The Hikers Kitchen

While I pack light and count ounces quite carefully what I have noticed is my pack ‘kitchen’ is slowly swelling and getting heavier. After a couple years where I argued back and forth with myself over whether or not to carry an extra chocolate bar or even an extra ounce of food, I find rather these days I will cut out extra gear over food – or kitchen gear.

It just is worth it. I can handle wearing crusty filthy clothes day in and out but not having enough food? Not anymore.

I took a look recently to see what I was carrying on an average hike, be it a dayhike or a backpacking trip. The only thing that changes much is what pot system I carry for the most part.


So what do I actually carry?

  • GSI Soloist (Pan, lid, insulated cup, carry bag)
  • Primus canister stove, canister of fuel, lighter, windscreen
  • Freezer bag cozy
  • GSI Rehydrate long handled spoon
  • Steripen with solar charger case and extra batteries
  • Bandanna
  • Bag of paper towels
  • GSI pepper mill & GSI shaker filled with 2 salt free seasoning blends
  • Parmesan cheese shaker
  • Olive oil
  • Honey bottle
  • Bag of teas, coffees, chai
  • Bag of drink mixes and electrolyte mixes
  • Emergency food in an Alosak bag: Rice dish, bag of soup, chocolate bar, second chocolate bar, cookies.
  • Garbage bag
  • Knife

This set gets moved between packs. It ensures that I can cook easily and if needed I have food to eat in emergencies.  I keep it separate from my food bag that I eat on trips. For backpacking trips the only difference is I might take the GSI Dualist set instead if it is Ford and I.

Other tools I sometimes carry are a GSI mini grater for doing cheese and at times a UL cutting board. I have been known to pack chopsticks for noodles and other items like pot sets.


(May 8, 2008)

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