You’ve finished setting up your tent, inflating air mattresses and collecting wood for the fire. Now you’re ready to settle down in a camp chair and enjoy some fireside chow.
Or, like many campers, you dread the idea of having to cook in the great outdoors. The delicious aromas of dutch oven chili and grilled brats are wafting over from the next campsite. But you’re thinking about the dirty picnic table, the jumbled grocery bags, and a stuffed cooler with everything you need at the bottom.
You want to cook the delicious recipe for beer-butt chicken you’ve seen on Pinterest or the caramel apple tart foil packets. Heck, you’d just be happy with something other than stale Entenmann’s donuts for breakfast.
One way to avoid a lot of the mess and cooking headaches is to make meals at home and bring them along with you in a cooler. Check out our post 25 Make-Ahead Camping Meals to Feed a Whole Family to get some ideas.
But cooking at your campsite can also be fun if you’re prepared, organized and have the right gear. In this post, we’ll be talking about what you need and, just as important, what you don’t need. We’ll also give you plenty of tips on how to stay organized, clean, and hassle-free, all while cooking some delicious recipes at your campsite.
Benefits of a DIY Camp Kitchen
A lot of people will bundle all their groceries and camp cooking staples into their car and not think much more about it until they are scrambling at their campsite. While building a camp kitchen sounds like a lot of work upfront, it is actually surprisingly simple. It will take a lot of the guesswork out of packing and unpacking and will save you a lot of time in the cooking process.
It Will Be Easier to Pack Your Car
You will no longer have ten reusable grocery bags, a heap of plastic storage bins, and more cookware than you need. Instead, you’ll have fewer storage containers and more room for everything. You don’t need to pack the car according to what you will need first or worry about fragile items being crushed.
You’ll Bring a Lot Less
By being organized you avoid having duplicates, which means way less stuff. You’ll also get a chance to sort through what you do have and decide what is really important and what likely won’t get used. So instead of bringing the whole kit-and-caboodle, you can focus on just the essentials.
You’ll Be Able to Find Everything You Need
Where did I put the aluminum foil?!
You know you packed it, but where? Once you have a camp kitchen that you built yourself, everything will have a place it belongs. You’ll be able to locate whatever you need much faster, without having to rifle through bags or feel around under your car seats.
Clean-up Is Much Simpler
Instead of having your tools scattered around and loose items without a home, you’ll have an orderly place for each thing. Just like your kitchen at home. You’ll also spend less time washing and drying because you will have a built-in system that suits your needs.
You Can Use it Over and Over
When you’re camp kitchen is designed in a way that suits your cooking style and camp style, you won’t need to reinvent the wheel everytime you go camping. You’ll only need to set it up once and it will serve you for a long time.
Ready to learn how to build your own camping kitchen? First, let’s take a look at a what our outdoor retail friends are selling.