Get Your Grill On—The Crucial Cookware for Camping

Cookware for camping

When you’re packing for your camping trip, don’t forget the cookware! Preparing meals in the great outdoors can be a fun and rewarding experience, but you’ll need the right tools. We’ve compiled a list of the essential camping cookware for you, so get packing!

The Big Stuff

These are the large items you’ll probably have to carry on their own.

Cookware Storage/Organizer

Of course, you need some way to store and carry all your camping cooking equipment. Whether you use a plain cardboard box, a big plastic bin, or a specialty item like the ActionPacker, this should be the first thing you pack.

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Progressive International Prepworks by Progressive 6-Piece ProKeeper...
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPECIALTY: This set includes storage containers for Flour,...
  • 6-PIECE CONTAINER SET: This set includes 6 stackable food storage canisters with...
  • DISHWASHER SAFE: These durable & dishwasher safe containers feature stainless...

Foldable table

Unless you know for a fact that your campsite has picnic tables, you should plan to bring a folding table with you. It’s hard to prep a meal without a flat surface.

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Lifetime Height Adjustable Craft Camping and Utility Folding Table, 4...
  • All purpose table constructed of powder-coated steel and high-density...
  • 48-inch x 24-inch molded tabletop ; Seating Capacity: 4
  • Folds in half for easy storage and transport; Great for taking on the go

There are many varieties of coolers on the market, but for camping, you’ll need something that’s high quality and easy to move.

Camp Stove

Unless you plan to cook over an open fire, you’ll need a camp stove. They’re relatively inexpensive, and most of them use propane for fuel and don’t require electricity.

Coleman Triton 2 Burner Propane Portable Tabletop Camping Stove...
  • Wind Block panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes
  • PerfectFlow technology provides consistent performance, even in extreme...
  • PerfectHeat technology for more efficient cooking with less fuel

Collapsible Sink/Dishwashing Tub

After chowing down, you need a way to wash your cookware and dishes. A collapsible sink will take up less space and be easy to transport, but any large tub will work.

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Prepworks by Progressive Collapsible Portable Wash Basin Dishpan
  • VERSATILE BASIN: The Collapsible Dish Tub is perfect for washing dishes,...
  • DISHWASHER SAFE: This portable, collapsible dish tub features raised feet that...
  • MANY USES: Take it camping to use as a dish tub, use it as a drink carrier at...

Prep Gear

Before you cook, you need to prepare. Here are all the items you might need, depending on what you plan on making.

Can Opener

Tin cans are a staple of camp food. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting the can opener.

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Zyliss - 20362 ZYLISS Lock N' Lift 7" Manual Handheld Can Opener with...
  • Locking mechanism securely locks cutting wheel in place to ensure a consistent...
  • Smooth & easy turning handle is made of a soft-touch design and helps eliminate...
  • Durable cutting mechanism is made from a high-grade, sharpened stainless steel...

Wooden Spoon

A good wooden spoon is essential both in the kitchen and at the campsite. It’s great for prepping, but can also be used instead of a spatula during the cooking process.

OXO Good Grips Wooden Corner Spoon & Scraper,Brown
  • Made of solid beech wood
  • Safe for non-stick cookware
  • Natural oil finish

Measuring Cups

If you’re really tight on space, look for collapsible measuring cups. Otherwise, any old measuring set will do.

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New Star Foodservice 42917 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and...
  • Stainless steel measuring cups and spoons set
  • Measuring cups: 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup
  • Measuring spoons: 1 tbsp., 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp

Knives/Knife Bag

You don’t need to buy a particular set of knives for camping, but you will need a way to transport them safely. A knife bag is an excellent option for easy travel.

Enso Chef Knife Bag - 18 Pocket Professional Chefs Case - Canvas,...
  • Professional Chef's Knife Bag made of PVC laminated 600 denier polyester canvas...
  • Double stitched reinforced elasticized pockets
  • Fully zippered cutlery case with protective flap & padded carry handle

Cutting Board

Whether you prefer wood or plastic, a sturdy cutting board is a must for food preparation.

