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3 Things You Need in a Camp Kitchen Kit

Having a collection of kitchen cutlery and tableware for camping means you’ll never have to borrow from your home kitchen the next time you plan to overnight outside.
Having a collection of kitchen cutlery and tableware for camping means you’ll never have to borrow from your home kitchen the next time you plan to overnight outside. (GSI Outdoors/)

Being the camp cook is often a thankless task. But the better one’s skills at the stove or fire pit, the happier the campers. Other than having a proper heat source and cookware, the best way to organize any camp kitchen is with a multi-piece utensil set. A commercial unit that comes in its own carrying case takes the hassle out of cobbling together a random array of spatulas, knives, and tongs in a chuck box or ammo can. When considering an off-the-shelf solution to outdoor kitchen organization, look for these three key features.

Carrying Case

Camp kitchen utensils are much easier to find and keep organized if they come in a custom storage case.
Camp kitchen utensils are much easier to find and keep organized if they come in a custom storage case. (Wealers/)

The best thing about a store-bought camp kit is having a place for everything and everything in its place. Once you've decided which combination of utensils is right for your camping style, look for a rip-stop nylon or Cordura bag with internal mesh pockets to make each item easily accessible. A top strap or loop is handy for hanging everything next to the cook area.

Cutting Tools

A utensil set with extra tools, like shears, can be especially useful around camp.
A utensil set with extra tools, like shears, can be especially useful around camp. (Life 2 Go/)

A chef's knife is essential, and a pair of kitchen shears is a bonus. The most complete kits will have both. If the kit is also packaged with a paring knife, you will be prepared for any culinary challenge.

Spoons, Spatulas, and Tongs

Make sure your camp cooking kit has big utensils, like spoons and spatulas, for stirring and flipping, depending on what you’re preparing.
Make sure your camp cooking kit has big utensils, like spoons and spatulas, for stirring and flipping, depending on what you’re preparing. (GSI Outdoors/)

Other than the chef's knife, a large soup spoon, a spatula, and a pair of tongs are the three most used items in any outdoor kitchen. You can provision with tableware and eating utensils separately, but when you need to stir that big pot of camp chili or flip the brats on game day, you don't want to be doing it with a spork.

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