Campervan Cooking and Kitchenware Guide
Campervan Cooking and Kitchenware
Top tips for dining like a king in your campervan
Our campervan experts guide you through your campervan kitchen accessories, including the most useful pots and pans, mugs and cups, cutlery, dining sets, and top tips for being an eco-camper.
- Your campervan kitchen is the best!
- Campervan Cups and Glasses
- Campervan Dining Sets
- Campervan Kitchen Accessories
- Keeping your rubbish to a minimum
- About Campervan Magazine
Introduction: Your campervan kitchen is the best!
One of the best things about a campervan is having a kitchen, as you can enjoy a cuppa and knock up a tasty meal, wherever you are in the world. For some, it’s the simple pleasures like beans on toast or a tinned curry – something easy that requires minimal fuss at the end of a busy day. For others, it’s all about sampling local produce – filleting freshly caught fish and making a gourmet salad is all part of the adventure!
Campervan Cups and Glasses
© Photo courtesy of Ohelo
Mugs and Glasses
Whichever camp you fall into, there are some camping kitchen essentials you won’t want to leave home without. This starts with mugs and glasses. Avoid taking regular ones from home, as ceramic and glass are heavy and breakable. Instead, opt for melamine or tin mugs for tea and coffee.
Think Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
If you frequently grab a hot beverage from the petrol station when you’re travelling, buy a reusable cup. This is not only much better for the environment as there’s no rubbish, but you can use it when camping, too. The same goes for cold drinks. Rather than buying drinks in single use bottles, buy refillable drinks bottles that you can also take out with you on day trips.
Plastic Beakers and Polycarbonate Glasses
For the campsite, get a set of stackable plastic beakers, which will take up minimal space in a cupboard. If you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, choose polycarbonate glasses, which look and feel the part but are virtually unbreakable.
Campervan Dining Sets
© Photo courtesy of Outwell
Malamine dinner sets
Melamine has been a campervanner’s best friend for decades, as it’s lightweight and hardwearing. Invest in a dinner set and you’ll have it for years to come. Sets are typically two-person or four-person and include dinner and side plates, breakfast bowls and mugs.
Cutlery Rolls and Picnic Sets
When it comes to cutlery, don’t be tempted to bring knives and forks from home. Put them in a drawer and the rattling will drive you crazy when you’re on the road. Storing exposed blades in a drawer or box is also dangerous, as it can lead to injuries.
Instead, buy a cutlery roll or picnic set. This is a rollable pouch or a zipped soft case that contains all the cutlery you’ll need for dinner, while bigger sets may include other essential accessories such as a bottle opener, cork screw and chopping board. You’ll also want to get a couple of chopping knives with blade covers, a mini cheese grater, a vegetable peeler, a stirring/serving spoon and a spatula.
Campervan Kitchen Accessories
© Photo courtesy of Just Smart Kitchenware
Collapsible Silicone and Wax Wraps
Another great invention is silicone, which lends itself to all manner of collapsible kitchen accessories, from colanders, pots and kettles to washing up bowls, draining boards and storage containers.
Get a collapsible washing up bowl and a selection of storage containers. These take up minimum space in the campervan when not in use and are very versatile. Storage containers are perfect for the fridge as well as for dry items like teabags and rice, and can also be used for lunch boxes.
Wax wraps are also a great alternative to cling film and tin foil, as they are reusable.
Pots and Pans
In our experience, silicone doesn’t hold up well to heat over time, so avoid kettles and pots, which are prone to splitting. Instead, opt for a metal camping kettle, a couple of good quality regular non-stick pots and a frying pan with a lid - this will help to keep grease at bay when cooking inside your campervan.
© Photo courtesy of Outdoor Revolution
Keep rubbish to a minimum
Finally, it’s important to keep rubbish to a minimum when camping. If you’re wild camping or the site you’re staying at doesn’t have recycling bins for plastic, glass, carboard etc, you must take your rubbish home. Never buy single use paper or plastic cups, plates and cutlery.
Similarly, avoid disposable barbecues. Many campsites prohibit the use of them, as they burn the grass. Instead, get a compact folding barbecue and a bag of charcoal.
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