Blog posts of '2014' 'May'

Camping Kitchen Check List

Here is everything you may want to consider when you provision your camping kitchen. You may not need everything, but you don't want to forget anything!


Pots and Pans

Cooking Utensils

  • Turner (Spatula)
  • Serving Spoon
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Grilling Fork
  • Ladle
  • Whisk
  • Tongs
  • Skewers
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Cork Screw
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Cutting Boards
  • Chef Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Grater
  • Vegetable Peeler



  • Dish Pans
  • Dish Drainer / Dish Towel / Mesh Bag
  • Pot Scrubber

Other Equipment

  • Stove
  • Table Cloth
  • Coolers
  • Flashlight / Headlight / Latern
  • Notebook and Pen / Pencil


Staple Foods

  • Seasoning
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic powder
    • Cinnamon
    • etc
  • Cooking oil /Cooking Spray
  • Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Creamer
  • Baking Powder
  • Backing Soda
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo


  • Aluminium Foil
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Ziplock bags, assorted sizes.
  • Matches / Lighter
  • Dish Soap
  • Scrubbing Pad
  • Sponge
  • Cooking Fuel (White Gas, Propane, Wood, Charcoal, Lighter Fluid)
  • Bleach or other sanitizer
Nesting Nirvana

The secret to happily packed camping cooking gear? Nesting! We here at the Camping Kitchen Box have spent a lot of time thinking about the optimal camp cooking gear, and how to pack it.  One of the best way to save space is to have gear that nests.

The nestsing camping cookware  makes it easy to pack your chuck box .  Below are some of the multitude of possible nesting combination of the Open Country Cookware and other accessories.

The 5 Cup Perk nested in the 2 quart pot which is nested in the 4 Quart pot which is nested in the 10 Quart pot

The 5 Cup Perk nested in the 2 quart pot which is nested in the 4 Quart pot which is nested in the 10 Quart pot

10 Inch and 8 Inch Pans with Folding Handles

The 10 Inch Pan and 8 Inch Pans have handles that fold and the 8 inch snuggles inside the 10 inch.


Camping Pots and Pans in a washtub

Here the 10 quart pot sits in the 10 inch fry pan (with its handle half unfurled)  both inside a Sterilite 12 Quart wash pan.

Carefully Nested Camping Posts and Pans

Here we have the pans resting on the pots, which are  nested in the wash bin, which is nested in our rectangular colander ...


Nested Post and Pans in a Plastic Chuck Box

And of course the logical conclusion... everything neatly fitting in the camping kitchen box.


What is a Chuck Box?

What is a chuck box? A chuck box is a dedicated box that carries your camping kitchen gear in an organized fashion. Having your gear organized has several advantages. First if you have a dedicated Camping Kitchen Box (Chuck Box or Grub Box, or Patrol Box (as the Boy Scouts call it) ) loaded up with your camp kitchen gear, your packing for your next adventure is already half done. A proper chuck box is not just a box though. It should have dedicated shelves and drawers that keep your camp kitchen gear organized and easy to access.

What makes The Camping Kitchen Box different then a typical chuck box? The first standout feature is its weight. Traditional chuck boxes are made from plywood. depending on the construction method used, and the thickness of the plywood, these boxes can way anywhere from 30 to 60 or more lbs. empty. The unladen Camping Kitchen Box weights 12 pounds (less then 1 stone). That extra weight makes a big difference.

Another outstanding feature of the Camping Kitchen Box is it's layout. It was designed to accommodate certain critical pieces of equipment. The first piece of equipment is your stove. The CKB stove compartment will easily swallow most standard 2 burner propane or white gas stoves, with room to spare for a griddle. The second piece of equipment that some chuck boxes ignore, because it is just not glamorous is the the wash tub. The CKB will easy fit a standard 12 quart dishpan (or three) , so you can properly keep clean up after your meals.

Finally the Camping Kitchen Box features 2 Large drawers so you can really organize your cooking utensils and other small items that would normally get lost at the bottom of a large tub or cardboard box.