The Best Camping Gifts for Couples Who Love to Cook

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The number one rule of the new, modern wedding registry should be this: Register for stuff you will actually use. No pristine china you’re too scared to touch; it only comes out once every 10 years. No avocado slicer. Please, no full set of nonstick cookware.

A great way to hone in on things you’ll get a lot of use out of? Register based on your hobbies. If you’re outdoorsy and frequently go on weekend camping trips, and you love to cook and find it important to eat well even out in the wilderness, we’ve got some registry ideas for you. To gather the best gift ideas for couples who love camping and the outdoors, we talked to Gregg Van Deusen, guide at Northwaters Wilderness Programs and outdoors teacher at Lakeside School in Essex, New York, as well as chef Emma Frisch, cofounder of Firelight Camps and author of Feast By Firelight, a cookbook dedicated to cooking outdoors. See their recommendations below:

Cookware

The first thing Van Deusen enthusiastically recommended for cooking while camping was a reflector oven—a simple, often foldable chamber that heats by reflecting light from the campfire. “They’re generally made of stainless steel, but you can get aluminum ones that are really lightweight,” he notes. “They come in a variety of sizes, including little tiny ones that fold to the size of a book. It’s a really handy little tool because it just folds flat and you can slide it in wherever you can fit something.”

Van Deusen recommends premixing whatever you’d like to bake (muffin mix, cookies, cornbread, etc.) before hitting the road and taking baking powder or yeast with you to mix in at the end. “When we were out doing canoe trips, the staff would get really creative with whatever they had on hand, implementing it into whatever they were baking. It’s just such a versatile thing. It can even be a warming oven if you’re just heating something up.”

Sterno Outdoor Folding Camp Stove

$10.00, Amazon

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Coleman Camp Oven

$37.00, Target

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For foods you’d like to grill rather than bake, he recommends a simple foldable grill grate that you can put over the fire.

Lakeside Heavy-Duty Over-The-Fire Camping Grill

$24.00, Target

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Welded Stainless-Steel Mesh Grill Grate

$22.00, Amazon

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While cast-iron pans are a classic, extra-durable camping favorite, Van Deusen likes carrying a modular set of lightweight aluminum cookware. “When you look at it, you’re like, That’s cheap. But we use those for all of our trips because they’re really versatile, especially when you were cooking for a lot of people, because it has a big pot, a medium pot, and a small pot.” With this set, you can carry around a whole cookware set for less than the weight of your cast-iron Dutch oven—and they’re more durable than they might look. “They would get beat up and they were all dented, but they all still work for years. And especially cooking over a fire, everything gets black, but they really stand up to our punishment.” While the exact set Van Deusen uses is not longer available, the options below will offer similar versatility and portability.

Coleman 5-Piece Aluminum Nesting Mess Kit

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Olicamp Deluxe Mess Kit

$36.00, Amazon

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Coleman Family Cook Set

$33.00, Target

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Odoland 15-Piece Camping Cookware Mess Kit

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Both experts also recommend a super-durable cast-iron Dutch oven if you don’t have to carry it far. This model is great because its lid doubles as a fry pan. Or, go for Frisch’s pick: a model with legs, which will be easy to position over the fire without a grate.

Lodge 2-Piece Cast Iron Combo Cooker Set

$50.00, Zola

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Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8-Quart

$80.00, Amazon

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Frisch also recommends a classic set of metal grill tongs for flipping all those fire-roasted vegetables and chicken thighs.

Smart Cook 16-Inch Stainless-Steel Grill Tongs

$8.00, Amazon

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Coffee

“I feel like every year JetBoil comes out with something that boils water faster. With this tool, in 45 seconds, you can have hot water for coffee,” Van Deusen says. He also recommends a collapsable silicone pour-over cone as a lightweight, low-lift way to make your morning cup.

Welded Stainless-Steel Mesh Grill Grate

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UST Collapsible Flexware Coffee Drip

$12.00, Amazon

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The Kelly Kettle is another helpful tool for boiling water, which also comes in a variety of sizes; you can choose what’s right for you depending on whether you’re camping out of your car, on a canoe, or on foot. “It’s a really cool concept and shape. There’s basically a chimney in the metal part and you build a little fire with twigs. Throw some birch bark in, some twigs, and then you fill the top part with water. If you don’t want to use stoves and you want to go full-on wood fire only, a Kelly Kettle is a really fun, efficient way to boil water fast.”

Kelly Kettle

$90.00, Amazon

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Cocktail hour

Frisch keeps the important things in mind in her recommendations: Drinks. She opts for the top-of-the-line (very registry-worthy) Yeti cooler, which will keep your seltzers, beers, and canned cocktails cool (in addition to that muffin mix you made ahead to cook in the reflector oven). The Corkcicle bottle below holds an entire bottle of wine or 24 ounces of batched cocktail, so, along with a set of insulated wine glasses, it’s perfect for your fireside cocktail hour.

Yeti Hopper Flip Cooler

$250.00, Zola

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Corkcicle Canteen, 25 ounces

$40.00, Zola

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Corkcicle Stemless Wine Cup, Set of 2

$56.00, Zola

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Serving

Frisch likes bamboo utensil sets, which are lightweight and especially easy to take on the go if they come with a carrying case. She also takes along a nice wooden spoon for cooking and serving in style. If your camping trips are really an excuse to throw fun dinner parties by starlight, enamel plates look the part, but are super durable and portable.

Reusable Bamboo Utensil Set

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Eddingtons Italian Olive Wooden Spoon

$11.00, Amazon

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Siren Song Enamel Plates, Woolf, Set of 4

$68.00, Food52

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Siren Song Enamel Plates, Baldwin, Set of 4

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Cleaning

Frisch recommends bringing our all-time favorite tool for cleaning cast-iron on a camping trip with you. It’s lightweight and will work to scrub any gunk off of your Dutch oven or skillet (and it’s not as bacteria-prone as a sponge).

The Ringer

$22.00, Amazon

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious