Cutlery & eating utensils

Some are happy with a simple pair of stainless steel chopsticks, others prefer a full cutlery set with a teaspoon.  At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference, and if you prefer to eat with proper cutlery then there are many full-sets that pack down into a small volume and easily pack inside a billy or mess-tin.  If you want to go for ultra-light and compact, then there are many folding and nesting varieties but beware cheap copies of quality ideas.  The other path is to go fro the ‘spork’ option withe every necessary feature of your cutlery set in a simple single tool.

 

Features to look for:

  • Robust and unbreakable
  • Comfortable to handle and eat with
  • Not too bulky or heavy
  • Dishwasher safe for a proper clean at-home

Features to avoid:

  • Plastic
  • badly designed foldable that collapses when you eat with it
  • lots of complex shapes and surfaces which are difficult to clean properly

Titanium Spork

For
  • Very sturdy
  • Packs easily into a ness tin, takes up no space
  • Very lightweight
  • Very versatile
Against
  • Titanium is pricey for a small piece of metal!
  • Not so convenient if you need more than one tool
  • Not as comfortable as normal cutlery
Stockists and Price
Can be bought from all high-street and online sores apart from Decathlon, who only do a plastic version.

Prices range from £12 to £20, the ‘Light My Fire’ brand is very reliable and trusted.

Folding cutlery set

For
  • Ultra compact and lightweight
  • Versatile, many innovative types on the market
  • Easily fit inside a day-bag, mug or canteen
Against
  • Can collapse when eating from if badly designed
  • Can be very fiddly to wash properly
  • Requires re-configuring to switch between tools
Stockists and Price
The most weird and wonderful ones are online, Amazon being a good stockist, with prices ranging from £10 to £25.

You get what you pay for, and we would recommend you try before you buy where possible.  See what others are saying in the reviews.

Camping cutlery set

For
  • Can’t beat the feeling of a good set of cutlery
  • Comfortable and familiar to eat with
  • Easily covers every eventuality
  • Can be used to prepare and cook a meal as well as eating it
Against
  • Bulky
  • Heavy
  • Plastic handles can be damaged by fire
Stockists and Price

Difficult to get good quality metal camping cutlery from the high street as plastic cutlery seems to be the preference.  Go Outdoors sell a very cheap cutlery set, which is not the best quality.

Best to get online where there is more variety.  Prices around £10 for a good set. Check the reviews for robustness and quality.

Terry’s favourite

“I have tried several types of folding up ones, which are generally a pain. I like my Spork best.”

Adrian’s favourite

“Terry introduced me to the Titanium Spork, and I haven’t looked back since.  You can make do with a good quality spoon from home to cut down cost.”