Motorcycle Camping: Cooking Supplies
When searching for cooking supplies, we always evaluate their size, weight, and durability. A mess kit should be lightweight enough to pack in a motorcycle luggage, but durable enough to cook and be cleaned without deterioration. You don’t want to keep investing in a lightweight mess kit each time you camp.
Your mess kit essentials will include a frying pan for eggs and protein rich hot foods, as well as a pot with a lid for stews and chili. Teflon frying pans are ideal for easy cleanup. Simply wipe your frying pan with a paper towel and it’s ready for use the next day without fear of bacteria growing on it.
Besides your canteen and thermos for coffee, you may consider bringing some disposable plastic cups for any additional drinks, such as soda or juice. This will save time having to clean out a metaphoric sink full of dishes. Always practice safe recycling too.
We recommend bringing a blow-up sink or folding water bowl to soak and wash any cooking utensils and silverware you bring to the campsite. These are compact and will keep your cooking utensils sanitary.
Obviously, a soft cooler will be required to store food and drinks. You can chill drinks with thermal ice packs that won’t melt in the heat.
Today’s stoves are designed to be lightweight and easily portable. Choose a lightweight fuel powered stove with a single burner to cook hot meals and easily pack up during travel. Don’t forget the propane or fuel that powers the stove or else you’ll have to stick to dehydrated meals and fruit for your entire trip.
These stoves are also great for making the morning coffee, cooking on the frying pan, or even steaming some tea in a kettle. Portable grills are also an option and can be compatible with the same fuel source, but it’s a little pointless to bring a stove for meat that will spoil if not cooked on the first day.
Here are some cooking tips to keep mind:
- Bring wooden spatulas if you cook any patties on the grill or stove
- Metal cooking utensils will scratch Teflon pans and are not good heat transfers
- A roasting stick is perfect for any hotdogs, s’mores, or vegetables you want to cook over the fire
- Salt and pepper are your best friend for flavor and freshness
What’s camping without cooking over a fire? Be sure to bring waterproof matches to light fires. Don’t forget a heat glove or a potholder to transfer hot plates from the stove or fire!
Other necessary supplies include:
- A pocket knife for filleting and cutting vegetables
- Hand sanitizer
- Paper towels
- Tupperware or plastic containers to store food
- Freezer bags if you bring any meat or fish
- Cooking sheets or foil
- Scrubbing pads and travel dish soap
You could also consider bringing a fishing pole. We’re huge advocates of fishing while ADV touring, though some days those fish aren’t biting, so don’t make it your only source of food!