Best Camping Cookware Sets of 2021

By Heloise Blause Updated July 10, 2021

Camp food can become camp cuisine if you use the right cookware.

Best Camping Cookware Sets of 2021

Are you a fan of hiking, camping, or outdoor adventure? Then you know that regular cookware doesn’t always cut it when you cook with a gas canister or open flame.

When you carry everything on your back you want a set of cookware that’s light, and compact.

Camping cookware is specifically designed for your needs, whether you’re a backpacker or car camping fanatic.

So we’ve compiled a list of the best camping cookware to suit any adventurer.

Our Top Picks

Best Camping Cookware of 2021 
Overmont 15pc 1.95 Liter (Pot+ Kettle) Camping Cookware Mess Kit, Lightweight Pot Pan Kettle Fork Knife Spoon Kit for Backpacking, Outdoor Hiking and Picnic Free Folding Spork Knife SpoonBest Overall

Overmont Camping Cookware Set

Overmont 15pc 1.95 Liter (Pot+ Kettle) Camping Cookware Mess Kit, Lightweight Pot Pan Kettle Fork Knife Spoon Kit for Backpacking, Outdoor Hiking and Picnic Free Folding Spork Knife Spoon

  • Compact.

  • Durable.

  • Lightweight.

Bisgear 16 Pcs Camping Cookware Stove Carabiner Folding Spork Set Outdoor Camping Hiking Backpacking Non-Stick Cooking Picnic Knife SpoonBest Budget

Bisgear Cookware Set

Bisgear 16 Pcs Camping Cookware Stove Carabiner Folding Spork Set Outdoor Camping Hiking Backpacking Non-Stick Cooking Picnic Knife Spoon

  • Good Value.

  • Easy Cleaning.

  • Versatile.

STANSPORT - Heavy Duty 7-Piece Stainless Steel Clad Cookware SetBest for RV

STANSPORT Clad Cookware Set

STANSPORT - Heavy Duty 7-Piece Stainless Steel Clad Cookware Set

  • Good For Large Scale Cooking.

  • Even Cooking.

MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit Gear – Camp Accessories Equipment Pots and Pans Set 1LBest for Family

MalloMe Camping Cookware

MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit Gear – Camp Accessories Equipment Pots and Pans Set 1L

  • Easy Serving.

  • Light And Compact.

  • BPA Free

Sea to Summit X Pot, 2.8 Liter (Grey)Best for Backpacking

Sea to Summit X-Pot

Sea to Summit X Pot, 2.8 Liter (Grey)

  • Easily Compatible To Other Pieces.

  • Even Cooking

  • Space Saving

GSI Outdoors, Pinnacle Camper Cooking Set for Camping and Backpacking, 2 to 4 PersonBest for Beginners

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle

GSI Outdoors, Pinnacle Camper Cooking Set for Camping and Backpacking, 2 to 4 Person

  • Easy To Carry.

  • Comes Complete

Honest Portable Camping cookware Mess kit Folding Cookset for Hiking Backpacking 10 Piece Lightweight Durable Pot Pan Bowls Spork with Nylon Bag Outdoor Cook Equipment.Best for Solo Backpacking Trips

HONEST Camping Cook Set

Honest Portable Camping cookware Mess kit Folding Cookset for Hiking Backpacking 10 Piece Lightweight Durable Pot Pan Bowls Spork with Nylon Bag Outdoor Cook Equipment.

  • Easy To Clean.

  • Lightweight

Lodge Combo Cooker Cast Iron, 10.25', BlackBest for Open Fire

Lodge Combo Cooker

Lodge Combo Cooker Cast Iron, 10.25', Black

  • Can Use With Campfire.

