Camp Cooking: What You Need, What You Don’t

August 4, 2014


When it comes to camp cooking, there are some camp cookware items and accessories you need—and plenty you don’t.

The Essentials

  • Pot lifter (if your pots don’t have handles)
  • Cup or other drinking vessel (potentially your pot or water bottle)
  • Lightweight eating utensil (fork, spoon, spork, chopsticks)
  • Small knife

Very useful, not absolutely necessary

  • Small sponge for cleaning
  • Windscreen for the stove and pot
  • A plate or bowl if you don’t want to eat from your cook pot
  • A coffee-making device

Somewhat useful, definitely not necessary

  • Biodegradable soap
  • Spice containers
  • A small rubber pot-scraping tool
  • Insulated mug for hot drink
  • Spatula for pancake makers
  • Waterproof “kitchen sink” container or tote bag for cleaning and carrying water.

Marginally useful at best

  • Micro cutting board
  • Collapsible whisk
  • Ultralight garlic press

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.