Keep Everything Contained
No matter whether you're camping with an RV or a tent, things always run smoother when you're organized. And a great way to organize kitchen essentials is by investing in a few clear totes and/or bins and filling them with similar kitchen items. For those of you traveling with an RV, totes help keep kitchen items safe and secure while traveling. You won't have to worry about finding your dishes or jars of salsa broken all over the floor if you have to stop quickly in traffic or make some herky-jerky turns on the road. Simply unpack everything into kitchen cabinets and drawers once you set up camp and you'll feel right at home. And if you're tent camping and therefore don't have a kitchen to stock with items, totes are easy to pack up and load into the back of a truck or car and items are easily accessible when needed. Just attach labels, such as POTS/PANS or DISHES, to the totes so you can quickly find what you need.
Make a List
There's nothing worse than looking forward to a great meal by a campfire and realizing that you forgot the one tool necessary to make it. And when you're miles and miles from civilization, running to the store to buy one isn't an option. So when you're packing up for your much-anticipated outdoor adventure, use this handy kitchen essentials checklist to ensure that nothing of importance gets left behind.
Camp stove Fuel for camp stove Lighters and/or matches Cast iron skillet or nonstick pan Dutch oven with lid Pot for boiling water Smaller pot for side dishes Sharp knives Utensils for cooking and serving (spatulas, spoons, tongs) Heavy-duty aluminum foil Cutting board Oven mitts
Dishes Glassware Mugs Silverware
Tablecloth with clips Coffee pot (with filters) Can opener Colander or strainer Plastic bags/containers for food storage Bottle opener/corkscrew Measuring cups Two (2) tubs for washing dishes Dish drying rack(s) Dish towels Sponges Dish detergent Paper products (napkins, paper towels, paper plates/cups) Trash bags Spices/herbs/seasonings