  • Durable

Snow Peak - Trek 1400 SCS-009T - Japanese Cookware Set Pot and Skillet, Ultralight and Compact for Backpacking and Camping, Made in Japan, Lifetime Product Guarantee, TitaniumBest Lightweight

Snow Peak Trek

Snow Peak - Trek 1400 SCS-009T - Japanese Cookware Set Pot and Skillet, Ultralight and Compact for Backpacking and Camping, Made in Japan, Lifetime Product Guarantee, Titanium

  • Lifetime Guarantee.

  • Ultra-Lightweight

Can You Use Regular Pots For Camping?

Yes you can use your own cookware if you’re RV or Car camp and have a portable cooktop. However, if space is tight, we recommend you invest in stackable cookware.

But if you’re a backpacker, you can’t. Your regular cookware would be too heavy to carry. You’ll definitely need special cookware that’s light and portable. Also, you’ll need sturdy cookware that can withstand high heat, just in case you plan to cook over a fire.

Types of Camping Cookware

There are different types of camping cookware you should consider depending on your needs



Pots are the most common and versatile camping cookware. With a pot, you can boil water for coffee or tea, simmer soups or stews, or even braise meat. You can prepare almost any food can in a pot. And many (like the MSR Camping pot) come with pot lids to keep your food warm.


Pros


  • Ideal for liquid and solid food

  • You can easily store items inside (space saving)


Cons


  • Can’t be used for frying

  • Bulky to carry



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Frying Pans

MSR Quick Skillet


A frying pan is also camping cookware essential. Campers like its flat shape that makes it easy to carry in or on their pack. It’s best for frying foods like eggs, pancakes, or cuts of meat. Some pans like the MSR Quick Skillet are even deep enough to heat liquids as well.


Pros


  • Compact shape

  • Good for basic meals


Cons


  • Limited cooking type



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Kettles are ideal to boil water for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate on a portable backpacking stove. You can also use it to make instant soups or dehydrated meals. Of course, you can still use your pot. But they’re specifically designed to contain and serve liquids without creating any mess. The REDCAMP kettle is a good example, made of lightweight aluminum for easy travel.


Pros


  • Great for instant meals

  • Make coffee, tea, hot chocolate


Cons


  • Can’t cook “classic” meals

  • Bulky to carry



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Dutch Oven

Lodge Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 6-Quart


Dutch ovens are typically used for home cooking, but they’re also perfect for campfire cooking.

Just make sure to use the traditional dutch oven made of bare cast iron — not the enameled version. The traditional model is sturdy and can withstand high temperatures. It was even originally designed to sit directly on hot coals.


Pros


  • Large capacity

  • Very durable

  • Good for campfire cooking


Cons


  • Heavy

  • Requires maintenance (seasoning)



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All-in-One Cooking System

Jetboil Zip Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon


Lastly, we have an all-in-one camping cooking system. These cookware sets come with a stove powered by a fuel canister, one or two pots, and a flat frying surface.

So, they’re practical if you don’t have an available heat source. They can come compact for one camper like the Jet Boil or can accommodate a crowd like the Safari Chef.


Pros


  • Offer heat source

  • Various sizes


Cons


  • Extra canisters to carry

  • Typically small (1-2 people)



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What Are the Best Materials for Camping Cookware?

Camping cookware is available in different types of material. Let’s take a look at the most popular options.

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Cast Iron


Cast iron is a favorite for camping trips and campfire cooking because of its resistance to high temperatures.

It’s also a sturdy material that’s scratch-resistant. Campers love its versatility. You can use it as simple cookware or as an oven thanks to its charcoal lid.

Plus, its thickness helps it to retain heat. However, for this same reason, it takes time to heat it up. This isn’t that much of a problem if you’re cooking over a campfire. But if you’re using fuel with limited stock, you may want to consider another material.

Another drawback is that it’s heavy to carry (1). So, it’s the best choice for car camps, RVs, and large groups. But doesn’t work well for backpacking trips, hikers, kayakers or any other adventure sports.

