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Camping Cooking Supplies

There is nothing like the smell of outdoor cooking.

The sizzling sounds of grilling, the scent of garlic and butter cooking over an open fire mixed with bbq sauce or your favourite marinade. Hungry yet?

With the right outdoor cooking supplies you will become a great chef of all your camping meals.

Using an open fire pit, a portable grill, the right outdoor cookware and some good meal planning you will be master of your camping kitchen!

camp-grill To achieve great chef status in your camping world bring these camping cooking supplies:

A camp grill - to put over an open fire.

Most campsites come with campfire rings and a grate but I wouldn't count on those and I wouldn't use them either.

Bring your own, they are inexpensive and don't take up any space.

You will need firewood, firestarter, an axe and matches to make and keep your fire going. Click here for help with fire building.


Camping cook stoves - there are lots to choose from and I recommend a 2 burner camp stove for car camping.

Consider the simple, easy to set up and go butane or propane stoves. Plug it in, turn it on and start cooking.

Even when we use the outdoor fire pit to cook, we still need about 1 propane canister for every two days of camping for our camp stove. Make sure you bring enough propane.

Hibatchi - Just in case of campfire bans you can usually still use briquettes and get that flame cooked taste. Remember to bring a bag of briquettes along.

Outdoor Cookware - This includes pots and pans, cooking and eating utensils and drinking glasses. I would also add pot grippers or oven mitts and a wash basin which can double as a storage container for packing.


Buy a set of camping pots and pans instead of bringing the ones from home.

They are ususally more rugged, made for the outdoors and open fires and there's no worry about damage to the set used at home.

Marshmallow and hotdog sticks are essential pieces of camping cooking supplies too!

Growing up we used tree branches but nowadays you can buy fancy looking metal sticks at most outdoor stores for sliver-free smores.


Store your cooking supplies in a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid. This will keep the critters away and keep your supplies organized.

Here's a tried and true tip about meal planning for campers:

Plan, plan, plan. Make lists and keep it simple. Plan out your meals carefully down to the spices you want.

Prep as much as you can at home before you leave.

Marinade your meat, veggies and tofu before you leave, store in ziplock bags and freeze. They will thaw out slowly in your cooler and be ready to go from cooler to grill.


Wash your fruits and vegetables at home.

We even cut up some of our vegetables and keep them in containers ready to go for meal time.

We also eat more raw vegetables when we're camping in between meals.

Snacks - Campers are naturally hungrier than at home. It might be the fresh air and we bring extra snacks with us that are easy to prepare and are mostly healthy.

Granola bars, nuts and dried fruit are great camping snacks.

Backpacking cooking supplies are much different from camping cooking supplies because they all need to fit in your backpack.

Everything needs to be lighter and smaller. Lightweight utensils, pots and pans and your backpacking stove can all be found at better outdoor stores.

We usually combine fresh food with freeze dried food for our backpacking meals. Planning your backpacking food carefully is essential because you won't find a grocer up in the middle of nowhere!

Plan your meals, bring the right camping cooking supplies and you'll be eating very tasty food in no time.

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