Camp Kitchen Packing List

We like to eat well when we go camping, which is why I’ve been fine-tuning my camp kitchen packing list for years.  Organization is essential, especially if you’re going to be far away from a store. The last thing you need is to be missing a trash bag, cutting board, knife or other essentials when you’re getting ready to cook dinner!

Our camping travels have taken us all over California —from the Infield at NASCAR, the beaches of San Diego, to desert getaways in Borrego Springs.

For cooking, I always bring along my Camp Chef flat top grill. It’s great for making juicy burgers, fajitas, crispy quesadillas, scrambled eggs, pancakes and grilled cheese.

My 55-gallon Dometic Patrol ice chest keeps all of my perishables cool, while the storage box is great for keeping all of my tools and dry goods organized in one place. I also like to pack the water jug and faucet, which is great for having clean drinking water always on hand. You can also use it to wash your hands at camp!

Following are some of my favorite things to pack for a camping trip. Did I miss something? Drop me a line in the comments!

My camp kitchen packing list includes the Dometic Go hard storage.

Camp Kitchen Packing List

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Organization is essential to a functional camp kitchen, especially if you’re going to be far away from a store. The last thing you need is to be missing a trash bag, cutting board, knife or other essentials when you’re getting ready to cook dinner.
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  • 1 CampChef Portable Flat Top Grill
  • 1 Dometic Patrol 55 Cooler
  • 1 Dometic Hydration Water Jug & Faucet

Pantry & Staples

  • 1 Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 Seasoned salt or BBQ Rub
  • 1 Olive Oil & Cooking Spray
  • 3 Paper Towels & Napkins
  • 1 Sanitary Wipes / Hand Sanitizer
  • 20 Paper plates, cups and utensils
  • 1 Weighted Picnic Table Cover
  • 2 Aluminum Foil & Plastic Wrap
  • 1 Dawn Soap & Scrubber
  • 15 Trash bags
  • 1 Plastic containers and Ziploc bags
  • 6 Mesh Dome Food Covers
  • 1 Bottled Water
  • 2 Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • 1 Dometic Hard Storage Unit
  • 1 Camp Table & Folding Chairs


  • 1 Large & Small Cutting Board
  • 1 Grilling Tongs & Spatula
  • 1 Grill scraper
  • 1 Burger press
  • 2 Squirt bottles with oil and water
  • 1 Wine/Bottle Opener
  • 1 large chef knife
  • 1 lighter


  • These are some of my favorite items to pack in my camp kitchen. Your needs may vary, but this is a good start for any tailgating or camping you might do.
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My Favorite Camping Recipes

Here are some of my favorite camping recipes.

Grilled Hatch Chile Rellenos

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This Grilled Hatch Chile Relleno recipe that’s perfect for a summer appetizer. They’re made with a mixture of cream cheese, pepper jack cheese and cheddar cheese and then topped with diced green onion and cooked bacon as a garnish!

Mexican Street Tacos

Mexican Street Tacos Recipe

This Mexican street tacos recipe uses steak flap meat that’s marinated in a zesty and citrusy fajita marinade and topped with diced onions and chopped cilantro.

Grilled Cheese Tomato and Egg Sourdough Breakfast Sandwich

This Grilled Cheese, Tomato and Egg Sandwich is going to knock your socks off! I like to make my breakfast sandwiches with San Luis sourdough bread, thinly sliced American cheese, and plenty of hot sauce. 

Double Smashburger with Onions

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My double smashburger with onions calls for two 1/3-pound organic beef patties, which I sear in a mixture of bacon grease and mustard. We’re topping them with gooey melted American cheese and sweet, caramelized grilled onions and serving it on a toasted brioche bun!

Mediterranean Quesadilla 

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I love the simple flavors of Greek cuisine, and this Mediterranean quesadilla has all the flavors of a Greek Salad in a convenient easy-to-eat snack! How can you go wrong with spinach, olives and feta cheese?

Grilled Breakfast Burritos

Grilled Breakfast Burrito Recipe

This Grilled Breakfast Burrito Recipe is stuffed with crispy tater tots, melted cheddar cheese, chorizo, and minced chives. They are so easy to make and so much better than you’ll get at any fast food restaurant!

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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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