Make Your Camp Kitchen Fit for a Chef With These Packable Cooking Essentials

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This gear and more like it is now available in the new Outside Shop, where Outside+ members receive a $50 discount on qualified purchases of $100 or more*. Learn more about Outside+ here and join now.

Thankfully, many base lodges are once again open to visitors this season, though some are still serving up limited menus to customers required to wear facemasks indoors. If you don't want to deal with those lingering pandemic restrictions--or if you rediscovered the joys of parking lot tailgates and living out of your van last winter and are happy to be self-sufficient when it comes to meals--a full camp kitchen set is what you need in your life.

Here, we list our favorite on-the-go kitchen essentials currently available in Outside's new shop. All are practical, packable, and perfect for whipping up a quick brekkie or frying up a lunch burger in the parking lot. If you're already an Outside+ member, use your $50 credit on qualifying purchases. Not a member yet? Get the details here.

Primus Profile Dual Stove

Primus Dual Camp Stove
Primus Dual Camp Stove

You can't do any kind of car camping or tailgating without a reliable propane stove. Enter this functional workhorse, which covers all your bases with one 3360 W burner and a BBQ grill burner with stainless steel drip tray. It's not the most compact, but it sure beats waiting for a tiny JetBoil to do its thing. $170

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Stanley Full Kitchen Basecamp Cookset

Stanley Full Kitchen Basecamp Cookset
Stanley Full Kitchen Basecamp Cookset

#VanLife might be about paring down, but no one said it has to mean going without. This 21-piece cookset includes everything you might need or want when you're whipping up a home-cooked meal away from home, including a 3.7-quart stainless steel pot with vented lid, a three-ply 32-ounce frying pan, a cutting board, plates, bowls, and, of course, all the accessories and tools you need to handle, clean, and stash all of it. It may seem like a lot, but it all stores neatly in a small space thanks to a compact nesting system. $80

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Primus Campfire Table

Primus Campfire Table
Primus Campfire Table

As essential as camp tables are, they can be a pain to fit into an already packed car or van. Not this one, though. Featuring a reinforced poly-cotton fabric top and foldable aluminum frame, the Primus Campfire Table is a no-brainer. Bonus: The table top is machine washable. $130

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Stanley Classic Legendary Camp Mug

Stanley Classic Legendary Camp Mug
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You can't beat the tried-and-true Stanley brand when it comes to travel mugs, and this camp mug is the legendary company's, well, most legendary mug. The 12-ounce stainless steel container incorporates double-wall vacuum insulation which does the trick for keeping your bevy of choice either piping hot or cold as ice. Best of all: the mug's secure press-fit Titan lid is leakproof and dishwasher safe. $20

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Stanley Stay Chill Beer Pint

Stanley Stay Chill Beer Pint
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More of a beer or cocktail kind of camper? Stanley's got just the ticket. The Classic Stay Chill Beer Pint features the brand's signature stainless steel BPA-free container, trusty double-wall vacuum insulation, and a lid with a wider mouth opening to account for bigger gulps and plentiful froth. The icing on the cake is a built-in bottle opener so you have one less thing to locate when it's time to crack one open. $25

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Primus Trail Cutlery Set Aluminum

Primus Trail Cutlery Set
Primus Trail Cutlery Set

Ditch the plastic and even compostable cutlery for good for this set that will last you a lifetime. Made from high-grade, hard-anodized aluminum, this fork, knife, and spoon set is durable, easy to clean, and dishwasher safe. $20

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Quarto The New Camp Cookbook

Quarto The New Camp Cookbook
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Chock full of delicious and easy recipes for hearty camp meals as well as sage outdoor cooking and camp kitchen organizational advice, it won't take long for this cookbook to earn a permanent spot in your camp box. All included recipes only require a standard set of cookware, guaranteeing you'll find something you can whip up in your plein-air kitchen. $27

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