This is the fifth installment in the Bug-Out-Bag series. This time we are going to talk about cooking utensils. Mainly we will focus on pots and pans. There are many different types of pots out there. Some of them come as sets others come as a solo pot with a lid. They are also made of many different materials. You will find the good old steel pan and then some are made of aluminum and some of the newest ones are mad of titanium. Depending on your budget and also your needs you can decide on which type best suits you.
I am always worried about the over-all weight of my rucksack. Remember you have to carry all your stuff on your back. So this is where I look at how much my cooking stuff weighs. This is usually a bigger piece of equipment and takes up a bit more space than some of the other stuff in our rucksack.
That does not mean that it has to be the heaviest too. I chose an aluminum pot for my bag. The reason I chose aluminum was mainly because of my budget for the item, I just could not justify the added cost for just a little weight difference between the aluminum and the titanium pot.
This is an item that becomes very personal for a lot of people. Some of them modify their cooking pot to better suit their needs. Some of the better Titanium ones don't come with a lid and I have seen people make lids for them out of all sort's of stuff. I always keep a piece of aluminum foil in my cook kit it can pass as a wind screen or make a very nice lid if you need it to. It is tucked inside my pan with my stove and fuel.
I use a solo pan because I usually just heat up water for a freeze-dried meal or for coffee. I eat a lot of MRE's so I don't cook in the pot much. But if you are going to be cooking for more that just your self you might want to consider a cook set with more than one pot. There are a lot of different configurations with these types of sets. Determine how many you will be cooking for and then go and find one that is set up for that amount of people. The box will usually tell you how many it is made for.