How to Assemble a Single Box Camping Kitchen

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One of my favorite things about camping is the challenge of making delicious meals in the great outdoors where my entire kitchen is reduced to a minimum.

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In fact, our entire camping kitchen fits into a single 25-gallon plastic tote. This single box contains all the kitchen equipment I need to cook everything from pancakes at breakfast to grilled salmon with capers on curried couscous for dinner. It sits in our garage always packed. Having this box ready to go at any given moment saves me at least an hour of packing every time we go camping.

Allow me to walk you through everything that should go into a camping kitchen box. To make it even easier for you to assemble your own box, I’ve included Amazon links to all my favorite items. You can certainly pull old items from your own kitchen. That’s where I started, but over the years of camping, I’ve slowly replaced many items with ones that conserve even more space or are just more effective than my old kitchen “upcycles.”


Begin with the box for your camping kitchen

Start off by purchasing a heavy-duty 25 gallon plastic tote box with a lid.

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Pots, pans, and cooking utensils

Nesting pots and pans for camping


Plates, cups and silverware


Washing Up



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Nice-to-have Kitchen Knick Knacks




The key to easy camp cooking is to prep everything ahead of time. Season your meats and veggies ahead of time. Or mix seasonings and carry them to camp in a bottle. These seasonings are at the campsite just in case, but it’s amazing what you can do with just a little.

      • Oil (Canola, grape seed)
      • Oil spray (really nice for cooking pancakes)
      • Salt
      • Pepper
      • Cinnamon
      • Soy Sauce

For easy shopping:  Go to the Trekaroo Camping Kitchen Shopping List style= on Amazon

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About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl and recently traveled through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2 and a half year old.