A chuck box, also known as a patrol box, is really just a self contained set of kitchen gear. Its history goes back to the Wild West era when it was the primary component of the chuck wagon. A chuck wagon held all of the cooking equipment, from pots and pans to silverware, and also all the dry goods necessary for such a transient lifestyle.
Some essentials to keep in your chuck box:
- Lantern Mantles
- Mini Mag-lite
- Can Opener
- Biodegradable Dish Soap
- Chef’s Knife
- 9×12 inch Cutting Board
- Salt & Pepper
- Spare Batteries
- Small Cutting Board
- Marshmallow Roasting Forks (MANDATORY)
Some people say a chuck box isn’t complete without dry goods like coffee, flour, sugar, or even a roll of aluminum foil. But how much you want to put in your chuck box is up to you. Before your next camping adventure, take some time to prepare for your future trips. Once you know what you want to include in your box, you're ready to build your own.
Full instructions on how to build your own are here.