So do you have to buy plastic dinnerware /tableware for it to survive the road or ocean? No, there are great options made out of durable materials that aren’t plastic.
We’re going to take a look at sets made out of polypropylene (plastic), stainless steel, melamine, stoneware, Michelle (tempered glass) and Titan. We’ll start by looking at plates and sets for Rivers, backpackers, picnickers, and tent campers.
If you mostly go backpacking or on picnics, a small set with two plates, two of each utensil, and a case to put it in might be all you need. This kit of camping dishes by Dealers comes in a neat little case that zips up and easily goes into a backpack.
The set includes 12 pieces, and these are two unbreakable 8 stainless steel dinner plates, one cutting board, two spoons, two knives, two forks, a bottle opener, a butter knife, and two reusable cloth napkins. I wouldn’t recommend putting the plates in the dishwasher, but to clean them off with a damp cloth and dish soap.
Made with BPA-free polypropylene plastics, it’s a lightweight dish set that has every dishware you need. When it comes to cleaning, the plastic is easy to rinse off, and when you get back home they’re safe to put in the dishwasher.
The dinner plates measure 9.5 inches, and both the bowls and the cups can hold 16 oz of liquid. It’s a BPA and melamine free product that is also dishwasher and microwave safe.
The Preserve Everyday Tableware Set are unbreakable dishes that I recommend for any traveler. It would work great in an RV, even for full-timers, as each item is very durable and would last a long time.
If you’re the kind of camper that buys disposable plates, bowls, and mugs and throws them away after one use, I dare you to try something like these, and you’ll quickly realize that they’re not as hard to clean or deal with as you might think. It’s an almost unbreakable dinnerware set for four people made by a company called Yin shine.
But even if you don’t drop your dinnerware, it will go through a lot of bouncing and shaking while traveling down the road, and plates like these will take a beating without cracking. I’m so glad that these are made out of durable melamine because I love the retro design of them.
If I didn’t already have RV plates and bowls, I could see myself buying these just for the design. These are advertised as BPA free and safe on the top shelf in the dishwasher.
There are different paintings of RVs and campers on each, and they have a retro feel to them which reminds me of my grandma’s dinnerware. If it’s the kind of plates you won’t be using daily, you’ll be happy to hear that the cardboard box the kit comes in is heavy-duty so you can store the kit safely while not in use.
It’s a 16-piece set that comes with pretty much everything you need in terms of plates, bowls, and mugs. The dinner plates measure 10.25 inches, the salad plates 6.75 inches, the bowls can hold 18 oz liquid, and the stoneware mugs 11 oz liquid.
These are the perfect everyday dishes for RV’s and camping fanatics. Corell has tons of different sets and colors to choose from and you can even buy them in singular at some stores if you don’t need a whole kit.
Those are my top picks when it comes to dinnerware for RV’s, camping, backpacking and activities like it. I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration and tips about what dinnerware works best for different travelers.
Made with high quality 18/8 gauge brushed stainless steel, they’re very nice to drink out of, though the outside of the tumbler quickly reaches the same temperature as whatever is inside. Not that fun for coffee, but great for cool liquids like soda or beer.
Tumblers made out of stainless steel are unbreakable and won’t chip if you drop them, you would have to run over these with a truck to damage them. You can put the Michael glasses in the dishwasher without damaging them as long as they’re sitting on the top rack.
Lightweight, durable plastic, BPA free, and looks like glasses, these are perfect for Rivers or campers. These glasses are not recommended for hot liquids, but they are still technically microwave safe.
They look and feel like glass, are BPA free, and safe for the dishwasher. 22 ounces means that you can put a lot of liquid in there to enjoy.
We’ve looked at a lot of bland non-colorful glasses, so let’s add some color to the list. These 13 oz unbreakable drinking glasses made by a company called Scandinavia come in a set of 6 and each is a different color.
13 ounces means that they’re big enough to fit a whole 12 oz soda can in them which some people are looking for. These 14 oz double wallet mugs look awesome and are made by a company called Bro vino.
They come in a set of 4, and each one has a rotating spill-resistant lid to make it easier to travel with and keep your coffee hot for longer. I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration and learned about the pros and cons of each material.
For us, weight and durability were the most important factors which is why we chose Corell and some stainless steel tumblers. Corell is the brand name but the material they make their products with is called Michelle.
All these things create the ultimate RV and camping dishes. On top of this obviously incredible attribute of Titan, it’s crystal clear like glass.
Melamine is a chemical that has a lot of industrial uses, the most well-known use being to make a very hard plastic for dinnerware. To make melamine dishes the chemical is combined with other materials to strengthen it.
They found that melamine only transferred into acidic foods over 160 degrees F. So long as you don’t store overly hot foods in melamine dishes or microwave it the dishes will be safe to use. If you really want to you can throw it around to smash it but for regular use, it’s incredibly sturdy and great for RVs, Vans, campers, and restaurants.
