Chip And Break-Resistant Dinnerware For Camping
No matter if you travel by boat, RV, van, or in a car, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. A bumpy ride for you means a bumpy ride for all of your gear, and that includes dinnerware. Therefore we have to think ahead and buy dinnerware that will survive and not chip or break. If we don’t, you might go dinnerware/tableware shopping more often than anybody should.
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, vitrelle (tempered glass) and tritan.
We’ll start by looking at plates and sets for RVers, backpackers, picnickers, and tent campers. Then we’ll also look at glasses, tumblers, and mugs.
All Dinnerware On The Table
Note: Scroll left/right on tablets and phones
A Closer Look At Each Dinnerware Set
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 Wealers comes in a neat little case that zips up and easily goes into a backpack. The case has a handle on top for easy carrying.
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. What other dinnerware would you need for a picnic anyway?
So would it be a great RV dish set? If you’re only one or two people, this kit could be great in a van or RV. I bet you couldn’t break the stainless steel plates even if you tried to.
I wouldn’t recommend putting the plates in the dishwasher, but to clean them off with a damp cloth and dish soap. The utensils could be put through a dishwasher cycle without any damage. The napkins can be used and then washed with laundry.
Because the plates are stainless steel they are not microwave safe.
See Also: 50 RV Kitchen Accessories You Must Have
This camping mess kit made by a company called Barbeqa is another picnic-style camping dish set for backpackers and campers. Made with BPA-free polypropylene plastics, it’s a lightweight dish set that has every dishware you need.
The kit includes four plates, four cups, four bowls, and four sporks. It all goes in an included mesh bag for easy storage and transport. Four colors of each item will make it easy to distinguish each person’s plate, bowl, mug or spork, or if you’re just one person you’ll easier know which ones have been used already or not.
It’s a nice looking dish set for backpackers that are looking for the lightweight option that won’t break or chip.
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.
Plastic is a great material for RV and camping dishes because it is virtually unbreakable, makes great everyday dishes, and as an added bonus, microwave safe.
Preserve is an awesome company that focuses on recycling plastics. The big goal is to give people a sustainable option. Every product they sell is made from 100% recycled plastics. And whenever you feel like it’s time to throw away one of their products, you can send it back to Preserve, and they’ll recycle it all, pretty neat! Last but not least, their products are made in the USA.
The set we’re looking at is their Everyday Tableware Set. It includes four bowls, four plates, and four mugs/cups. There are different colors to choose from. Each item feels very durable and high-quality. 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.
See Also: Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers
This is a set of everyday dishes that more fitting for RVers. It’s an almost unbreakable dinnerware set for four people made by a company called Yinshine. It’s made out of melamine which is known to be very durable and hard to chip or break.
Melamine is safe to eat on but shouldn’t be put in the microwave, but they’re dishwasher safe.
Four plates, bowls, and salad plates are included in the kit, and there are different designs to choose from. I like the beige one myself.
The plates are 10 inches dinner plates, the salad plates 8 inches, and the bowls can hold 20 oz of liquid.
So what makes them so especially great for RV life? Well, mostly their durability. You could drop one of these without cracking it, unlike porcelain which doesn’t handle drops very well. 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.
See Also: Top 5 Camping Gas Stoves
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.
The Camp Casual dish set is a 12 piece set made out of unbreakable melamine. The same durable and safe material we saw the plates by Yinshine made out of. These are advertised as BPA free and safe on the top shelf in the dishwasher.
The only downside is melamine is not microwave safe.
You’ll get four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four bowls. The dinner plates measure 11 inches, the salad plates 8.5 inches, and the bowls 6 inches.
What I fell in love with when looking at these was the design. 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. It’s both nostalgic and stylish at the same time.
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.
Last up on the dinnerware list are the ones I use myself, Corelle’s Livingware set. It’s a 16 piece set that comes with pretty much everything you need in terms of plates, bowls, and mugs. Four big dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls, and four 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. They seem delicate but Corelle is almost sturdy enough to be considered unbreakable.
The mugs are made out of stoneware, and the plates and bowls are made out of tempered glass. Both are very durable, and I haven’t had a crack or chip in mine. I believe it has been a year now since I bought them.
Corelle 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.
The reason we chose Corelle is that the plates are very lightweight. We had porcelain before which was very heavy and inconvenient. We have fallen in love with Corelle because we love the design, the durability, the lightweight material, and how easy they’re to clean. The fact that they’re both microwave and dishwasher safe is another plus.
