There is something satisfying and civilised about being able to stop anywhere and brew a cup of tea. Whether it be Earl Grey in the wilderness or Lapsang Souchong by the roadside, carrying a stove fulfills a yearning for self sufficiency and independence, yet simultaneously makes everything from rugged experiences to tedious journeys more pleasant. Not every trip demands a stove, but when you do pack one, you will almost certainly be thankful you did.
Trangia 27-8 Stove Set
This stalwart Swedish stove is lightweight and reliable, with a classic design that has been refined over 85 years. It consists of a set of concentric pans and two-part stove - available in aluminium or titanium - which slot together to create a sturdy cooking platform which is protected from the wind. At its centre is a small burner traditionally fuelled by methylated spirit. Meths is not easy to come by in the UAE, making the gas burner (sold separately) a vital accessory. Available from www.amazon.com from $105.61 (Dh388) plus shipping.
MSR Dragonfly Stove
Most stoves can boil water quickly, but this one has a range of levels from mild to searing. Its dual valve system provides a remarkable amount of control over the intensity of heat, making it easier to cook on as well as fuel efficient. It is also very flexible, burning a variety of fuels including white gas, unleaded auto gas, kerosene and diesel. Available from www.amazon.com from $103.96 (Dh382) plus shipping.
Jetboil Personal Cooking System
Despite its elaborate name, this stove was designed to do one thing: heat water quickly and efficiently - it can boil two cups of water in two minutes. It is very small and lightweight with the entire stove fitting into the cup, which is insulated and easy to drink from. As a result, this stove is excellent for making tea and coffee. Without buying additional accessories, though, "cooking" is limited to soup and rehydrated meals. Available from www.amazon.com from $74.95 (Dh275) plus shipping.