How to Choose Camp Cooking Supplies

How to Choose Camp Cooking SuppliesNo matter whether you are backpacking or camping in a campground with your car being the suitcase, you are going to need cooking supplies for your camp. The only difference is, in backpacking you are not going to want to carry a bunch of bulky items. Choosing wisely what you plan on bringing, is the key ingredient. Read on for some tips in selecting the right cooking supplies for your camping trip.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cook stove
  • Pans
  • Plates
  • Utensils
  • Drinking cup
  • Plastic container
Step 1
Plan the type of camping trip that you will be taking. This will decide what type of items you will bring for every situation pertaining to the trip. The more you have to carry on your back, the less you'll want to bring. Those same cooking supplies you can bring on a campground trip, can be condensed when backpacking. With everything that manufacturers have on the market today geared towards any type of camping trip, you'll be able to find what you need at your local sporting good store. Talk to other backpackers to learn what they bring with them. Nothing teaches better than experience and they should be able to tell you mistakes you won't want to make.
Step 2
Bring along smaller versions of the big cooking supplies, when backpacking. There are backpacking stoves that you can use, that fit nicely into your backpack and don't weigh hardly anything. Remember those contained little cooking kits you used to use in scouts? Well, they are still on the market, except they have advanced with technology. You'll be able to have a cook pan, cup, and plate to eat off of, contained in one little package. Any spices or other condiments, can be placed in smaller plastic containers, such as a used pill bottle. They will take up less space and won't add any weight to what you are already carrying. The same thought will go into your food choices. The lighter the food, the easier to carry. Many backpackers bring items that are ready to cook by just adding a bit of water. Always remember, whatever you are packing in that backpack, you're going to have to carry it. Pack it at home first and give it a trial walk around, before you get into the woods and decide you've packed too much to carry.
Step 3
Understand that choosing to camp from your car in a campground, opens up whole new options. You won't be as limited as you are backpacking. Outdoor sporting stores have all sorts of cooking utensils that you can choose from. Since you don't have to carry the items other than from the car to the picnic table, you can carry a ton of cooking supplies if you desire. Figure out what you plan on cooking, so you'll have a better idea of what to bring.
Step 4
Pack the items you'll be using to cook with, into a big plastic container to keep them together. If camping at a campground, this would include items, such as your cooking stove, utensils, cook pans, plates and any other spices or condiments that you will be needing. Many people just bring their cook pans they use at home with them. Most people cook with pans that have a non-stick surface, and find these are the easiest to clean, when dealing with living outdoors. Even if camping, you still can have all the conveniences of home. Manufacturers now offer automatic coffee makers, ovens, as well as many other items that make living outdoors easy. Of course you don't have to go overboard and buy these items, since you still can buy a regular percolating coffee pot, so it's up to your personal preference of what you want to bring.
Step 5
Choose cooking supplies for your camping trip that will make your life easier. Most of the time you'll find that you will only need the basics when camping, perhaps one pot and a frying pan. Of course as stated earlier, all of this will depend on the type of camping trip you plan on taking. There is more to choose from, when it comes to cooking supplies, in your local sporting goods store, than you will probably ever need. The choice is up to you. Planning is key when it comes to bringing any supplies with you on a camping trip, if you want it to be successful. As long as you bring your basic cooking supplies, such as a plate, cup, pan, utensils and some type of cooking device, you should be find. The biggest thing to remember, is to have a good, safe time.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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