How to Pack Pots and Pans: Everything You Need to Know about Packing

Packing is not a very fulfilling activity to do. Many campers would say that it’s actually the most boring and tiring part of camping. However, there’s no doubt that packing is definitely one of the most important aspects of camping.

Believe it or not, there are certain techniques for packing. You cannot always just stuff everything in your bag.

So now we are here to talk about how you can somehow ease the hassle of packing. Particularly, we will discuss how to pack pots and pans. These are essentials that you need to bring if you’re camping somewhere remote that requires you to cook.

​If you have tried this before, I’m pretty sure it had not been a piece of cake for you. We’re here to help! Let’s narrow down a few easy steps for you to try out.

What You Will Need​

1. Mess Kits​

Mess Kits​

Mess Kits became famous when soldiers started using it for prolonged military campaigns. These kits are the best items for storing your cookware when it comes to camping.

Unlike the typical home kitchen appliance, these kits are specifically designed to be packed. This is done by deconstructing the objects which allow them to fit in one bigger object.

If you’re serious about camping, and if you plan to do it for the long-term, I suggest you ditch your large frying pans at home. Buy mess kits instead because these will give you the convenience you’ll need when you’re on your camping trip.

2. Satchels and Paper bags​

The first important part of bags is that it should accommodate your pan and pots. The second important element is that it should not take too much space in your backpack. Of course, if you’re camping with a car or portable shed, there’s no need for this.

If you have one big satchel that can accommodate all your cookware, that would be an idea. If you don’t have one, you can find great items online. One of the efficient ones is the Freestanding Organizer.

​Instead of packing all your items in bags, this is an organizer that’s designed to pack your cookware and make it ready for use at the same time. This is one of the easiest ways to pack your pans and pots.

3. Packing Tape​

Packing Tape​ to Pack Pots and Pans

Note that it should be a packing tape and not just any other tape. This is the only kind meant for sealing boxes, so don’t push for masking tapes.

Also, make sure that you purchase or use the brand that is known to be durable. Some local and cheap packing tapes do not stick well, so be careful. Choose affordable but durable.

4. Packing Paper​

These are put in between the dishes or tools to keep them from rubbing against each other. Obviously, it helps prevent your pots and pans from getting damaged.

Some people use cartons (that have the same material as the box) as dividers. Although that may work, it might come out too thick. It might consume too much space inside the box too.

How to Pack Pots and Pans​

#1 Determine Which Cookware To Bring

​The cookware you bring depends on what you’ll cook and how long you will in your stay. If you’re camping in the mountains, you’d want to bring a stove and at least a pot and a pan. The mountains can get pretty cold at night, so you’d want to cook soup at the very least.

There’s also the idea of coffee. If you’re planning to cook coffee, you can do it cowboy style through a frying pan. On the flipside, you can bring a portable coffee maker or dripper. The bad thing is that would take extra space.

For an ideal camping trip, you’d want to have these at the very least:

  • One portable stove
  • One small frying pan
  • One small pot
  • Mug or cups
  • One set of utensils
  • Utility knife

​Many campers don’t bring stoves because they know how to cook without it. Unless you’re confident with making fire with only wood, bushes, and a flint, a stove is essential. Avoid large stoves and try to bring the smallest size available.

#2 Make Sure All Materials Are Ready

You do not want to rush to the store to get all these materials, especially if you are in a hurry. Make sure that you have your packing bags, kits, and containers ready.

Lay out your items on the floor so you won’t miss out on any. Store the smallest items in larger objects. The mess kit will do this just for you. If you opt to not get a mess kit, try to bring containers with you.

An example of a good storing technique is if you brought a pot, try to place as many utensils and objects inside it. Wrap any sharp objects with packing paper or a cloth to avoid scratching your pots.

​#3 Wrap The Pots And Pans in Packing Paper

Wrap each of the pans and the pots with the paper. As previously mentioned, this will prevent them from rubbing against each other during travel.

Do not skip this step, especially if you’re bringing lots of cookware. Also, do not forget to wrap the individual lids too, especially if they are made of glass or ceramic. If your pot contains other items inside, wrap it tightly and secure it with packing tape.

#4 Put The Heaviest Ones in The Bottom

Put the heaviest ones in the bottom

This is a no-brainer. You have to identify which pots and pans are the heaviest. Then, put them all at the bottom so that they do not crush the lighter ones.

If you need to add other tools, accessories, and goods inside your bag, arrange them the same way. The rule is always to arrange from heaviest to lightest. If you have dry foods, put them in the top most portion, so they do not get ruined.

What About Bubble Wrap?​

You may use a bubble wrap for extra protection on extra delicate items. For instance, if the lids are made of glass, the bubble wrap will be enough to keep them snug.

However, keep in mind that bubble wraps could be thick. It could consume space in your box. Well, if you have so much more space to spare, feel free to fill them up with it. This way, the items will not shake so loose even when the hike is bumpy.

Another important tip is to make sure all the items are well cleaned. Your pots and pans cannot be stained inside. That might invite molds to accumulate.


So that’s about it! Those are the few basic steps and techniques on how to pack pots and pans. We could go on and on discussing some more packing ideas but these may be enough.

If you have any comments, suggestions, and questions, feel free to comment them below.​

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