Would you like to camp, but dont know what to pack or where to start? Have you tried camping, but not enjoyed the experience? Its not too late to plan a camping trip this year and start preparing for next!
We camp with our children nearly every summer. We love to camp, but we are also drawn to the affordability of a camping holiday. After a few rough trips and 11 years of trial and error, Im super happy with my camping kitchen. Its very thorough, yet doesnt take up too much space. Weve camped with up to six people and Ive prepared countless yummy meals with the items in the list here, so I wanted to share my tips on how to pack the perfect camping kitchen!
How to Pack the Perfect Kitchen Supply List
Skillet I prefer cast-iron as it does well on a stove or over the campfire.
Stockpot or Sauce Pan with Lid (4 litres)
Coffee Pot and/or Kettle and/or French Press
Large Serving/Cooking Spoons
Roasting Sticks most areas do not allow you to cut your own
Kitchen Knife(s) with Covers
Wine Bottle Opener
Measuring/Mixing Bowl (8 cup)
Measuring Cup (1 cup)
Salt & Pepper Shakers with Lids
Large Water Jug with Spigot (20 litres)
Dishes (Plates, Soup Bowls, Mugs)
Cutlery (Knives, Forks, Spoons)
Dish Cloths one per two days
Dish Towels one per day
Zipper Storage Sandwich Baggies for packing lunches and snacks for outings
Plastic Food Storage Containers for leftovers
Camping Stove Fire bans often prevent cooking over an open fire; its also tricky to cook well over a fire.
Fuel for the Camping Stove
Matches and/or BBQ Lighter
Bin(s) or Drawers for storing your kitchen (I use a 3-drawer system)
Tips for Your Camping Kitchen
-Its possible to camp with a less equipped kitchen, but plan your meals and work through them in your head to ensure you have the equipment you will need to prepare them.
-Its handy to have your camping kitchen always packed and ready to go – you dont have to have a separate set of everything just for camping, but its convenient.
-Garage sales and second-hand stores are great places to pick up many of the above items, or ask parents and grandparents if they have extras of anything theyd like to get rid of.
-If youre not sure if camping is your thing, ask to borrow the bigger ticket items from friends so you can give it a try before you invest a lot of money.
-Wipe down the table, wash the dishes and put everything away before leaving the campsite, or going to bed otherwise youll attract insects and unwelcome critters.
-Go to www.hungryhikers.com and purchase some amazing meals. Perfect for when you first arrive and setting up. Easy and delicious.
-Plan all your meals in advance, write down all the ingredients you will need to prepare the meals and make a detailed packing list. Take your meal plan with you so you dont forget.
Have fun and don't forget your Hungry Hikers Meals!
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Whitney “ALLGOOD” LaRuffa and his lab Karluk are long distance hikers and Ruffwear Ambassadors based in the Pacific Northwest. Together they have been busy this winter both hiking as well as sharpening their ski touring and mountaineering skills. With big goals this season, ALLGOOD shared with us some of his training and preparation plans for the miles and miles of trails in their near future.
Tips From ALLGOOD and Karluk-
Weight in Pack: I have been easing Karluk back into to carrying weight. We started with four pounds and have been working up the to the ten pounds he is now carrying. Just like a person I didn't want to over do it when just starting back.
Miles: Just like weight we started slow and built the miles up. Our first few training hikes were six to seven miles. We then built up to completing a thirteen-mile hike. I think it is best to add a few miles each hike that way when it comes time for back-to-back twenty-five mile days Karluk will be ready and not risk and injury or strain.
Booties: When needed, the Grip Trex boots work well for Karluk. I found that once on, it helps to play ball to get him focused on something else beside trying to get the booties off.
Trail Food: With backpacking season approaching, it is time to start the process of dehydrating food for our trips. I am going to use two separate food items this year.
The first is using the Natural Balance meat logs and crumbling up one feeding size per tray in the dehydrator and then dehydrating the food to be reconstituted later on the trail.
The second dehydrated meal I will be making is a homemade recipe. In this, I mix cooked brown rice, chicken breast, beef liver and pumpkin puree in a large pot and then place it in the dehydrator. I then package the dried food into food saver bags. When on trail, all I have to do is add one and a half to two cups of boiling water, then seep and occasionally stir until it rehydrates. This usually takes ten to fifteen minutes.
By making my own dehydrated food, I can lighten Karluk’s food weight for him, and also ensure he is getting the proper nutrition and extra calories needed when on trail.
Hello Hungry Hikers. We are so excited to be back online and getting people excited for the 2014 season. We have traveled all over the world getting inspired and spreading the good news of Hungry Hikers.
Let's start with what to pack in your kitchen spice kit.
The Trail Trinity…
Cooking on the trail can be both amazing and frustrating. Amazing when you get off from a long day of pushing yourself to get to that perfect clearing, set up camp and begin to cook your meal. You are at once transported to another world with rich smells of exotic places and hot cooked delicious food you can’t wait to put in your mouth. It can also be frustrating if you find yourself at that perfect clearing and you begin to cook your meal and all you have to add to it is water.
Let me share with you the trinity of spices that every cook kit should have right next to the basics.
Curry- It warms the belly and feeds the soul. The smell and richness, it adds to just about anything and can spice up the meals you bring on your trip. If you're one that says “I hate curry, it’s too spicy” I encourage you to try your basic grocery store curry bottle. It adds flavor, not heat... that’s a whole other topic to talk about later.
Tarragon- Ahhh my favorite spice. Tarragon is a great addition both to your camping cook kit and for your home. It adds a subtle sweetness and can be paired with just about anything you would add basil or thyme to. Try it in soups, tuna, red sauces, creamy sauces heck.. just try it.
Smoked Paprika- Now if the first thing you think about is that red stuff that you see when you sit down at Grandma’s house and it’s covering those delicious mashed potatoes or those yummy deviled eggs and you have no idea what it is… this is not that. Smoked Paprika is a rich, smoky and fragrant spice that will add a pinch of exotic to any trail meal you bring. People will be pawning all over you for your “secret ingredient”.
Hungry Hikers met a group of great guys yesterday at the Coffee Fair in Portland. They were very enthusiastic about their coffee; Black Butte Gold, Metolius Blend, a wonderfully roasted Guatemalan (just to name a few).
We got to talking with them, over a wonderful cup of Guatemalan, about our shared belief that just because you are out in the wilderness (far away from your coffee maker) doesn't mean you can't enjoy the finer things in life.
Check out this video.
Hungry Hikers hopes to carry their beans in 2012!! Along with the necessary pieces of equipment to make that Perfect Cup of Joe.