Last updated: August 10, 2021

Our method

7Products analysed

21Hours spent

6Evaluated articles

30User reviews

Not all cutlery is the same. Each cutlery set has its own purpose. Heavy silver cutlery is for special occasions, but our everyday cutlery is always in use. And of course everyone has a certain favourite spoon.

But there is one thing we all agree on: when we go to the mountains, we don't want to empty our kitchen drawer. True outdoor friends swear by the special cutlery that is supposed to make our survival in the wilderness easier: Camping cutlery!

Whether you're an adventurous camper, a passionate scout or just like to be prepared for anything, if you travel a lot you should consider investing in quality travel cutlery. With our camping cutlery test 2021 we want to help you find the perfect equipment for you. We have picked out the most important facts and show you the advantages and disadvantages of the different designs. Enjoy reading!




Summary

  • Camping cutlery is compact, lightweight and easy to clean. Its materials and functionality make it ideal for outdoor use.
  • Travel cutlery is available in different designs. The decisive factor is always the purpose for which you need the cutlery.
  • Camping cutlery is available in natural materials as well as robust steel or titanium. However, make sure that you use a sustainable version for your activities.

The Best Camping Cutlery: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for camping cutlery

Below we will show you what to look for when you decide to buy the right camping cutlery for your next adventure.

The criteria to look for in outdoor cutlery include:

Material

Camping cutlery is designed to be lightweight, portable and easy to store. However, material is a crucial criterion when it comes to choosing the right camping cutlery for your purposes. Depending on which way you are travelling, weight plays a major role or is an unimportant factor. If you are travelling in a caravan, for example, the size and weight will seem irrelevant. If you are climbing mountains on foot, it is advisable to use light cutlery.

Plastic, wood or bamboo are the lightest alternatives. If plastic is reusable, there are wooden travel cutlery sets that are designed for one-time use only. However, those who attach great importance to sustainability should take a closer look at cutlery sets made of bamboo. The texture of pure natural materials not only makes this form of travel cutlery hypoallergenic, it is also biodegradable.

Another option is camping cutlery made of titanium or stainless steel. Stainless steel is robust, easy to clean and durable. However, it is heavier compared to other materials. Many campers swear by titanium, which is even more robust than stainless steel, but comparatively more expensive.

Set size

Do you only need a single piece of cutlery or a whole set for several people? Are a knife, spoon and fork enough or should there be a bottle opener or even a cooking spoon? Before you decide on outdoor cutlery, it is important to find out what needs your cutlery should fulfil.

You can usually find sets for 2-4 people. The basic cutlery pieces, such as knives, spoons and forks, are usually included. Extended versions have a chef's knife, bottle opener or even a cooking spoon.

A set can include the following items:

  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Spoon: soup spoon and dessert spoon
  • Straw
  • Can opener
  • Corkscrew

So if you prefer day hikes, the basic kit will suffice. But if you are a long-distance hiker or someone who goes camping for longer periods of time, then you will prepare whole meals for yourself from time to time. Of course, nothing should be lacking!

Design

Design will play a big role in the decision-making process for your new trekking cutlery. There are many different types and designs of cutlery for home use, and the same applies to those designed for outdoor use.

Four types of design can be defined:

design special feature number of cutlery pieces
Reusable All-in-one 1
Foldable Multifunction 1-2
Cohesive All in one 3
Pluggable Small and flat 4

Basically, each design has the same purpose: practicality. Which one you choose depends on your preferences. In our guide, we give you an overview of what makes the designs stand out.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a camping cutlery set

Before buying a set of travel cutlery, there are a few questions you need to get to the bottom of so you can be sure you're getting the absolute right tool for your trip.

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions from customers and answered them in detail so that you can go on your next trip with peace of mind.

What is special about camping cutlery and what advantages does it offer?

Camping cutlery is designed to be as light, compact and portable as possible to take up little space in your luggage. It is usually smaller than conventional household cutlery and available in different materials and colours.

Whether available in an all-in-one version or in a practical folding version, there is a suitable version for everyone.

Travel cutlery is specially made to meet the demands of camping, hiking or other outdoor activities, while not being a burden to the camper in terms of weight or costly maintenance.

What is the difference between camping cutlery and household cutlery?

Most households have different types of household cutlery. Think of the sacred silver cutlery that is only allowed to leave its place of storage at Christmas, as it is simply too valuable. On the other hand, there is the everyday cutlery that you hold in your hand almost every day.

Normal household cutlery is usually larger than travel cutlery.

Due to their design, they have a higher weight and are available in large quantities.

Camping cutlery is designed to be used on the move. That is why it is very important to be light and handy. Since it is created for transport and use on the go, this type of cutlery has a higher functionality.

What types of camping cutlery are there?

This is the design version of the travel cutlery. Of course, the material always plays a decisive role, but when we talk about the different types, we focus on the different functionalities.

We have already established under the purchase criteria that there are 4 different types of design. Here we would like to present you with a detailed list of the advantages and disadvantages of each design.

