Last minute camping trips? Too many things to do? Not enough time to get ready to leave? Can't find everything? After several unorganized attempts to pack for camping trips, I discovered that having a "Ready-To-Go" Cook Box helps to make getting ready for vacations and weekend camping trips much easier.
Having all of the 'kitchen' supplies in one handy, heavy-duty plastic crate on the closet shelf with much of our other camping equipment means that I usually have everything that we need in one place, and we don't have to buy more of the forgotten items left at home. I keep a checklist with the cook box as a helpful reminder of what things to add that we don't keep in the cook box.
This idea is easy to customize for other uses, too - kids' travel toy box, games & electronics for long road trips, beach towels, toys & sunscreen - all within easy reach when it's time to leave for the day or a trip!
Step 1: Pack Your Box
A sturdy milk crate makes a good box here. They stack nicely, can take a beating, and they allow air to pass through which prevents mold. I've seen others use trunks or larger, Tupperware containers - it's really up to you!
Here's a list of things I like to have on hand. Any other must-haves you've discovered? Leave them in the comments!
(Revised Feb. 16, 2016)
- Pots & pans
- Plates, bowls
- Skillet (cast iron is our favorite)
- Small plastic cutting board
- Utensils (for eating & basic cooking)
- Dish cloths, pot holders
- Wash basins for dirty dishes
- Lantern, rechargeable (batteries for backup)
- Paper towels, aluminum foil, Ziploc bags
- Dish soap & sponge
- Matches (waterproof, strike anywhere)
- Bottle opener & corkscrew
- Swiss army knife
- Coffee making supplies
- Duct tape
- Small plastic grocery bags & garbage bags
- Plastic tablecloth