Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.

The most complete, in our opinion, list of equipment and utensils for preparing and eating food in the field for a loner on a camping trip is below. Lovers of culinary in nature can take with them all the items below. 

Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.

Army or combined bowler hat.
Set of dishes, pan and lid-pan.
Metal bowl.
Mug.
A spoon.
Knife.
Gas-burner.
Gas bottle.
Dry fuel mini-furnace.
Bonfire hooks and cable.
Sponge for washing dishes.
Detergent (150-200 g).

For most solo trips, it’s not necessary to take all this with you at once. The following options are usually sufficient..

1. Army or combined bowler, plus mug, spoon and knife.
2. A set of dishes, a pan and a lid-pan, plus a mug, spoon, knife.
3. Metal bowl, mug, spoon, knife.
4. Mini-furnace with dry fuel, mug, spoon, knife.

The third and fourth options are most acceptable in cases where they want to save weight and equipment volume. And they plan to eat only soups and instant cereals or freeze-dried foods, boiling water in a metal mug and brewing the product in it or in a bowl.

Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.
burner with a cylinder. One gas cylinder for 220 g is enough for 2-2.5 days in the summer and 1.5-2 days in the winter, for three meals a day for one person.

In the cold season, it will not be amiss to use an insulating cover and wind protection for the burner on a gas cylinder. This will save some gas consumption. A sponge for washing dishes and 150-200 g of detergent will not be redundant, especially in the hot season, when the probability of contracting intestinal infections is especially high. They won’t take up much space, and the benefit is undeniable.

Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.
combined. In our opinion, this is not the best choice for a backpacker. Cheap and affordable, it has a number of serious disadvantages that far outweigh all its advantages, especially when cooking on a gas burner.

Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.
sets of dishes consisting of a pot and a lid-pan. Made of various materials, having different volumes and equipment, they allow you to choose exactly what you need.

Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.
clumsy knife with a blade about 10-11 cm long and 3-4 mm thick. Larger knives are less versatile and inconvenient in kitchen work.

When choosing a knife, special attention should be paid to its sheath. A sheath made of tarpaulin or leather substitutes a well-sharpened knife will cut or pierce, and may injure you. Leather sheaths are good, but as a rule they absorb moisture well and then dry for a long time. A knife left in such a wet scabbard at night may rust in the morning. Therefore, if possible, we recommend purchasing knives with plastic or scabbard from kidex.

Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.
folding knife with clip for carrying in a pocket or on a belt.

Individual equipment for cooking and eating during single hikes, the choice of a knife for a hike.
Victorinox or Wenger, but they do not have clips, and they are often more convenient as an auxiliary knife-tool, especially their small, officer options.

Another look:

Individual equipment for sleeping and relaxing.
Individual lighting, communication, alarm and orientation tools.
Personal hygiene products.
Individual auxiliary personal equipment.

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