Ahh, the great outdoors. You hiked the trails, pitched a tent, and inhaled the freshest air you’ve ever breathed. Now there’s just one thing left to do: eat. When you’re planning a camping trip, it always helps to be prepared. Chances are there aren’t any restaurants around for miles, so you better stock up on ingredients and top-notch cookware. While your set-up may vary, we’ve outlined some basic necessities that every outdoor chef should have. These products will help sustain you beyond roasting hot dogs on a stick. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
Whether you’re spending a week in the wilderness or just going on a light day hike, you’re going to need a reliable water bottle. We’re big fans of this Hydro Flask, which features double-walled insulation. It’ll keep cold beverages chilled for up to 24 hours and keep hot beverages warm for up to six hours. Plus it comes in lots of pretty colors, so you can look stylish on an off the trails. Buy now.
A propane stove can be a reliable option for those looking for something a little more sturdy than a campfire to cook over. Some options provide up to four burners, and really fancy ones even include a grill top. You’ll be able to cook up a storm or, at the very least, something a little more impressive than a can of beans. Buy now.
If you’re planning on cooking while camping, you’re going to need a large, sturdy cooler to store all your food supply. Ideally you’ll want a well-insulated and leak-proof option. This Yeti model holds up to 16 cans plus ice so you can drink till your heart’s content in the great outdoors. Buy now.
If you don’t want to invest in a portable propane grill, you don’t have to. A grill grate can be your new best friend when it comes to cooking directly over a campfire. This handy cooking accessory creates a flat surface so you can grill, fry, and heat foods more evenly over an open flame. Buy now.
Not every campfire food can be cooked on a stick. That’s where this Dutch oven comes in. It’s perfect for one-pot meals and even has three iron legs so it can sit directly on hot coals. As an added bonus, its lid works as a griddle when flipped upside-down. Buy now.
Cast iron is the way to go when cooking over a campfire. It retains and conducts heat evenly and works well on practically any surface. Try using one to make a complete breakfast of bacon, eggs, and hash browns. Sustenance rarely tastes so good. Buy now.
You’re going to need to put all that food somewhere after all! This foldable table is lightweight and great for all sorts of outdoor entertaining. You’ll definitely be using it come tailgate season. Buy now.
When packing for any trip, space is limited. This is especially true when you’re responsible for carrying everything you bring along on your back. In an effort to save space, try using collapsible drinkware, watering jugs, and even and measuring cups. They’re compact, less cumbersome, and perfect for making sure you don’t have to eyeball pivotal ingredients. Buy now.