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Gorilla Grip Original Oversized Cutting Board, 3 Piece, BPA Free,...
  • Not All Cutting Boards Are Created Equal!! Our professional quality cutting...
  • Much Larger And Thicker: Our cutting boards have been designed to satisfy even...
  • Clean And Safe: The boards are dishwasher safe and BPA-free. They’re also...

Metal Strainer

People often forget strainers on their camping cooking gear checklists. But if you plan to make pasta or rice, it’s an essential tool. You can also use it to remove food debris from your dishwashing water.

IPOW Set of 3 Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer, Colander Sieve...
  • DURABLE, ANTI-CORROSION, RUST RESISTANT - This upgrade fine mesh strainer is...
  • THREE PERFECT SIZE FOR All STRAINING TASK - With three diameters (2.8”, 4.8”...
  • EXTRA FINE MESH, FAST DRAINING, EASY CLEANING - Our special designed weaving rim...

Aluminum Foil

Many camping recipes involve wrapping your food in aluminum foil, and you can also use it to line your pan and wrap up leftovers.

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil (200 Square Foot Roll), 1 Count
  • This package contains one roll of Reynolds Wrap Standard Aluminum Foil,...
  • Aluminum foil wrap offers a durable way to protect pans, simplify cleanup and...
  • Use as a tent over roasted meats, pan liners for baking, or a foil packet to...

Vegetable Peeler

If you’re packing any fresh root vegetables like potatoes or carrots, don’t forget the vegetable peeler!

OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
  • Swiveling twin blades with flexible action easily peel potatoes, apples and...
  • Soft, oversized handle designed for repetitive strokes
  • Comfortable non slip grip, even when wet

Mixing Bowl

You’ll need at least one big bowl if you’re mixing any ingredients.

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl...
  • SIZED for EVERY TASKS - With range of 6-Sizes ¾, 1.5, 3, 4, 5, and 8 quart,...
  • STAINLESS STEEL - Features an attractive mirror finish, for an elegant look...
  • DURABLE yet LIGHTWEIGHT - Our lightweight stainless-steel bowls-ideal for...

Cookware

Now that your food is prepped, it’s time to cook! Not all of the items in this section are strictly necessary, so it’s up to you to decide what you’ll need for the dishes you’re planning to cook.

Over-the-Fire Grate

Whether you’re forgoing the camp stove, or you have a few items that would taste better on a grill, an over-the-fire grate is a necessity if you’re cooking over the fire.

TITAN GREAT OUTDOORS Adjustable Campfire Swivel Grill HD Wire Cooking...
  • SWIVEL GRATE: Make your campfires go beyond roasting weenies and marshmallows....
  • GREAT FOR COOKING: Wood-fired meals provide bold flavor and juicy taste. They...
  • LONG-LASTING CONSTRUCTION: You need a swivel grill that withstands harsh...

Matches/Grill Lighter

Matches are an essential item for any camping trip. You’ll need them or a grill lighter to ignite your camp stove or start a campfire.

12pk BBQ Grill Lighter Refillable Butane Gas Candle Fireplace Kitchen...
  • The multi-purpose lighter no one should be without. Whether you're heading to a...
  • Long lasting flame. Longer wand keeps hands safe from fire
  • Refillable & Adjustable flame. Visible fuel supply. Adjustable flame height.

Fuel

Whatever heat source you’re using, you need a way to fuel it. Make sure you have more than enough propane for your camp stove and keep a good stock of firewood with you for the campfire.

Heat-Resistant Gloves

Unless you enjoy burning off your fingertips when you cook, you’ll need potholders or heat resistant gloves. We prefer gloves because you can also use them while building your campfire.

