What are Smart Choices in Camping Cookware?

What are Smart Choices in Camping Cookware?Like an army, backpackers and campers march on their stomachs. Keeping you and your crew well-fed and happy while camping or hiking provides the energy to keep going. After choosing your food, proper camp cookware is the second-most important part of backcountry cooking.

Backpacking--Light and Small

On a backpacking trip, your camping cookware should be light, stout and able to perform several functions. Modern cooking systems, such as a Jetboil-brand stove-and-pot combo, are lightweight and reliable in most weather conditions. The Jetboil pot can be used for boiling, cooking--and eating. Small sets of titanium or lightweight plastic eating utensils are another good choice for backpacking.

Rafting and Sea Kayaking--Stout and Strong

Rafts and sea kayaks have large storage capacities, meaning they have plenty of room for the larger pots, frying pans, stoves, bowls, plates and other kitchen gear needed to serve large groups of travelers. MSR makes strong stainless steel cookware that can withstand water and sea brine. One plastic bowl and plate and a thermal mug per person are also recommended.

Campground and Car Camping--Big Stuff

For tent, car or RV camping, anything goes. Full camping kitchens are available, including large cast iron Dutch ovens, pots for boiling shrimp or lobster and big frying pans that can cook pancakes for the whole crew. Weight and space are rarely an issue, so it's easy to save money by using your own pots and pans, eating utensils and cooking kits. There are also foldable sinks on the market, designed for tent, RV and car camping.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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