Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers returning from the campaign: This is the rule God commanded Moses:
As far as the gold, silver, copper, iron, tin and lead are concerned, whatever was used over fire must be brought over fire and purged, and then purified with the sprinkling water.
However, that which was not used over fire need only be emmersed in a Mikvah. (Parasha Matos 31:21-23)
The Living Torah by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
The Jewish Toolbox
Backpacking and living on your wits in the backwaters of civilization as a Kosher-observing Jew means that you need to be familiar with the basics of Kashering kitchen utensils wherever you go. Of course you can carry around a few things like a pot and pan or you can buy new stuff (and immerse them in a Mikvah) at each stop, but sometimes you’ll need a broader Jewish toolbox, including some Kashering skills.
Kosher for Airbnb
Lets say you decide to find lodgings through Airbnb (airbnb.com). For those not familiar with Airbnb, they describe the company as follows:
Airbnb is a global community marketplace that connects travelers seeking authentic, high-quality accommodations with hosts who offer unique places to stay.
It sounds like a great idea for those who prefer to stay in a vacated unique private residence rather than in a regular hotel. For a Jew though, it means you’ll need to Kasher some basic kitchen equipment, at the very least.
I did some searching and found a very comprehensive online guide for Kashering a complete kitchen. The Star-K Pessach Kitchen Guide by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, is focused of course on…Pessach, but what’s effective for Pessach will be effective also for Kashering a non-Kosher kitchen.
For those who prefer an audio-visual explanation:
So next time you decide to rent an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Kasher the kitchen first and have a great time!