Essential Cooking Gear
The type of cooking gear you bring on an outdoor getaway really depends on how you and your family prefer to camp. While it might be convenient to bring extravagant items, like a portable ice maker and a blender to mix up a batch of tasty margaritas, take our advice and leave these items at home! Keep meals simple, and pack only the necessary cookware and utensils you need to prepare the campfire meals you've planned to cook.
Look over your daily menus to build your list of essential cooking gear. Indispensible items for camping include pots and pans, a skillet, knives, a Dutch oven, flatware, paper plates, tongs and a can opener. Fireproof, nonstick cookware is also handy and will allow you to prepare meals over a fire without difficulty. If you're tempted to buy the lightweight pots and pans found in the camping section of department stores, we don't recommend it; they're often flimsy, cheap and easily damaged.
It's also important to bring along an oven mitt to keep hands safe when cooking food over the campfire. Leather and suede work gloves can serve as an oven mitt and also keep hands protected when cutting and gathering logs.