Wondering what you should be packing in your kitchen setup for your next motorcycle adventure? Let’s jump into everything you need, how to pack it, and what it’s all used for. Keeping reading to learn more.
So we were camping out in the Salton Sea last week, and when we woke up to make breakfast I decided to throw together a quick video/ blog about my motorcycle camping kitchen setup. The following is basically everything I need to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read to the end for some bonus tips!
(Full List At The Bottom)
First of all, you will need to have some water. Now usually in the morning, it’s early, I’m tired, all I can really handle doing is boiling some water for coffee so I don’t get too carried away in the morning.
So then I have a bag that has my pots and pans in it. I actually bought a whole set of pots and pans, and then over the last couple of years I’ve just started taking things out that I wasn’t using. Now I’ve got it down to one pot too boil water in, and then I carry a frying pan, just in case I want to make some bacon. Something like that.
I also have a couple bowls, I prefer the plastic ones. They are obviously a little bigger than those rubberized ones that kind of pop into shape, they just kind of look like a frisbee. But I like these because they are a lot lighter and they do fit right in this pot, which I can’t do anything to make that smaller, so anything I can out in there that fits is pretty good. So definitely good to have some bowls, I have an extra one in case I have guests or I break one. That way I always have one.
One other thing is my cutting board, I have a small cutting board that is about the size of a small book.
One thing I have in here is a small towel, just for drying dishes or I wash hands before cooking or anything like that. It’s good to have a little towel so you’re not just burning through paper towels or having to remember to carry them. Plus this dries out really easy.
Also, I have a can opener.
I have these cooking utensils and they were a little big, they didn’t fit in my packing cube and I actually managed to shave a few ounces off of this whole setup by cutting the ends of them off. One has holes in it which is nice because you can you it as a strainer. So it’s dual purpose, which I’m definitely a big fan of that. So, it’s a good idea to to have one that you can you know, if you are making soup or something, that doesn’t have holes in it.
I got some coffee packets, instant coffee these are really good. I also have some stress relief kava tea. It’s really nice when you’ve been on the bike all day and you want to relax a little bit at camp, it’s a nice tea to have that will help you sleep a little bit. Another item is sugar and some creamer for coffee. I’m always kind of picking stuff like this up whenever I’m on a trip. If I stay in a hotel and they have condiments, or sugar packets, creamer packets anything like that. I’ll just pick them up and throw them in this bag so I have them for later.
I carry a longer lighter with me because my stove is a little aggressive. You don’t want your hands to close to it when you are lighting it. So it’s a good idea to have a longer lighter with you if you have a stove like mine.
Now I also have some hand sanitizer in a little bag so if it breaks open it doesn’t go all over everything. Obviously a good idea to carry this. So you can clean your hands up before you start cooking. Bring some hand sanitizer.
I also have a sponge, for doing dishes. And some dish soap for when you are doing the dishes. I just put this in a small little container, there’s no reason to bring a whole big thing. This is probably about an ounce, which is enough for two months of travel if not more. This is really all you need. So I put that in a plastic bag too so it doesn’t go everywhere.
I have some eating utensils, I went with the plastic ones because like I said they are lighter. It’s nice to not have to use disposable ones all the time. Where you are constantly going through plastic forks and knives. So these are a good idea to have.
Now I got one knife, just for cooking, I don’t use this for anything but cooking. That way I know it’s always sanitary and clean. I keep it inside this folded piece of metal so that it doesn’t cut through the bag. This folded metal is actually a wind protector for my stove.
The stove I use is the Optimus stove, and the reason I chose this one, and I actually bought it a few years ago, so it may be outdated at this point, but the reason I bought this was because it would burn any fuel and at the time, and still currently, I am planning on doing a lot of traveling on my bike, outside of the United States, where finding these propane canisters might not be so easy. So I wanted something I could burn regular fuel right from my motorcycle, or kerosene, pretty much anything that will burn you can use with this stove. So that is why I chose this one. It was also really small. I know now they actually have some smaller version of this. This stove is not the most stealthy stove, it is actually really loud and makes kind of a wooshing noise when it’s on. If you are camping somewhere where you are not supposed to be, or you are just trying to be quiet and not disturb people, this might not be the best stove for you. I have definitely been in situations where I couldn’t even cook because I was camping somewhere where I wasn’t supposed to be. This is just way too noisy.
What I usually do for breakfast on the road is oatmeal. It’s cheap, it packs really small, all you have to do is add water to it. Once you have your hot water, and you have made your coffee and oatmeal it’s nice to save a little extra hot water. This you can use to splash some hot water on your face in the morning. Another reason to have that towel with you. It just feels good, it makes you feel like a human again after you have been sleeping on the ground all night.
◾Fuel Cans (Propane):Jetboil Jetpower 4-Season Fuel Blend, 100 Gram
◾Pots and Pans Set:G4Free Outdoor Camping pan Hiking Cookware Backpacking Cooking Picnic Bowl Pot Pan Set 4 Piece Camping Cookware Mess Kit(13 PCS-Green)
◾Plastic Bowls:EcoSouLife Biodegradable Camping Bowl
◾Rubber Bowls (I mentioned these):Ecoart Silicone Expandable Collapsible Bowl for Travel Camping Hiking, Red (1 Pack)
◾Cutting Board:Unicook Plastics Cutting Board, Flexible Silicone Cutting Board for Kitchen, 11.5” x 8.5″, Dishwasher Safe, Non Slip, Sturdy, Food Grade, Non-toxic, Blue
◾Hand Towel:Your Choice Microfiber Sports Travel Towel Pack of 2 Compact & Fast Drying Towel for Camping Backpacking Climbing Cycling – Blue & Orange – Medium Size 16 x 32 Inch
◾Can Opener:WHX Stainless Steel Manual Camping Can Opener Bottle Opener Easy to Use with Ergonomic Good Grips Rubber Handle
◾Plastic Mugs: GSI Outdoors 77232 Cascadian Mug
◾Cooking Utensils: Jokari Healthy Steps Portion Control 3-Piece Serving Set
◾Lighter: Handi Flame 3 Pack Gas Lighters 11″ Butane Stove Kitchen Fireplace Bbq Grill Utility Lighter
◾Eating Utensils: MSR 4-Piece Spork Utensil Set
◾Container for dish soap: Coghlan’s Store and Pour Contain-Alls Plastic Containers
◾Stove (Optimus):Optimus Polaris Optifuel Stove 8019408d