A good camping pots and pans set can make cooking a pleasure in the outdoors. Food is an important part of the camping experience, and if you are backpacking from site to site, or hiking from a centralized camping spot, you will want a big, delicious meal to come back to after a long day on the trail. And while there is nothing wrong with doing a little cooking over an open fire, a big hot meal fresh from the cooking pot is a great way to end the day when camping.
Camping Pots and Pans SetWhat to look for when you are reviewing camping pots and pans sets.
- Material - There are a few different material choices when it comes to camping pots and pans. Stainless steel is strong, but also quite heavy. Aluminum is lightweight and cheap, but does not stand up well to wear and tear. Titanium is lightweight and stands up decently well to a little wear and tear, but is definitely the most expensive of the three.
- Versatile - It also helps if your camping pots and pans are versatile, so you don't end up carrying a whole array of cookware. Many pot lids, for instance, are made to double as frying pans, making them a useful, dual use item.
- Lightweight - Related to the two points above, you probably want your camping pots and pans set to be lightweight. You don't want to be carrying around big, heavy cookware with you when there are much lighter options available.
Best Camping Pots and Pans SetsA few of the very best sets of pots and pans for camping.
- Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset - If you're just cooking for one, there's no reason to bring along a big set when a small, minimalist set is all you need. The Trek 900 set consists of just a pot and a lid that doubles as a frying pan. It's basic, but it's everything you need to cook for yourself. It's also titanium, so the whole set weighs just 6.2 ounces, or 175 grams.
- GSI Pinnacle Camper - The Pinnacle set is everything you need to eat in the outdoors. You get two pots with lid, strainer combos, a frying pan and 4 cups, bowls, plates and a few other extras. The cookware is non-stick coated aluminum, which is a nice touch when it comes to cleaning up after dinner. The whole set weighs 3.5 pounds, or 1.58 kilograms, but you could likely leave some of it at home, depending on how big your group is and what your cooking needs are.
- Snow Peak Titanium Multi Compact Cookset - This cookset is similar to the other Snow Peak set above, but comes with two pots and two lid, frying pan combos, rather than just the one, so you have some options available to you, depending on how many you're cooking for and what you're cooking. And because the set is titanium, the whole thing weighs just 11.6 grams, or 328 grams, making it ideal for those more concerned about weight, but looking to cook for more than one.