How to Set Up a Camp Kitchen

How to Set Up a Camp KitchenCooking on a camp-out is a great way to spend time with friends and family in the outdoors. Unfortunately, when you're away from your home, it's easy to feel disorganized when you try to prepare a meal. With a little set-up, it's possible to make an easy-to-use and safe camp kitchen that will make cooking more enjoyable on your trip.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Two Folding Camp Tables
  • Camp Stove
  • Pots, Pans, Cooking Utensils
  • Three Large Plastic Bins
Step 1
Survey the campground thoroughly to select the best place to set up your kitchen in your campsite. Many high-use campgrounds offer picnic tables. If a table is available, set up your kitchen there. Not all campgrounds have tables, so pack your own, just in case. You can purchase a folding camp table that will pack easily with the rest of your gear. Put your table far enough away from your tent so that you don't create a fire hazard and so you don't have to worry about critters coming into your tent if they smell your kitchen food.
Step 2
If you don't have a table, you can set up your kitchen on the ground. Be fire-safe and look for an area that's clear of brush. A rock slab makes a safe spot, as does dirt that's clear of any flammable debris.
Step 3
Lineup your kitchen gear on the table. Use one side of the table for food preparation. This is where you'll chop food, lay out bread, etc. On the other side of the table, setup your stove. To keep your gear organized, create a stove accessory box where you'll keep a lighter, matches and oven mitts. Keep this box next to the stove.
Step 4
Place your boxes of pots, pans and other kitchen gear, under the table. During the day, put your cooler here too, but make sure to lock it in your car, or put it in another food designated area during the night and while you're away so you don't attract animals to your campsite.
Step 5
Make a second area for clean-up. Consider bringing a second table so you don't have to do your dishes on the ground. Use three plastics bins. Fill one bin with soapy water. This will be your washing station. Put hot water in the second bin to rinse dishes. Use cold water and a cap-full of bleach in the third bin as a final rinse.

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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