Kevin’s camping favorites (written by Kevin)
*These items are for car camping, not hiking:
Sitting around the campfire making s’mores with the kids is a must do - might as well do it in comfort. This rocking chair is awesome. They make several different versions - we chose this one because it collapses into a sleeve, making it easier to carry to soccer games.
You’ve got to keep food cold, especially the meat. This RTIC cooler does the job for a fraction of the cost of a YETI. One note, if you’re using your cooler to keep the beer cold and plan on opening and closing the cooler a lot, go for a cheaper cooler… even high-end coolers can’t fight an open lid.
Nothing is a more versatile cooking tool than a dutch oven. Lodge makes THE go to camp dutch ovens. Be sure to get a camp version, which have three legs allowing for charcoal to be placed underneath. Don’t forget the lid lifter and tongs. Don’t be intimidated… there are a ton of videos online that teach you how to cook using a dutch oven. Already know how?, this is my go to spot for recipes.
If you’re using a dutch oven, you’re going to need coals. This starter chimney is amazing. Its large size ensures you’ll have plenty of coals and the whole “science” behind heat rising makes lighting coals without the use of lighter fluid a breeze.
And, if we’re really going to get serious about dutch oven cooking, this cooking table is awesome. It collapses for easy transport, has a wind screen that helps keep coals hot, is sturdy enough to stack up to four ovens at one time and serves as a place to tell this kids “stay away from this table, it’s hot!”
Disposable plates, cups, and cutlery take up room in the car, generate garbage that you need to pack out and are just not great for the environment. A mess kit per person solves for all of this. This mess kit is one of my favorite, as it doesn’t use an all in one “spork,” allowing you to eat like an adult, is made of stainless steel instead of plastic and has a bag to store everything together.
I keep everything stored in this camp kitchen. It allows me to just grab it from the garage and go when packing the car, keeps everything organized at camp and provides a place for my camp stove.