Kitchen Gear

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 fire extinguisherOpens in a new tab. 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 them.

Gas Stoves

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 cookOpens in a new tab. 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.

Campingaz Portable Gas stoveOpens in a new tab.
Around £20+ from many places (link to Amazon).

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 EasyClic version and the screw version, make sure you get the right one for your gas cartridge (or get one of each to cover you!).

Campingaz Trekking Gas StoveOpens in a new tab. – EasyClic Top
Around £15 from many places (link to Amazon).
Odoland Camping Stove with Fuel Can StabiliserOpens in a new tab. – Screw Top
Around £15 from many places (link to Amazon).

JetBoil Minimo Stove

These stoves are fantastic for hikers and backpackers, and those travelling by public transport.

In the kit you get the stove burner, the pot, 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.

The JetBoil Stove SetOpens in a new tab. (without gas)
Around £125 from Amazon

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.

Campingaz Elite Camping Chef Double Burner and GrillOpens in a new tab.
Around £50 from Amazon

Cooking Accessories

Cook Sets – Pots etc

You can buy your cooking pots and pans separately, but if you’re just starting out, getting a kit to begin with is a great idea.

Each kit contains enough pots and pans, plates, cutlery, and drinking cups for the stated number of people.

They are incredibly good value for what they are, and really good quality too!

Gonex 4 person Camping Cookware Kit Opens in a new tab.
Around £45 from Amazon
Jetcloud 2 Person Camping Cookware KitOpens in a new tab.
Around £35 from Amazon
Fambasics 1 Person Cookware SetOpens in a new tab.
Around £12 from Amazon

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.

Eurohike 25 Piece Picnic SetOpens in a new tab.

Around £14 from Amazon

A Foldable Kettle

Let’s face 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. They also come in 6 different funky colours, if you’re into that kind of thing!

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!

Goldenbridge Portable Foldable Silicone KettleOpens in a new tab.
Around £17 from Amazon

Other Kitchen Accessories

A Wind Shield

These lightweight aluminium windshields are a must if you have any kind of gas stove.

They work best with the cartridge style stove, but some are suitable for the binner portable stoves.

Protecting your flame will make sure you don’t go burning more gas than you need to.

Gas Stabiliser Stand

If you’ve caught any of the videos we’ve made for our YouTube channelOpens in a new tab., you’ll have seen me recommend a stabilising stand for your gas cartridge.

These stands are fairly inexpensive for what they are (in my opinion), but they are honestly so useful because those stoves just aren’t that stable!

These solve stands can be used on almost any size gas cartridge or aerosol.

Mug for Warm Drinks

Most camping cooksets only come with mugs that are like tumblers. While these are ok for hot drinks, nothing beats a mug with a handle for your morning tea or coffee.

I LOVE wheat straw mugs as they are very durable (stronger than bamboo) and they’re eco friendly too.

I have one of the mugs from the set of 4 above and it really is super useful for camping and makes a great up of tea and coffee.

Fire Safety

I’m really hot on fire safety in campOpens in a new tab., mainly because I’ve seen the problems a lax attitude to safety can have.

Always pack a fire extinguisher, fire blanket, and a red bucket, and teach kids of all ages how to use them or at least what to fetch when it’s needed (in an age appropriate way).

Here are the fire safety things I recommend:

NB: Always leave a red bucket outside your tent filled with water, this way other campers can see it and grab it easily in the event of a fire

Cleaning Supplies

We spoke about using earth friendly cleaning products in our blog on how to minimise your environmental impact when camping.

It’s really important to use earth friendly supplies when camping, here are a few of my faovurites:

Knives &Utensils

There’s nothing wrong with taking your own knives and utensils with you from your kitchen at home, but personally I prefer to have purpose designed bits that are with my camping stuff ready to go.

In the case of knives, having a set with covers (sheaths) on them is a really good idea for safety!

Here are the ones I recommend:

Cool Boxes

Camping without a cool box is fine, but keeping things like milk cold will be difficult, especially without an electric hook-up.

Here I’ve recommended two coolboxes, the Coleman XtremeOpens in a new tab. for when you’re camping without electric, and the Explora 2 in 1 electric coolerOpens in a new tab. for sites that have EHU.

Both cool boxes are great and an excellent choice to avoid curdled milk in your morning coffee.

Food Storage

There are lots of different options for food storage when you’re camping, but in my experience it’s better to go with lightweight and watertight options.

I love these silicone zip lock bags because they can store practically any food (warm or cold, and in liquid form) and they’re easy to wash and reuse.

You can even freeze water in them an use them as a makeshift ice block.