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 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 with 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
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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 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 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 kit for the RV? 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.
This camping mess kit made by a company called Barbeqa is another picnic style kit for backpackers and campers. Made with BPA-free polypropylene plastics, it’s a lightweight kit 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 kit 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.
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 safe.
The Preserve Everyday Tableware Set is a set 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.
This is a set that more fitting for RVers. It’s a 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. It’s a material that 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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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 won’t break or chip if you drop them, and you would have to run over these with a truck to damage them.
If you’re looking for more day to day 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.
Don’t like to drink your soda or beer through a normal glass? Well, then these 22 oz beer glasses made out of the same durable 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.
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 tritan plastic that is very scratch, chip and break-resistant.
Of course, nothing will stop you from using these big glasses for other drinks 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.
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 a long time!