For many, the camping food menu can be pretty limited. There are a few easy staples that end up in most coolers prior to summer camping trips – think things like hamburgers, hot dogs, eggs, and ingredients for s’mores.
Does that the thought of these American “classics” have you rolling your eyes? Can you not bear to go on a camping trip and have to endure yet another hot dog or cheeseburger for dinner?
Camping food can feel boring and uninspired, but it doesn’t have to be!
With a little imagination and creativity, you can be cooking up a delicious feast in your camping kitchen as soon as your next trip.
Here are our tips for the ultimate camping kitchen, so you never have to endure a basic camping meal again.
Invest in a Quality Cooler
Coolers work the same way thermoses do. Just as they can keep cold things cold, they can also trap heat, keeping hot foods hot.
With the right cooler, you can even create a kind of oven in which to continue cooking your food after it’s been taken off of the fire.
With a YETI brand cooler, you’ll have serious heat-trapping or cooling capabilities.
Don’t pack your cooler with cliche camping foods like the ones we mentioned above. Use this seriously sturdy staple to your advantage and pack it with delicious fare like oysters, shrimp, ribs, steak, and fresh fruit and veggies.
Keep Your Eggs Crack-Free
No campfire breakfast is complete without some good old eggs.
However, you don’t need to scramble or cook them sunny-side up them every time. Switch it up and crack them on top of some sweet potato hash in a cast iron pan over the fire.
Not sure how to transport them to your campsite free of cracks?
That’s what an egg carrier is for. Conundrum successfully avoided!
Don’t Forget to Pack These Essentials Too
You’ve got the makings for a killer dinner and breakfast sorted now that you’ve got fresh eggs and a sturdy cooler filled with elevated ingredients.
You’re so close to killing the camping cooking game! All you need now are these essentials.
Pack them, and you’ve got the campsite and camping kitchen of your dreams:
- Cast iron pans for cooking
- Steel wool for cleaning
- Kosher salt (for cleaning AND seasoning food)
- Herbs, spices, and condiments
- Butane for your camping stove (Or Duraflame logs, if the open fire is your preferred cooking method)
- A serving set
- Waterproof pouches
- Roasting forks (For inevitable marshmallow roasting purposes)
- A solid sleeping bag (like the ones from 4WD Supacentre)
And of course, no campsite is complete without a tent and a camping cot or two.
Still Shopping for Those Finishing Touches?
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Whether you’re looking for a specific type of tent, some last-minute cooking gear, or a backpack, you’ll find it in our online store.
And if you need some recipe ideas to break in your new camping kitchen? Check out our guide on how to spice up your outdoor cooking!