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This list of ‘starter’ gear will not only equip you with the basics you need for your camp cooking but will also be a solid foundation for all the other cooking gear you will add as you become more familiar with cooking in a campsite.

*to get an idea of what you should look for in a good camping stove – See this article: “What kind of camp stove should I get?, and this article about basic camp cookware will give you an idea of the “essential cooking gear” needed for campsite cooking.

*all shopping links are my own Amazon affiliate links – which I only use to recommend good-quality camping gear – Gus
Backpacking stoves are also often called camping stoves, but they are a very different kind of stove from the ones you use in a ‘base’ campsite, vs. a ‘hiking’ campsite, and they are discussed in another article: Best Camping stoves for Backpacking.

Going straight to the bottom line; here are the basic pieces of cooking equipment you will need:

  • Camping stove – Probably a 2-burner propane stove
    • Available choices and reviews follow below
  • Pots and pans, (and a frying pan), to cook in
    • A good choice would be two ‘nesting’ pots/pans – one lg. and one med, and an 8″ – 10″ frying pan. Examples of ‘nesting’ sets of all three are shown below.

  • Cooking utensils – spatula, ladle, serving spoon
    • The basics are a ladle, a spatula, a big cooking spoon, and a pair of tongs
  • Camp kitchen knives – at least one large and one small
    • Your camping or hunting knife can do the job, maybe. Consider what you use for home cooking. You need something like that in camp too.

  • A cutting board
    • You will quickly discover how necessary one is.

  • Eating gear – plates, cups, utensils
    • Decision time, you have to have something to eat and drink from. Paper plates and plastic forks, or a plates & cups kit made for camping?

  • Coffee pot
    • You will need a coffee pot for more than coffee, you will also use it for hot water.

Examples of available choices:



There are several good features about the above items, one of the most useful is that they are complete sets that either nest to form a compact package or come with a carry-case. The Coleman’s Camping Dining set is also complete with all the plates, cups, bowls, and utensils for a service for four.

Best Camping Stove Starter Set-up for New Campers

If you are new to camping, deciding what camping equipment you need for cooking – just to get started – can be a little overwhelming. Everybody has different suggestions, and there are dozens of choices for each piece of gear. So how do you decide what to get?

Just start with the basics…

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This Camp Cooking Starter Package has all those basic items in kits and includes free shipping.

*you can pick and choose which items you want to add to your cart.


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Coleman’s 2-burner Perfect-flow camping stove is not just a great “first” camp stove, it’s also a great piece of camp cooking equipment that will get the job done for any camp cook.

Note: Check-out the complete camp cooking package here. Remember – you can also choose only the pieces you want if you don’t need them all.

Now about some extras:
Here are a couple of extra camping and cooking items that can make camp cooking a lot easier. They are not necessities, but they sure are nice to have.

Camp Tip: Organize with collapsible camp coolers.

collapsible camp cooler

Collapsible camp coolers are a great way to organize your camp food. All your camp coolers don’t have to be those heavy rigid ones! Of course, you will need at least one of those for your ice and drinks, and long-term cold storage, but if you use the smart camping tip about freezing most of the food for your camp meals, these collapsible coolers are great.

Their soft-side design makes them easier to cram into that last available spot between the other camping gear, and best of all they collapse when empty, (much easier to pack out of camp). Collapsible Camp Coolers

Another Space Saver – Collapsible Water Container

Camp Water Carrier

Another space saver that does a necessary camp chore – a collapsible camp water jug. Gallon jugs of water can get expensive and take up a lot of space. A collapsible water jug will keep a ready supply of water and collapse down to a minimal size for packing. Camp Water Carrier


Here are some examples of other camping equipment and gear you might need with your camping stove.

Even if you are not interested in buying now, these examples will give you an idea of the choices you have and the prices you can expect.

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Essential camping gear

This camping list of basic gear and equipment will get you started. It includes the essentials needed to set up your own campsite with the necessities, plus some suggested “nice-to-haves.”

From bare essentials to “luxury” gear that will really enhance your camping enjoyment.

camping list printable camping checklist

A checklist for your camping needs.

From beginners to veterans – a checklist can make the difference between a camping trip that is as fun as you hoped, or one you suffer through. They can be especially helpful to new campers because they may also suggest camping items you might not have thought of.

Another reason to check-out Amazon – free standard shipping. Camping equipment can be heavy, and almost everything discussed here will ship for free.


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