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.
Latest update: November 2020
Instant Pot for electric cooking
If you have a campervan or caravan or room in the car plus electric hook-up, the Instant Pot is a great way to cook your meals quickly and economically. From stews in 15 minutes to perfect rice and even cakes and yoghurt.
Basically, it’s a clever electric pressure cooker that also slow cooks and steams. The 3-litre (3 quart) Mini is our choice for camping and is also big enough for a decent meal for two or three at home. Well, enough soup for five!
If you have a larger campervan, motorhome or kitchen (!), the usual 6-litre Instant Pot is probably worth the extra £20 or so. They’re quite big, but not heavy.
Keep an eye out for our special feature on camp cooking with an Instant Pot…coming soon. Meanwhile, here’s tonight’s Iranian stew with dried lime and dill. Yum.
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.
We’ve got a feature on washing up gear too.
The (individually) adjustable-leg Uquip aluminium table is great for uneven ground and folds easily into a bag. Around £55 for the medium. You’ll also find it branded Nestling if the Uquip is out of stock. There’s also a large version for around £90.
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.
The stainless version is probably too expensive just for camping, but there’s a five-piece set for around £50, which is cheaper than a lot of camping sets.
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. Standard and large versions and an adaptor if you MUST use capsules. Not cheap, though!
We love our stainless steel bowls for all our home baking and mixing. They’re even more useful when camping. These bowls (four of them) are great because they have lids, plus interchangeable centre bits for grating, slicing etc. Mix in them, measure in them, serve in them. Perfect and indestructible.
A Dometic compressor fridge. The fantastic new CFX3 35 (32 litres) is expensive but brilliant for two or a small family. It stays cold whatever the temperature outside.
If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, go for the great CDF range, which worked perfectly for us for years in the UK and Europe.
See our fridge guide here for how to choose.
So, this is a decent Joseph and Joseph potato masher if space is tight, but…
If you’ve never used an old-fashioned wooden masher, you’ve got a treat in store. Not only are they simple and beautiful, they do the job of mashing potatoes (and chickpeas and more) with no washing up issues.
Cut the size you need for wrapping sandwiches, using to seal bowls or for wrapping around loaves to keep them fresher. We struggled to find individual wraps big enough for large loaves, so this is a super alternative.
There’s a metre x 33cm on a roll and it costs around £15. You can rinse it in cold water and use it over and over.
Vegan version uses plant-based wax. Around £14.
See more green camping ideas in our special feature.
The Joco Cup is the right size for a decent Americano, is nice to hold and a pleasure to drink from. We use the cardboard packaging to hold our camping cutlery!
See other reusable and insulated travel mugs too.
Avoid plastic when you can! It’s easy when bamboo crockery is as lovely as these bowls, plates and more. Lightweight, very stylish.