7 Genius Must-Have Camping Utensils

There are some household items that can do double-duty as camping gear like pillows, pots and pans, or dish towels. But most of the time, it’s nice to have equipment that’s designed with campers in mind and is durable enough to stand up to outdoor life.

Kitchen camping utensils—think forks, spoons, and spatulas—might seem like a splurge, but when you consider their durability, they can be a worthwhile investment. Plus, since they’re reusable, they’re much more environmental friendly than disposable plastic utensils.

Wondering how to choose the right camping utensils from all the options on the market? Here are some things to consider:

Cooking and eating preferences: When you’re camping, do you usually eat grab-and-go meals like sandwiches or premade dinners? If so, you don’t need to bother buying cooking utensils like tongs, spatulas, or utility knives. But if you enjoy cooking on a camp stove or campfire, these items are worth having.

Gear weight: Do you prefer car camping or do you hike to backcountry destinations? If the latter, you’ll want to consider the weight and portability of your camping utensils.

Quantity: When you’re camping, what’s the typical size of your group? You should have a set of eating utensils for each person.

Material: Today’s camping utensils are made from a variety of materials—including titanium, bamboo, stainless steel, aluminum—and each material has its pros and cons. The material will effect things like cost, durability, and how resistant the utensil is to odor absorption and stains.

Eating Utensils

No matter your camping menu, you’ll want to pack at least some type of eating utensils—whether they’re all-in-one sporks or flatware that’s worthy of a gourmet meal. Here are some of our favorites:

Light My Fire Camping Spork

This camping spork from Swedish brand Light My Fire is a versatile 3-in-1 eating utensil. There’s a shallow spoon as one end and a fork with a serrated edge (that doubles as a knife) at the other. It’s a utensil style that’s become increasingly popular among campers because it’s one more way to lighten your load (especially for backpackers). Even better, these sporks are available in a convenient 4-pack.

Material: Bio-based plastic

Weight: 11 grams (each)

Pros:

  • Affordable. It’s a budget-friendly alternative to disposable cutlery.
  • Sustainably made. It’s made from bioplastic.
  • BPA-free. No need to worry about harmful chemicals.

Cons:

  • Can’t cut well. The serrated edge isn’t as sharp (or useful) as a metal knife.
  • A little flimsy. Not as durable as metal or other materials.
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Light My Fire Camping Spork - 4 Pack Sporks Reusable - BPA Free Bio-Based Plastic Cutlery - Camping Utensils 3 in 1 Camping Spoon Fork Knife Combo - Spork Travel - Backpacking Spork - Lunchbox Spork
  • CONVENIENT TAKE-AWAY UTENSIL - The Light My Fire Spork is the ideal utensil. Lightweight and reusable and all-in-one camping eating utensil for outdoor adventures and urban activities. Perfect as lunchbox cutlery, travel cutlery, for your camping and hiking kitchen, or simply when serving or eating on the go. The reusable spork is easy carry with you anywhere.
  • 3 IN 1 LUNCH BOX CUTLERY - The "Spork Light My Fire" is a multifunction travel cutlery, a practical combination of knife, fork and spoon. Great survival utensils when lightweight a space-saving is important. The camp spork has teeth for light cutting work. The camping spoon is safe to use when stirring food i a pot or flipping food on a frying over a gas kitchen or open fire. The bio-based picnic cutlery wont melt.
  • REUSABLE PLASTIC CUTLERY MADE OF BIO BASED PLASTICS FROM PLANTS - This camping fork and spoon set is entirely made of plastics from plants. It is an excellent substitute to fossil fuel based utensils. Light My Fire's tableware are all made in Sweden in our own factory and the plastic material used is always bio based. The plastic is always 100% BPA free which makes this camp eating utensil completely safe for you and your kids.
  • PACKAGE CONTENT - Camping cutlery set including 4 x "Spork Original" - the ultimate camping utensil - each 6.7 Inch long. Color of the different plastic sporks; pink, yellow, blue and green. 100% reusable cutlery made of bio-based plastics and is 100% BPA Free. These hiking cutlery is safe to go in the microwave and in the dishwasher.
  • A TRAVEL CUTLERY KIT PRODUCED IN SWEDEN - Light My Fire is a Swedish brand that creates camping accessories that reconnect us with nature, wherever we are. No matter which product you choose, its design, color and function are just as attractive and work in the city as in the wild. All plastic parts are made from bio-based plastics - for a more sustainable future. Light My Fire produces all their camping mess kits, fire starters and cooking and eating utensils in their facility in Sweden.
Light My Fire Titanium Spork

If you like the 3-in-1 design of camping sporks but want something more durable, consider Light My Fire’s titanium version. It comes with a higher price tag but it’s made from nontoxic metal that won’t break and will last for years of camping trips. (It’s also lightweight, just 8 grams heavier than the plastic version.)

