Going on long camping trips means having the right gear available when it comes to cooking. While it’s possible to take bags of dry food with, most campers will be dying to have a hot meal by the time they reach their campsite.
Hiking through the wilderness for hours on end also means that travelling as light as possible is a necessity, so having light cooking gear can make all the difference.
Here we will look at popular types of cooking gear and which ones are worth hauling around.
Obviously, plastic can’t be used to cook anything, as it would melt right away. And if possible, a camper should try and avoid using plastic for water storage, as most canisters tend to leak various chemicals into the water, especially when exposed to sunlight.
Plastic is a good choice for plates, bowls, and cups, however. Not only is plastic durable, but it’s extremely light and easy to replace in case one of the pieces becomes damaged.
Aluminium might be tempting for a camper to take along for a few different reasons. Aluminium is extremely light, cheap, and it can be used for cooking food and boiling water. There are some downsides, however. Aluminium cookware has been shown to slowly leak aluminium into the water or food that’s being cooked, with the effect being much stronger if there are any acids present.
Aluminium, however, is still a good choice for crockery needs, as it’s much more durable than plastic. It should be noted that modern camping gear made from this material is often coated with a thin coating that prevents any aluminium from leaking into food, but these pieces of equipment often come at a much higher price, which might mean a camper has to win big online, but ultimately it may be easier to instead just opt for steel.
In terms of actually cooking food, steel is probably the best choice around. Food-grade steel is nigh indestructible, and any food in the world can be safely cooked in it. Taking a small, steel pot or pan along is a good idea, as it provides a solid place to do cooking without the risk of any leaking chemicals.
The caveat to steel, of course, is the heavy weight, but the long-term investment of steel and its durability means that the weight problem is generally easy to ignore.
Another good choice is silicon, which is a synthetic material derived from rubber. Much like steel, silicon is completely safe to eat from, and it’s fairly common to come across a small, foldable silicon kettle that can be placed on top of a heat source to boil water.
Silicon foldable cups, plates, and bowls make for great additions for camping trips as they’re light to carry and can be folded up and placed in even the smallest corners. Silicon paired to steel is arguably the best choice for those campers that like to take long trips into nature.