Artisan Griller Redefining Outdoor Cooking BBQ Heat Resistant...
  • ✔PRO DESIGN - Best design for Barbecue Pits and Pitmasters With An Insulated...
  • ✔COMFORTABLE & FLAME RESISTANT - The Pit Glove has a soft jersey cotton liner...
  • ✔PREMIUM NEOPRENE COATING - The FDA compliant neoprene rubber coating is...

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Anything that’s going directly on your camp stove or fire should be cast iron. It doesn’t melt over high heat, and it distributes heat evenly for perfectly cooked food. A Dutch oven is essential for boiling water or making soup or stew.

Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Deep Teal Enamel Dutch...
  • A flawless pairing of form and function that doesn't quit, the Lodge Dutch Oven...
  • WHAT IS PORCELAIN ENAMEL ON CAST IRON? It is actually glass that becomes bonded...
  • MAKE EVERY MEAL A MEMORY. Lodge knows that cooking is about more than just the...

Cast Iron Skillet

An 8 or 10-inch skillet should be big enough to cook any meal while being small enough to fit on a camp stove.

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Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet - Utopia Kitchen (12.5 Inch)
  • Cast iron cookware is less smoother than the Non-Stick cookware.
  • Iron deficiency is fairly common worldwide especially among women so cooking...
  • Hand wash even before first use and dry immediately; rub with a light coat of...

Cast Iron Griddle

If you’re doing all of your frying directly over your campfire, we recommend getting a cast iron griddle. You’ll have more surface area for your food, and you don’t need to worry about propping it up or using a grate.

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Blackstone 1554 Station-4-burner-Propane Fueled-Restaurant...
  • Easy assembly, and quick ignition button
  • Griddle top is easily removable. Rolled Carbon 7-Gauge Steel Griddle Top
  • Four independently controlled burners with low to high temperature settings...

Nonstick Fry Pan

A nice cast iron skillet should be nonstick, but if you’re cooking eggs or anything else on the delicate side, you should invest in a nonstick pan that’s rated for high heat.

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Cuisinart 622-30G Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch...
  • Hard anodized is harder than stainless steel and is dense, nonporous and highly...
  • Quantanium nonstick interior is reinforced with titanium and provides lasting...
  • Cool grip handles are solid stainless steel riveted stick handles that stay cool...

Tongs

If you’re grilling, tongs are a must. Using a spatula on a grill is an exercise in futility.

DRAGONN Premium Set of 12-inch and 9-inch Stainless-Steel Locking...
  • TOP QUALITY - This DRAGONN kitchen tongs set is constructed from top quality...
  • EASY-TO-USE - Our kitchen tongs are cushioned and have non-slip handles and...
  • SAFETY FIRST - Lift and flip on the grill easily and safely with these heavy...

Spatula

Of course, you still need to bring a spatula along for when you cook on a pan or stove.

OXO Good Grips Nylon Square Turner
  • Nylon Square Turner has a broad surface for flipping eggs, grilled cheese and...
  • Sturdy nylon is safe for non-stick cookware
  • Heat resistant to 400°F

Metal Skewers

You can’t have a campfire without roasting marshmallows!

MASTER COOK Kabob Skewers 12" Flat Stainless Steel BBQ Set, Reusable...
  • This Skewers Keep your food from spinning/rolling and it makes getting an even...
  • Safe material * Food Grade quality 18/8 stainless Steel skewers
  • Environmental Design * Reusable shish kabob skewer

Eating

Now that you’ve cooked your food, you need a way to eat it. Instead of using disposable items that are bad for the environment, you should invest in reusable flatware and utensils.

Collapsible Water Jug

In the spirit of eschewing disposable cookware, you can find a variety of reusable water jugs at camping stores or online. A collapsible version is ideal because it won’t take up as much space once it’s empty.

