There's nothing like ending a long day of backpacking with a hot meal before bedtime. The past few years have seen considerable advances in lightweight materials technology, so its easier than ever to get a decent meal while out on the trail. Here are a few basic items you might need. If you are looking for info on Camping stoves check out our buying guide
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Those dehydrated meals aren't going to heat themselves, you know. Unless you love the taste of freeze-dried beef stew, you'd better bring a few pots and pans (a griddle, a wok...) to your campsite. You have fewer choices here, but there are a few fun specialty pieces that might be nice to have in addition to the basics.
Flatware and Dishes
If you're cooking for one, an all in one pot/mug might be enough. (It saves you weight, too.) If you have a whole crew, you'll probably need a few plates, bowls and cups. Don't forget flatware and cooking utensils!
You'll also need something to wash down all that chow....
Flatware and Utensils
If you're taking a picnic trip or doing an overnight, a cooler is a great way to keep your fresh foods ready to eat.
Coffee and Tea
The trail has become more luxurious -- You don't have to tolerate percolated coffee just because you're a hundred miles from Starbucks. There are decent coffee presses that will brew up a pot of joe as good as what you'd have at home. Tea drinkers have always had the advantage, but tea accessories for camping have improved in the last few years as well. Don't forget an insulated mug
Water Filtration and Storage
Water is both essential and heavy. Make sure you have the best gear for carrying it or the right equipment for preparing your own from rivers or snow.
Here are a few more kitchen items you'll want to have handy.