Pros

  • Campfire safe
  • Sturdy & versatile
  • Retain Heat

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow to heat up
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Aluminum


Aluminum camping cookware comes in two different material:

  • Pure aluminum: it’s lightweight so easy to carry. It heats quickly making it excellent for use with a portable camp stove (uses less gas) (2). But it can warp under high heat, like this Coleman.
  • Hard-anodized aluminum: it has the same benefits as aluminum but is more durable. But keep in mind that Hard-Anodized Cookware is not designed for open fire. Example of hard-anodized yodo set.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Heat efficient
  • Easy cleaning

Cons

  • Not for campfire

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Titanium


Titanium cookware is made of pure titanium. It’s both lightweight and corrosion-resistant, making it camping essential. It’s also pounded thin, meaning it boils water quickly.

However, titanium pots and pans are prone to hot spots and tend to burn food.

Finally, we don’t recommend using it on a campfire. It’s really too thin to handle such high temperatures (3). You can take a look at the Keith Titanium Ti6034 for titanium cookware.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Strong for its weight

Cons

  • Not ideal for cooking real meals
  • Not campfire friendly

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Carbon Steel


Carbon steel is a durable material that stands up to open flames. It’s also 50% lighter than cast iron, which makes it more portable. Another benefit of carbon steel is that it heats quickly, so you can use it with gas portable stoves. (4)

However, carbon steel doesn’t retain heat well, so it cools off quickly. The Merten & Storck is a durable, pre-seasoned piece that you can use on a campfire.

Pros

  • Campfire friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Heats up quickly

Cons

  • Cools down quickly

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Stainless Steel


Camping cookware is mostly made of 100% stainless steel. Why? Because it keeps it light, so practical when you’re on a trip.

But stainless steel is a bad heat conductor, creating hot spots and burning food. So we recommend choosing stainless steel cookware reinforced with an aluminum bottom like this GSI Outdoors (5). Just check the cookware weight if you plan to go backpacking.

Another benefit is that you can use it on campfires like this GSI Outdoors.

Pros

  • Campfire friendly
  • Durable

Cons

  • Bad heat conductor

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Silicone


Silicone cookware features a hard metal base for cooking. They’re good for a camp stove. But direct heat will melt the sides (so no cooking over campfires!). The Sea to Summit pot has silicone sides built over a hard-anodized base, making it both light and heat-resistant.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Collapsable

Cons

  • Not heat resistant

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Coating

Ceramic

Ceramic coating can be found on many brands of camping cookware sets. The ceramic makes surfaces non-stick so food doesn’t burn on. This makes cleaning these pots and pans a snap.

However, sol-gel (ceramic coating) has a temperature limit of 662 F, so you shouldn’t use it for campfire cooking (6).

The Boundless Voyage pan is made of sturdy titanium, but features a ceramic non-stick coating for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Pros
  • Easy to cook with
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Not campfire friendly
  • Teflon

    Teflon (or PTFE) is another coating you’ll find in camping cookware. It provides non-stick properties, just like ceramic.

    However, PTFE raises many questions about its safety. According to the FDA, PTFE doesn’t pose any safety hazard when used in cookware (7).

    If you choose camping cookware with PTFE coating, we recommend you check its heating resistance. The coating can deteriorate if heated over 660° F. So not the best choice over a campfire.

    This Winterial set has a teflon coating.

    Check our review of the best nonstick pan without Teflon.

    Enamel

    Enamel is a coating that holds up to campfire cooking. At least this is what many users say across outdoor forums. But we were unable to find any manufacturer recommendations for enamel finish.

    Be aware that accumulating soot can darken an enamel finish. But you can prevent this by coating the bottom of the pan with dish soap before using it. This makes cleaning afterward much easier.

    For example, many reviewers are impressed with the beauty and durability of the GSI Outdoors Enameled Steel Pot. It holds 3.5 quarts and can be used on a campfire with no issues.

