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For many people, cooking and eating in the great outdoors is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. We've put together some top camping cooking tips to help you rustle up some al-fresco cuisine on your holiday.

Something about eating outdoors just seems to make food taste better, particularly on a camping trip. The good news is there's a wide range of camping cooking equipment available to make outdoor cooking much easier, a far cry from sticking a can of beans in the campfire.

If you're going away with the family, chances are you'll have a few hungry mouths to feed after a hard day's having fun, but with a bit of planning and the right equipment you should be able to create tasty meals with the minimum of fuss.

Camping Cooking Tips

Outdoor Cooking Equipment

A list of useful cooking equipment to pack could potentially go on forever, however you'll probably have limited space. Make sure you have these basic camp cooking essentials and you won't go far wrong:

Outdoor Cooking Equipment
  • A gas stove or BBQ. Check what your campsite will allow first - some won't allow BBQs or open fires, while others will. Don't forget the fuel or charcoal!
  • Pots and pans. Buying a camping cookset is a great way to get all the basics (frying pan, saucepans, kettle) in one go, plus they're often lighter and more compact.
  • Tin foil. This campsite essential has a number of uses, from keeping food warm to wrapping up jacket potatoes and popping them into the fire.
  • Cutlery, plastic cups and plates, a chopping board, cooking utensils, a tin opener, and a corkscrew/bottle opener. Kitchen roll, scourers and teatowels are also vital.
  • A coolbox to keep your food chilled - Halfords sell handy electric coolboxes that you can plug into your car's 12v lighter.
  • A water carrier to save you trekking to the tap and back every few minutes.

Cooking While Camping - Top Tips

Cooking While Camping - Top Tips
  • Prepare as much as you can before leaving home, as this will save you a whole load of time once you arrive at the campsite.
  • Chop up vegetables such as onions, peppers and mushrooms at home and store in zip-locked bags, ready for when you need them.
  • Take an empty ice-cream box and fill it with small bags of salt, pepper, sugar, dried herbs, spices, stock cubes, and so on - these ingredients are handy to throw into all sorts of dishes to add flavour.
  • Grab a couple of lemons and limes - not only are these great for squeezing over fish or salad, they can also be used for a quick clean of a chopping board.
  • Dried food such as pasta, rice or noodles are great for adding to dishes to bulk them up, all the better for feeding a group of hungry campers. They're light to carry and won't go off either.
  • Keep drinks in a separate chiller to avoid constantly opening the coolbox containing the food. A bucket of cold water is a great way to keep cans and bottles cool.
  • Lastly, get the whole family involved in the washing up - it will be done much quicker and you can sit down and relax!

Camping Cooking Equipment at Halfords

At Halfords we sell a huge range of camping cooking and dining equipment to help you whip up tasty and filling meals on your holidays. For inspiration on what to cook, check out our ideas for easy camping meals and our special recipes from celebrity chef Simon Rimmer.

You can reserve camping cooking equipment online and collect from your local store, or buy online for home delivery.

Don't forget we also sell an extensive selection of camping furniture, sleeping equipment, and handy camping accessories - in fact, everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable camping trip. Order today!