The Southern Glamper: Camp Kitchen


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Camp Kitchen

I enjoy cooking at our campsite.  I've compiled a list of the camping gear to get you started at the campsite.  The basics are listed along with optional items.  You can download this list and use it to help you as you get ready for the camping season.  Camp Kitchen Checklist

You can find more ideas for camping lists, meals, and menus on my Lists and Menus Page.  I have also shared more about how I set up my camping kitchen in a previous post.

The Camco Paper Towel Holder is an inexpensive tool that is great to keep your paper towels upright and easy to access.  You can mount this holder in your RV or you can use the handle to carry your paper towels out to your camp kitchen or picnic table.

If you want towel racks in a small space, use an over the door option.  This pack of 2 is less than $15 and matches our hardware.  Well made and has padding underneath to protect your cabinet.  

This year, I'm adding a compact Coleman Camping Oven and a set of bakeware that is compact to go with it.   I'll be sharing more on my blog about these baking/cooking tools in the coming months.


Below are links to items that we use often at our campsite.  Setting up your camp kitchen doesn't have to be expensive.  Lots of these items can most likely be found around your home or at thrift stores.

Clean drinking water is a must at the campground.  Bottled water can become very expensive over time.  Consider water filtration tools that will save you money and keep your drinking water safe!  We have a new Zero Water Pitcher that I'll be reviewing fully as the camping season gets started.

Set up a dishwashing station with these easy items.  I like collapsible items for easy storage.  The electric kettle gives us hot water for dishes since we don't have hot water in our pop up camper.


We have an RTIC soft pack cooler that works well for taking food to the campsite and storing until the refrigerator cools off.  I reviewed the RTIC cooler that we have in 2017.  

Since we don't have an oven, I use a Dutch Oven for many meals.  If you are going to use a Dutch Oven for cooking, you will need a lid lifter, charcoal starter and pit paws.  Check out my post on Dutch Oven Cooking to learn more about how I use this method.


A basic electric skill can come in handy while camping if the weather is cold or rainy and you want to cook an easy meal indoors.  

I have a small, basic skillet that I use for camping.  It works well for pancakes or grilled cheese.  I chose a small one due to space.  But, you may find that a larger skillet is what your family needs.  I also chose this instead of cast iron because I use this on my camp stove.  I also use a small saucepan due to space.  We only use this for heating soup and other small items.  


We have also updated our refrigerator in our camper with a Koolatron refrigerator.  We do not plan to use our fridge on propane going down the road.  This fridge is built to take the travel of a more durable unit than something used in a dormitory.  It fits perfectly in our space.  Read my full review of this unit on my blog.  

Check back to find out what updates we have made to our camping kitchen over time.  I'm sure that we will continue to make changes as we learn more and camp as a family.  

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  1. Hi Grace, I have a small 1995 Viking 175SD XL pop up camper that seems to have never had a fridge. Perhaps an Icebox at one time but not even sure where it fit into. There is limited cupboards 2 small ones and a drawer. There is a furnace which is located below the kitchen sink area. I have no idea if this furnace works and since it is propane I am a little leery of a pilot light concept in the trailer. (Also carbon monoxide detectors would be needed if using this furnace) I plan on using an electric heater for colder nights which I did in my tent last year. They work fine to take the chill out. I am wondering if you have a furnace in your camper and if you use it. Do you think it might be worth perhaps taking mine out and putting a small fridge in that space instead. I am also thinking of resale value. I think a fridge would be better than a furnace?

    What are your thoughts on this idea? Thanks so much

    1. I do think that a fridge is a good thing to have in a camper. A friend recently stopped by my house and was looking at my camper and immediately commented on the fridge. She said the pop up her parents had never had a fridge and that would have made a big difference for them. I would say that you are correct in guessing an icebox would have been original to your camper.

      Furnaces are tricky. I'm with you on the carbon monoxide detectors. And you may be better with an electric heater. It depends on the area where you live and the weather you plan to camp in during cold months. Mid to low 30's is as low as it gets when we are camping in fall/late winter. So our heating needs are not really for drastically cold weather.

      We have a Coleman Mach 10 AC with heat strip that we use. If you have an AC, it might be worth it to check in to a heat strip option.

      In my opinion, I would go with a fridge. I think it would have more use. Anyone can use an electric heater, and it would be safe. If you go with keeping the furnace, get it checked out by a professional. I would not chance it given the age of your camper. I hope this helps!

    2. Thank you Grace. I was thinking the same thing. I live in Canada, Manitoba to be exact which is just above ND. So camping here is really from Mid May to end of September if the weather holds. Sometimes you can still get nice weather in October but most of the campgrounds are closed by then. I usually do not go out until Mid June to late August for the most part. I wish I lived in your neck of the woods. Camping season would be so much longer. ;-)


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