Being away from home is a great escape from all the boring everyday life distractions. But that also means that you don’t have access to your stuff. Things that you take for granted like the blender, washer and dryer, variety of pots and pans, plus the kitchen sink. And that’s okay if you enjoy what you are doing and where you are going. At the same time, though, you want to be completely organized, both in packing the vehicle and your luggage for the trip, as well as the environment when you arrive.
Think about camping, for instance. You have everything arranged in the car fitting like puzzle pieces in a jigsaw. You choose your campsite, pitch the tent, arrange the blankets, cots and mattresses, then think about how hungry you and your family members are.
You look around and see a dusty, dirty picnic table, a blackened fire pit, and you wonder how you’ll manage for the next two weeks. But, don’t worry because you will have everything looking spiffy in a jiffy, particularly if you bring along your handy portable camping kitchen organizer.
If you would like to see how this lady fills up the STANLEY® FATMAX® (product shown right above) to make a portable kitchen, take a look at this infographic. We have to admit what a brilliant idea for camping! So much fits into this portable camping kitchen organizer and you can move it around wherever you need it. Less stress on the body. Makes cooking and cleaning a breeze.
Ten Other Ideas for Making the Most of Your Campsite Space
- When choosing a table or counter surface for cooking, make sure it is bigger than your cook stove. This is to provide stability and safety. You don’t want the stove falling off, nor do you want it teetering with hot food or boiling water. Needless to say that is an accident waiting to happen.
- A hook and lantern can be quite handy if you have to cook in the dark. Likewise, you might use it when making snacks for around the campfire.
- Set up your space the first time and make a list of everything you need and use. Then, the next time you pack the car, you will find that you will take the exact items required. That means less packing and less unneeded junk at the campsite to clutter things up.
- Keep a pail or bucket of clean water nearby. Often, campgrounds have community spouts meaning that each site does not have running water. If you keep water handy, you have it for quick boiling for tea, or for cooking vegetables at supper.
- Try to work with as few pots and pans as possible. Die hard campers are cast iron enthusiasts and there isn’t anything you can’t make in them. I have seen videos of quick breads, cakes, pizza, and of course, the good ole standard bacon and eggs.
- Create a shaded space. For example, under the table or a tree for your cool drinking water, but more importantly for a cooler of drinks, meat for the day, butter, a small amount of milk, and other necessities. You can usually keep the ice longer by putting a tarp over the cooler.
- Collect firewood in the day or bring a bag along. Having wood and kindle handy will be much easier if you cook on an open fire. The last thing you want to do is search in the dark, when you are hungry and want to eat. Plus, you never know when the weather will change, so get it when everything is dry.
- Bring spices in the jar so that they stay fresh and don’t get mixed up with other stuff. But don’t bring every one you have in the house. Choose at the most four or six of the ones you use often.
- Collapsible items work well. Some examples are measuring cups, measuring spoons that nestle, and colanders for straining food.
- Sometimes it is much easier to keep your camping supplies separate from your home things. If you store the camp things in the same bins or boxes, just grab those whenever you are ready to go. No need to look around the kitchen for things to pack.