Camping is awesome! Cooking is awesome! But putting them together can present a challenge. Storage is an issue. Refrigerator space in an issue. Prep space is an issue. And clean up can be a real issue! There’s no question that cooking while you’re camping or out in your RV can be overwhelming and it’s easy to fall into the “hot dogs and burgers” trap! Don’t get me wrong…. I serve my fair share of those, but a little variety goes a long way. There’s nothing better than enjoying a real, home cooked meal out in the great outdoors. So I’m passing on to you my list of absolutely favorite camping cooking gear! It’s been 10 years in the making. These are the items I personally use and love (plus a couple that are on my “wish list.’) Clicking on each item will take you to a page where you can read more or order that item. Using these direct, affiliate links will NOT cost you more, but I do get a few pennies for each one purchased through the link. Please feel free to contact me directly (through the contact page on this site) if you have any questions about any of these items. I’m happy to help! Now… let’s get on to it! Here are my Camping Cooking Gear MUST HAVES!
Camping Cooking Gear I Love
Weber Q2200 Grill – This is hands down my favorite camping kitchen item! I can’t even begin to tell you how many wonderful meals have come off of this grill. After trying (and being disappointed with) several other brands and models, I finally landed on a real winner with the Weber Q2200. It’s lightweight, easy to move, a snap to turn on, and the grease drains perfectly every time. I love it, love it, love it. (Plus it comes in a bunch of cute colors). I also have the interchangeable griddle, which is also fantastic!
Instant Pot– New to my list this year! If you like spending only 45 minutes to cook a meal that normally takes 5 hours, this is your product! (Think tender pork carnitas or juicy pot roast.) You need to have a pretty healthy solar system on your RV or be connected to shore power to fire this bad boy up, but this is worth its weight in gold!
JetBoil Joule – I love backpack tent camping, but the camping kitchen is a whole different ballgame when you have to bring your entire kitchen and food supply on your back. That’s where the JetBoil comes in! It is a flash boil system that heats water to a boil in about 30 seconds. It’s truly amazing. Once you’ve got boiling water, you’ve got a way to make any number of wonderful camping dishes – boil in a bag eggs, freeze dried meals, even my creamy coconut soup was made with the JetBoil!
Lightweight Plastic Cutting Board – Good food usually requires at least a little bit of chopping (onions, garlic, tomatoes, etc.). I use my simple, lightweight plastic cutting board All. The. Time! A definite must have!
Coleman Camp Stove Toaster – There’s nothing like a hearty scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast breakfast when you’re out in the wilderness. But toast can present a problem. Toasters are impractical (unless your RV is plugged in). But Coleman has a great solution! This Camp Stove Toaster works over any propane stove. And it works really well!
The All-Around Perfect Camping Coffee Pot – The Pour Over – Savoring a hot cup of Joe when I wake up in the great outdoors is one of my favorite things when I’m camping. There are lots of ways to make that delicious cup of wholesome goodness but this new addition to my list provides real, rich, robust coffee that’s easy to make, easy to clean, and uses no electricity! When you want the real McCoy, this is your guy! I wrote a whole blog on different ways to enjoy coffee in the great outdoors here.
Starbucks VIA Coffee – WHen you want to hit the easy button for your morning coffee, you need Starbucks VIA instant coffee. No muss. No fuss. Easy and no coffee grounds to deal with. And it’s actually really good! It’s not the cheapest way to go, but the convenience is worth it!
Coleman Instant Canopy – I love cooking outside. But I don’t like being baked by the sun when I’m doing it! This sun shade structure solves many problems. It provides me with much-needed shade when I’m cooking lunch or a pre-sunset dinner. But it also has LED lights built in, so it gives us all some light when we’re playing games outside after dark. It’s a breeze to set up and take down. We use it every time we camp!
LED Lights – You’ve gotta be able to see when you’re whipping up something amazing on that grill. I’ve tried everything from flashlights to propane lanterns to candles, but by far the most convenient option is a set of these LED Camping lights. They’re bright enough to see what you’re doing, but they are also adjustable so you can turn it down if you’d like. My sister found these and they’ve been a great addition to our campsite!
Pop Up Trash Can – Another one of my sister’s great finds! This pop up trash can uses regular black liners, can hold a ton of trash, and is a snap to pop open and collapse at the end of your camping trip. It takes up almost no room when stored, but holds enough to get us through a family camping weekend. (Don’t forget to take it in a night or empty it if you’re in bear country!!)
Yeti Colsters – Warm beer sucks. Yeti, the granddaddy of all things cold knows this! Therefore it came out with these amazing keep-your-beer-cold “coozies” to solve the problem. And boy do they work well! They’re not the sleekest or most compact of coozies, but they are far superior when it comes to keeping those drinks cold.
Orion Cooler – It took me years to finally invest in a high-end cooler. I never should have waited so long. After spending years and years wasting money on all that ice that melts in a day, I finally bit the bullet and got myself a true high quality cooler! It keeps ice (and drinks) cold for days! Had I done this when I first started camping, it would have more than paid for itself by now. I’m just glad I finally did it! I love the Orion for its quality. But I bought it because of the cool designs! And I have not been disappointed! 🙂 (And if you’re an I-Only-Want-A-Yeti people, here’s your link! My sister has one and loves it too!)