30 Items to Create a DIY Simple Camp Kitchen

One of the best parts about camping is cooking under the open sky. So, we thought it necessary to speak to how to create a simple camp kitchen. But what if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on gear? You can create your own DIY camp kitchen with just 30 items! This guide will show you how to set everything up, so you can cook and eat well outdoors. Let’s get started!

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Camp kitchen set up

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Why We Wrote this Guide

Camping offers so much freedom. We always feel recharged during and after a camping trip. Camping always makes us so happy! Can you relate?

Camping and being in nature is such a big part of our blog, inspiring happiness through outdoor recreation.

Since we write a lot about our camping adventures, last weekend while camping in the Ozarks at Beaver Lake, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of camp kitchen essentials with some photos for our readers. The camp kitchen list is short and sweet and easy to make from home.

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How to Make a DIY Camp Kitchen

In reality, we try to keep things as simple as possible and to pack as light as possible. We do enjoy our creature comforts, though.

You can create your own camp kitchen from items you have around the house that you aren’t afraid to use outdoors. For things you are missing or would like to have, watch for off-season sales to get the best price.

Our camp kitchen has been made randomly over the years! It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect!

Have fun creating your own flare.

Keep reading to see how we like to set up our camping kitchen.

30 Simple Camp Kitchen Items

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Camp kitchen set up while camping at Beaver Lake in Arkansas

Ultimate List of Camp Kitchen Essentials

Below is the list of items we recommend for setting up a simple camp kitchen for two:

  1. Camp table: like the split version in the photos – one side for the stove and the other as a table
  2. Coleman Propane Stove: you can get on Amazon for a great price!
  3. Propane: buy in bulk from SAMs club – way cheaper
  4. Lighter: we like the bic flex want lighters, so we don’t burn ourselves. These lighters flex to what you are trying to light, and you get more bang for your buck if you buy a pack.
  5. Flint stick: for starting wood fires the rustic way (or just use a lighter).
  6. Hot water kettle
  7. Cooking pans
  8. Coffee mugs: we like Yeti.
  9. Water jugs/bottles to refill: we have this 7-gallon jug
  10. Coffee press: got at REI
  11. Kitchen towel(s)
  12. Two Plates
  13. Two Bowls
  14. Two silverware sets: fork, knife, spoon
  15. Cutting board
  16. Cutting knife
  17. Spatula
  18. Tongs
  19. Foil: unless you want to cook on the grill directly
  20. Two cups: for beverages of your choice
  21. Disinfecting sanitizing wipes
  22. Hand sanitizer
  23. Trash bag(s)
  24. Reusable silicone bags or snack set: suitable for packing hiking snacks or leftovers
  25. Cooler(s): we are obsessed with our Yeti Tundra
  26. Ice
  27. Two camp chairs: we are also obsessed with our Helinox chairs. The chairs we have are super comfy and lightweight.
  28. Dishwash bucket: to make cleaning easier
  29. Sponge
  30. Biodegradable soap: it is important that the dish soap is environmental friendly – We just use Dawn!

Where to Purchase Simple Camp Kitchen Items

We have purchased most of our items from REI, Walmart, and of course, Amazon.

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Have a Camp Kitchen Bin or Tote Stored and Ready

We have a kitchen bag stored away and ready to go for all our road trips and camping adventures.

You can do the same for your own setup!

Practice Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace when camping.

Final Thoughts on Packing a Simple Camp Kitchen

Pablo and I never go car camping without these items.

Having these 30 items for a simple camp kitchen ready to go allows us to get away in the woods while enjoying our creature comforts.

We love to cook. Most of these items will fit in a reusable grocery tote to keep packing easy.

Of course, a simple list of items means less to write, right?!

Happy camping!

Ashlee & Pablo

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation writer and founder of The Happiness Function based in Oklahoma. Her goal is to help inspire people to build a life they love by sharing how simple and fun it is to travel locally, connect with nature, and explore off-the-beaten-path. You don't have to spend a lot of money or use a ton of vacation time to explore close to home. Ashlee holds a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability and has a passion for the outdoors. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo! They camp in their Aliner often and love road trips and hiking.

2 Comments

  1. Cristina Sala on November 1, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    . . Ahora me doy cuenta de las fotos que me enviaba Pablo con todo ese equipo Y me comentaba estamos de campamento. Los felicito. Disfrutan mucho de la naturaleza.



    • Ashlee Fechino on November 2, 2020 at 11:57 am

      ¡Hola Cristina! ¡Gracias!