Clever Kitchen And Cooking Gadgets For Camping

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: March 2021

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Cadac Safari Chef 2 LP QR

The best gas camping stove

Table-top or on the ground – this one is the canister version.

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 (canister) and low pressure (refillable bottle) versions too.

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Smart Cooker, 5.7L - Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté Pan, Yoghurt Maker, Steamer and Food Warmer

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 few pounds 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.


Dometic CFX3 35

Cool camping fridge

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.

Joseph Joseph 85055 Wash and Drain Washing Up Bowl - White/Green

Wash and drain your camping pots

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 camping washing up gear too.

Nestling Picnic Folding Tables Aluminum Table for Outdoor Dining Tables for Camping/Banquet/Picnic Party/Garden BBQ - Adjustable in Height (Silver)

The best camping table

Stable, lightweight, cheap, not fiddly…what more could you want. 

You’ll also find it branded Nestling if the more expensive Uquip aluminium table. The (individually) adjustable-leg Uquip aluminium table is great for uneven ground and folds easily into a bag.  You’ll also find it branded Nestling if the Uquip is out of stock. There’s also a large version should you need it.

WellBake Large Silicone Splatter Guard/Pizza Tray - Black - 31cm 10 Year Guarantee

A splatterguard that does more

Get yourself a splatterguard to save your campervan or caravan from greasy…splatter. Ones with handles like this in the picture can also be used as baking sheets in the oven. Also doubles up as a pizza tray, which is a great idea.

Zyliss Easy Pull Food Processor - Dishwasher safe, manual food processor with handle, in a compact design for quick slicing and dicing

Hand-powered food processor

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 and the sturdiest. Will make hummus and dips, but they won’t be supersmooth. Absolutely fab! 

Joseph Joseph 60111 Chop2Pot Folding Bamboo Chopping Board - Small

Clever chopping boards

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 Chop2Pot is made of bamboo and comes in small and large. Ours are still perfect after four years’ at home and camping.

Joseph Joseph 10528 3-Piece Elevate Knife Set with Paring knife, Serrated knife, Chef's knife and storage sheaths- Stainless-steel

Safety knives with sheath

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 Elevate knives come with a protective sheath. The blades are silicon-coated stainless steel.

Tefal L9569032, Ingenio, Jamie Oliver, Stainless Steel, Cookware Set, Pans

Space-saving wonder pans

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, which is cheaper than a lot of camping sets.

WACACO Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker Bundled with Protective Case, Upgrade Version of Minipresso, 18 Bar Pressure, Travel Coffee Maker, Manually Operated (Nanopresso Journey Summer Session)

Proper coffee hand-pumped

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!

Mari Chef Set of 5 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls | Includes Salad Bowls of 1L, 2L, 2.5L, 3L, 4.5L | Container with Grater, Non-Slip Silicone Base & Lids | Perfect for Baking, Making Salads & Storage

Stackable, multifunction bowls

We love our stainless steel bowls for all our home baking and mixing. They’re even more useful when camping. These bowls (five 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.

Campingaz Bivouac Stove

The best small stove

For quick and simple one-pot meals or to boil a kettle, we love our neat Campingaz Bivuac

The legs clip our and it fits into a small bag. Been using it for 12 years and still just as perfect. 

The high-pressure Cadac above is our choice when we need bigger.

Fire-Maple Camping kettle made of anodized aluminum 1.5 L, FMC-XT2

Light and fast kettle

Heat exchanger kettles boil faster. 

This is the Fox kettle in the picture, 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 camping kettle recommendations too.

Joseph Joseph 10161 Delta Folding Masher - Grey / Green

Folding potato masher

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.

BEEWAY BBQ Mats, Pack of 5 Universal Oven Liners for Bottom of Fan Assisted Ovens - Teflon, Reusable, Washable, Non Stick for Charcoal or Gas Grills - Bonus 12' Silicone Tongs

Mess-free barbecues

So, we’ve found the best barbecues, and this grill mat is the perfect addition. Makes it easier to cook small ingredients, stops the burn and is reusable.

Joseph Joseph 10048 Rota Folding Knife Sharpener and Honer, Grey

Folding knife sharpener

The Joseph+Joseph Rota is neat and discreet because it folds on itself. It has coarse and fine sharpening wheels and a non-slip base.

Andes Insulated Camping Kitchen Store Travel Cool Bag Picnic Cooler Box

For all your kitchen kit

The Andes kitchen storer. Room for crockery, pots and pans, plus lots of pockets. An essential to keep things neat and to hand.

FreeForm Reversible Tray, Grey/Black, 55 x 41 cm

A very clever tray

freeform tray that turns into a mat. Very neat. Lots of different colours and sizes.

Great for campervanners especially, because it gives a solid surface for plates and cups on a bench seat.

QiMH Colander collapsible Over The Sink Vegtable/Fruit Colander Strainer With Extendable Handles(Green&Red) (Red)

Over-sink folding colander

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.

Easy camping meals

After a long day’s walking or when you just can’t be bothered, Firepot’s dried meals are quick and delicious (and now in paper rather than plastic pouches). All natural ingredients too. Just add boiling water.

See more tasty cheats in our article on fast (but good) food.

Large Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap Roll 32 cm x 1.2m – Cut to Fit; for Sandwiches, Cheese, Vegetables

Beeswax wrap instead of clingfilm

You’ll probably have already come across individual cotton and beeswax (or vegan wax) wraps? Well, we’ve just found this fantastic plastic-free wrap on a roll.

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. You can rinse it in cold water and use it over and over.

Vegan version uses plant-based wax. .

See more green camping ideas in our special feature.

Lock & Lock HPL836SB Storage Container, Clear/Blue, Set of 6

Lock & Lock storage

There’s a leakproof box for every need – from sandwiches to leftovers to premade camping dinners. 

At home, we prefer glass boxes with locking lids, but these are probably more sensible and lighter for travelling.

JOCO Glass Reusable Coffee Cup (Ruby Wine, 12 oz)

Reusable coffee cups

We’re NEVER using a throwaway cup again, so here’s our favourite to take along to the coffee shop.

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.

Go plastic-free

Avoid plastic when you can! It’s easy when bamboo crockery is as lovely as these bowls, plates and more. Lightweight, very stylish. 

We’ve got more to look at too, including beautiful enamelware and even wooden plates!

Read our round-up of the best alternatives to plastic plates and bowls for camping.

Campart Travel Camping Kitchen Valencia, Height Adjustable Legs, Storage, Windshield, Alumunium Frame

The best kitchen stand

We tested lots of camping storage cupboards and kitchen stands in our special feature on camping cupboards and camp kitchens, but the Campart Valencia. really stood out.  Aluminium top and even a sink! There’s a smaller model too.

See more in our camping cupboard and kitchen stand feature

Sea to Summit Unisex_Adult Backpack, Blue, 5

Water carriers

Current favourite is the Sea to Summit PackTap in the 10-litre version.

Easy to fill, holds enough for a weekend trip, taste-free water and you can hang it up too. The push tap is simple to operate one-handed.

Have a look at more of our favourite water carriers.

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