BPA Free Collapsible Water Container, 5.3-Gallon Portable WaterStorage...
  • PORTABLE FOLDING SPACE SAVING:collapsible 5-gallon water container is ideal for...
  • CLEAN AND TASTELESS WATER STORAGE:Constructed of BPA-free,food-approved...
  • LEAKPROOF EASY-POUR SPIGOT:On/off spigot removes easily for quick filling;Large...

Enamel Plates and Bowls

Plates and bowls made from enamel are more durable than ceramic and sturdier than paper or plastic.

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Coleman 12-Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set, Blue
  • Classic outdoor dinnerware set ideal for camping and picnics
  • Made of durable crack-resistant enamel
  • Timeless blue speckled design

Silverware

You don’t need to bring your fancy silver, but you should have several sets of forks, spoons, and knives. Stainless steel is easy to clean and won’t rust.

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LIANYU 20-Piece Silverware Flatware Cutlery Set, Stainless Steel...
  • INCLUDE – 20-piece full set for 4, Consist of 4 dinner knives / 4 dinner forks...
  • HEALTHY – Constructed by high quality rust-resistant stainless steel, Durable...
  • CRAFT – Mirror finished surface, Simple appearance with no redundant annoying...

Insulated Mug

You can use a travel mug for your morning coffee, or you can get a regular mug made of insulated metal and plastic.

Contigo Snapseal Byron Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 20 Oz., Monaco
  • Seal it in: Leak proof lid (when closed) for on the go activities
  • For the long haul: Drinks stay hot up to 7 hours or cold up to 18 with...
  • Lend a hand: Easy one handed drinking

Insulated Tumblers

If you’re camping in the summer, you need a way to keep your beverages chilled. Insulated tumblers don’t break as easily as ordinary glasses, and they’ll keep your drinks frosty even in the heat.

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with...
  • These Ramblers come standard with our YETI MagSlider Lid, the only drink lid...
  • Our Ramblers are BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and have a No Sweat Design to make...
  • Dracut is a durable coat of color that won't fade, peel, or crack through...

Water Bottle

If you’re planning on camping frequently, you should invest in a Nalgene water bottle, because they’re lighter and stronger than other materials.

Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle 24 oz - 100% BPA-Free Cycling and...
  • THE ORIGINAL INSULATED WATER BOTTLE - As the first to make insulated, BPA-free...
  • ULTIMATE THERMAL PROTECTION - The double-wall construction of our insulated...
  • SPORTS OR BIKE WATER BOTTLE - Our 20 oz. size, the first size we made and our...

Clean-Up

We know clean-up is the worst part of cooking, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it. Make it a little easier on yourself by bringing these cleaning essentials.

Dishwashing Gloves

Campsites typically don’t have dishwashers, and the water temperature needed to wash dishes safely will scald your bare skin, so you’ll need to bring some heavy-duty dishwashing gloves with you.

Playtex Living Reuseable Rubber Cleaning Gloves (Medium, Pack - 3)
  • Drip-catch cuff. Keeps your hands, arms and clothing dry
  • Textured palm and fingertips. Improves grip while handling wet objects
  • Ultra-fresh technology. Inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and...

Biodegradable Soap

You need soap for dishwashing and handwashing, so find something that’s safe for both.

Sierra Dawn Campsuds Outdoor Soap Biodegradable Environmentally Safe...
  • All purpose liquid cleaner. Use for personal hygiene, laundry or dishes. Works...

Sanitizing Tablets

If you don’t trust your water source 100 percent, you can use sanitizing tablets to make sure that it safe. While their primary use is for drinking water, you should also use them for your dishwashing and tooth-brushing water.

Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets, Case of 6
  • Case - 6 bottles of 150 Steramine Sanitizing tablets Each
  • 1 tablet per gallon of water - makes 150 gallons of cleaning solution
  • Used by the bar & restaurant Industry worldwide

Sponge

You need a sponge to wash dishes. Duh!