Material: titanium

Weight: 19 grams

Pros:

  • Durable. Sturdy material and construction means it won’t snap under pressure.
  • Cuts well. Its serrated edge is more effective at cutting than the plastic version.
  • No metallic aftertaste. It won’t leave a metallic taste in your mouth.

Cons:

  • Cost. It’s quite a bit more expensive than the brand’s plastic camping spork.
  • Right-handed only. There isn’t a left-handed version.
Light My Fire Camping Spork - Titanium Spork - 3 in 1 Camping Utensils Metal - Camping Spoon Fork Knife Combo - Spork Travel - Backpacking Spork - Lunchbox Spork - Camp Eating Utensil - Version 2.0
  • CONVENIENT TAKE-AWAY METAL SPORK - The Spork Titanium is the ideal travel cutlery, since you have a spoon, knife and fork in one tool. This lightweight and reusable camping eating utensil is perfect to bring on your outdoor adventures or urban activities. Perfect as lunchbox cutlery, travel cutlery, for your camping and hiking kitchen, or simply for eating on the go.
  • 3 IN 1 LUNCH BOX CUTLERY - Light My Fire's titanium camping spork is a multifunction tool, a practical combination of knife, fork and spoon. Great survival utensils when lightweight a space-saving is important. The camp spork has teeth for light cutting work and is safe to use when stirring food in a pot or flipping food on a frying pan over a gas kitchen or open fire.
  • ECOLOGICAL AND SUSTAINABLE REUSABLE SPORK - The only travel spork to take with you, anywhere you need it. These Swedish made metal sporks are made of lightweight titanium and can be used over and over again. Perfect as hiking cutlery when weight is important or as "Spork to go" when you decide to buy a take away lunch from your favorite restaurant.
  • PACKAGE CONTENT - Including 1 x "Light My Fire Spork Titanium Original". Length: 17 cm (6,7 In). Reusable cutlery free from BPA. This camping utensil can go in the dishwasher. A heat resistant, non-magnetic, hypoallergenic and very easy to clean metal camping spork. Add this super light spork to your camping utensil pack, we promise that you will find it useful for years to come.
  • A TRAVEL CUTLERY KIT PRODUCED IN SWEDEN - Light My Fire is a Swedish brand that creates camping accessories that reconnect us with nature, wherever we are. No matter which product you choose, its design, color and function are just as attractive and work in the city as in the wild. All plastic parts are made from bio-based plastics - for a more sustainable future. Light My Fire produces all their camping mess kits, fire starters and cooking and eating utensils in their facility in Sweden.
TOAKS Titanium Cutlery Set

California-based TOAKS specializes in making high-performance gear from titanium, one of the most popular materials for camping utensils. Their cutlery set includes a spoon, fork, and serrated butter knife all on a handy metal carabiner. The utensils have the traditional high-polished look and feel of silverware but are designed for outdoor use.

Material: titanium

Weight: 45 grams (set including carabiner)

Pros:

  • Stylish. They look and feel similar to silverware.
  • Quality. They’re made from high-quality materials and have a sleek design.

Cons:

  • Higher price. It’s an investment.
  • Weight. The set weighs more than all-in-one utensils.
TOAKS Titanium 3-Pieces Cutlery Set
  • Material: Titanium (no coating)
  • Weight: 1.7 oz (49g)
  • Length: Spoon 6 5/8" (168mm) Fork 6 5/8" (168mm) Knife 7 1/8" (182mm)
  • Origin: Designed by TOAKS in California and made in China
  • Notes: 1. Polished head brings smooth touch while matte finished handle provides solid holding. 2. Utensils are held together with a removable aluminum carabiner. 3. Each utensil works with TOAKS TITONGS Connector.
Humangear GoBites Uno

Sometimes the simplest option is the best. The Uno from Humangear is a sleek, affordable utensil that has a fork at one end (long enough to twirl spaghetti) and a spoon at the other (deep enough to scoop soup). Although it doesn’t come with a built-in serrated edge, a knife isn’t always necessary anyway. Plus, not having a serrated edge makes it safer for kids to use.