    Pros
    • Aesthetic
    • Can be used on campfire
    Cons
    • Warranty may not protect you if damaged in campfire

The Benefits of Camping Cookware

Is there really any point in choosing camping cookware? We think so. Here are some of the benefits offered by this type of cookware.

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They’re Tough


Camping cookware is made tough with durable materials to stand up to extreme weather conditions, like rain, wind or snow.

Plus, hard anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium are corrosion-resistant. They can hold up against backcountry use, nontraditional cleaning, and rough handling for several years (6).

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They’re Built to Travel


Camping cookware is specifically designed to be easy to carry out when traveling.

They’re made up of multifunctional parts, such as detachable or fold-away handles. They also fit into a small space.

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They’re Lightweight


Camp cookware is made extra light for greater portability.

Why? Because picking heavy cookware means you’ll have to sacrifice space for food or fuel. Or even cut time off of your trip.

However, some materials are lighter than others. Titanium and aluminum are known to be extremely light.

For example, an MSR pan weighs in at 11.39 oz. Great Cove aluminum and Lixada titanium are even lighter at 8.78 and 5.47.

On the other hand, cast iron and carbon steel are the heaviest materials. So they’re more appropriate for RV camping. A Lodge pan weighs 4.45 pounds, while the Merten and Storck pan is 2.74 pounds.

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They’re Easy to Store


Camping cookware is easy to store and doesn’t take up space.

For any kind of outdoor activity, you want your cookware to take up less space. Even in an RV, you have less room than in a traditional home. If you’re backpacking you have even less room.

So there are two popular ways cookware helps.

  • Many cooksets nest, meaning each piece fits into the other. This Winterial set model or this Primus are good examples of nesting cookware.
  • You may also choose to use collapsible cookware. It lays flat and is an excellent choice for outdoor adventures. Sea to Summit sells a series of collapsible cookware.
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They’re Easy to Clean


Camping cookware often comes with a non-stick coating for easy cleaning. Typically, you don’t have access to a ton of soap and water on a trip. So it’s important that you don’t struggle with food residues or heavy scrubbing.

Cookware like Terra don’t allow food to stick, and can be easily rinsed with just water.

How to Pick the Best Camping Cookware

Here are some questions we think could be handy to ask yourself.

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Cook Set and Accessories


How much do you need? Are you a bare-bones person who can eat out of the pan with a spork? Or do you like a variety of accessories, like insulated mugs, a cutting board, or a pot holder?

Most cookware mess kits come with enough to cook and serve for one person (like this BVANG model). Other models include larger pots for groups of people (like the Odoland).

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Integrated Measurement


Integrated measurement is practical when traveling. Thanks to this, you don’t have to add a bunch of utensils to your gear. This set of two pots by Sea to Summit are an excellent example.
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Lids


You should definitely consider leak proof lids. Some seal tight for saving leftovers like this set from Allprettyall. Other cookware feature vented lids with strainers for those who want to cook pasta or brew coffee like the Primus.
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Weight


When you have to carry your gear, weight is a huge factor to consider. This will come down to what materials are used to make the cookware. For example, the Lodge skillet weighs 4.95 pounds. It’s fine for car camping, but you don’t want to carry it for miles. Something like the Keith Titanium would suit a hiker better. This pan is only 4.23 ounces.
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Warranty


Finally, decide what warranty terms are best for you. If you plan on using your cookware a lot and dragging it around in the wild, you may want a stronger warranty. Stanley Adventure Base Camp Cook Set offers a lifetime warranty, while Coleman only offers a limited warranty. Check the manufacturer’s website to be sure of what terms you’re getting.

The Best Camping Cookware Sets Of 2021

We’ve spent hours researching customer reviews and studying expert advice to find the top sets for cooking performance, quality, and overall value. With no further ado, here are the best camping cookware.

1. Overmont Camping Cookware Set


When backpacking, you want everything to be compact and lightweight. Since you have to carry it, you don’t want cookware to pile up.