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O-Cedar Multi-Use Scrunge Scrub Sponge (Pack of 6)
  • The powerful Scrunge Scrub Sponge uses the only patented, non-scratch scrubbing...
  • Scrubber side offers a unique rippled surface that breaks up and lifts away dirt
  • Rinse-fresh technology ensures that your sponge will not smell

Chamois Cloth

Chamois is super absorbent, making it handy for drying dishes and soaking up spills. You should bring a few of them with you since you won’t have a clothes washer handy!

Car Nature Chamois Real Leather Washing Cloth Cleaning Towel Wipes...
  • Soft and gentle to the surfaces, do not leave washing marks
  • Super absorbent, abrasion resistance
  • Ideal for cleaning car, window, mobile phone, camera, mirror, glasses, watch,...

Trash Bags

You’ll need trash bags for your garbage, obviously, but they’re also useful for keeping clothes and shoes dry in the rain.

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Hefty Strong Lawn AND Leaf Trash Bags, 39 Gallon, 38 Count
  • LARGE LAWN AND LEAF GARBAGE BAGS—This package contains 38 Hefty Strong large,...
  • SUPERIOR PUNCTURE RESISTANCE—Composed of signature Hefty quality and...
  • TOUGHNESS YOU CAN TRUST—Collect leaves, grass clippings, twigs and sticks from...

Ziploc Bags

Ziploc bags are never not handy in the kitchen, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Store your food, marinade your meat, make instant pudding—the possibilities are endless.

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Ziploc Gallon, Quart, Sandwich, and Snack Storage Bags - Variety pack...
  • This Ziploc variety pack features storage gallon, quart, sandwich and snack bags...
  • Easy open tabs address multiple bag needs excellent closure Easy grip
  • Use for mealtime to snack time

Tupperware

Don’t waste your leftovers just because you’re camping. Pack some nesting or collapsible Tupperware for easy food storage.

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage Containers, Racer Red, 42 Piece...
  • Plastic food storage containers feature Easy Find Lids that snap on to container...
  • Great for fridge and cabinet storage, crafts, and more
  • Nests easily with other containers for compact storage

Paper Towels

Although we tried to focus on reusable items, sometimes there just isn’t a suitable alternative to paper towels. However, you can buy recycled or biodegradable paper towels to minimize your impact on the environment. Make sure you dispose of them properly.

Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels, White, 12 Family Rolls = 30 Regular...
  • This pack contains 60 more sheets per pack which means 6 extra days worth of...
  • Bounty, the Quicker Picker Upper
  • 2X More Absorbent Vs. the Custom-Size-It brand in the U.S

Dish Towels

If you forgo the chamois and paper towels, a good ol’ dish towel will do the trick.

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Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Dish Towels, 12 Pack Cotton Kitchen Towels -...
  • VALUE PACK – The 12-pack provides you with ample flour sack towels for all...
  • COUNTLESS USES – Due to being highly absorbent, these towels are great for...
  • LONG-LASTING MATERIAL – Manufactured using 100% Pure Ring Spun Cotton, and...

Extras

By now you should have all the essentials, but what about the little extras that make camping more comfortable?

Plastic Egg Holder

Typically, we advise you to stay away from single-use kitchen gadgets; however, if you plan to bring eggs on your camping trip, a plastic egg holder is a great way to keep them from breaking!

Snapware Snap N Stack 2-Layer Food Storage Container with Egg Holder...
  • Tote up to two dozen eggs or an array of snacks in this two-tiered tray set.
  • Includes (1) Snap N Stack 2-layer food storage container with egg holder trays
  • Airtight, portable stacking containers and lid snap together with locking tabs

Beer Opener

There’s nothing worse than bringing your favorite adult beverages on your camping trip, then realizing you don’t have any way to open them. If you plan on drinking (responsibly!), you better pack a bottle opener.

