A frying pan is a helpful thing to have along with you when you are out camping. Meals like pasta and soup are great, and all you need is a pot for something like that, but if you want to get a little more fancy, and do a bit of frying, then it helps to have something like a stand alone camping frying pan. That does not necessarily mean, however, that you have to add a lot of bulk and weight to your backpack. There are some excellent camping frying pans on the market.
Camping Frying PanWhat to look for on a camping frying pan.
- Combo Unit - If you already have a good camping pot then this may not interest you too much, but there are some great combo cooking sets available, where you get a pot and a lid, and the lid doubles as a frying pan. It's a great way to save on bulk and weight while still expanding your available cookware options.
- Material - There are a couple of different materials that you will find camping frying pans in. Stainless steel and aluminum are good, but titanium is better, in that it is both strong and lightweight. The only drawback is that it is also often fairly expensive.
Best Camping Frying PanA few of the better camping frying pans on the market.
- GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Frypan - The Pinnacle makes an ideal camping frying pan. It is aluminum, and has a teflon coating which means it's non-stick, and easy to clean in the outdoors. It comes with a handle that's removable, to make it a less awkward item to pack. It holds a total of 11.9 L, but weighs 12 ounces, or 340 grams, so not the lightest piece of camping equipment.
- MSR Flex Skillet - The Flex is another aluminum pan that has also has a non-stick coating, which is again, a great feature to have in the outdoors when it comes time to clean up after yourself. It also has a removable handle. The Flex is quite a bit smaller than the Pinnacle, but it also weighs quite a bit less, at 7 ounces, or 198 grams.
- Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cook Set - If you don't have a good camping pot, or are interested in upgrading, this is a great set of cookware from Snow Peak. It's a pot and lid combo, and the lid doubles as a frying pan. The lid has its own removable handle, but is quite small, and is definitely only big enough for a single person. The entire unit, however, weighs a mere 6.2 ounces, or 175 grams, which is less than either of the frying pans above, so as lightweight options go, it's a great pick.