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Camp Kitchen Checklist

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Packing your camp kitchen depends on just how much of a cook you consider yourself to be. Some like to lean fully into “campground chef” status, while others just want to whip something up and get on with their adventure. Either way, setting up the perfect campground kitchen is an important part of your camping experience.

And no matter what culinary (or camping) experience level you have, it’s always going to be a good idea to glance over some basic food-handling rules. A quick Google search can bring up plenty of fantastic campground recipes, food safety procedures, and other important need-to-know bits of information.

This checklist provies fantastic starting point for equipping your ideal campground kitchen. Keep in mind, this list includes everything you could possibly require -- if you’re less of a foodie, don’t feel compelled to check every single box before your next trip!

Cooking and Food Prep


  • Camping stove and fuel
  • Matches/lighter/firestarter
  • Cooking pot(s) and lid(s)
  • Frying pan(s)
  • Pot holders and/or pot lifter
  • Bottle opener, can opener, corkscrew (or multi-tool)
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board

Optional items:

  • Camp grill and fuel
  • Griddle
  • Dutch oven and dutch oven tools
  • Charcoal
  • Firewood, sourced near the campsite
  • Saw/axe
  • Aluminum foil
  • Portable coffee press/tea maker
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup(s)
  • Marshmallows/hot-dog-roasting forks
  • Rolling ice cream maker
  • Hand-crank blender
  • Camp table(s) or kitchen organizer unit

Camp Table Settings


Camp Kitchen Storage


  • Cooler(s)
  • Ice or ice substitutes
  • Bear- and/or rodent-resistant food containers
  • Egg holder(s)
  • Small food containers (for leftovers)
  • Resealable bags
  • Large bins or bags (to transport and store kitchen gear)

Common Camping Foods


  • Salt & pepper
  • Spices
  • Cooking oil/nonstick spray
  • Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
  • Sweeteners (sugar, honey, sugar substitute)
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Rice
  • Dried pasta
  • Canned foods (soup, chili, etc.)
  • Dried foods (fruit, jerky, etc.)
  • Energy foods (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly/jam

Camp Kitchen Cleanup


  • Camp sink or wash bin(s)
  • Large refillable water jug
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubber/sponge(s)
  • Trash/recycling bags
  • Quick-dry towels
  • Paper towels
  • Dish-drying rack
  • Clothesline with clips