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The hardest part about camping is getting started and getting the equipment. It's actually quite easy and fun although it often seems intimidating at first. Most of the things that you need are things that you can borrow from your house. Or, if you plan to camp frequently, you can easily get set up by going to a Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart.
The primary camping cookware equipment that you need include:
There's a lot of fun options here, but at a minimum, you need lidded cookware that is made for the heat of a campfire. Iron skillets and Dutch Ovens are indestructible and only get better with age. You will also need a Dutch oven lid lifter. That lid lifter tool is amazing and does so much more than lift the lid. I've added it to my Christmas list to replace my existing one.
If you become part of the RV camping community, you will soon learn that there is a cult following for Blackstone products. Bill and I are part of that cult. Kidding, not kidding. Their stuff is amazing. We love our Blackstone and wish that we had gotten the bigger griddle like the one shown below. Everyone that has seen our Blackstone has gone out and purchased their own. It folds down too for easy portability (although you will want a bag for it as well with handles).
If you choose to do campfire cooking, you almost always will have access to a campfire grate in the fire ring at your site so you don't need your own. Call ahead and check though if that's your only method of cooking.
Coleman burner stoves have been cooking camping meals for decades. This 2-burner model packs up small and doesn't take much space.
I know that you know that you need these. Cooks S'mores, hot dogs and more!
Propane, Butane, matches, igniters, charcoal starter. Whatever you need, make sure that you bring it!
This is both for cooking and re-seasoning your Blackstone and cast-iron products.
You'll need this for foil packets, lining your Dutch ovens, and more. We always go through a lot of aluminum foil camping.
Here are some of the most basic items that you will need. I love this camping utensil set; it has most things that you need. Here are all of the things that I bring:
Regular large spoon
Wine and Beer Opener
Depending on what type of equipment you are using, make sure that you have a variety of plastic-coated and metal only.
Coffee Pot and/or Tea Kettle
The Aeropress has been a camper favorite for years
I'm pretty militant about water bottles because I feel like they all leak. I finally found some that I love but unfortunately, they are only sold by our Texas grocery store chain, H-E-B at their stores. But if you live in Texas, we love our Kodis!
Disposable or Plastic Cups
We love our Corkcicle mugs so much that they've made it back into the house. We used to keep it with our camping gear. For something more traditional (but less insulated), enamelware is festive.
You can never go wrong with Stanley products!
I'm conflicted on this. We have acrylic ones, but I think glass is better. There are a lot of stemless glasses out there, but I'm a traditionalist when it comes to wine glasses. All that to say, no recommendation here. Use what you like.
My favorite outdoor tablecloths are made from oilcloth. If you search online, you can find really fun fabrics and you just cut the size that you need. Most camp picnic tables are 6' or 8'. I love the selection at the store linked above
You can use rocks, but you need something to keep the tablecloth from blowing away. Dollar stores generally have them as well
Paper Plates, Bowls, Cutlery, and Napkins
Cleaning and Storage
Variety of Ziploc sizes
Food Storage Containers
Dawn or Dr. Bonners
Phew, that's a lot. Like I said, bring from home and then start adding to your camp gear over time. For the utensils and other inexpensive things, start at the dollar stores. Like many hobbies, camping gear provides the gift receiver with a lot of fun gifts for years to come.
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