Versatile Cook System
Eureka! Gonzo Grill Portable 3-in-1 Camping Stove
$189.95 | eurekacamping.com
Offering the culinary triumvirate of griddle, grill and stovetop cooking, Eureka’s Gonzo Grill Cook System is one of the most versatile compact systems on the market. It features a cast iron griddle top for pancakes, which flips over to create a grill surface for burgers and steaks, and it also functions as a stove for sauteing veggies and boiling water. The Gonzo Grill offers advanced simmer control and a port for adding additional stoves to really get the party started. At 14 pounds, it’s ideal for tailgating, car camping and basecamps populated by foodies.
2 All-In-One Kitchen Kit
GSI Outdoors Stainless Base Camper – 3 Piece Cookset
$89.95 | gsioutdoors.com
An organized kitchen system is the stuff daydreams are made of. GSI’s new Glacier Stainless Camper is the complete package, boasting nesting tableware and stainless steel cookware designed to eliminate the guesswork of packing for four. It includes: two pots, a frying pan, four insulated mugs with lids which can double as bowls, and four plates. We love the thoughtful details, like a strainer integrated into pot lids, a pot gripper which remains attached while cooking, and a welded sink which doubles as the stuff sack. This kit is sure to please outdoor gourmands.
3 Statement Mug
$27 CAD | campbrandgoods.com
A hip mug is as good for the soul as it is for your Instagram page. Camp Brand Goods’ line of trendy and attractive enamel mugs is sure to put a smile on any camper’s face. Each is made of cast iron and hand-dipped in enamel; you can heat it over an open flame and pop it into the dishwasher later. At 500 ml it’s excellent for a fireside cocktail or a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
4 Folding Table
KingCamp Camping Table (27.5″×27.5″×27.1″)
$69.99 CAD | sail.ca
From van life to backcountry base camping, a folding table gives a classy and ergonomically friendly touch to any campsite. KingCamp’s heavy-duty collapsible table offers a spacious tabletop and enormous 176-pound weight capacity—pile on! Measuring 28 by 28 inches and just over two feet tall, this design accommodates four campers and their hearty dinners. Both tabletop and legs fold up into a compact carrying bag for easy transport. Don’t expect all this convenience to come ultralight though—the steel and aluminum table weighs in at nine pounds.
5 Coffee To Go
$115 | handpresso.com
Calling all java addicts. Roll out of your tent and into the comforting arms of a fine espresso thanks to the unique Handpresso pump. To use, pump the unit up to the green bar, pour in boiling water and fill the dome pod with ground coffee. Then lock on the lid and press out your high-quality brew. The Handpresso works off pressure, so no batteries are needed. Yes, this unit weighs a pound more and involves a few more steps than simply dropping a spoonful of instant into hot water, but you’ll overlook that fact after your first taste.
6 Gourmet Knife Set
GSI Outdoors, Santoku Knife Se
A chef’s knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, so stop making your dull pocket knife work overtime. The GSI Santoku Knife Set includes a paring knife, Santoku blade and six-inch serrated knife. Its compact, stainless steel blades are rockered for kitchen prep and take care of all our slicing and dicing needs. We love the included cutting board, bottle for soap and dish cloth, which are all kept organized inside a handy carrying case.
7 S’more Maker
Coghlan’s Camp Cooker
$16.99 | coghlans.com
Sure, you could toast sandwiches, grill meat and make awesome tiny pies over an open fire with Coghlan’s Camp Cooker, but where this little tool really shines is in its s’more-making potential. Don’t settle for just graham crackers, marshmallow and chocolate—bring in the gourmet options, like peanut butter, Nutella and M&Ms. The Camp Cooker is made from lightweight aluminum and a two-part hinge makes it simple to use and easy to clean.
8. The Instant Gourmet
$6.50 and up | goodto-go.com
For those hungry campers who want to eat gourmet right now, Good To-Go’s dehydrated instant meals are healthy and delicious. The goal of chef Jennifer Scism is to make meals to suit all diets, so all products are gluten-free, low in sodium, and made without preservatives. Several vegan and vegetarian options are also offered. While Good To-Go offers classic stick-to-your-rib entrees like three-bean chili and red sauce penne, they’ve also bagged less conventional fare, like Indian curries, Thai noodles and Korean bibimbap.