Portable cook set proves convenient, effective

The GSI Bugaboo Camper is a set of dishes, cups, lids, pan, pots and a sink for car camping.

The set stacks neatly into an impressively lightweight, portable and storable package.

Anyone who has gone car camping knows how quickly gear can eat up room and time. Individual items often end up scattered around the campsite and require cargo bins for sorting and transport. It is easy for a family to end up with a lot of mismatched gear that is difficult to keep track of.

The GSI Bugaboo Camper is designed to provide most of what a four-person car camping group would require for hardware to cook, drink, eat and clean up.

What makes this product special is that everything stacks into a unit about the size of a medium-sized pot.

This camp set comes with a medium and small pot, frying pan, a medium and small pot lid with strainer holes, a foldable pot handle, four plastic plates, four cups with lids, and a combination sink-carry bag.

The pan and pots are coated in Teflon to reduce sticking.

The plates and cups have four colours, so it is easy to tell which eating and drinking set belongs to whom in the group.

As well, the sip cups can be split into two separate cups: a normal cup for cold refreshments and an insulated one for hot drinks or soups.

All a camp group needs to complement the Bugaboo Camper set are utensils, biodegradable cleaning supplies and a stove. GSI also makes conveniently folding and storable versions of these products, as do other camping goods manufacturers.

It is important to note a few things regarding the use of this product.

The pan and pots should be used over an electric or gas camp stove rather than an open flame.

The pot lids have straining holes, but they do not latch or screw onto the pan or pots, so be careful when straining out liquids.

The convenient but somewhat limited folding pot handle is metal, so it will get hot when used and should be carefully gripped with a towel or glove.

Over months of testing, I was impressed with the heating effectiveness and evenness of the Bugaboo Camper pan and pots.

The triangular shape of the drinking cups only took a moment to get used to. Although a little on the small side, the lightweight plastic plates were adequate in resilience, size, and strength. I was also pleased with how small everything packed down to create a much smaller footprint in the family vehicle than our cargo bin collection.

At about $120, the GSI Bugaboo Camper is great for car and trailer camping.

Kim Quintin is a Saskatoon outdoor enthusiast and knife maker. He can be reached for column content suggestions at [email protected].

Kim Quintin is a Saskatoon outdoor enthusiast and knife maker. He can be reached for column content suggestions at [email protected]