These lightweight camping cooking gadgets are great value for money, and can help turn a basic cooking stove, into a full-on dining experience. As always, we’ve chosen a balance between high quality and value, so you’re always assured great kit, whatever you choose.
Purposefull Camping Cutlery Set
‘The Swiss army knife of cutlery.’
The Purposefull set contains a knife, fork, spoon and bottle opener, all of which fold away into a beautiful and hard-wearing steel case. The knife and fork separate so that you can use them together, and unlike many portable cutlery sets, the Purposefull set is strong and sharp enough to handle real, grown-up food!
One fork, one knife, one spoon and one bottle opener. Great for camping and hiking trips, and can handle tough food without a problem — none of the bending and flexing you sometimes get with cheaper foldable cutlery sets.
The build quality on the Purposefull is outstanding. Solid cutlery that you’d be happy to use at home, never mind the trail. The whole thing is made from stainless steel, so it’s resistant to rust and tarnishing. The set is easy to clean, and the rubberised handle offers a good amount of grip. One of the best camping cooking gadgets available.
This is decent sized cutlery, which folds away neatly and can be carried in your pocket or backpack. Really simple, great build quality camping gadget. Flips out just like a regular Swiss Army Knife, and guaranteed to last.
Andes Portable Camping Anodised Aluminium Cookware Set
‘Bring the kitchen to the mountains.’
This has to be one of the most generous camp kitchen sets we’ve seen for the money. It’s not shabby quality, either. All of the pots and pans are made from anodized, hardened aluminium, so they’re non-stick, long-lasting and easy to clean. We love the Andes set as a welcome addition to the regular camper’s cooking kit. When a single pan and stove won’t cut it, if you’ve got enough arms to carry it all, the Andes set is generous and well thought out.
The Andes set comes contained in its own carry case, with closes drawstring style, and can be slung over your shoulder, or packed away in the car. Here’s what’s inside:
1 frying pan
1 soup soon
1 rice spoon
1 mini chopping board
1 cleaning sponge
Not bad, right? The mini chopping board is a lovely touch. Our favourite thing has to be the kettle, though. It’s big and super high quality for the price. You’d be hard pressed to find another one like it for the same price.
All of the pots and pans are made from hardened, anodized aluminium, so they’re rust-resistant, non-stick, lightweight and strong. The bowls are made from hygienic plastic, which washes easily using the included sponge.
The handles on the pans are plastic-coated to protect your hands from burns, they also fold flush to the side of the pan for easy storage. They’re strong and sturdy, as are the bowls. Everything about the Andes set is thoughtfully made, right down to the raised bumps on the rice spoon, which stops the rice from sticking to it.
Everything stacks away nicely for packing in the carrying case, which in itself is a great piece of kit; simple and strong. You can use the Andes with any gas or wood burning stove set, and there’s enough room in the pans and kettle, to prepare food for several people.
DoubleVillages Collapsible Kettle
‘Collapsible silicone utensils are a winner.’
Well now here’s something you don’t see every day. The DoubleVillages collapsible kettle is a perfectly functional kettle, that folds down into itself for easy storage. Its upper is made from high quality silicone, which is heat and leak-resistant, while the base is made from stove-friendly steel.
You get to choose which colour you’d like, but essential this is a kettle which stacks into itself for easy storage and transportation. You’ll need a stove or heat source to use the silicone kettle, as it has no power output, but that’s fine, because you’re off the grid and roughing it anyway, right?
Upper is made from high quality silicone, base is made from durable steel.
The collapsing kettle works by being shaped like a beehive. Its narrower top segments collapse into the wider bottom segments, and are held in place by their own tension. It’s a great camping gadget, although we wish the handle detached as well. One of our favourite camping cooking gadgets.
‘It’s also a knife.’
It’s one of those things we all think is a bit of a joke at first, but the spork is one of the adventurer’s most versatile pieces of kit. You can stab with it, scoop with it, and even cut with it, because this particular spork has a little knife ridge on the side.
Outstanding for when you’re sick to death of carrying around more than one piece of cutlery like some sort of barbarian.
The titanium spork is spoon, fork and knife all in one. It’s ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and ease of use, and because titanium is highly biocompatible, you need not worry if you accidentally swallow the entire thing.
Made from hypoallergenic, surgical-grade titanium. This particular spork is not playing games. It’s ready for the slopes, for the campsite, it would even work in space.
A spoon at one end, a nifty fork and knife combination at the other end, a cleverly dual curved handle in between.
‘Expertly mined for your camping convenience.’
Ever been on a camping trip and tried to use two pieces of flint to start a fire? Hard, isn’t it? Magnesium is way easier to use, and when you strike it with a piece of specially-cut iron, well, you may as well be using a lighter. Windproof, waterproof, all attached to a handy string, you are the firestarter, twisted firestarter.
One piece of magnesium, and one piece of iron.
How does it work?
Simply scrape a few magnesium shavings onto your desired thing to burn, then strike the magnesium column with the iron scraper to produce a spark and light your fire. One of the simplest and most useful camping cooking gadgets available.
Best camping cooking gadgets