These Are All the Essentials You'll Need for Your Next Camping Trip
You'll want to pack these tools to eat well while camping.
Whether you're a first-time camper or a seasoned enthusiast, you're going to need to feed yourself while you're out in the woods. Use this packing list to make sure you have all the essential, most-affordable tools. From the best camping stove and grill, to portable tables and comfortable camp chairs, to classic cups and coffee makers, the majority of these cost less than $30. Remember the Scout motto: Always be prepared.
Instead of lugging your expensive Weber gas grill into the wilderness, opt for a folding campfire grill. The culinary options are limitless— just place your pans on top of this grill and cook up a storm.
When grilling over an open fire, the worst feeling is losing your dinner to the ashes. Prevent drops and slips with a grilling basket.
While grilling over a campfire can be an exciting experience, it's not always easy to regulate the temperature. To prevent food poisoning while staying in a tent (not fun), use a grilling thermometer to make sure your meats are fully cooked.
Leave your fine, forged steel at home and bring along a knife that will do a bang-up job in the great outdoors. Make sure to get a plastic locking sheath to keep sharp edges away from kiddie fingers.
While you could just push your corks into the wine bottle, going off the grid doesn't mean you have to become a barbarian. The corkscrew feature on this classic French pocket knife is a must-have, while the razor-sharp blade comes in handy for slicing rope and whittling marshmallow sticks.
If you're cooking with cast iron, wooden tools are ideal. And if you only want to take one cooking utensil, this one has the best of all worlds — a spoon element for tasting and a flat edge for scraping, flipping and cleaning out pesky corners.
Keep hot potatoes at an arm's length with these big grilling tongs. They're made without any plastic, so if you accidentally drop them in the fire (you silly goose), they won't melt.
The last thing you want is to wind up in the middle of the woods without a way to open your can of beans. If you don't want to go gung-ho with your Swiss Army knife, this O.G. tool makes lid removal a cinch. Plus, it has a built-in bottle opener for your brews.
Not all campsites come with a picnic table. This lightweight folding table allows you to bring your own workspace for cooking, cleaning and dining. The adjustable height makes it great for preparing a meal while standing or sitting down to eat with a group.
Long day of hiking? Take a load off! This comfortable, collapsible chair makes for a convenient piece of portable furniture that you'll be able to use year-round, whether at a tailgate, at the beach or in the backyard. Oh, and did we mention that the cooler pocket fits four cans?
This three-utensil set clips together so you'll never be missing that spoon when you need it. Plus, the knife has a built-in bottle opener. Each camper gets to carry their own cutlery.
If you're concerned about the quality of the water at your campsite, you'll want to invest in a water filtration system. This simple, miniature device features both a filter and a water bag, so you can squeeze water either into your mouth or into a bottle to drink later.
If the outdoors is your kitchen, you'll still need a sink for the dirty dishes. This heavy-duty, collapsible bucket does the trick by holding six gallons of soapy water. When not filled with liquid, use it to carry all of your kitchen supplies.
This legendary soap is biodegradable and can be used to wash dishes, hands, hair, teeth, toes, automobiles and literally anything else imaginable. Just always remember to Dilute! Dilute! OK!