I have to admit, the camping kitchen has to be one of the places I have sunk SO much money, and it’s not because the stuff is particularly expensive (although it can be) it’s because there are SO many gadgets to get!
The good news with such a great selection is that the prices have come down a lot and there’s always something for every budget and every situation, and I’ve pulled together a list of my favourites here across the price ranges to get you going.
A quick note on safety: please buy a [sherpa id=”4385dabb”] and a bucket of some description to keep in your camp. Fires can start so easily, it’s best to be prepared and hope you never have to use it.
I’ve split this list into gas stoves, cooking accessories, and other accessories. Most people on UK campsites will be using a gas stove to cook on, as most campsites ban campfires.
Portable Gas Stove
These stoves are a great option for most campers, especially if you’re travelling by car.
They can be bulky to pack but they aren’t too heavy, fairly cheap, the gas is cheap, and they are really reliable. They’re also easy to use, even for responsible younger kids (with adult supervision).
You can pack these up from mostly anywhere during camping season and the quality doesn’t change much.
[sherpa id=”7172a6d5″] – around £15+ from many places (link to Decathlon).
Compact Gas Stove
This type of gas stove is really common and again you can pick them up in most camping and outdoor shops all year around.
These are great for hikers and backpackers but I wouldn’t recommend them be used by children as they do burn very hot.
There are two versions, the click version and the screw version, make sure you get the right one for your gas cartridge (or get one of each to cover you!).
[sherpa id=”58d0eff6″] – around £15 from many places (link to Decathlon).
[sherpa id=”2de5b716″] – around £15 from many places (link to Decathlon).
These stoves are fantastic for hikers and backpackers, and those travelling by public transport.
In the kit you get the stove burner, the pit, lid, sleeve and the gas cartridge stand (very important).
The JetBoil stove is specifically designed to be lightweight and VERY fuel efficient, even in windy conditions, because of the proprietary stove that protects the flame.
This is highly recommended for anyone wanting to keep their kit light.
[sherpa id=”da9947a1″] – around £60 from Decathlon.
Double Burner Stove
This type of stove is a bit bigger, definitely only good for car camping, but it’s great for families.
This Campingaz double burner takes the larger butane gas bottles and even comes with a grill (great for cheese toasties).
You’ll probably need to put this one on a table rather than directly on the ground and definitely not on your ground sheet.
[sherpa id=”f9466471″] – around £60 from Go Outdoors
You can buy your cooking pots and pans separately, but I really like these cook sets from Decathlon.
Each one contains everything you’ll need to get started, including a cooking pot with strainer lid, a deep plate and a set of cutlery.
The four person set also includes mugs and a lid that converts into a frying pan.
They are incredibly good value for what they are, and really good quality too!
[sherpa id=”48facaa7″] – around £39.99
[sherpa id=”0fa0632f”] – £13
[sherpa id=”532fb2dd”] – £10
Plates and Bowls
If you need extra bowles, plates and cups, this set from Eurohike is REALLY good value.
It also includes a big bowl to pack it all in (with a lid) and the cherry on top is that it’s made from eco-friendly plastics too!
This is a great set, really durable and at a fantastic price!
It should be noted that the cutlery included in this set is rubbish, I’d suggest getting a better set of cutlery.
[sherpa id=”18ce2308″] – 4 person, £9 from Go Outdoors
Let’s fact it, the British basically run on tea, so a kettle is vital!
I love these collapsible kettles because they’re really lightweight and don’t take up a lot of space in your bag.
A kettle is probably a bit of a luxury if you’re hiking and worried about weight, but personally I always camp with a kettle in tow!
[sherpa id=”fdb4183e”] – Hi Gear £15 from Go Outdoors
These lightweight aluminium windshields are a must if you have any kind of gas stove.
They work best with the cartridge style stove, but protecting your flame will make sure you don’t go burning more gas than you need to.
[sherpa id=”e00e2d76″] – around £10 from Decathlon
Canister Stabiliser Stand
If you’ve caught any of the videos we’ve made for our YouTube channel, you’ll have seen me recommend a stabilising stand for your gas cartridge.
These stands are fairly inexpensive, but honestly they are so useful because those stoves just aren’t that stable! These solve that issue and can be used on almost any size gas cartridge.
[sherpa id=”9b21d214″] – £5 from Go Outdoors
Mug for Warm Drinks
If you’re going for the 2 person or one person cook set from above, or if you’re building your own set, you’ll need a mug.
There are lots of options, but I prefer the plastic ones with a handle for tea and coffee!
This one from Decathlon is very cheap and is just the right size for a large cup of coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon!
[sherpa id=”9b21d214″] – £1.50