Welcome to Part 2 of our Weekend Backpacking Checklist. This blog will be detailing all things camp cooking!
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With the right gear, you can whip up some pretty delicious food to satisfy your hunger at the end of a long day on the trail.
CAMP COOKING ESSENTIALS
Ultralight Backpacking Stove
A good backpacking stove means hot coffee before a day of hiking and a hot meal at the end of a long day on the trail. You could easily get by with snack bars and other dry goods like nuts and jerky, but a stove is a must-pack item if you want a hot meal at the end of the day. As a long-time backpacker, Denise has gone through many backpacking stoves, but her ultimate favorite is the MSR Pocket Rocket. It’s super easy to set up and operate and can boil up to a liter of water in just 3.5 minutes. It’s a bit on the higher end scale of things, so if you are just a beginner, she recommends this similar AOTU Portable Backpacking Stove.
Backpacking Stove Fuel
Of course you’re going to need fuel to light your stove to start cooking. This MSR fuel is some of the best canister fuel on the market.
Not only will you use a hydration reservoir for water, but also for cooking. This hydration reservoir has great design making filling, cleaning and most importantly staying hydrated and cooking on the trail easier than ever. All parts are BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead-free, guaranteed.
“Don’t drink the water” is advice you should follow in the backcountry. Water can contain all kinds of little organisms that can make you sick. Newer water filter systems are light, easy-to-use and deliver clean water with less effort so there’s no good reason for taking a chance on drinking and cooking contaminated water. This Mini Sawyer Water Filter is only two ounces and removes 99.9% of all bacteria and 100% of microplastics.
When backpacking, you don’t need much for cookware. A single pot and eating utensil will do, and maybe a cup if you’re a coffee drinker. Cook sets with several pots, pans, cups and bowls add lots of extra weight and better for car camping.
This Stanley Adventure Cook Set includes a 24 ounce kettle and two ceramic cups. It’s perfect for cooking hot meals, coffee or to boil water. The top is vented to let steam escape and strain liquid. We will be carrying a line of Stanley Cookware at Compass Point very soon-stay tuned!
For eating, this BPA-Free BIO Spork from works great and only weighs close to nothing.
Last but not least, for all the coffee drinkers out there, this camping cup is the perfect coffee cup for on the trail.
You never know what kind of issues you’ll run into on the trail- that’s the whole reason you carry a multitool. When the situation presents itself, you’ll be glad that somewhere in the myriad of tools is exactly what you need. The best multitool for backpacking needs to be full of functionality while adding minimal weight and bulk to your pack. Original Dirty Girl, Denise, has used this Gerber multitool for years and won’t carry anything else. It’s a bit on higher in price but worth it.
This is a pretty basic list of cookware items, but that’s part of backpacking- simplicity and minimizing. You’d be surprised with how little you can get by with while backpacking. Be sure to always research location specifics before you go so you can take into consideration other gear you may need.