Whether it's the smell of open-pot coffee or the delight of toasting marshmallows over a campfire, the novelty of camp cooking is a big part of what makes camping so enjoyable. If you're camping in an RV, certain camp kitchen essentials (a stove and sink, for instance) are already right at your fingertips. Tent campers will want to consider packing a camp stove. Even if you enjoy cooking over a fire, portable, lightweight canister stoves are good to have handy in case conditions are wet. RV campers may also enjoy the versatility of these stoves; some are actually small enough to load into a backpack!
Here's a checklist of camp kitchen essentials that both RV and tent campers will find useful:
- canisters of fuel for your camp stove
- plastic or metal tub for dish washing
- can opener
- bottle opener /corkscrew
- cooler (consider packing two coolers -- one for cold items and one for storing dry goods)
- dish towels and dish cloths
- dish detergent
- long, fire-resistant tongs and forks for cooking over a campfire
- oven mitts
- large utensils for cooking and serving
- kitchen knife for chopping
- a pot for boiling water
- a cast iron skillet or nonstick pan
- cutting board
- utensils (forks, knives and spoons)
- dishes (plates, cups)
- aluminum foil
- Ziploc bags and/or storage containers for leftovers
- dry goods (rice, oatmeal, pasta)
- seasonings (salt, pepper, soy sauce)
You don't have to be a gourmet chef to create great meals at camp. Season fresh salmon fillets, double wrap them in aluminum foil and tuck them into the coals of your camp fire for one of the best and easiest meals you'll ever taste. Other camping favorites include flatbread pizza, beans and rice, and grilled foods like hamburgers or hotdogs. While Snakes on a Stick (refrigerator biscuits toasted over an open fire) are a camp kitchen favorite, most of us prefer to avoid actual snakes when camping.
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