In fact, melamine’s ability to take high temperatures in dishwashers is one of the main reasons they are so popular in restaurants. While melamine can take high temperatures in the dishwasher it is not safe to heat with food in it.
Heading to the backcountry for an overnight or extended camping trip usually means foregoing most of the creature comforts we enjoy at home. We examined a range of factors, including type, capacity, number of components, materials, weight, cooking performance, cost, and average customer reviews.
Each cooking component is made with highly durable, hard-anodized aluminum with non-stick coatings and can be shifted to and from your stove with a detachable handle that can be used with each pot and pan individually. While it would have been nice if GSI had thrown in some utensils and a spork or two, it’s hard to begrudge them this minor oversight given the overall quality, performance, and value for money this set provides otherwise.
While a little too heavy for backcountry camping and a touch on the pricey side, for foodies who like to do their cooking with only the best equipment available and plan on establishing their campsite kitchen within the vicinity of their vehicle, the Outdoor Gourmet Cast Iron Cookware Set is a great choice. The kit comprises a total of ten pieces that include a 2-quart pot and lid, a 1-quart frying pan, a 1-quart tea kettle, a serving ladle, 2 bowls, a serving spoon-cum-spatula, a cleaning sponge, a plate-cum-cutting board, and a handy carry bag, all of which makes it an ideal starter kit and suitable for cooking for groups of up to six people.
All the components in this set are made of lightweight aluminum oxide and have a non-stick Teflon coating that makes the cooking surfaces non-stick and post-dinner cleanups a cinch. While not quite as robust as other models in our review, the materials used in this set are more than capable of dealing with a little rough treatment and also boast surprisingly impressive scratch-resistance.
All components made with lightweight aluminum oxide with a non-stick Teflon coating Complete set measures 3.5 × 7.75 inches This all-inclusive set boasts a total of 19 pieces, including a 3.7-quart pot, a large, three-layer frying pan, four plates, four sporks, a serving spoon, and a spatula, four place mats, and even an after-wash drying rack.
This cookware set’s strengths are, without question, its peerless durability, ruggedness, and the convenience that derives from it including everything you could possibly need (except ingredients, that is) for a group of four campers. 19 pieces 3.7-quart pot, frying pan, four plates, four sporks, a serving spoon and spatula, four place mats, drying rack Weighs 4.8 lbs.
Gold Armour Camping Cookware Mess Kit This 17-piece set is made with tough, anti-stick anodized aluminum, weighs just 14 ounces, and offers simply outstanding value for money. If practicality, convenience, and great value for money are high on your list of priorities, there are few more suitable options out there than the Gold Armour Camping Cookware Mess Kit.
It’s made with hard-wearing, scratch-resistant anodized aluminum materials that are non-stick, easy to clean, and robust enough to deal with the odd bump or bang inside your pack or around the campsite. In addition to a 5.70 × 3.14-inch pot and a 6-inch-diameter frying pan, this set also includes a folding stainless steel spork, a spoon, fork, and knife, a pan cover, 2 BPA-free bowls, a BPA-free soup spoon, a rice ladle, a loofah sponge, a carabiner, a fire starter, and a nylon carry bag.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, makers Gold Armour throw in a bonus mini-stove with Piero ignition, saving you not only the hassle of hunting down a stove for yourself but also a healthy handful of $. Weighing in at just 14.4 ounces and with a pack size of only 6 × 5.7 inches, this set is also very portable, making it the ideal pick for solo campers or couples who plan on doing most of their camping in the backcountry as opposed to at established campsites.
17 pieces Mini-stove with Piero ignition Anodized aluminum frying pan and pot 2 bowls Spork, knife, spoon, fork, and ladle included 10-year warranty If you’re headed into the backcountry or even to an established campsite with facilities, bringing along a camping cookware set is likely to be the only way of avoiding a dinner of sandwiches, jerky, trail mix, or any other uncooked eats you may be able to squeeze into Tupperware boxes for the trip.
At the end of a long day on the trail, cold foodstuffs such as those mentioned above are unlikely to “fill a hole” in a way that’s anything even approaching satisfying and, most likely, will only leave you cursing your decision not to invest in the cookware that would have allowed you to enjoy a hearty, cooked meal to reward your day’s efforts. Additionally, a cooking kit will allow you to eat freshly prepared food even several days into longer-duration trips and help cut down on pack weight by allowing you to pack dried foods like pasta, soups, or freeze-dried meals that can be transformed into just-like-home eats by simply adding water sourced from a stream or creek and then boiled on your stove.
While highly portable, convenient, and ideal for solo-campers or couples, however, most models have a lower cooking capacity and aren’t the best bet for larger groups. The materials most commonly used in the construction of camping cookware are aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.
On the downside, it’s not the most durable material out there and is unlikely to get through too many backcountry outings without accumulating multiple dings, dents, and scratches unless you take extra care when handling and packing your kits. Stainless Steel sets strike a great balance between durability and affordability but, on the downside, this material doesn’t distribute heat quite so well (which can lead to hot spots and burning) and weighs significantly more than both aluminum and titanium.
