Camping Cook Gear


When car camping or at an established base camp or camp ground, eating does not have to be much different than eating at home. And because you’re not at home, it also feels different and not like a chore, but often like one of the best parts of the day. A robust camp cooking kit with the right camping cook gear is recommended. Everything listed below should fit nicely into a medium sized storage bin (minus stove and fuel).

And speaking of storage, one really nice way to organize your camping cook gear is to keep in in a storage bin at home. When your ready to go camping, just grab you storage bin and you have what you need. It will avoid trying to get this critical gear ready and organized every time you go and there will be less chance of forgetting an important item.

Here is what you should consider for your basic camping cook gear:


  • Stove
  • Fuel canister (even on just an overnight trip it’s a good idea to bring an extra for back up)
  • Pots and pan (Just a note here, if cooking over an open fire, take the old ones out of your cupboard and make them your forever camp pans)
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Paper plates
  • Metal or  plastic cups (one per person)
  • Knife
  • Can opener
  • Dish soap (Camp Soap is better because it is non-toxic and biodegradable)
  • Dish towel
  • Pot scrubber
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lighter (plus a spare)
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Spice kit
  • Cutting board of two
  • Aluminum Foil
  • 5 quart zip lock bags (for left over food, etc.)

If you do not have these items and don’t want to buy them, you can rent camping cook gear and have it shipped anywhere in the United States by checking out Outdoors Geek.