Cooking kit made specially for campers can be a bit utilitarian – and it’s not always great quality. So, we’re always looking out for kitchen equipment that's well-designed, multi-use and easy to pack. Here’s some of the best. Plus, scroll to the end for how to enter our competition!
A two-in-one tool, because multipurpose is always great for camping and campervan kit. It’s a grater/zester for garlic, ginger and so on, plus a mini mandoline with a finger guard. Who says you can’t have micro-thin radish slices on a campsite!
A great idea for camping, and so simple. It’s a portable washing up bowl with two carrying handles and a plug/strainer. You could use it for preparing veg and salads too, or even as a handy washing sink for wild camping. There are three colours to choose from.
Make speedy work of chopping without electricity or batteries. There are a few hand-operated food processors out there, but this Zyliss one is the most popular. Will make hummus and dips, but they won't be supersmooth.
These Joseph+Joseph folding chopping boards take up little space in a camping pack, but are great for slicing food and then easily pouring it into a pan. The plastic ones comes in a range of colours and four sizes, while the bamboo one comes in small and large.
Sharp knives are safe knives, as all the best chefs know. However, a sharp knife in the bottom of a camping bag is an accident waiting to hurt. These Joseph+Joseph knives come with a protective sheath and have a built-in sharpening wheel at one end. The blades are silicon-coated stainless steel.
These Tefal Ingenio pans and frying pans are indeed ingenious. The handles detach and reattach at the click of a button, there are lids with folding handles for when you're cooking and plastic lids for using the pans as bowls and storage. Non-stick aluminium and stainless steel options, sets or single items. Too expensive just for camping, but great at home too.
The Cadac Safari Chef has long been our favourite gas camping stove. Neat and portable, it comes with lots of cooking options (pizza stone, griddle etc). There are high and low pressure versions to run on canisters or on bottles of gas. If you see one with holes in the legs, snap it up. This older model doesn't have piezo ignition but is more sturdy.
If you're a fan of really good coffee, you'll love this Wacaco Nanopresso. We were sent one to try and thought we'd never use it...but, it's now our main coffee-maker at home and when camping. Perfect espresso (add water/milk for Americano etc) in a few pumps of the pressurised plunger. Small and large versions and an adaptor if you MUST use capsules. Not cheap, though!
Heat exchanger kettles boil faster. This is the Fox version shown, but the Fire Maple is identical and cheaper. It comes in a 0.8 or 1.5l size. Very light to carry because it's made of aluminium. See our other kettle options too.
We're NEVER using a throwaway cup again, so here's our favourite to take along to the coffee shop. The Joco feels nice to drink from, has a decent-sized silicone band to keep the heat in and a good lid. More options, includinf a folding mug, here.
And while we're on the subject of cutting waste. Swap your plastic bags and clingfilm for a reusable sandwich wrap. Choose the bigger ones to make them more versatile. The very biggest can be used to keep a loaf fresher.
Avoid plastic when you can! It's easy when bamboo crockery is as lovely as the Zuperzozial range. Lightweight, very stylish. There are plenty of others to choose from too, and we've got a whole article on plastic-free camping crockery.
If you're serious about camp cooking and are going to be camping somewhere warm, nothing beats the Waeco/Dometic compressor fridges. Whatever the temperature outside, they stay at a stable coldness inside. The CFX or CDF range are the best (and expensive). See our fridge guide too.
So far, this is the best folding, collapsible colander we've found. The arms extend so you can leave it hovering over a sink to drain and it's big enough for salads or veg. And not at all expensive. Comes in a choice of green or red.
The Source Liquitainer holds six litres of water and doesn't make it taste funny. Very reliable filling top and a super tap. Packs down to nothing as well. We've tested a lot of water carrying options, so if this doesn't suit, have a look at the rest.
Keep all the rest of these lovely camp kitchen items easy to get at in this Andes kitchen storer bag. Enough room for a set of pans, your crockery and more, with outside pockets for cutlery, cloths, bottle openers etc. One section removes and is (notionally) insulated.
For quick and simple one-pot meals or to boil a kettle, we love our neat Campingaz Bivouac. The legs clip our and it fits into a small bag. Been using it for years and years and still just as perfect. The Cadac above is our choice when we need bigger.
Handy bags for keeping ingredients or leftovers in. Choose a range of sizes to give yourself lots of options. They can go in the freezer at home before you pack and help to keep your coolbox or fridge nice and cold.
Lekue's silicon mesh bag is a clever little thing. If you're cooking potatoes, you can put your other veg in this and keep it separate in the same pan. Or use it for boiling eggs, as a strainer or sieve...lots of uses.
A freeform tray that turns into a mat. Very nice. Lots of different colours and sizes. Great for campervanners especially because it gives a solid surface for plates and cups on a bench seat.