When it comes to essential camping equipment, we automatically think tents, sleeping bags and backpacks, however, having the right cooking equipment is essential and can often make the difference when it comes to enjoying a complete camping experience.
Being able to cook hot, nutritional food is vital if you’re camping for several days and nights – so when pot noodles and packets of crisps just won’t do, you’ll want to have a camping frying pan that is reasonably priced, durable and effective. It’s a fairly saturated market at the moment when it comes to camping equipment, which is great news for the consumer as it means there is much more choice out there and brands are constantly going above and beyond to ensure they make the best possible product.
Here, we’ve picked out what we believe are three of the best camping frying pans that are currently on the market – and we’ve catered to those with all budgets. However, it’s not all just about price, with design, usability, size and weight all playing a part when it comes to choosing the best camping frying pan.
Sea to Summit Alpha Pan (8” & 10”)
- 8” Pan – Weight: 245g
- 10” Pan – Weight: 335g
- Hard anodized
- Ergonomic handle
- Non-stick surface
- Even heat distribution
Both lightweight and ergonomic in design, the Sea to Summit Alpha pan comes in eight and ten-inch variants, ensuring it can easily nestle amongst the other camping essentials in your bag.
The Alpha Pan is crafted from hard anodised materials and comes with a nonstick surface and brilliant heat distribution, ensuring your food is cooked evenly and without any sticky mess being left over when you’re done.
The specially designed, low profile handle comes fitted with a safety lock for added security when cooking and it will also fold underneath the pan when out of use which only adds to its space saving appeal.
Finally, we all know that camping stoves set on often uneven terrain can be a bit of a handful, which is where the textured base of the Alpha Pan comes in, providing added stability for safer, more efficient cooking.
In terms of cost, the 8” Alpha Pan currently retails for around £25-30, with the 10” pan likely to cost slightly more.
JetBoil Fry Pan
- Weight: 280g (inclusive of handles and cover)
- Dimensions: 8.1” x 2.2” (205mm x 57mm)
- FluxRing technology
- Base doubles as
- Collapsible handle
Camping Frying Pan with Folding Handle
A slightly more expensive option currently on the market is the JetBoil fry pan. Retailing at around £50-60, this high-quality pan uses patented FluxRing technology to ensure even cooking throughout, but it can often be found on offer.
This helps to increase the surface area, which essentially gives you the capabilities of a larger pot, but in a much smaller product.
It is also aesthetically pleasing too, as the grey pan is
Vango Hard Anodised Non-Stick Frying Pan
- Weight: 200g
- Dimensions: 7.4” x 1.7”
- Compact design
- Easy clean
- Heat resistant, foldable handle
Perfect for those with a slightly smaller budget, the Vango Hard Anodised frying pan is the third and final choice on our list. Currently retailing for around £16, it really is a steal and thankfully the quality hasn’t been compromised to account for its low price point. What we love about this pan is its minimalist design and no frills approach – it does exactly what it says on the tin. Compact and practical, it has a hard-anodised design which means not only is it tough and durable, but it is also super easy to clean – because let’s face it, nobody wants to waste precious time and energy by scrubbing pots and pans when camping. Other handy features include the heat resistant foldable handle, as well as it’s ridged inner base for more effective cooking. Weighing a mere 200g, this is by far the lightest pan on our list and measures just under 7.5 inches in diameter, which means you’ll barely even notice it in your bag!
These are the three best camping frying pans we could find on the market, whether you are on a budget or want the top of the range frying pan, we have found the perfect one for you.
Now all you need to do is working out what you are going to cook on it.