Ready to go camping? Car camping to be exact (with the family)? Then you should look at this camping kitchen bag made by REI. I’ve owned this bag for several years and it serves its purpose well. In Yellowstone, when my family was hungry, we pulled over, popped the trunk open, and just cooked in a parking lot or the side of the road. I opened a couple cans of soup and fed the family. It’s pretty convenient. Of course if you are at base camp, you can easily cook more elaborate meals.
The camping kitchen bag stores all my kitchen accessories:
- kitchen utensils and plates
- portable pans
- cleaning items (washing gloves, portable sink, soap)
The best part is that it has a table to cook on especially when the ground is not stable.
KITCHEN ITEMS TO PACK
Of course my items that I store in this kitchen bag are stuff I used when I used to go backpacking. If you are not sure what to bring this is what’s packed in my bag:
- Titanium sporks
- Titanium plates
- Titanium mugs (if you are ok with silicone you can purchase the Squishy Bowl and Cup Set. The temperature is resistant to 400°F so you can use the cup for soups and hot chocolate.)
- Gourmet Kitchen Set (spatula, cooking utensils, cutting board, salt and pepper shaker)
- Kitchen sink, sponge, soap (Campsuds), dishwashing gloves (especially when the water is really cold)
- JetBoil Cooking System
- JetBoil Cooking pot or Titanium cookset
- Vacuum mug (to keep water hot for making hot chocolate drinks in the evening)
- Victorinox swiss army knife
FOOD TO PACK
I basically like to keep things simple when it comes to food. Food in a can that I can easily heat up or packaged food that only needs water. Personally I prefer the soup to the backpacking packaged food. You have to remember that you don’t have a fridge with you so I don’t like to bring any items like eggs or anything that needs refrigeration. It isn’t practical to bring a cooler with ice just so you can make eggs in the morning.
- Soup in a can like Campbell’s Chunky Soup. Pick your favorite and get enough to serve your family in one sitting. I typically serve King’s Hawaiian Bread with the soup.
- Another canned good is Pork and Beans. My kids love eating this when we camp.
- Oatmeal packets to serve for breakfast. You just need to heat up water, pour the packet and wait for several minutes before you can serve it.
- Make sure to bring packets of chocolate and dehydrated marshmallows to make hot chocolate in the evenings.
- Dried goods like granola or dehydrated fruits make great snacks.
In the end it doesn’t really matter what you bring since anything you make when camping almost always tastes good in the wilderness. 🙂
Make it easy for yourself. Have all your camping kitchen gear in one place. When I go car camping I just take this bag out of the closet and I’m all set (at least for the kitchen stuff). Check out my essential camping gear list to help you and your family get ready to go car camping.
Have fun on your next camping trip with the family. 🙂