pot.
Step 5
If there is room, add a first aid kit, a clothesline and clothespins to the box. Also, staples such as sugar, coffee creamer, coffee and coffee filters, cooking spray and cooking oil if desired.

Tips & Warnings

Don't add food to the box; it will become too heavy. Pack rice, noodles and other food items in a separate box with a locking lid.

Article Written By Kendall Olsen

Kendall Olsen has been writing for more than 20 years She is a University of Missouri-St. Louis Gateway Writing Project Fellow and has published instructional materials with the McDonald Publishing Company. Olsen holds an Ed.S. in educational technology, an M.Ed. in secondary English curriculum and instruction, a B.S. in elementary education and a B.A. in art history.

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