Best Camping Kitchen For Cooking Outdoors

We are extremely passionate about our camping kitchen. We have been living in an RV for years, and absolutely love this camping kitchen setup! Living in our mini mobile RV mansion has been a dream come true!

We absolutely love this life! We gave up our city life in Los Angeles, CA in April ‘16 and we haven’t looked back since. As a former executive chef, cooking is most definitely a passion for my husband.

The food we eat at home on a regular basis, would be considered restaurant quality by most peoples standards.

I feel extremely blessed to have food be such a priority. We eat clean, healthy, whole organic foods and consume very little processed foods in our house. Were able to cook so well because we’re using our favorite camping kitchen gear!


Next, lets cover some of our favorite items for camping kitchen cooking! Hope you find them useful as well!


Camping Kitchen Gear You Must Have

Hosting fun filled outdoor gatherings has become commonplace for us. We have met many exciting new friends on the road, and love to share campfire tales in remote, wild locations.

Family and friends have ventured out to visit us to see what the great outdoors has to offer. When they visit, our tiny home is usually to small for everyone to fit comfortably; so we always bring the party outside to our outdoor camping kitchen.


Outdoor Kitchen Station and Prep Table

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With a lot of guests and company around, we find it much more convenient to bring our kitchen and cooking equipment outdoors.

When properly setup, it’s actually quite easy for us. Our coach has adequate underneath compartment storage and this gear actually simplifies our outdoor kitchen life in a modern way.

For ease of preparation and convenient food compartment storage we really like to use portable outdoor tabletop surfaces.

Not every campground has a picnic table and we often find ourselves boon docking or wild camping.

We love using this collapsible kitchen. It also comes with a hang hook for our favorite lantern, and windshield for a stove and storage below. This in a key component of our RV campfire outdoor kitchen gear.

In addition, we also find ourselves using the convenient prep table for keep foods off the ground, and in a usable location.

These tabletops are luxury, but have become extremely useful in our mobile outdoor kitchen lifestyle!


Charcoal BBQ

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Natural wood and coal burning stoves are our absolute favorite! The smoky aroma and flavors are infused into the food giving it delicious subtle taste.

I love when we fire up the best charcoal BBQ. This is our favorite because it is high quality, extremely durable and long lasting.



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When were cooking for more then just a few of us, we pull out our favorite propane grill.

This grill handles the bigger groups with a much larger cooking surface. There are flat plates to cook on and can easily be connected to a propane tank or camping canisters.

The matching portable cart will be perfect fit! This cart keeps the grill off the ground and in a user-friendly place for the grill master.


Burner Stove

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Our go-to outdoor stove has been this long lasting camping veteran. We have owned ours for years and it has traveled with us on many road trip.

This is an integral piece to our camping kitchen set. Love this life!


Cast Iron Cooking

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When it comes to outdoor cooking, nothing holds the heat compared to cast iron.

They may take longer to heat up, but in the end, nothing else can stand up to the true tough nature of outdoor cooking with these pots and pans.

This complete cast iron set comes with an assortment of different pots and pans and also a neat wooden box carrying case.

When outdoor cooking I often enjoy cooking directly over hot coals with my cast iron pots. When doing so, I really enjoy using this heavy duty cast iron grill to keep the pots off the cold ground.



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On the road and away from electricity, it’s often important for us to keep our food cold.

For that reason, we use a variety of coolers but we have some clear stand out favorites. This perfect road trip cooler is a useful size for those smaller chilly tasty treats.

When setting up camp, we find our larger coolers to be more adequate for the situation. It has a great locking ability and is very well insulated to keep everything very cold.

We also love the matching beverage cozies that keep the coldest drink temperatures.


Picnic Table and Folding Chairs

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When our other tabletops are covered in cooking gear, we find that having a simple picnic table setup is quite a luxury. We also accompany our table with these folding chairs.

This make our RV campfire outdoor kitchen gear much more comfortable to enjoy!


Fire Pit

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With our family and friends gathered around, nothing screams camping more so than a hot bonfire and gooey melted smores!

