Pack a full camping kitchen into your box



While packing their camping kitchens, RVers often underestimate what they may need, thinking, I’m just going camping…how much could I need? Your needs will be greater than you think. Here are the things you should bring:

Pots, pans, plates, and cups

A large skillet with a lid, 12 to 15 inches in diameter – do not bring a tiny one. If you cook vegetables in a small pot, you’ll have to be careful not to spill while stirring. Don’t be afraid to go gourmet when cooking outside. Life will be more fun if you do it!

  • For 4 or more people, bring two pots of different sizes; usually, four to eight quarts will be sufficient. Stockpots or Dutch ovens – If you are cooking for four or more people, bring two pots of different sizes.
  • Making salad dressing or storing leftovers is easy with mason jars with lids.
  • A drinkware set
  • The plates & bowls need to be stainless steel (or plastic if you use a microwave)

Knives, tools, and utensils

Cutting boards made of wood should be at least 12×8 inches (not plastic): Wood is more hygienic and easier to clean than plastic. You can clean your board by pouring boiling water over it and scrubbing it thoroughly.

  • Knife for chefs or Santokus that is sharp
  • Camping kitchens are incomplete without can openers!
  • A closed wine bottle cannot be filled into those wine tumblers.
  • This is great for thinly slicing veggies for salads such as carrots and cucumbers.
  • Strainer 
  • A stainless nesting bowl with lids can be used to toss salads, and a smaller bowl is perfect for holding leftovers, dipping, or serving.
  • Among the kitchen utensils are a wooden spoon, spatula, whisk, mixing spoon, tongs, and a large serving spoon 
  • You will need paper towel, food storage bags, foil, and saran wrap as basic supplies
  • Eight-piece flatware set


Cleanup tools

A total of TEN kitchen towels (small and large): That’s right, TEN! Accidents happen, and there are usually no washing machines nearby when you have a spill!

  • Spray that you love to use for cleaning
  • A dish soap such as Dawn or a similar product
  • There should be three bins for washing dishes and pans: one to soak in hot soapy water, one to wash in hot water, and one to rinse.
  • Hands are protected with rubber gloves, so you will feel invincible with any kitchen mess you encounter while camping. Regardless of the mess, nothing will intimidate you. 
  • Large wipe-clean outdoor tablecloth for eight-foot tables

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