Reusable Camping Cutlery

Reusable camping cutlery

Reusable cutlery is an all-in-one version of the classic knife, fork and spoon set. Here you only have one tool in your hand. One side consists of a spoon, the other of a fork, which has a cutting surface on one side. In some versions, the knife, fork and spoon are attached to one side like a fan, or the spoon already has prongs.

Advantages
  • All-in-one
  • Very space-saving
Disadvantages
  • No more cutlery if lost
  • Handling takes some getting used to

The all-in-one variant gives you everything you need in just one tool. Stainless steel models are very popular. However, you should bear in mind that the unusual design does not sit comfortably on your hand, so you should allow a little more time to learn how to use this cutlery properly.

Foldable Camping Cutlery

Foldable camping cutlery

The Swiss knife among travel cutlery is just that: a kind of Swiss army knife. Small and foldable, you have everything you need in a single tool. The basic tools are often even extended with a bottle opener.

If you’re now wondering how you’re supposed to cut your food when everything is hanging from a single string, rest assured: it usually comes apart in the middle, whereupon you can use your knife and fork as usual. Thanks to this clever mechanism, the cutlery pieces always stay together and you don’t run the risk of losing a piece.

But this design is also available as single folding cutlery. Here, all spoons, knives and forks can be folded and used individually.

Advantages
  • Mostly divisible into 2 halves
  • usual pocket knife format
Disadvantages
  • Careful cleaning necessary
Hanging Cutlery Together

Hanging cutlery together

Outdoor cutlery is hung together on a carabiner or chain to prevent the individual pieces from getting lost. These are usually smaller than household cutlery, or made of plastic.

Interlocking Camping Cutlery

Interlocking camping cutlery

Anyone who has ever been in the Boy Scouts will know this cutlery particularly well: The pluggable. The special thing about this type is the compact storage method. Knife, fork and spoon are encased in a bottle opener that holds all the pieces together. The cutlery is very flat in each case, which means that hardly any space is needed here either.

Who is camping cutlery suitable for?

Outdoor cutlery is ideal for anyone who travels a lot. Especially if you like to travel with a backpack or have little space available, it makes sense to invest in good travel cutlery.

Campingbesteck-1

With the right equipment, you are perfectly equipped for every adventure.
(Image source: Jamie Brown/ Unsplash)

But it's not just hiking enthusiasts who can take advantage of camping cutlery! Camping cutlery can also be used perfectly in the office or at school. You can even hang foldable travel cutlery on your keychain and be ready for the next meal.

What does camping cutlery cost?

You can buy travel cutlery as a set or individually, so the price varies depending on the number of pieces. But assuming you want to buy a set for 4 people, you will find offers starting at 20.00 euros.

You can buy individual pieces on plastic for as little as 2.00 euros.

If you prefer stainless steel, however, you can expect products from 5.00 euros.

Design Material Set size Cost
Reusable Plastic 1 from 2,00 Euro
Reusable Titanium 1 from 8,00 Euro
Foldable stainless steel 1 from 10,00 Euro
Plug-in Stainless steel 1 from 8,00 Euro

What alternatives are there to camping cutlery?

Of course you can also use your regular household cutlery for your trips. Just remember that if you lose a single piece of your cutlery set, you will probably be very upset.

Another option is picnic sets, which often come in their own cases and usually include plates and glasses.

Campingbesteck-2

With a picnic basket you are prepared for any occasion. Plenty of room for lots of snacks!
(Image source: Samsonov/ 123rf.com)

Even though it's great, it's less recommended for environmental reasons: Disposable cutlery. Whether made of wood or plastic, it's better to avoid leaving items in nature and rely on more sustainable alternatives.

What accessories are available for my camping cutlery?

Cases are very important for your travel cutlery. With this practical accessory, you can keep all your items together and avoid losing any of them. You can also get your own bag with its own sorting system for your cutlery. Of course, this only makes sense if you have a larger set.

Campingbesteck-3

You can personalise your camping cutlery with a matching case.
(Image source:Good Soul Shop/ Unsplash)

With an engraving you can make sure that no one else uses your cutlery.

Many camping enthusiasts resort to engraving their cutlery to add their own touch. Before buying, find out whether this decoration is available for your chosen travel cutlery. Of course, this is only possible with stainless steel or titanium cutlery sets.

Can I take my camping cutlery on the plane?

Basically, this question cannot be answered with a simple "no". It always depends on the materials your camping cutlery is made of.

Titanium or stainless steel travel cutlery is usually not allowed in hand luggage because the potential danger from the knife point or fork tines is considered too high.

Disposable cutlery made of plastic and wood is usually considered safe.

However, if you want to be on the safe side, it is best to store your camping cutlery in your checked suitcase during the flight. This way, there is no danger of your tools being taken away.

How do I clean my camping cutlery?

When you're on the road, you should always clean your cutlery with water directly after use, or with dishwashing detergent if you have it.

Please note: not all outdoor cutlery is dishwasher-safe. Be sure to check the description of your camping cutlery before putting it in the dishwasher!

If you use foldable travel cutlery, be sure to carefully clean the crevices of all food residues to prevent bacteria from multiplying in the area.

Image source: Vakhromov/ 123rf.com

Reviews