Premium Cold One Bartender Bottle Openers, Beer Bottle Openers, Speed...
  • ✔ THE MOST RELIABLE OPENER ON THE MARKET - no messing around
  • ✔ BARTENDER APPROVED - used by bartenders worldwide
  • ✔ PERFECT FOR GIFTS, PERFECT FOR PARTIES - pop bottles

Shatterproof Wine Glasses

You could drink your wine out of a tumbler or coffee mug, but if you want to feel fancy, look online for shatterproof wine glasses.

Modern Innovations Stainless Steel Stemmed Wine Glasses, Set of 4, 12...
  • ★ STAINLESS STEEL WINE GLASS COLLECTION: These stainless steel stemmed wine...
  • ★ PREMIUM QUALITY & ELEGANCE: Made from high grade 18/8 stainless steel, they...
  • ★ BETTER THAN GLASSWARE: They’re shatterproof, dishwasher safe, BPA free,...

Insulated Growler

If you want to bring beer with you while you hike, try an insulated growler. It will keep your beer from going flat, and it’s easier to carry than a six-pack.

Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler 64oz, Insulated Growler Keeps Beer...
  • LEAK-PROOD LID: Stanley growler feature a leak proof lid with removable silicone...
  • FRESH, COLD & CARBONATED: To keep your beer tasty, fizzy and cold for up to 24...
  • LARGE CAPACITY: This growler can store up to 64oz / 4 Pints / 2 Qt / 1 9L of...

Coffeemaker

If you’re a caffeine addict, a coffeemaker isn’t just an extra luxury; it’s a necessity. A French press is convenient for camping because it doesn’t require electricity, but you could also get a stove-top percolator if you prefer the taste.

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Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6...
  • Brews multiple k-cup pod sizes: (6, 8, 10 ounce) – the most popular k-cup pod...
  • Large 48 ounce water reservoir: Allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to...
  • Descaling: An important part of cleaning your keurig brewer. This process helps...

Hand Grinder

If your coffee cravings can’t be sated by pre-ground coffee, you could consider bringing a hand grinder to grind your own beans manually.

JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder with Adjustable Setting - Conical...
  • BUILT-IN ADJUSTABLE GRIND SELECTOR - with over 18 click settings ensures you...
  • CONVENIENT & EASY TO USE: Our removable hand crank mechanism consistently...
  • GRIND FRESH COFFEE, EVERYDAY! JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder only dispenses...

Kettle

If you’re more of a tea drinker, or you want to boil water for your French press easily, a stove-top kettle is a good investment. If you’re short on space, you can even find collapsible models.

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Windscreen

A moderate to severe wind can make it nearly impossible to cook outside. Luckily, there are foldable windscreens available for this exact purpose. You can get a small one that’s designed just to protect your camp stove or campfire, or you can get a larger version to protect your whole campsite.

Ohuhu Camp Stove Windscreen 10 Plates Aluminum Folding Portable...
  • LARGE SIZE: Folding windscreen camping stove (unfold size) 32.7''X 9.5''. (pack...
  • DESIGN DETAIL: The bottom vent allows airflow circulation. Built in pegs to...
  • FLEXIBLE: Ohuhu stove windshield has 10 removable plates to fit different size...

Tablecloth

You have no idea what’s happened on that campsite picnic table. Put your mind at ease and bring a tablecloth.

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Benson Mills Chagall Spillproof Fabric Tablecloth, 60 x 84-Inch,...
  • NEW BEAUTIFUL COLORS NOW AVAILABLE. PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL COLORS!
  • Spill proof fabric! all liquids bead up for an easy clean
  • Mold resistant

Camp Chairs

Some people wouldn’t consider camp chairs to be an “extra,” but it depends on how committed you are to roughing it in the wilderness. If dry logs aren’t enough for you, pack a few camp chairs, at least for when you’re eating.

Coleman Camping Chair with 4 Can Cooler | Chair with Built In 4 Can...
  • Built-in Cooler: Keeps up to 4 cans cold and easily accessible
  • Hours of comfort: Thanks to fully cushioned seat and back
  • Convenient features: Side pockets, mesh cup holder, adjustable arm heights
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