What you bring for your camp kitchen will, of course, vary depending on what kind of trip you’re planning and your culinary preferences. If you fancy yourself a campground gourmet, setting up your personal camp kitchen might just be one of the highlights of your trip. (Looking for recipe ideas? Check out our recipe section of the Co-op Journal.)
Whether you’re a newbie or experienced camper, it’s always a good idea to remind yourself of some basic food-handling rules. Read Food Handling and Storage for Campers and Backpackers to learn about the do’s and don’ts of managing your food in the outdoors.
Use this comprehensive checklist as a starting point—then you can customize it to match your style and your trip. (If you’re going minimalist, or this just looks overwhelming, see the “backcountry kitchen” section of our backpacking checklist for a more streamlined list of the essentials.)
Cooking and Prep
Setting the Camp Table
Camp Kitchen Storage
Camp Kitchen Cleanup
Common Camping Food Basics
Consider keeping some slow-to-perish items in your camping food bin to use throughout the camping season, supplementing with other perishable ingredients as needed—don't forget the marshmallows! Here are just a few suggestions to get you started, but adapt the list to fit your needs.