Not every campground or campsite has a safe place to build a fire.

We have found this collapsible fireplace to be an essential piece of for our RV campfire outdoor kitchen gear. Its sturdy and even allows for open pit cooking!

We also enjoy pulling out this fancy gadget.


Screen Tent

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Sometimes you need shade and other times the bugs are unbearable.

For those occasions, we also carry around this handy popup screen tent.

We also don’t like those nauseous bug repellant sprays and odors and choose to make our own DIY bug repellents to keep mosquitoes and ticks away.

This tent helps keep those pesky bugs away and allows us to enjoy a peaceful experience with our RV campfire outdoor kitchen gear.


First Aid

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As a former chef, my husband can attest to many injuries in a professional kitchen, let alone in an a cooking environment which you are not familiar with.

In such situation, it is also extremely important to cook with caution and care. Knives are sharp and fire is hot! Wherever you are in life it is recommended that you have a first aid kit.

In addition, we have a first aid kit in our car, in our backpacking equipment and always at our campsite. Best to be prepared because you never wish for something bad to happen.

These are some of our camping kitchen favorites.

Please share any tips and tricks you recommend us to try out!


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  1. Im probably the only person that has never experienced camping. Everyone in my family has done it but I always tend to slip away from the occasions. I really need to try it out next year. It sounds like it would be very relaxing.

  2. Great list! I feel like few things are more relaxing than cooking in a cast iron skillet over a fire. I can’t wait for camping season!

  3. My husband loves camping with the boys. Most years they cant do a campfire due to the dry weather
    here in New Mexico so he always takes a propane stove.

  4. What a useful list of essentials! We love camping and have even thought about doing it full time…just haven’t as yet had the courage to take the leap!

    1. We bought a brand new RV a year and a half ago and absolutely love this lifestyle! There is no going back for us right now! Jump! You won’t regret it!

  5. This is what i needed as we are planning to have a camping next month and we were planning to take our portable cooking items. I need so many items from these, have bookmarked as I will need as I research more.

  6. What awesome tips and these are all exactly what we need, we’re planning to have a camping with my family.

  7. I love the Outdoor Kitchen Station and Prep Table! Seems like a great addition to your RV mansion. It’s perfect for Al Fresco dining!

    1. Hehe we love cooking, eating and being outside. All this extra fancy gears just adds to the enjoyment 😉

  8. yay! please share any discoveries you find along the way! we are always looking for new gear to elevate our style 😉

  9. big fan of camping… but around the beach… as i am seeing we have a lot to learn, and a lot to buy 🙂

    1. There is lots of learning involved with spending time outdoors. I grew up on the beach and have fond memories playing in the sand and ocean waves.

  10. Ya I agree. My professional chef husband introduced me to this idea; I find it extremely helpful to have a prep space and area to keep everything separate.

  11. We just got back from tent camping. I swear by my cast iron cooking ware. As long as it is properly seasoned, it is pretty simple to cook with.

    1. We live in our RV mini mobile mansion and only cook in cast iron. Its heavy but sure is the best for cooking and easy to maintain.

    2. I agree that proper season on your cast iron pans is very important! that is all we use in our home for every meal. the best cookware!

  12. I love all of this gear, that fire pit looks so relaxing! Having the proper cooking equipment is essential for cooking all the meals!

  13. These really are must have items. I have made the mistake of not having a first aid kit before.

  14. Great tips
    I really love cooking outside, I have the charcoal one and use it just in the parks because unfortunately I live in a flat and don’t have a garden.

    1. It makes for an wonderful time when items and more manageable so the food can be secures and stored away. Glad you found these tips helpful and useful!

  15. I love mountain men, so sometimes I have to venture out where they go. I just make sure they are strong enough to carry all this awesome gear! 😉

  16. While our family didn’t have an RV, when I was growing up, we camped all of the time. It was truly incredible the things my mom could make with just a cast iron pan and a small one-burner stove, or even an open campfire. I can still remember waking up in my tent to the smell of pancakes. No matter how much she tried, those she made at home never tasted quite the same! x

    1. Great share! Good food is what camping is all about! I love the smell of a small wood fire and a dutch oven filled with pan cake 🙂 Where did you camp most often growing up?

