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These are full-sized, 10-inch dinner plates and 12-ounce coffee mugs. The 6-inch bowls also have room to spare. Everything is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when you get back home. The cutlery has its own roll-up storage pouch.
There needs to be a separate carrying case or bag for the plates, bowls, and coffee mugs.
Made from ecological polypropylene that is lightweight and easy to clean. Food-safe and reusable. Lightweight, ideal for carrying on longer backpacking or camping treks. Dishwater safe. Affordable price. Choice of single or family set.
Melts quickly when exposed to heat.
Lightweight set that is easy to transport. Enough tableware to feed 4 diners, including 4 plates, 4 bowls, cutlery, and 4 mugs. Stainless steel construction that is coated in a durable, rustproof enamel coating. Easy to clean.
May damage the enamel if not completely dry before storing.
A convenient and very portable cutlery set in handy organizer canvas shell case. Converts to a standalone display stand. Canvas case is water-resistant. Protects the cutlery from scratches due to its heavy nylon-blend construction. Even includes a set of steel chop sticks.
Some users find that the knives and chopsticks can sometimes slide out if carried upside down.
Dishes and utensils to accommodate up to 4 people. Made from BPA-free, food-grade stainless steel for easy clean-up and durability. Includes cups, plates, bowls, and full cutlery sets. Comes with convenient storage bags. Available in different colors.
Questions about the quality of the steel — the cups have a noticeable metallic taste that some users dislike.
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For those who want to go green, having a reusable set of tableware is more eco-friendly than using paper or plastic sets that have to be burned or carried out of camping areas. A metal or hard plastic set of tableware is durable enough to be used for many years. In the long run, they’re also less expensive than buying single-use tableware.
If you use household dishes, there is always the chance they might be chipped or broken out on the trail. You’re also left with a shortage in your tableware at home. Ordinary tableware is normally heavier than camping tableware. Paper and styrofoam are not reusable — adding to their overall cost — and are impractical when camping.
Some manufacturers opt for lower overall weight by skimping on the size of the plates and bowls. A plate that’s 10 inches in diameter should be the smallest you consider; anything smaller than that won’t be able to hold all your food comfortably. This can lead to unnecessary spills and loss of food.
The size of bowls is closely related to the size of plates. If the set you’re interested in has 10-inch plates, it will probably have six-inch bowls. Don’t go any smaller than six inches or your bowl may not be deep enough to hold much food. Decently sized plates and bowls make camping mealtimes far more manageable.
Some sets are for one person, others are for two people, and some are for four. How many people you’re buying for is an important consideration. If you’re providing tableware for a large number of people, you may need to purchase several four-person sets.
The materials used to make the kit determine the weight and durability of the contents. Unfortunately, the more durable something is, the more it weighs.
Stainless steel: The most durable material is stainless steel. It is extremely rugged and long-lasting but it weighs more than any other material.
Enamel-coated: Plates, bowls, and cups that are enamel-coated are usually made from very lightweight steel. The enamel coating has an excellent look and feel to it and is easy to clean. Enamel has a tendency to chip, so it’s not as durable as stainless steel.
Plastic: There are several varieties of plastic but all of them are lighter than either stainless steel or enamel-coated steel. However, they melt and/or burn if they’re accidentally dropped in the campfire. Additionally, plastic utensils have a habit of breaking after being used a few times.
Steel: Brushed and stainless steel have their own unique color. If the set you get is steel, there aren’t any color choices unless the handles of the cutlery are plastic. In that case, white is the default color.
Other colors: Red, white, blue, yellow, and green are other color options. Some plastic tableware kits have a cup, bowl, and plate in each one of the colors.
This is an indispensable component to any set of camping tableware. The set needs to have a carrying bag or some other kind of storage to prevent you from losing pieces. A bag or carrier designed for tableware holds it more efficiently than a random mesh bag. If the set you like doesn’t come with a carrier, take a look at the accessories we’ve listed.
You can quickly determine how many people a set of tableware is intended to serve by looking at the number of pieces listed in the description. A 24-piece set has complete table settings for four people, whereas a 12-piece set is designed for two people. If you see a set with an odd number smaller than 12, it is almost always intended for one person. Other strange numbers may indicate a set that includes sporks (combination fork and spoon utensils) without knives.
Drawstring carrying bag: KUUQA 10-Piece Mesh Drawstring Bag
These bags are 13 inches by 15.5 inches and come in packages of 10. There are nine colors in each package: green, red, gray, sky blue, royal blue, rose red, orange, yellow, and two black. These are the ideal size for holding 10-inch camping plates, bowls, cups, and utensils.
Storage tray: Zilpoo Flatware Plastic Tray with Lid
If your camping tableware didn’t come with its own storage carrier, you can keep the utensils in this plastic tray. The lid snaps on to keep them secure.
Camping tableware sets begin around $20. These are small sets for one person or just the utensils without any dishes. A few two-person sets can also be found in this price range.
From $20 to $30 is where you find most four-person sets, and some have carrying bags. Enamel-coated tableware is found in this range along with some smaller picnic baskets for two that have extra utensils and insulated areas for food.
Over $30 are large four-person insulated picnic baskets, 36-piece tableware sets, sets that include pots and pans, and tableware made from unusual materials such as bamboo.
Q. How long does enamel-coated camping tableware last?
A. If it isn’t chipped, it can last for decades. If it is chipped, the exposed steel rusts fairly quickly.
Q. How much should camping cups hold?
A. 12 ounces is considered average.
Q. Can camping tableware be washed in the dishwasher?
A. Yes. There are a few sets that have some limitations, but most sets can be washed in the dishwasher after you get home.