What kind of Cookware Do you use and store in camper


New Member
May 20, 2011
Just curious to know what everyone uses for cooking when camping. Should we purchase a camping "mess kit" with pans & pots or would a cheap set of pot & pans work? We currently just take a frying pan from the kitchen - but I would love to keep something in the camper. Any suggestions?


Active Member
Mar 28, 2011
When I bought my camper I made the excuse to myself that I needed new pots and pans for the home. The old stuff (still in great shape) now is for the camper. I'm the type of person who will get angry if my eggs stick to the pan. As for the utensils and silverware I pretty much hit up Walmart for the cheap stuff. Make sure you have at least one good knife though.


Super Active Member
Apr 14, 2011
Denver, Colorado
I have replaced my kitchen stuff towards the end of its life and put it in the PUP. I only carry smaller pots and pans in the trailer because my two-burner stove is pretty small and I wouldn't be able to fit full size pans on it. I also carry one of those Coleman single ring burners that go on a 1# propane can for a third burner.


Super Active Member
Apr 20, 2010
We stocked the PUP with dedicated cookware. A nonstick pan is essential for cooking a majority of meals and for quick cleaning. Dollar General is great for picking cheap cooking implements. Nice to have the tools handy to have a nice meal while camping.


Onward, thru the fog...
May 29, 2009
Western Colorado
We have a set of the blue enamel ware pots and frying pans. I'm thinking of upgrading the frying pans to some non stick types, for obvious reasons. We have the DO and a cast iron skillet. There are several renegade blue enamel cups, rarely used because they transfer heat too well. I'm not too sure why they are still there to tell the truth. We keep 2 dedicated travel mugs for general use. We have 4-5 metal plates and a stack of paper ones for lazier days. I have an old fishing tackle box we keep silverware and cooking utensils in, salt and pepper go in there too. A large blue enamel stove top coffee pot rounds out the main kitchen gear, although I take an electric percolator as well.


Super Active Member
Mar 31, 2006
Clinton, Illinois
I have several cast iron skillets, a griddle, 2 DOs and a fairly nice sized cast iron saucepan that we use for cooking over the coal. We also keep a few assorted aluminum sauce pans for warming stuff up on the propane stove when necessary. All of my camper cookware has been a yard sale find. Same as with all of my dishes, silverware, cups and drink ware, and cooking utensils with the exception of my good knife.


Super Active Member
Nov 16, 2006
We still use the cheap non-stick set that my DW used in college 15 years ago. It works for us. If I'm going to make a frittata for breakfast, we'll drag along our CI skillet from home. We usually take our non-stick electric skillet from the house on every trip. Great way to cook bacon, eggs, pancakes, etc. If you dry camp, this won't work for you!


Active Member
Aug 16, 2006
western NY near Rochester
We use our old nesting camp cookware from tenting days, in addition to an electric skillet, a coffee maker and a cast iron fry pan and a griddle. We have a couple of DOs, too. For rallies, I sometimes bring a crock pot. This usually meets our needs.


Active Member
Apr 3, 2011
I have a couple of 9" nonstick fry pans with folding handles like these:

A nonstick griddle that fit's perfectly over both burners of my Coleman propane 2 burner stove,

a enamel 2 qt. pot, a small crock pot and a grill to put over the fire. Also a 24 cup percolator coffee pot that makes the best coffee in the world.

Pretty much takes care of anything I want to cook although I do plan on getting a DO.

Matt O

Strangers are friends who have not yet met
Dec 16, 2008
Chester County PA
I have an aluminum nesting kit pot set. It has 3 different size pots, 2 frying pans, coffee pot, cups, and a ton of plates. Everything fits inside the largest pot except for most of the plates, I think they were accumulated over the years, I don't think it original came with 20 plates [CK] .

Since space is a premium in a popup [PUC] I like that everything fits inside of each other and it can easily be stored inside one of the seats and moved to the galley when flipped up. And I have a ton of pots to cook with.

I do have one cast iron griddle and I would like to add a dutch oven for cooking cakes and stuff over the fire.


May 25, 2010
This would mean I'd have to actually cook right? ;) LOL....I simply take a waffle maker, toaster, and coffee maker. I also have my electric skillet. Other than that, we don't use anything but the fire and tripod. I'm more of a "traditional camp food" person though with hot dogs, burgers, brats. Breakfasts include waffles, pop tarts, cereal, and normally one morning for eggs/sausage in the skillet. Seems to work well for my family (I think anyway....they've never complained LOL)


Active Member
Jul 12, 2006
South Central PA
I put a large sauce pot and a small frying pan, both teflon coated. I used to carry 2 big pots and a larger frying pan. But, I don't use them. The large pot for pot luck item and heating water, the small frying pan for eggs.


Oklahoma, It's not just for Indians anymore!
Jun 22, 2006
Oklahoma City , Oklahoma
I have a cast iron set that came in a nice wooden box that I added a couple more CI skillets to:

We will take these along with a single aluminum sauce pan and our utensils from DG, Walmart or where ever.

Generally use paper plates, if the food calls for it we have a set of plastic plates that stay in the camper.

We also have assorted koozies for my can/bottle beverage of choice (see screen name!)

P.S. Looking for second tow vehicle to transport all my cast iron to the campground!! [:D] [:D] [:D] [:D] [:D]


Sharp Shootin' Grandma
May 8, 2011
Florida by way of WV and MD
We have dedicated cookware that stays in the camper. Part of the appeal of owning a camper is having everything already packed and ready to go.

Older pots and pans from the house are now in the pup. For tableware we have the red Coleman enamelware set that came with silverware. We also keep a good stock of paper plates and plastic silverware. Just ad a couple good, sharp knives and a can opener.


In memory of Nick Dilal, Sr. 1931-2005
Apr 4, 2009
I have a set of Coleman camp pots and pans with the interchangeable handle that I got new for $5.


Super Active Member
Jan 1, 2010
We have a few things that stay in the pup and a few that we take from home. This year I want to get the pup self sufficient. All pots, pans, silverware etc.. to stay in there and not take anything from home.

I did find a couple nice things at the goodwill store. I'll have to go look again.


Super Active Member
Aug 15, 2010
We use nothing but the finest of cookware and dinnerware sold exclusively at your local Yard Sales. [LOL]