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A Good Camping Kitchen Checklist Is The Foundation For Your Successful Camping Meals

A kitchen camping checklist is vital to making sure you have everything you need for your camping kitchen. If you are going to eat well on your campout, it is important that you pack the right cooking equipment for your kitchen, as well as the right tools, condiments, and even items to wrap up your leftovers.

Just like the kitchen is the heart of the home...most likely the kitchen will be the heart of your campout as well. When everyone eats well, everyone is happy. And on our campouts we eat well. When your portable kitchen is properly stocked camping kitchen, anything you can make at home, you can make while camping.

The best way to make sure you have everything you need in your camping kitchen, it to print out and use a kitchen camping checklist everytime you go camping. Of course as always, modify the camping checklist to fit your personal needs and wants.

When I first started out camping, I packed all of my kitchen gear in a large plastic tub with a lid, which grew to two as my kitchen items grew. As a single mom, doing all the camping packing myself, it was easy for me to just grab the bins and put them in the car with all of my other equipment. After our campout was over, I just packed away the bins with all of the nonperishable items intact inside, waiting for our next campout.

After a couple of campouts, I began to put together a permanent portable camping kitchen for myself, collecting a separate set of kitchen equipment strictly for camping use, that I did not have to pack and unpack each time.

Although I didn't know it then, now years later I realize I had put together a simple form of what is called a grub box, or a chuck box, or when on our scouting campouts, a patrol box.

Starting out you can stick with the simple plastic bin. Later on if you choose there are all sorts of camping kitchen outfits you can invest in or make. When I married my husband, since he was a camper too, he came with some camping fringe benefits...including a beautiful wooden camping kitchen he had made himself!

We try to keep away from paper plates and have reusable/washable tableware. Our kitchen contains an eclectic mix of items, including stainless steel, plastic, and melamine plates, cups, and bowls. Our silverware is an inexpensive set we picked up...you can find some also at garage sales, thrift shops, or on freecycle if you want to stay inexpensive. We also keep a few extra in our kitchen for guests who might be joining us for meals.

Let's start out with a basic kitchen camping check list. The camping kitchen is another area where you will have you own likes and dislikes. What I have suggested is only a guide. We like to cook most of our meals when camping, and while I haven't included a food list here, I have added a few basic pantry staples.

You may cook completely different. It is very simple....just take out what you don't like, and add to the listwhat you do like.

The Kitchen Camping Checklist

Click for printable Kitchen Camping Checklist (PDF file)

WATER For Drinking and Washing


  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Drinking Cups
  • Coffee Cups

Cooking Equipment

  • Camp Stove
  • Grill
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal Chimney
  • Lighter
  • Matches
  • Dutch Oven
  • Nesting Camp Pots (with lids)
  • Frying Pans (with lids)
  • Pie Irons
  • Coffee Pot

Kitchen Supplies

  • Can Opener
  • Wine Bottle Opener
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Potholders
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Pronged Fork
  • Whisk
  • Paring Knife
  • Chef's Knife
  • Grater
  • Campfire roasting forks (for hot dogs or marshmallows)
  • Cutting Board
  • Basting Brush
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Colander or Strainer

Cleanup and Put Away

  • Ziplock Bags (sandwich and quart)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Dish Soap
  • Small container of chlorine bleach for sanitizing
  • Dishcloth
  • Dishpans (3)
  • Plastic Scrubby
  • Sponge
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags


  • Folding Table
  • Tablecloth
  • Tablecloth clips
  • Coolers:
    • Wet Cooler
    • Dry Cooler
    • Drink Cooler
  • Large Water Container
  • Hand Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer

Pantry Food Items

  • Small Bottle of Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Creamer
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Your Favorite Herbs and Spices

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