The Overmont camper cookset has everything you need to cook and serve meals on your camping trip, all in one portable nesting mess kit.

This 15-piece set includes a durable pot, frying pan, and tea kettle. However, it also offers a set of 3 bowls, a spoon, spatula, a cleaning towel, cutlery, and a flint. You can make coffee, serve a meal for three people, and clean up with a cookware set that fits in the palm of your hand.

What We Like

Compact

Reviewers love that this set offers everything you need for cooking and serving food in a convenient nesting mess kit. It’s easily attached to your backpack with an included D-shaped buckle.

Durable

The pot, kettle, and pan are made of hard-anodized aluminum that holds up well against use. They are able to take high heat levels but are not coated. So you must use a little oil in the pan.

Lightweight

Almost every reviewer raved about how easy the Overmont cookware set was to carry because of its ultralight weight. Weighing in at under 2 lbs, this all-in-one is a must-have for trips or backpacking excursions.

What We Don’t Like

Not Ideal for More than 2 People

Although this set claims to be ideal for cooking for 1-3 people, some reviewers found that the size was not adequate. The kettle can boil water for 1 large or 2 small cups of coffee. Those using the skillet or pot may need to cook in batches if cooking for 2 or more.

Additional Specs









Open Fire Yes
Pieces in Set 15
Number of People: 1-3
Material hard anodized aluminum (pot, pan, kettle), plastic (bowls)
Non-stick Coating No
Weight 1 lb 11 oz
Country of Production N/A

2. Bisgear 16 Pc Camping Cookware Set


You don’t have to sacrifice quality cooking to enjoy the wilderness. Even with a low budget, you can go camping with peace of mind thanks to this Bisgear set.

Plus, when you’re outdoors, your camp kitchen doesn’t necessarily have the best facilities for cleaning your cookware sets. You don’t want to spend your camping trip scrubbing pots and pans. Fortunately, the Bisgear set offers non-stick pots so they’re super easy to clean.

With this set, you also get a mini self-contained camping stove for easy cooking anywhere.

Reviewers loved its ease of use plus the camp stove and many found it ideal for a backcountry trip of several days.

And for a low price point, a natural fiber sponge is included.

What We Like

Good Value

This cookware kit offers a frying pan, pot, bowls, and utensil, as well as a self-contained stove for under $30. Users loved the convenience of a portable stove, and many noted that the price was great for the quality.

Easy Cleaning

The hard-anodized aluminum cookware has a Teflon coating that makes it a snap to clean. The stainless steel cutlery and BPA-free plastic bowl also clean easily. This is an excellent benefit for camping trips when running water can be scarce.

Versatile

Because this set comes with a stove as well as pots and pans, it is ideal for all sorts of outdoor adventures. From car camping to RV camp, to a backcountry trip, it has everything you need.

What We Don’t Like

Unnecessary Accessories

Some reviewers found the bowls and ladle to be too small for practical use. The general agreement was that since the bowls only hold about a half cup worth of food, that bringing a separate set would be necessary for serving meals.

Additional Specs









Open Fire No
Pieces in Set 16
Number of People: 1-2
Material hard anodized aluminum (pan, pot) plastic (bowls), stainless steel (utensils)
Non-stick Coating Yes
Weight Not specified, but described as “lightweight” by consumers
Country of Production N/A

3. STANSPORT Stainless Steel Clad Cookware Set


RV camp and Car camp bring a different set of needs when it comes to cookware sets. Because you’re not carrying everything on your back, you can enjoy a wider variety in your cookware.

The STANSPORT cookware sets include a 7 piece collection of high-quality stainless steel pots and pans. The nesting pots are compact for packing into a car or camper (or even into a rucksack for a stronger adventurer).

You can whip up a gourmet meal on the road with this versatile set of cookware that offers premium cooking performance at an affordable price

What We Like

Good for Large Scale Cooking

The set of cookware comes with four pots, including one large pot, as well as a 10” pan. Reviewers find that the larger pans allow for a greater range of recipes. It also allows you to cook for larger groups.