Material: BPA-free plastic

Weight: 15 grams

Pros:

  • Ergonomic shape. It’s easy to hold and use.
  • Affordable. It’s available at a budget-friendly price.
  • Easy to clean. It’s stain-resistant and cleans up with soap and water.

Cons:

  • Can’t cut well. It doesn’t have a serrated edge or knife component.
  • Shorter length. At just over 6 inches long, it’d be hard to use it for a cooking utensil in addition to eating.
humangear Gobites Uno Travel Spork / Camping Spork, Gray
  • Ergonomic U-shape is comfortable to hold.
  • Incredibly durable design is almost impossible to break.
  • Smarter fork and spoon ends split soft foods and scrape the sides of containers.
To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

Bamboo is another popular material for reusable camping utensils. It’s lightweight, environmentally friendly, and is naturally free from chemicals like BPA and phthalates. To-Go Ware’s bamboo utensil set comes in a convenient carrying case and includes the standard spoon, fork, and knife plus a pair of chopsticks.

Material: bamboo

Weight: 45 grams (set and carrying case)

Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly. Bamboo is a sustainable material.
  • Heat and stain resistant. The utensils can be used for cooking.

Cons:

  • Size. These utensils are larger and heavier than other utensil options.
  • No ability to cut. There isn’t a serrated or cutting edge on the knife.
To-Go Ware Bamboo Travel Utensils - Utensil Set with Carrying Case, Indigo
  • Holder made of RPET, recycled plastic bottles and includes a handy carabiner
  • Lightweight, strong and long lasting
  • Finished with a top grade, food safe wood oil
  • Dishwasher safe, though we recommend hand-washing for longer life

Cooking Utensils

Though not as crucial as eating utensils, most campers find it helpful to bring along a few basic cooking utensils.

Jetboil Jetset Stowable Utensil Set

This combo eating/cooking utensil set from Jetboil is designed with backpackers in mind. The spoon, fork, and spatula in the set each have telescoping handles which means they can collapse down to smaller sizes when not in use. The utensils are made from high-temperature plastic so they be used for both eating and cooking hot food on a cook stove.

Material: nylon

Weight: 45 grams (set)

Pros:

  • Collapsible design. These utensils are easy to pack and store.
  • Versatility. These can be used for both eating and cooking.

Cons:

  • Limited options. This set doesn’t include some utensils that car campers or RVers might want.
Jetboil Jetset Stowable Camping Utensil Set, Grey Orange
  • Jetboil's high-temperature nylon designs can withstand the heat, making them perfect for cooking and stirring food on your Jetboil cook stove.
  • Reach every last bit of food at the bottom of your cup with the telescoping handles.
  • Save pack space with the collapsible design, which stores compactly in or on Jetboil cooking vessels.
  • The set includes a spoon, fork, and spatula. Measures 5.2 inches when packed and weighs 1.3 ounces. One-year limited warranty.
  • Sport type: Camping & Hiking
GSI Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set

This compact camping utensils set from GSI Outdoors includes a surprising number of items—24 in all. With useful items like a utility knife, eating utensils, and cutting board, it’s comprehensive enough for car campers and RVers, yet compact and lightweight enough to take on the trail. (There’s even a waterproof container to store spices.) Everything in the set packs into a zippered case.

Material: BPA-free plastic

Weight: 1.7 lbs

Pros:

  • Versatility. The set includes utensils for both cooking and eating.
  • Weight. Each individual item is designed to be lightweight.

Cons:

  • Excess items. The set includes items that some campers might find unnecessary (and take up extra space and weight).
GSI Outdoors, Destination Kitchen Set 24, Superior Backcountry Cookware Since 1985
  • Fine dining in the woods: Be the king of the outdoor kitchen with the Destination Kitchen Set. This set features tools to cook and prep for any gourmet adventure.
  • Feast in the forest: Every Destination Kitchen Set includes 4 forks, 4 spoons, 4 knives, a collapsible whisk, pivot spoon, pivot spatula, utility knife, spice shaker, 2 condiment containers, cutting board, scrubber, camp towel and a ballistic outer case.
  • Compact camping: Have a stress-free adventure with the easy to pivot spatula and spoon. All you have to do is rotate the tools from working to stored and you are ready to explore.
  • Spice it up: Bland, boring camp food is no longer allowed. This set features a waterproof salt and pepper shaker module that screws together to keep all your spices dry and full of flavor.
  • It's all about the outdoors: In 1985 three siblings combined their love for the outdoors and set out to create GSI Outdoors. Now 32 years later GSI continues to bring quality cookware to outdoor lovers everywhere.