These are some of my favorite tools, supplies, and equipment you may want to buy to build your first craft service kit or to add to your existing kit. The more items in your kit, the more organized and professional you will look.
Also, the more craft service equipment you own, the more you may be able to charge in kit rental fees.
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Basic Craft Service Kit
Craft Service Cart
There are plenty or craft service carts to choose from but I recommend buying one that has a reputation for sturdiness like the Safco Impromptu Refreshment Hospitality Cart. It’s made of steel and polycarbonate construction and scores 4.5 out 5 stars from users. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
Craft Service Wagon
Craft Service Table
Coolers With Wheels
You can really pack lots of food or beverages in the Igloo 60-Quart roller. I used to own one until someone absconded from a set in a warehouse! Received 4.5 out of 5 stars from users. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
I have used both the traditional 40 – 60 cup coffee brewers as well as the popular single serve brewer Keurig. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of the Keurig type brewer’s is that you can buy a variety of coffees for the cast and crew to choose from. The disadvantages are that you have to constantly fill the water reservoir and the machine itself is not durable. On the other hand, the advantages of a traditional brewer is that it’s good for 40 – 60 cups before you have to fill it and it’s more durable for craft service use. The disadvantage is that everyone drinks the same type of coffee, no independent flavor choice. As of this writing my preference is the traditional brewer. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
A lot of supplies and equipment gets moved around a production set. Label your kit items so they don’t get confused with someone else’s. Also, great when you provide drop-off service. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
Craft Service Kit Add-Ons
Coffee Station Organizer
If you want to really make things easier for cast and crew as well as keeping the craft service table tidy check out the Mind Reader ‘Pioneer’ Breakroom Organizer 11 Compartment Condiment Holder. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
There’s nothing like a hot cup of soup or chili on a blustery winter day. Check out the Excellanté 10.5 Quart Stainless Steel Soup Warmer. It has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from users. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
Pop Up Canopy Mesh(screen) Walls
Whether you own or rent a pop up canopy, having a set of mesh walls is invaluable. The screen walls will not only keep insects away from snacks but also deters passersby who might be tempted to help themselves! AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
Food and Equipment Storage
Protecting you snack food from unwanted insects like flies is of utmost importance. There’s no better way than the use of food tents. Please check out the mother of all food tents, the Picnic Pal. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
Insulated Food Carriers
When you need to keep food warm or cold, thermal carriers are the way to go. You can choose to use a durable plastic carrier like this one from Cambro or a nylon type from Rediheat. AVAILABLE AT AMAZON