Packing List – Campsite Cooking

Camping and cooking go hand in hand, so here’s our packing checklist for campsite cuisine.


  • Stove or bbq
  • Gas or fuel
  • Matches or lighter
  • Wind shield
  • Boiling pan(s)
  • Frying pan(s)
  • Pot grabber or handle
  • Sharp knife and holster
  • Stirring utensil
  • Food storage canister
  • Water container
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Mugs or cups
  • Eating utensils – forks, spoons, sporks, knives, chopsticks…
  • Washing sponge/scourer
  • Cooking oil
  • Detergent/soap
  • Bottle opener or multitool
  • Rubbish bags


  • Cool bag/box
  • Chopping boards
  • Drying cloth
  • Corkscrew
  • Tongs
  • Salt, pepper, chilli
  • Roasting sticks
  • Camping sink/washing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Foil
  • Clingfilm or freezer bags
  • Saw or axe for fire cooking
  • Dutch Oven or fire pot
  • Oven glove

Food ideas – things that won’t go horrible in tents

  • Tea bags
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa/chocolate/packet drinks
  • Sugar
  • Milk, whitener or dried milk (yuck)
  • Breakfast bars or cereal
  • Jam/spread portions
  • Bagels
  • Biscuits or crackers
  • Energy bars
  • Root vegetables – carrots, potatoes, swede etc.
  • Bananas
  • Dried pasta and sauces
  • Babybel or sealed cheese
  • Sweets
  • Peperami, peperoni etc.
  • Salty snacks
  • Box of wine without the box (red keeps better in a tent)


Feel free to suggest other things in the comments below.

  • Leanne Rogers

    Thank you for your invaluable list of what cooking stuff to take when going camping. Every time we go I forget some major things……not any more though!! No I have printed out your list and it has pride of place on my fridge, now I never forget a thing.

  • Katherine

    Thanks from a neurotic newbie backpacker who keeps going over and over and over her lists! This confirms what I’d already thought of, and adds items where I was at a loss. Thank you very much.
    P.S. Have you got a doggy list, or would you like to see mine?! His wellbeing is just as important as mine, of course. Cheers, K