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Mess Kit Buying Guide

posted Feb 19, 2019, 5:18 PM by Mike Bailey   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 6:31 PM ]
Mess Kit LineFor Scout camping purposes, a Mess Kit is an individual's personal eating containers and utensils.  While the Troop does have some spare service materials to lend, we expect all camping participants to bring their own gear for eating and to manage cleaning and storing for of the gear themselves while we are camping.

At a minimum, a Mess Kit should include: Plate, Bowl, Cup, Fork and Spoon.  Additional sized eating containers and a plastic knife may come in handy, but aren't necessary.  To store and hang your Mess Kit, all of your gear should fit into a mesh drawstring bag.  These bags are hung on a line in camp to allow the gear to dry in between meals and to keep them safe and out of the way as well.  If your kit does not come with one, they can be purchased separately, just be sure that the bag will fit the plate you purchased.

Important Note: Be sure to write your Scout's name on each piece of the kit so we can tell yours apart from the others at camp.  Also, as clean as we encourage the Scouts to keep them at camp, the kits should be washed an sanitized once they are home.  We've seen some interesting science experiments when the kits are left to ferment between campouts.

Some very commonly used Kits are shown below.  These and many other types of kits can be found online or at camping retailers. 
Search for Camp Eating Kit online or the caption labels for the products below to evaluate these items and more.
UST Packware Dish Set
Light My Fire Lunch Kit
Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set
 UST PackWare Dish Set Light My Fire Lunch Kit  Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set
Sea to Summit 3-Piece X Set
Nylon Mesh Bag
Metal Spork
 Sea to Summit 3-Piece X Set Nylon Mesh Bag Metal Spork

The silicon collapsing set above is ideal for High Adventure camping because it collapses to a very narrow size, but it is more expensive and not as durable as the harder plastic sets above.  The metal spork above is very lightweight and more durable than the plastic utensils that have been known to break under normal use. We do NOT recommend metal mess kits. They transfer temperature away from food quickly, they can dent and become harder to clean and are heavier than plastic.