Your Essential Camp Cooking Checklist

Everyone looks forward to the meal at the end of a long day adventuring. Why? Because eating is one of the best things in life! Most people who are passionate about food and have flair for the sense of taste would agree with this. A grand feast of sumptuous camping meals would definitely make a camping vacation a great experience.

But because cooking entails quite an effort and some equipment to bring, avoid the scenario of forgetting an important ingredient or an essential cooking utensil by creating a menu of the dishes you intend to cook for the family and from here create a checklist of things to bring.

Main ingredients of the dishes and meals you plan to cook. It’s a good idea to measure ingredients back at home, put them in ziplock bags with labels. This will make cooking much easier and faster and save you space in your bags. It’s also better if you half cook meat or poultry at home also to save fuel in the camp trip.Here’s a sample of a camping cooking checklist with a few cooking tips to make your life easier. Be sure to add any personal food item or cooking utensil you can’t do without.

  • Other cooking necessities like cooking oil, seasonings and condiments.
  • Cookware like pots, pans, frying pans that you’ll need for the meals in the menu. Don’t forget the lids because these will enable you to save a lot of cooking time since dishes cook faster when covered.
  • Cooking and eating utensils like spatula, tongs, grill skewers, knives, spoons, forks, plates, bowls, cups, can and bottle openers.
  • A camping stove. Be sure to bring one that will suit your camping needs: size of cooking you intend to do, type of camping activity and fuel preference.


  • Camp or barbecue grill


  • Lighter or matches. Even though some stoves have electronic ignition, it’s still good that you have these to use for other purposes like lighting up a grill.
  • Fuel for your camping stove
  • Large water jug, water bucket. Camping activities may drain your energy. You need a lot of water to reenergize and prevent yourself from dehydrating.
  • Coolers, ice chest and ice. These are important because you’d want a cold drink to quench your thirst. It’s a smart idea to bring a large block ice instead of cubes because the former last much longer.
  • Potholders and oven mitts to prevent anybody from getting scalded.
  • Thermos
  • Portable water heater
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Folding tables and chairs and table cloth
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil and ziplock bags which serve a variety of purposes like for wrapping leftover food, for storing ingredients and many others.
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Trash bags. Be sure to leave the camp site in a spick and span state.

After a whole day of spectacular views to see, exciting and fun activities to do, the best thing to look forward to aside from a comfortable rest is a great sumptuous meal that entice your taste senses. Bon Apetite!

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