Compatible With Induction Cooktops

These pots and pans have heavy-weight steel bottoms that can be used with portable induction cooktops. Boiling water for hot drinks in minutes, this combo is great for a camping crowd.

Even Cooking

The stainless steel pots and frying pan distribute heat evenly, for a perfectly cooked meal every time. Reviewers noticed that even delicate foods like omelets were easy to get right with this cookware.

What We Don’t Like

Universal Handle

A common complaint was that the detachable universal handle was difficult to use. Most reviewers were able to figure it out, but there was a learning curve.

Additional Specs









Open Fire Yes
Pieces in Set 7
Number of People: 1-8
Material stainless steel
Non-stick Coating Yes
Weight 9.25 lbs
Country of Production China

4. MallowMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit


When hiking with the family or camping overnight, you want a mess kit that is simple and reliable.

The 10 pieces MallowMe Cookware Mess Kit can easily cook for and serve one person. Priced at around $30, you can easily buy a kit for every member of the family. Made of anodized aluminum, the stackable pot and frying pan are built to last. The whole set is easily carried in the provided mesh storage bag.

You can feed your family hearty meals with this cookware set that also comes with 2 bowls and 2 sets of metal utensils for serving.

What We Like

Easy Serving

Reviewers appreciate the bamboo wooden serving spoon spatula that comes with the cookware set. Dishing out simple soups and stews is easy and mess-free with this handy addition.

Light and Compact

This mess kit takes up less space than many other camping cookware sets. It’s ultralight, weighing it at under a pound. Even a child can carry their own kit easily while hiking.

BPA Free

The plastic serving bowls that come with this cookware set are BPA-free. When using this mess kit you can rest assured that you won’t be consuming dangerous chemicals or harming the environment.

What We Don’t Like

Small

While this kit has everything you need for cooking and eating, it is more appropriate for young people. Several reviewers noted that it is marketed more toward scouts and young campers. Adults may use this set, but you may find the serving dishes too small to suit your needs.

Additional Specs









Open Fire No
Pieces in Set 10
Number of People: 1
Material hard anodized aluminum (pot and pan), plastic (bowls), metal utensils
Non-stick Coating Yes
Weight 0.9 lbs
Country of Production China

5. Sea to Summit X Pot Camping Cook Pot Set


Backpackers know that space is at a premium when you’re hiking the backwoods. When you carry everything on your back, you need your cookware to be compact and durable.

This set is made of food-grade silicone and it collapses flat to fit easily into your backpack. Handles make it easy to grip when pouring boiling water or soup.

Don’t let long-distance hikes prevent you from enjoying hot drinks and food. Brewing coffee, heating soup, and simmering stew are a breeze with this safe and compact Sea to Summit Cook Pot set.

What We Like

Easily Compatible to Other Pieces

This cookpot nests easily into other pieces of the Sea to Summit family of pots and pans. The entire set (various sizes of cooking pots and mugs) is designed to be collected and fit together easily for portability.

Even Cooking

The anodized aluminum base of this pot prevents hot spots and promotes even heat distribution. Food-grade quality silicone sides trap heat in the pot without cracking or melting.

Space Saving

Because this pot collapses, it is incredibly easy to carry. It is an ideal piece for bikers, hikers, and mountain climbers. A good choice for traversing a snow peak, many reviewers use this pot for melting snow and ice for water.

What We Don’t Like

Flimsy Lid

Not all of the reviewers are impressed with the transparent strainer lid that comes with this cookpot. Some complaint of it not fitting well, while others say that the plastic is not durable.

Additional Specs









Open Fire No
Pieces in Set 1
Number of People: 2-3
Material anodized aluminum (bottom of pot), food grade silicone (sides and handles)
Non-stick Coating No
Weight less than 1 lb.
Country of Production N/A

6. GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper Cooking Set


It’s hard to know what you need if you don’t camp often. If you aren’t a seasoned camper who is used to cooking in the wilderness, you’ll want a kit with a bit of everything.

