Campsite Cooking Checklist


Campsite Cooking Checklist


If you have never had to plan meals for a camping trip, trying to figure out what all you need to bring can be a bit stressful. On the flip side, even if you have done this lots of times, you can still easily forget something. There are so many items that get used while cooking, and you get so used to every one of those items having its own place and grabbing it while you are going through the dance of cooking a meal at home that it is easy to forget how many various things that you actually end up needing/using. Hopefully, this Campsite Cooking Checklist that we have put together will prevent you from leaving those few precious items behind.

Table of Contents

This list outlines the various categories of items that you may or may not need while cooking during a Camping trip. You obviously do not need everything on this list, and every trip will require its own necessities. However, hopefully, this list contains everything that you could potentially need. If you do end up needing something that is not on this list, feel free to Contact us and let us know so that we can update this list for others in the future.

Cooking Checklist Categories:

Cooking Essentials

  • Camping stove and fuel
  • Matches/Lighter/Firestarter
  • Cook pot(s) and lid(s)
  • Frying pan(s)
  • Potholders, pot lifter, and/or pot grabber
  • Cooking utensils (large spoon, spatula, tongs, whisk, etc.)
  • Bottle opener, can opener, corkscrew (or multi-tool)
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Box grater
  • Camp grill and charcoal/fuel
  • Grill rack
  • Griddle
  • Dutch oven and lid lifter
  • Firewood
  • Saw/Axe
  • Aluminum foil
  • Portable coffee/tea maker
  • Mixing bowl(s)
  • Measuring spoon(s)
  • Measuring cup(s)
  • Marshmallow/Hotdog roasting sticks
  • Flat metal skewers
  • Rolling ice cream maker
  • Hand crank blender
  • Camp table(s)
  • Kitchen organizer unit
  • Pie irons
  • Potato peeler

Setting the Table

  • Plates/Bowls (enough for everyone)
  • Mugs/Cups (enough for everyone)
  • Eating utensils (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Napkins
  • Water bottles
  • Tablecloth (and clips)
  • Lighting (lanterns, flashlights, and/or headlamps)

Food Storage

  • Cooler(s)
  • Ice or ice substitutes
  • Bear bag(s) and hanging kit (and/or bear canisters)
  • Egg holder(s)
  • Small food containers (for leftovers)
  • Resealable/Plastic bags
  • Large bins or bags (to store kitchen gear)

Cleaning Essentials

  • Camp sink or wash bin(s)
  • Large refillable water jug
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubber/sponge(s)
  • Trash/recycling bags
  • Quick-dry towel(s)
  • Paper towels
  • Dish drying rack
  • Clothesline with clips

Basic Food Items

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Spices
  • Cooking oil/nonstick spray
  • Coffee/Tea/Hot chocolate
  • Powdered milk
  • Sweeteners (sugar, honey, sugar substitute)
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Rice
  • Dried pasta
  • Canned foods (soup, chili, etc.)
  • Dried foods (fruit, jerky, etc.)
  • Energy foods (bars, gels, etc.)
  • Trail mix
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly/Jam/Preserves

Water Source/Treatment

No matter where you go in the outdoors, water is going to be at the top of your priority list. If you are camping near your vehicle, then you can likely bring all of the purified water that you will need. Alternatively, if you are staying at campgrounds, then you may have running water available to you. However, in other settings, you will need to source and purify your own water. Fortunately, these days there are many different water treatment options that can be used to purify water on site. For a more extensive look at these options, feel free to follow the link below to check out the post we put together on this topic.

Water Treatment Options


Few people have the space to store tubs of cooking supplies that are only used for Camping. It happens, but it is definitely not the norm. Therefore, using a resource such as this Campsite Cooking Checklist is ideal for making sure you have everything you need before you head out.

Now that we have coved all of the supplies needed for Campsite Cooking. Feel free to check out one of the other checklists available along the right-hand side of this page (down at the bottom if you are on a phone).