Camping Kitchen

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The Camping Kitchen is the hub of the campsite -

Find out what to bring for your portable outdoor kitchen. A portable kitchen grill, camping dishes, outdoor camping chairs and campfire cookware are good starters. Your campfire cookware and bear proof camping kitchen storage boxes are essential to your family camping adventure.

Camping with kids is so much fun and really opens my eyes to the little things I would normally not notice.

Kids notice everything and are curious about their entire surroundings.

They also get hungry all the time and your camping kitchen needs to be well organized, well stocked and be easy for you to use.

I don't want to spend all day packing up everything from my home kitchen and I'm sure you don't either so let's go over the kitchen essentials that every camping family will need.

Picnic Table or a Portable Folding Table:

Use the picnic table if one is provided for prepping food and eating.

Bring along a heavier duty plastic table cloth.

Your camping stove can sit on the end of your table or bring along a portable camp stove stand.

camping cooler

A great cooler will keep your food cold, and the ice will last at least two or three days. We bring a very large cooler for our family camping trips and organize it into sections.

One side holds our meat, one side has the fruit and vegetables and in the middle we place the milk, juice, condiments, bread, cheese and eggs.

Dry Food Storage:

Good quality plastic containers with tight fitting lids are perfect for dry food like cereal, nuts and snacks.

I highly recommend storing this container in your vehicle at night. Raccoons are pretty crafty and have managed to open one of our lids to get at the cookies inside.

Camping Dishes:

Pots and pans for cooking - use a different set than what you use at home.

Camping utensils - Go over your meal planning list and this should help you decide what you need to bring to cook with.

  • Spatulas
  • Cutting knives
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Oven mits or pot grabbers
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Mixing bowl
  • Serving platter (we bring a couple of extra dinner plates with us for this)
  • Cutting board
  • - I typically forget this and we use a flat piece of wood instead.

    Eating utensils:

    Forks, knives and spoons for everyone plus plates, bowls and drinking glasses.

    We have a camping set we use, they are inexpensive and very durable.

    Napkins for messy eaters!

    Other camping kitchen supplies:

  • Resealable storage bags
  • weiner/marshmallow sticks
  • garbage bags
  • foil and plastic wrap
  • pot scrubber and dish washing cloth
  • drying towels
  • dish soap (we use the biodegradeable kind that washes everything and everyone!)
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    Camping Coffee Maker:

    We've given up on this messy tradition and love the new Starbucks singles that you simply pour into a mug of hot water for delicious tasting coffee.

    I don't think they thought of campers and hikers when they designed their new coffee to go product but it's perfect for us. No fuss and great coffee.

    If you cover off these kitchen essentials, along with your well thought out meal planning, you're off to a great camping holiday and a well stocked and organized camping kitchen.

    Bon Appetit!

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