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If you decide to go out camping or on a picnic, you'll need some extra supplies and maybe some appliances to keep your food fresh and your meals delicious. Below are some suggestions to not only store the food, but to prepare it too.

Coleman Camping Coffee Maker

Once you wake up in the warm, morning air you're going to need a cup of coffee. In the wilderness, this is a little harder to come by, although you can get your morning beverage with a coffee maker such as this Coleman camping model on sale at Amazon with free shipping. It doesn't require an electrical outlet—only a camp stove—and it's able to make 10 cups of drip coffee for your tent buddies.

Camp Chef Professional Griddle

To complete your outdoor breakfast, you can use something like this griddle that works on a Camp Chef stove and is on sale at Amazon for $74 with free shipping. The product description promises to heat the griddle evenly for the perfect pancakes, eggs, or other dishes. The 32-inch cooking surface will also provide ample room for large meals for families.

Koolatron 18-Quart 12 Volt Cooler

Road trips are fun, but problems arise when you get hungry. You can make a break at a rest stop or you can pack it along in a cooler like the Koolatron 18-quart model on sale at CompactAppliance for $113 with free shipping. It plugs into your car's 12 volt cigarette lighter and is compact enough to fit in between or behind car seats without taking up too much leg room. It'll ensure your food stays fresh, even on long car rides (unless your car battery dies, but that's another problem).

Cuisinart 14-Inch Charcoal Grill

The Cuisinart charcoal grill seen here is on sale at Groupon for $25 with free shipping, which is a great value if you want to take barbecue into the wild. Whether you want to spice up a picnic or make burgers on a camping trip, you can use the 150 square inches of space to grill your favorite foods (plus, it's just adorable). It comes in black or red and is only available for a limited time.

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Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Camp Dutch Oven

Another piece of cookware to help round out your camping experience is this cast-iron dutch oven on sale at Amazon. It's pre-seasoned, so it's ready for use fresh out of the box. It's easy to lift and settles nicely over an open fire in the woods or in your backyard. Overall, it's useful equipment for cooking large meals. This deal cuts the price down to $56 and includes free shipping.

Mini-Mac Personal Portable Oven

The final deal on this list is also the one that's going to expire first. The Mini-Mac portable electric oven plugs into the wall and allows you to heat up food in an insulated tote that keeps everything hot for when you're ready to eat. This portable oven is on sale at Groupon for $29 (down from $49) and includes free shipping. However, the deal expires on August 1, so you'll have to act fast if you're interested.

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Carli Velocci

Carli Velocci

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Carli writes for the Deals blog at, and has become a professional at researching the web for the best deals on electronics. She graduated in 2012 from Northeastern University with a degree in English. She enjoys writing about technology, and is a video game freelance writer on the side with too many games in her backlog.

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