That’s where the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle set comes in. A full set of pots and pans, plus dishes, insulated mugs, strainers, welded sink, and even a pot holder are included. It offers good cooking performance over a portable stove.

The GSI Outdoors Pinnacle cookware set makes cooking camp meals a breeze for any beginner. The color-coded dishes make it easy for each adventurer to find their own.

What We Like

Easy to Carry

The set nests together and is extremely lightweight for easy travel.
Comes Complete

The GSI Outdoors Pinnacle cookware set comes with everything you need. Reviewers were especially impressed with little details like the potholder.

What We Don’t Like

Not For Campfire

This set requires a portable stove for cooking, it can’t handle the heat of an open flame.

Some Issues With Handle

The pot handle is removable, and a few reviewers had issues with it snapping off of the pan and breaking.

Additional Specs









Open Fire No
Pieces in Set 23
Number of People: 2-4
Material anodized aluminum (pots), polypropylene (dishes)
Non-stick Coating Yes, Teflon
Weight 3.62 lbs
Country of Production USA

7. HONEST OUTFITTERS Camping Cook Set


When you’re on solo backcountry missions, you know the importance of traveling smart and light. From a first aid kit to a cutting board, there’s nobody else with you to help carry the load. It’s all up to you.

With the HONEST OUTFITTERS cookware set, you get a pot and pan, bowls, spatula, spork, and sponge that nest together into one lightweight stack. It comes with a nylon bag that you can easily attach to your pack.

With this cook set, you can rest assured that you’ll have everything you need, but it won’t take up a lot of precious space.

What We Like

Lightweight

This complete set weighs only one pound and is easily carried by one person. The nylon travel bag makes it even easier to carry since you can attach it to the outside of your pack.

Easy to Clean

The hard-anodized aluminum is coated to make it non-stick. Reviewers loved how easy it was to clean, even using just water.

What We Don’t Like

Small

While most reviewers were satisfied with the size for one person, there were a few that found the kit too small. Those with large appetites might be disappointed. (The kit fits in the palm of your hand)

Additional Specs









Open Fire No
Pieces in Set 10
Number of People: 1
Material anodized aluminum pots, plastic dishes
Non-stick Coating Yes
Weight 1 lb.
Country of Production China

8. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker


Anyone who has done cooking over a campfire knows that cast iron pots are the ideal cookware. They’re virtually indestructible and really hold on to heat. If you don’t have to carry your cookware on your back, these are great to have for camp cooking.

The Lodge Combo Cooker features a pre-seasoned pot and a shallow skillet. The pot is great for cooking soups and stews, while the skillet can be used for pan frying or searing.

With this cookware set, you have your bases covered. You can cook anything you want for a group of people. And the pre-seasoned surface makes cleaning up a snap.

What We Like

Can Use With Campfire

These two pots are very sturdy and can be placed directly over a fire or on top of coals. No stove needed!

Durable

This cookware can last for years and takes a lot of punishment. Even rusted iron cookware can be revived with cleaning and a bit of oil.

What We Don’t Like

Heavy

This cook set is not portable, and far better for car camps or RVs. This set weighs 13.2 pounds.

Additional Specs









Open Fire Yes
Pieces in Set 2
Number of People: 4
Material pre-seasoned iron
Non-stick Coating Yes
Weight 13.2 lbs.
Country of Production USA

9. Snow Peak Trek 1400 Titanium Set


It’s a bit difficult to plan meals for larger groups when you’re carrying cookware on your back. Size is sacrificed for portability. However, if you need to cook for larger groups on the go, cookware made of titanium is the answer.

The Snow Peak Titanium set offers a nesting fry pan and pot that can comfortably cook for 2 or 3 and it only weighs 4.8 ounces. Made in Japan, it offers a lifetime guarantee of quality.

