This post may contain Amazon affiliate links, where we earn money to support the site from any purchases. You can read the full affiliate disclosure here.
Although some emergencies may allow us to continue using our modern stoves and microwaves, it’s a good idea to have some basic cookware that can be used over a fire or other heat source and be easily portable. Much of the backpacking cookware you’ll find in stores will be aluminum which, while lightweight, has a lower melting point than stainless steel or titanium and is also more prone to damage. For the health conscious, many will also hesitate to use them once any non stick coatings start wearing off.
Since many backpacking websites have thoroughly explored the pros and cons of different cookware options, I’m not going to attempt reinventing the wheel. Instead I’ll be linking a number of good articles for you below. My own personal opinion is to go for stainless steel when possible since it can withstand abuse better, but I’m also aware food will stick a bit more and my gear will be heavier.
Before we get to the links, I do want to look at a basic list of cookware and tools that are good to consider for your preps.
- Pot with lid
- Frying pan
- Spatula and spoon or other cooking utensils
- Percolator for coffee
- Small tea kettle for boiling water
- Several small towels (for cleanup and for use as pot holders)
- Dish soap and sponges/cloth
- Plate/bowl, cup, and utensils for each family member
- Cast iron griddle (if weight isn’t a problem)
- Wash bin (or large wet bag)
- Portable cook stove and fuel
- Can opener and any other tools to access your food supply