Teflon or ceramic coatings are used in many cookware kits to provide a nonstick cooking surface and are highly recommended if you’re averse to lengthy post-cook cleanups. As with most camping gear, getting the best option for your needs often comes down to finding a balance between a lightweight design and a number of other features.
The drawbacks to both of these options, however, might make you willing to opt for a more robust and cheaper stainless steel alternative, even if it means carrying an extra few ounces: while incredibly light and durable, titanium kits typically cost a small fortune; aluminum kits, on the other hand, are usually light and very affordable, but are far less durable are very easily dented and scratched. Whether your car camping or loading up a backpack with everything you’ll need for an overnight or multi-day trip in the backcountry, the amount of space your cookware takes up is a critical consideration.
Generally speaking, the best cookware sets in terms of space-saving capacity are those that use a Russian-doll-style design in which all components fit inside one another and leave adequate space in the center of the last item to squeeze in your fuel canister. Mess kits are collections of cookware and cutlery that mimic those used by the military for cooking and dining while on tour.
Though mess kits can vary widely in format, they are, generally speaking, self-contained units that include a skillet, a kettle or pot, a plate, a cup, and a spork or standard cutlery. Even though they didn’t make our 5 best camping cookware sets list, they’re the best of the rest and each is still a great option for your camping adventures.
This 15-piece, lightweight, anodized aluminum set contains a 1.15-liter pot, a small kettle, a 7-inch frying pan, 3 bowls, as well as all the cutlery and utensils needed for up to three people. This 12-piece set would be well worth the money for its practical design, lightweight and small dimensions alone but, to make it even more of a bargain, makers Bis gear throw in a bonus mini stove with Piero ignition to seal the deal.
Made with tough, non-stick, anodized aluminum, weighing just 1.1 pounds, and costing less than 2 dollars per piece, this highly practical little cookware set for one or two campers takes value for money to a whole new level. This wonderfully practical, lightweight, and packable little 10-piece mess kit is made with tough anodized aluminum, weighs just 1.2 pounds, and is absolutely ideal for solo campers or couples.
10-piece set 1-liter pot, frying pan, two bowls, ladle, spatula, and carry bag included Weighs 1.2 lbs. This simple, three-piece set includes an anodized aluminum pot and frying pan and a mini stove with Piero ignition.
It weighs in at less than a pound and has a tiny pack size but boasts a large enough capacity to make a meal for two campers in a single cook. This ten-piece kit is big enough to cook meals for up to four people but packs away into an impressively small, compact bundle and weighs in at a respectable 2.2 lbs.
Made with non-stick, anodized aluminum Weighs 2.2 lbs Includes pot, kettle, 3 bowls, ladle, and mesh carry bag As with all things old-school, it’s a fraction on the heavy side and a little bulky, but makes up for these shortcomings with outstanding durability, a practical design, and is also one of the most reasonably priced stainless steel kits out there.
This very elegant and remarkably well-made set of pots and pans might be a touch on the heavy and pricey side but offers a huge upgrade in terms of quality and durability compared to the vast majority of aluminum competitors. 4-piece set Tote transportation bag Compact (pots stack vertically inside one another) Weighs 7 lbs.
This 8-piece cookware set includes 2 pots, 1 frying pan, 2 plates, 2 lids, 2 mugs, and a carry bag. It also weighs in at a reasonably lightweight 1.8 lbs, making it one of the most portable stainless steel sets out there and a great choice for solo campers or couples.
This four-person cookware set includes two high-capacity cooking pots, a frying pan, and an assortment of plates, mugs, and bowls. This 6-piece set is made with superbly robust 18/8 stainless steel with rolled rims and is the ideal choice for backpackers or car campers who place ruggedness and durability higher on their list of priorities than weight savings.
This lightweight, all-in-one 17-piece set is made with rugged, durable anodized aluminum and weighs in at a very portable 3.3 pounds, making it ideal for backpacking or overnight trips in the backcountry. Lightweight, highly packable, and big enough to cook up a feast for 2 or 3 campers, this 15-piece, all-in-one mess kit is one of the most convenient and functional options out there for backcountry adventurers.
This incredibly compact, lightweight little kit combines gourmet-like performance with impressive ruggedness to provide the ideal solution for gram-counting backcountry minimalists. Weighing in at just 0.57 pounds and containing everything a solo camper could need to cook up basic backcountry meals, this highly functional, compact little kit is ideal for those who like to keep pack weight and bulk to a minimum.
As with all things GSI, this 10-piece kit is outstandingly well-made and is designed with the backcountry minimalist in mind, using ultralight materials, packing down to a tiny bundle, and providing storage space inside the pot to “nest” a 230g fuel canister for further space savings in your pack. Coated with conduction-enhancing, scratch- and abrasion-resistant, non-stick Teflon Radiance Technology for fast, even cooking and easy cleaning Includes 1.8-liter pot, strainer lid, 2 × 20 fl.