Most of the information at Camping with Gus is geared to new or almost-new campers with resource and download links for the stuff they find interesting. Several have asked me what I take on a normal camping trip. So here goes.
**Note: This is my basic pack-out list. Other items would be added for special meals or camp locations that require extra gear.
Also, all the shopping links are my own Amazon Affiliate links – which I only use to recommend good-quality camping gear – Gus
Camp Cooking Gear:
- Campfire cooking grill – it’s rectangular, with folding legs and a mesh screen grill, about 28″ x 18″. It’s exactly like the Texsport model, but home-made
- Coleman 2-burner propane camping stove – it’s old, but faithful. It’s also just a basic model, no frills mean less to break or malfunction.
- Thick Leather Gloves – An old thick pair of leather gloves I use for handling stuff around the campfire, like; hot cast iron cookware, the Dutch oven, or even rearranging pieces of burning firewood. (See my old camp gloves)
See examples of this camping gear:
- 10″ Cast Iron Dutch oven – it’s a Lodge camping model with stubby legs and a rimmed lid. I also take an iron lid-lifter.
- 12″ Cast Iron Skillet – also a Lodge, with a lid
- 10″ Aluminum Non-stick Skillet – it’s heavy-duty with a riveted handle. ** yes, cooking with a cast iron skillet is great, but for stuff like eggs-over-easy, or omelets, it’s hard to beat a non-stick skillet. Even with a super well-seasoned cast iron skillet
- Pie Irons (2, one double, one single) – Great piece of cookware for quick, hot, sandwich concoctions. They are often used for evening campfire treats using biscuit dough and pie filling.
See examples of this camp cooking gear:
- Coffee Pot – it has a side handle and a bail handle so it can be used on the camping stove or over the campfire
- Pots and Pans:
- one 4-qt. pot with side handles and lid
- two 2-qt. pans with long handles, riveted. 1 lid
- one 3-cup saucepan, with a lid
- two 9″ cake pans – utility pieces also used to bake or warm biscuits
- Cooking Utensils:
- three cooking spatulas – two long handled Teflon-blade, and one long-handled metal blade (for use on the campfire cooking grill)
- two large serving spoons, one metal, and one wood
- one long handle soup ladle
- one pair of long metal tongs
See examples of this camp cooking gear:
Camp Kitchen Gear:
- two plastic wash basins – square shaped, approx. 16″ x 12″
- two poly cutting boards – one 12″ x 16″, and one 8″ x 10″
- one 8″ chef knife – wide blade, (for chopping and dicing)
- one 9″ chef knife – narrow blade
- one 9″ chef knife – serrated blade
- one 8″ fillet knife
- three paring knives – assorted sizes
- one flat cheese grater – it also has a mandolin-cut slot
- Measuring cup set
- Measuring spoon set
- One can opener and one bottle opener, (the sharp-pointed kind they call a “church key”)
- one basting brush
- one pair of pliers
- one sharpening wet-stone
Most of the large pieces like the pots and pans and skillets are packed in milk crates
The knives are packed in a small cheap plastic toolbox, it’s about 6″ x 6″ x 16″ (it fits inside the nested wash basins)
All the other cooking utensils and misc. kitchen gear goes in a small plastic tote with a locking lid. (approx. 8-gal tote, 12″ x 20″ x 12″)
**ps. the campfire gloves ALWAYS go in the tote.
Where to Buy The Camping Gear You Need:
The logical thought is your local camping and outdoor supply store. And that may be a good choice if you can catch a hot sale. But quality camping cookware and equipment can be pricey, – so go prepared -check online prices first so you have something to compare to.
Amazon.com is a good place to check first. They are the most trusted marketplace online, their prices are usually better than anywhere else. Almost every item qualifies for Free shipping for purchases over $25, and their free 3 – 5 day standard shipping is almost always faster than that. Plus, their return policy is better and easier than Walmart’s.
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Here are a few more pieces of camping gear you might be interested in:
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