Some people make do with food that doesn't require any cooking while camping or backpacking, but there is nothing quite like a big hot meal at the end of a long day on the trail. Once you have your fire going, you are going to need a pot, pan or combination of the two to get your meal heated and ready for eating. For the best results, you need camping pots and pans.
Camping Pots and PansFeatures to look for on camping pots and pans.
- Material - There are several different materials that you will typically find camping pots and pans coming in. The three big ones are stainless steel, aluminum and titanium. Stainless steel is strong, aluminum is fairly light and titanium is both strong and light, though more expensive.
- Combo Unit - If you want to have a little versatility in your camping pots and pans while still saving on bulk and weight, a combo unit is a good idea. There are pot and pan sets where the lid doubles as a pan, so that you don't have to carry a separate pot and pan. Since most camping meals are the kind of thing you do in one pot or one pan, you wont often run in to the problem of needing a lid and a pan at the same time.
Best Camping Pots and PansA select few of the best camping pots and pans for sale.
- BackCountry Titanium Cookset - This titanium cookset from Backcountry is a good example of the combination lid and pan. Each unit has its own attached, folding handle, so you wont burn any fingers, and there's no need to carry a separate pot gripping device. It's also non-stick, which makes cleaning in the outdoors easy, and the pot holds 1300 ml of water, which is plenty of room for a big meal. The whole set weighs 6.5 ounces, or 184 grams.
- MSR Alpine 2 Pot Set - This Alpine set from MSR is stainless steel, which means it's plenty strong enough to take a little use and abuse in the outdoors. You get two pots, one 1.5 L and one 2 L, as well as a single lid for both that also doubles as a pan. With this set you also get a gripper device that is compatible with all three units in the set. The whole set, however, weighs 26 ounces, or 737 grams, and even with the extra pot that is quite a bit.
- Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset - The Trek 900 is fairly similar to the BackCountry unit above. It's titanium, and comes with a built in handle on both the pot and the pan, which also doubles as a lid for the pot. It weighs 6.2 ounces, or 175 grams, so slightly lighter than the Backcountry cookset, but the Trek 900 is also slightly smaller, with a 900 ml capacity. So better suited to cooking for 1, rather than the Backcountry which would do well cooking for two.