On a camping trip, the particular cookware set you bring along with you can completely make or break your mealtime. There is nothing quite so unnerving as to get to your campsite, ready to cook, and realize that you have either brought along the wrong pots, pans and dishes, or forgotten something all together. It will mean that there are certain things you simply cannot cook, or that you will have to go out and purchase something on the spur of the moment, if that is even possible. It all depends on where you are camping.
In an emergency, not having the right camping cookware can be a complete catastrophe, so you definitely want to figure out everything you might need and equip yourself with it. It is definitely better to have everything long before you ever actually find yourself needing it. A camping cook set is a deeply personal set of items as well, as each person prefers their own style and often don’t like to deviate from it. Some camping cookware is suited to be interchangeable, which helps a great deal.
So today, we are going to go over five different versatile camping and hiking cookware sets in hopes that you will be able to look over all the information and pick the one that will best suit your own needs. Remember to think about what it would be like to have only this set with which to cook, and see what comes to mind.
Here are our Top Picks
BeGrit 8-Piece Camping and Picnic Cookware Set Review
The BeGrit 8-Piece Camping and Picnic Cookware Set is another great set to have in your gear. Suitable for two to three people, this set includes a big backpacking pot, a small pot, a camping pan, a plate, two reel edge plate, two mugs and it all stores in a handy carrying for ease in taking it along where ever you need to go.
This set of backpacking cookware conducts heat easily, and is made of 410 stainless steel that leaves no looming health concerns after cooking. For larger families or just to have some extra sets in the case of dire need, you can always purchase a few more kits and store them away. They are built to last and will serve you well.
MalloMe Camping Cookware/Mess Kit 10 Piece Cook Set Review
Next is the MalloMe Camping Cookware/Mess Kit 10 Piece Cook Set. This is a great kid for backpacking, hiking, camping and emergency situations and it is definitely built to last. Nothing like a cheap cook set, this one is made from high quality materials that are FDA approved nontoxic, anodized aluminum. These pieces conduct heat quickly and are the perfect size for one person. This backpacking cook set cleans and stores with ease and collapses to fit into the small bundle for easy storage and portability.
Included in this kit is an aluminum nonstick pot with a 1 liter capacity, a pot cover, a nonstick pan, 2 bowls, a folding stainless steel spork, a soup spoon, a wood spoon/spatula, a cleaning sponge, a nylon travel bag drawstring pouch and a recipe eBook.
With this backpacking cookset, you are able to enjoy the great outdoors without having to second guess whether or not you remembered to pack everything needed to cook and serve your meal. Just grab this kit and know that it’s all in there. It also makes a great gift choice for family and friends, as it is the #1 outdoor cooking, backpacking and hiking cook set in the camping world. Keep one in your bug out bag in case an emergency arises and you will always be well prepared.
OuterEQ Lightweight Outdoor Camping Cookware Review
Next, we have the OuterEQ Lightweight Outdoor Camping Cookware.
This set was specifically created for camping, hiking, backpacking or picnicking for one or two people. This set comes with a backpacking pot with a cover, a frying pan, two bowls, a rice ladle and a soupspoon. The pot and frying pan are made of an anodized aluminum, which makes it solid, while still light at the same time, and are nonstick. There are foldable handles on the pot, frying pan as well as the soupspoon that can be folded to save space. The handles do not get hot while you are cooking food or boiling water.
They are small and convenient and all the pieces of the set can be stored together in the convenient mesh bag that comes with it, all for convenient carry and portability. With all the units nested together, they are 3 3/4” tall but the pot is still big enough to contain 2-3 cups of liquid or food all at once. The bottom of the pan doesn’t burn black like some cook pots in outdoor cooking situations, which makes cleanup and storage a lot easier. Over an open campfire, however, exercise caution, as the plastic handles can melt if too close to the flames.
OuterEQ 4-Piece Lightweight Outdoor Camping Cookware Set Review
The OuterEQ 4-Piece Lightweight Outdoor Camping Cookware Set is perfectly suited for one person, containing two pots a bowl and a cup. The foldable handles make the set compact and space saving and are covered with silicon to protect against burning. However, in some situations, this coating has been known to burn or melt. It may be more practical for you to cut these off and simply use gloves or a potholder to move them on and off the heat.
Perfect for all kinds of outdoor recreational situations, it’s also great to have as part of a survival kit or bug out bag. When all the pieces are nested together, there is still plenty of space to carry matches, seasonings, a dish sponge and other things to help keep your overall space consumption to a minimum.
Coleman 24-Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set Review
Finally, we have the Coleman 24-Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set. Coleman is one of the most trusted names in the outdoor recreational world, making great products that have stood the test of time since 1900. That is great track record, and they are universally recognized for quality camping cook sets.
This camping cookset is a full set of plate and silverware that you might need if you are camping with a family. It includes four 10-inch plates, four 6-inch bowls and four handled mugs all covered in a double fired red speckled enamelware durable finish. The utensils are all plastic handled and include four forks, four spoons, four knives all in a roll-up storage pouch. This is only a serving set and it should be noted that there are no pots, pans or other cookware in this set. In the event that cookware is also needed, you will have to purchase a different set.
This set fits together well, making storage and transport very easy. Clean up is also an easy task, thanks to the enameled overlay on the dishes. The rinse right off, but are not microwave safe. The enamel is laid over metal, so do not use in a microwave.
My Vote for Best Camping Cookware, Best Backpacking Cookware
My favorite pick of these five is the BeGrit 8-piece Camping Cookware set. First, the fact that the set is stainless steel camping cookware is a huge determining factor, as this will last a lot longer than most aluminum. When looking for something to keep in a bug out bag or backpack that might be needed in emergencies or survival situations, longevity of the product is a hallmark quality to possess.
The plates in this set are also nice in that they have raised edges to keep the contents from easily sliding off. This is a great attribute in a camping cooking set, as you rarely have access to a level table while camping. There may be times when you need to hold a plate on your lap or some other uneven surface where it is apt to tip over, and these edges are a safeguard in such a case.
The fact that you can use this cookware over just about any cooking medium also makes it a great choice. Many sets limit you to cooking over a particular type of camp stove or solar oven, due to handle that might melt or burn over a campfire, but that is not a worry with this set.