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Living off s’mores and flame-charred hot dogs may be camping tradition, but there’s no reason you can’t add more elevated fare to the menu, too. Just stow these portable tools for your next outdoor escape.
For packable cookware
A versatile cook set, with pots fit for main dishes and sides, is the key to making well-rounded meals in the outdoors. There are plates and utensils for three, and the nested design makes everything easy to put away for the ride home.
MSR Flex 3 cook set, $164.95, msrgear.com
For gasoline-free flames
With this stove, you can burn foraged organic matter, like twigs, to fuel your fire. It can even generate power to charge small electronics (like your phone), or light surroundings with the included LED. Just don’t get caught in the rain; wet sticks are this stove’s kryptonite.
Biolite CampStove 2+, $200, sail.ca
For family-style cooking
When there are many mouths to feed at the campsite, multiple burners are essential. This wide stove has ample space for larger cookware, features adjustable windscreens for consistent heating on blustery days and runs on propane for all-weather reliability.
Coleman Triton two-burner propane stove, $120, altitude-sports.com
For durable dishes
A modern take on traditional graniteware, this enameled-steel table set has a white-speckled black finish reminiscent of a starry sky. They’re difficult to scratch or damage, thanks to a double kiln hardening, so they can withstand the outdoors.
GSI Pioneer table set, $85, atmosphere.ca
For a caffeine fix
Beloved by campers and coffee aficionados, this portable press gives you full control over brew times and makes your choice of drip coffee or espresso. While it won’t match your at-home espresso machine, this might be as close as you’ll get in the backcountry.
AeroPress coffee and espresso maker, $44, mec.ca
The Star understands the restrictions on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But like you, we dream of travelling again, and we’re publishing this story with future trips in mind.