On my first few treks, equipped with just a little knowledge about camping food and how to cook it, I used to get overwhelmed by the idea of cooking in the outdoors/camping cooking so I used to take just fruits, protein bars, and some dry fruits along on my treks.
Usually, I choose a trek which can be done in 2 days because I don’t get many leaves from my office and on such short treks you could survive on just fruits and chocolates, but for spending more than one night up there in the mountains, you definitely require some good and high nutrition value food.
When I did my first solo trek, I just brought chocolates and dry fruits with me, everything sweet, I regretted it later on the trek because my mouth was all sweet and that made me hate chocolates.
As I started doing more and more camping and trekking trips, I became wiser and the need for having a proper meal while camping started building up.
So I searched on the internet for dehydrated meals and found a few of them, actually, I found some really good options. I have discussed in details about them here.
I also didn’t know anything about the cooking equipment, like a stove, gas, and the cookware.
I first decided to take all the cooking equipment on rent to see what I would need and what style of cooking would suit me.
So I got myself a rented stove, gas, and cookware from Manali. I really liked the stuff and now I was ready to buy it for myself.
After doing some research on Amazon, I got myself a stove, a 4 piece cooking set, the butane gas canister was not available on any online store at that time so I bought one from Manali itself.
So, here’s a breakdown of my camping cooking set –
- A stove/ burner
- A Butane-Propane gas canister
- Matchstick/ lighter
- A camping cookware set
- A spoon/ spork
- Dishwasher soap
A stove/ burner
The cooking stove I use is what I ordered from Amazon, it’s Zorbes Outlife Camping Gas Burner, a good quality product for a fairly cheap price, the built quality is also decent.
I got it for Rs 850/- at the time of purchase and I guess I have a slightly different one from the mentioned link. It’s working good so far, it has a build in ignition system which is working fine so far but I guess it gets less effective over time so its advisable to carry a lighter or matches with you.
It has a regulator knob using which you can increase or decrease the flame, it also has clamps to hold your utensil in place.
The quality of the plastic box containing it is also decent and overall the box does its job well.
Its very small and takes almost no space inside your bag.
here’s a youtube video I found where an identical cheap stove is being tested.
A Butane-Propane gas canister
When I searched for the gas canister online, I was unable to find any at that time, it was not available as a seperate unit.
But later, I found it right here on Amazon
I bought mine from Manali at that time for Rs 550/- from a trek organizer company.
So the canister looks like this-
My first canister has still a lot of juice in it so I can’t tell now that how long does it lasts, but I will update this post when it will.
For checking how much gas is left in your canister, you can follow the instructions written on the side. Just immerse it in water and see up to where the water level is on the canister.
Don’t rely on the ignition mechanism of your stove to work all the time and you must carry an extra lighter and matches with you to light it up, you can also do it with a Ferro rod.
A camping cookware set
I ordered one from Amazon for Rs 1100/-, it’s a 4 piece cooking set containing two cups and two pans which goes into each other, when I go alone I only need a single pan so I just take the two smaller parts, leaving the other parts at home.
It also has a mesh carry bag and the best thing is I can fit my gas canister inside it so it saves space.
you can buy it here
Don’t ever forget to bring a spoon/spork with you. My cooking set didn’t come with one included so I just take my regular stainless steel kitchen spoon.
You can also order those fancy foldable ones but I don’t feel the need to buy one.
Dishwasher soap and a sponge
Last but not the least, I remember when I first went camping with my complete cooking set I forgot to take a dishwasher soap, in fact, the thought of bringing it didn’t even cross my mind.
I ended up cleaning my cookware with my hand wash which was not good, it doesn’t work well with utensils.
So take a sponge and dishwasher soap with you, preferably a small liquid based one.
I am completely satisfied with the cooking equipment I have, they serve the purpose well, if I feel the need to change/add anything… I will update this post.
I hope this helped you gain some knowledge about the subject, see you soon 🙂