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WHAT KITCHEN GEAR TO PACK FOR CAMPING: My Car Camping Kitchen Essentials

Jan 5, 2023

What's up guys welcome to camp today I'm going to go over the camp kitchen essential gear that I bring when I go out camping, and it allows me to cook a lot of the meals that you see in my videos. And so if you want to do that too if you're new to camping and just don't really know what stuff you're going to need. This is what I bring. So first up is we always bring a stove here and this is really just a very basic Coleman camp stove it's really cheap and we've had this for years and this is what we always pack in the car. And then along with that of course you're going to need some fuel in order to use this and so this is great because you don't need to have a campfire, if you're in an area that has a fire restriction, you can still use these camp stoves, typically, and so they're really great for cooking all sorts of meals and we always bring this to go with the stove we always bring a cast iron pan, this is actually what we cook on at home, and when we're camping and this is great because it holds heat, and you can actually put it on a campfire if you're going to cook over a campfire instead of the stove so it's very versatile and it's easy to clean and take care of. Next up we have a Dutch oven now a Dutch oven is what you're going to need to cook a lot of things over the camp fire. We recently made nachos in here, and it's so good so easy.


So a Dutch oven is something that's definitely worth investing in this one is by the company bare bones and I highly recommend this one, I will link to all of the gear below in the description box but this one is great because it has a ventable lid so as you twist it, you can vent some of the steam which is great for cooking, different types of things. And so this is just what we use to cook a lot on the campfire and then with that it has one of these little lid lifters, and you just come in here and you can lift the lid. When it's really really hot. Next up we have a water jug, we fill this up at home, it has a little spout here, and we bring reusable water bottles, and it's great for refilling that sometimes you might be in an area where you don't have access to water easily. So bringing a bunch with you can be really important and then the spout is really nice for if we need to wash our hands, or just get water in a steady stream, we love this thing and then the other great thing is as we use it, it can compress down and so it takes up less room in the car on the way home. Of course we always bring a cooler when we go camping. This is a Yeti cooler, they're very expensive for a cooler but honestly they work so good and it's just allows us to bring a lot of more perishable foods and cook a variety of things because they'll last well in here for days I mean this thing keeps things cool for so much longer than I think it should. So we have things like milk and just other perishable things, and it makes camping, really easy and more versatile when it comes to meals. Moving right along. We also have a small cutting board and a sharp knife. And of course we use this to cut veggies fruit, whatever we're preparing this is always good to have, and then in addition to that, We have some silverware so forks, spoons, knives, things like that and plates, Nick and I have these two little metal plates they're by MSR. And we always bring those. And then we also have this little bowl and pot combo thing so it all fits in here and you open this up and it turns into a little pot with a lid, and then inside you can nestle bowls. So we have two bowls. So since it's usually Nick and I we have two plates two bowls and then some silverware and this little pot to cook things like mac and cheese or just ramen stuff like that so it's not a very big pot but it works pretty well for two people, if you have a bigger family you might want to get a slightly bigger pot. Next up we have a pot scraper. And this is really great for once the cast iron has cooled, you can go in and scrape out some of that food that stuck to the pan and just clean it really easily so this is small, lightweight perfect just throw in your camping bin.


Next up is a spatula, we bring this thing to flip some eggs and pancakes. This is so so useful, along with a wooden spoon to stir things, and some metal tongs to move coals over the campfire flip foil packet meals which I made a foil packet video a few weeks ago so I'll link to that in the description below. But we use these to flip them and to put coals on top of the dutch oven when we're cooking things, so they're very very useful definitely get metal ones not silicone or plastic. Next up I have my Leatherman here and this has a can opener and a bottle opener in it. If you don't have a Leatherman bringing a can opener and a bottle opener is great if you bring wine camping or if you bring like a can of beans and something like that that you need to open. Totally broughten that stuff and forgotten the can opener before, so making sure you add that to your list is a good idea. I have a little kettle here to boil water, so of course you can boil water in the pot that I talked about earlier but this one has a little spout. And so it's really great for pouring hot water and we use this to make coffee, which is the next thing here is some sort of coffee setup is what you want to bring so I have a little mini grinder here for the coffee beans, and then we do a pour over with this silicone pop up pour over thing we bring all that with the, with the filters on the coffee and then we boil water in this little pot here, and this pot is reserved for just boiling water we don't typically cook any food in here. It's just a little hot water kettle.


The last part of our camp kitchen essentials are reusable insulated coffee mugs, I love piping hot coffee. And so these are really great because a lot of times it's chilly in the morning when you're camping and so this will keep your coffee, nice and hot. So that's kind of what I consider the essential camp kitchen gear that we bring some other things that you might want to consider are some towels here, we get these from Trader Joe's they're really cheap and you can use these to dry pots and pans, you can use them as oven mitts as well to hold Dutch oven and things that are really hot. And so these are great fire gloves are another thing, they can be really useful and helpful if you're cooking over the campfire using the fire glove to lift things and hold things that are hot is really good. And then if you have a bigger family if you're doing a lot of dishes bringing some sort of bucket to actually wash the dishes in is also something to consider. Alright, there you go. This is what I consider sort of the essential camp kitchen gear that we bring on every trip to cook all of the meals that you see in my videos. If you have any questions just let me know in the comments below I read all the comments, I love hearing from you and make sure to subscribe to my channel before you go for more camping, hiking and backpacking videos I'll catch you in the next one. Peace.

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