5. Bring a Camping Stove
If you're car camping, space and weight aren't an issue so you can bring a stove that will handle everything that you need to cook. Make sure it's large enough to hold your biggest pan and sturdy enough that it won't tip over. Camp Chef and Coleman make some of the most reliable models. You can opt for a stove that sits on the table, while other models have adjustable legs for uneven surfaces.
For large groups, bring a stove with more than one burner so you can prep everything at once.
6. Bring a Basecamp Kitchen
For more kitchen organization, bring a camp kitchen. Kelty makes the Basecamp Kitchen, which is a mini version of the island in your kitchen. With a countertop, a place for your stove, drawers, a pantry and towel holders, this accessory is a must-have for turning your camping meal into a glamping meal.
7. Use Your Home Kitchen as Your Prep Kitchen
Mix spices for meats or meals, prep the pancake mix so you just have to add water or milk, and cut all your veggies all before you head for the campsite. At the campsite, you simply heat the spiced cider or shake and pour your favorite adult beverages. Other foods to prep at home include homemade granola, pasta and drink mixes.
8. Add the Martha Stewart Finishing Touch
Add homey touches to your camping meal—a tablecloth, some napkins, and even stainless-steel nesting wine glasses. Don't forget candles and a lantern so you can still enjoy the fun once the sunsets. And if you really can't survive without that fresh cup of coffee, don't worry. Many outdoor gear companies make high-end French presses, drip systems, and even grinders for the campsite.
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