  17. Great list of must haves for camping!! I’d love to have an RV but alass that is not something that is going to happen in this life time he he he. A good fold out table is a must when camping, it’s killer not being able to do food prep on one!

    1. I defiantly agree that a sturdy outdoor folding table is a must have when camping. We frequently find ourselves storing all of our random accumulated items on it or nearby for convenient access. 🙂

  18. All of this stuff looks like it would come in handy. It would make life so much easier when in an RV.

  19. I need to get this collapsible kitchen. We love to camp and just bought a new RV for next summer.

  20. I’m always looking for the burner stoves for our camping trips. It’s not always easy to find.

  21. I’m all about bringing a grill and portable stove top to have good food on camping days! Why not make camping more enjoyable by eating well while exploring on your trip ; )
    great list!

  22. I love your gear & your list. I made a mistake by showing my husband this post. Now WE “need” the kitchen table.

  23. My husband loves camping but we don’t do it very frequently. We still got a charcoal BBQ and it comes handy whenever we do anything outdoors.
    Thanks for sharing the list.

  24. This is a great list. I like going on camping trips and most of the things you mentioned are a must for me

  25. I love a lot of these pieces! I wish we did more camping but we have been struggling to find the time recently, these would be great additions though.

  26. This post reminds me of the summers growing up when we would go camping! We never had a RV but I always enjoyed spending some quality time in nature with my family!

  27. I used to do more camping in the past and it is so much fun. Best one was Boundary Waters in Canada, years ago. Reading your post made me realize how much I miss it. The whole equipment btw. looks great!

  28. My husband and I recently made friends with a great couple who are really into the RV and campground lifestyle. I am getting more and more interested, and really enjoyed reading this post! Your equipment looks great, and its nice to have some of the conveniences of home, while enjoying the great outdoors.

    Amber S.

  29. Thanks for the recommendations! My husband loves grilling and cooking in general. I think I will invest in a cast iron skillet for him!

  30. Wow this amazing and very impressive! I wish I could cook or grill like that! Love the outdoor kitchen!

  31. Great list! I honestly didn’t know about this because I’ve never tried camping. I know I should because it looks fun!

  32. I have just brought as a Christmas present for the family a glamping tent for next year, so these extra bit will come in handy.

  33. Right now I’m obsessed with the show Tiny houses and I am fascinated how everything is so practical. There are so many options to have everything that you need.

  34. I’m not a huge camper myself but I can totally see why these would be essentials. I will have to let my outdoorsy friends know about this post 🙂

  35. It’s an interesting life living in an RV. It’s great that you found it your way of life after the high-paced, busy life of the corporate world. Camping always seems like so much work to me. The idea is so romantic though, I see why people are drawn to it.

  36. Wow, it’s amazing that you guys are living your dream and making it work! I’m not a big camper only because I haven’t really had the opportunity, but I love the outdoors and all these products look like they would make the experience that much better.

  37. I love camping in the nature so much, it’s so relaxing! These are all great essentials to enjoy more a similar experience!

  38. One day, I would love to travel around the US in an RV. These seem like great ideas for what to bring with you. A fire pit sounds amazing.

  39. Great outdoors have been a lot easier with all those things prepared. Living in a RV is not easy you have to make use of everything from the space to the activities.

  40. I have been camping for years, but this is a great reminder list. Can’t wait for the season to open up again and get out and enjoy nature.

  41. Oh wow, I never really thought about cooking essentials… I don’t know why it hasn’t crossed my mind. I need to forward this to my MIL! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  42. Your life looks exciting. While reading your list of essentials I couldn’t help but pretend I was living such a free feeling life. I’m super excited to get a camper one day and travel with my own family. I also love your beautiful photos and you gave great tips. Thanks so much for the great read! ❤️

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