Originally Posted by Foiled Again
Don't try to figure it all out before your first trip. Keep it simple - paper plates, cups, etc. One or two decent pans. One good sharp knife. WalMart has a spice shaker in the camping section that has salt, pepper, and 5 other spices in the space of a big salt shaker. Plan simple meals.
Use the first experience to teach you what you'll need on subsequent trips. Many things aren't needed - example An egg keeper - the carton work fine. I do have a hand can opener - but other than that I try to avoid "single task" tools unless they are very small.
Good advice. While everyone here can give you ideas on what to carry, only you will know what works for you and you won't find that out until you start traveling. Also, like a previous comment it depends alot on whether you mostly camp in full service cg's or dry camp.
When you do get ready to start stocking the kitchen, REI is a pretty good source as they carry lightweight pot, pans, plates and utensils that minimize storage space required. MSR and GSI outdoors both carry excellent, lightweight pots and pans (the pots stack inside each other). GSI baked enamel plates and bowls are also very durable and lightweight.
Some other tips we have learned...
When dry camping, wipe your pots, pans and plates with paper towels before washing. That will minimize water usage, keep the gunk out of your grey tanks, is cheaper and much less expensive than using paper plates. (of course, if you do use paper plates then you already have your fire-starting material
). We easily go a week or more without having to drain and refil tanks.
A Leatherman tool is invaluable and can replace your need to carry a can opener, scissors, screwdriver, etc.
An Italian espresso maker takes up little space, and makes a great cup of coffee (almost espresso) on the stove. If you make alot of coffee in the morning a French Press of stovetop percolator iks probably best. Then there is "cowboy coffee"; simply put a pot of water on the stove and throw a handful of grounds in it. Once the water boils, turn off the stove and pour in a little cold water - the grounds will settle to the bottom and you have great coffee with a little "love" on the bottom.
There is very little you can't cook on either the stovetop or grill. Since we mostly boondock, we don't carry any electric appliances and have removed most everything that requires 110v current (including TV, microwave, A/C, etc). That may be a bit extreme for most; the point is you don't need much in the way of appliances to have an enjoyable time in the outdoors.
Enjoy your new trailer! jk