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Backpacking Cooking Gear Guide

Building your backpacking kitchen from scratch? Upgrading your existing setup? In this article, we’re sharing some of our favorite backpacking cooking gear.

When we’re backpacking, we tend to focus on two things: the beautiful scenery, and what we’re eating for dinner! While tents and backpacks tend to get the most attention in backpacking gear guides, seeing as how much joy meal time brings us on the trail, we wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on our favorite backpacking cooking gear!

In this post, you’ll find our top recommendations for backpacking cooking equipment as well as the items we personally carry in our packs.

To find the complete list of cooking gear written by Fresh Off The Grid, head here.

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May 7, 2022

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Helping you fuel your adventures with the best camping & backpacking recipes, adventure ideas & tips.

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

Bikepacking Team