This minimal cooking set idea came from Kyle Defoor. I’ve been following Kyle’s blog for a few years now (One of the only blogs I follow). Kyle is a very innovative individual with a lot of field experience both in the military and civilian sector. Because of his background, skill sets, and overall stand-up guy that he is, is why I trust what he says. This cooking set is just one of those small nuggets of useful information he shares every once in a while.

To make this minimalist kit a bit more minimal, Kyle bent the prongs on the MSR Pocket Rocket in order for it to nest inside the cup along with the other contents.

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Bent prongs of the MSR Pocket Rocket

With a single fuel canister Kyle claims he can get by for 4 days! That includes making a cup of coffee, 1 two person Mountain House Meal, and 1 breakfast meal per day. I have personally owned and used the MSR pocket rocket for a few years now and love it. I plan on purchasing the GSI Minimalist Cookset to put a similar kit together.

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GSI Minimalist Cookset with MSR Pocket Rocket

This small minimalist cooking kit would be ideal for day hikes or even solo multi day backpacking trips. This could also be a viable option for those traveling that may not want to leave their hotel rooms or unable to for whatever reason. If you stock up on a few fuel canisters and Mountain House meals, this could become an option for natural disaster preparation.

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GSI Minimalist Cup

Here are the contents of the kit Kyle uses:

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