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.
Now, let’s take a look at cups, mugs, tumblers and glasses that are “unbreakable”. First, we’ll put them on the table.
All Drinkware For Camping On The Table
Note: Scroll left/right on tablets and phones
A Closer Look At Each Drinkware Set
Finedine sells these stainless steel tumblers that I own and really like. It’s a 5 piece set that is stackable and can hold 16 oz each.
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.
Because they are made with stainless steel they are not microwave safe.
If you’re looking for more everyday glasses that look like actual glass, Michley has you covered. These unbreakable glasses made out of tritan plastic looks and feels like glass, but it won’t break and crack like glass.
It comes in two different sizes, 9 oz, and 12 oz and you can buy both in a set of 2 or 4.
You can put the Michley 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 RVers or campers.
These glasses are not recommended for hot liquids but they are still technically microwave safe.
Don’t like drinking your soda or beer through a normal glass? Well, then these 22 oz beer glasses made out of the same unbreakable titan plastic as the glasses above might be more your taste.
These are made by a company called Drinique and comes in a set of 4 or 24. 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. The glasses stack when not in use.
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 Scandinovia come in a set of 6 and each is a different color.
I like the design on these, not just for the colors but for the gem-shaped design.
13 ounces means that they’re big enough to fit a whole 12 oz soda can in them which some people are looking for.
I can see these being used both for everyday use and more fancy dinners in the RV or camper.
See Also: 14 Best Axes And Hatchets Reviewed
Finding unbreakable coffee mugs can be hard so why not go with stainless steel mugs that definitely won’t break or crack? These 14 oz double wallet mugs look awesome and are made by a company called Brovino.
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.
The mugs are made out of high grade 304 stainless steel.
If you’re a wine drinker, these are the unbreakable wine glasses for you. They come in sets of 2, 4, and 8 and each can hold 20 oz, a lot of wine. These glasses are made by a company called Vivocci.
They’re made with unbreakable tritan plastic that is very scratch, chip and break-resistant.
Of course, nothing will stop you from using these big glasses for drinks other than wine. Put your juice, smoothie, coke, or any soda into them and they will look and feel like glass without the low durability that you get from drinkware made out of glass.
See Also: Best RV Water Hose For Drinking Water
That’s it for unbreakable dinnerware. 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 Corelle and some stainless steel tumblers. Whatever you choose, travel safely and may your dinnerware last for years to come!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Corelle made of?
Corelle is the brand name but the material they make their products with is called Vitrelle. Vitrelle is two kinds of glass that are laminated together in 3 layers. Corelle is dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s non-porous and hygienic. Corelle is chip-proof and very easy to clean. All these things create the ultimate RV and camping dishes.
What is Tritan Plastic?
Tritan Plastic is a fairly new ultra-durable, and unbreakable plastic product that has taken over the drinkware market. On top of this obviously incredible attribute of Tritan, it’s crystal clear like glass. In fact, some people are surprised when they drop a Tritan glass and it doesn’t break because they thought it was made or real glass.
Tritan Plastic is also incredibly safe to use. It’s BPA free, it doesn’t contain BPS (bisphenol S) or any other bisphenols and it’s estrogenic and androgenic free (EA-free) as well.
All About Melamine:
What is melamine made of?
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.
Are melamine plates and dishes safe?
The FDA has a lot of information about melamine dinnerware. According to them, melamine is safe for dinnerware because it doesn’t transfer into most foods. 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.
Will melamine break?
Melamine is very durable and extremely hard to break. But it is not indestructible. 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.
Is melamine dishwasher safe?
Yes, it is. In fact, melamine’s ability to take high temperatures in dishwashers is one of the main reasons they are so popular in restaurants.
Are melamine dishes microwave safe?
While melamine can take high temperatures in the dishwasher it is not safe to heat with food in it. The high temperatures can transfer melamine into your food. Consuming high levels of melamine can be hazardous to your health.
No, melamine is not microwave safe.
Can melamine be recycled?
No, melamine is not recyclable. Melamine plastic is a class 7 plastic, and cannot be melted down and recycled like the common class 1-6 plastics.
Can melamine be used for hot drinks?
Technically melamine can be used for hot drinks. Most of the information out there is mostly about how dangerous it is to microwave. This being said melamine is shown to transfer into foods faster when they are hot. The choice is yours but for me, I go with the better safe than sorry and stay away from using melamine for hot drinks.