Here at SunnyScope, we are highly in favor of all things compact. Minimalist camping doesn’t have to mean doing without, it just means finding ways to achieve what we want without bringing the kitchen sink. As backpacking and mountain climbing continue rising in popularity, it is becoming easier to find compact camp gear that is multifunctional, which is what minimalism is all about. If you’re tired of all the heavy, inconvenient kitchen gear you lug around from place to place, check out these options for paring down your camp kitchen into something more efficient.
There’s a lot to be said for compact kitchen items, since a kitchen, no matter how small, is going to be a necessary component of your camping trip. Being able to feed 4 or more people with materials that are compact enough for one is what the MSR Flex 4 cooking system does best. This handy kitchen set includes one large capacity dual-handle boiling pot, a smaller non-stick pot with removable pot handle, a strainer lid for each, 4 deep dish plates, and four insulated stainless steel mugs with toppers. Every piece nests perfectly inside the one large pot, and altogether weighs just under 4 lbs. Only going on a trip for two? Just take out whatever you don’t need and lighten your load!
Keeping in line with the minimalist camp kitchen philosophy, we bring you the Small Basecamp Kitchen from Kelty. Designed with alpine climbers and backpackers in mind, this petite kitchen is just as easy to roll up and pack away as it is to set up. Featuring an aluminum tabletop and fold-away windscreen, you’ll have enough room to prep and cook food for camp and still be able to store kitchen items within easy reach. Two outer mesh pockets can hold cutlery, napkins, and other goods, while a zippered pantry area under the table provides secure storage for foodstuffs. The sturdy steel frame offers a weight capacity of 80 lbs, so you won’t have to worry about it collapsing under a little weight. Especially great for those summer rafting trips!
Now that you’ve got your kitchen station, cookware, and place settings, it’s time to get cooking. This Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set from MSR will tackle any meal you’ve got planned, from simple flapjacks to a cheddar cheese omelet. It includes a folding spoon, spatula, and combination cheese grater/pot strainer, moisture-resistant salt and pepper shaker, a brush pot scrubber, a stainless steel knife in a ventilated plastic sheath, a cutting board, a bottle opener, squeeze bottles, a PackTowel dish towel, and it’s all contained neatly in a zippered, semi-rigid case with two external zippered mesh pockets for additional storage. For a budding or seasoned camp chef, this compact set is a great choice.