You can trust the Snow Peak titanium set to hit the fine balance between portability and ample size.

What We Like

Lifetime Guarantee

Snow Peak stands behind their craftsmanship. The pieces are intricately welded and engineered to last for a generation.

Ultra-Lightweight

It’s your lightest option. The fry pan and pot nest together, and only weigh 4.8 ounces. This makes them extremely convenient for on-the-go outdoor adventuring.

What We Don’t Like

Handles

Some reviewers found the handles difficult to use. One noted that they “flopped around” if not held in a specific way.

Hot Spots

Not for cooking over a campfire, as titanium is prone to hot spots. You must use a portable stove.

Additional Specs









Open Fire No
Pieces in Set 2
Number of People: 2-3
Material titanium
Non-stick Coating No
Weight 4.8 ounces
Country of Production Japan

Detailed Comparison Chart


ProductOpen FirePieces in SetPeople ServingMaterialWeightCountry of Production
Overmont Camping Cookware SetYes151-3hard anodized aluminum (pot, pan, kettle), plastic (bowls)
1 lb 11 oz
N/A
Bisgear Cookware SetNo161-2hard anodized aluminum (pan, pot) plastic (bowls), stainless steel (utensils)
Not specified, but described as “lightweight” by consumers
N/A
STANSPORT Clad Cookware SetYes71-8stainless steel
9.25 lbs
China
MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess KitNo101hard anodized aluminum0.9 lbs
China
Sea To Summit X PotNo12-3hard anodized aluminumless than 1 lb.
N/A
GSI Outdoors PinnacleNo232-4
anodized aluminum3.62 lbsUSA
HONEST Camping Cook SetNo101anodized aluminum1 lb.
China
Lodge Combo CookerYes24pre-seasoned iron
13.2 lbs.
USA
Snow Peak TrekNo2 2-3titanium4.8 ounces
Japan

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Clean Camping Cookware?


You can clean your cookware in several ways:

  • If you have soap and access to water, you can simply warm water in the pot and then add a squirt of biodegradable soap. Toss the solids away from your campsite or any water source, then rinse with clean water and dry.
  • If you don’t have soap available, use sand or snow to scrub out, and then rinse with water.

And if you don’t have an unlimited water source, use this method:

  • Fill cookware with dirt
  • Scrub all over the surface
  • Empty and repeat until all grease is absorbed, and the dirt no longer sticks
  • Rinse with 3 spoonfuls of water
  • Repeat until water runs clear

Check out this YouTube video to find out more.


What Items Should I Bring When Camping?


When camping, you should bring:

  • Some common things like plates, bowls, cups, cooking utensils, and cutlery. Also pack a cutting board, bottle opener, pot grippers, camp sink, soap, paper towels, a sponge, and garbage bags.
  • Consider your heat source as well. If cooking over a campfire, bring matches, a lighter, or a flint. If using a camp stove, don’t forget it (or the fuel).
  • And finally your food basics like rice, coffee, canned food, dry pancake mix, etc.

We recommend you to create a checklist of what to bring before heading out (7).

Eating Well Outdoors

Now you can make an informed decision for your next outdoor adventure. Remember that just because you’re outside, doesn’t mean you can’t eat well.

Camping cookware is designed to be durable, and in many cases, light. Your decision on which base camp cook set is right for you depends on how you’re traveling (by car, RV, or on foot), and what kind of meals you want to prepare.

There are so many options to choose from that no matter how much you love to enjoy the outdoors, there is a cookware set that is perfect for your lifestyle.

Tell us about it in the comments, and be sure to share this handy list with all of your outdoor-loving friends!

About the Author

Heloise Blause

Since always, I am passionate about food; I enjoy writing and want to share my passion and offer quality articles to my readers. On Homekitchenland, I like to research, review, and compare kitchen appliances, write product reviews, and develop recipes.

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