5 Best Camping Cookware & Mess Kits

Camping means cooking outdoors. And once the food is cooked in a cooking skillet or cooking pot, campers eat it from a camping cookware set or mess kit. Camping cookware sets and mess kits are varied in price and what they offer. Some include utensils, while others do not. When buying a camping cookware set, know what you will be using it for. Will you be packing it for a hike? Or will it stay with the campsite? We have reviewed and chosen the 5 best camping cookware sets – some with built-in utensils and some not.  Below are the 5 best camping cooking cookware sets;


Presented below are the detailed reviews of the 5 most highly ranked and best camping cookware & mess kits. Note that each detailed review includes and easy to reference FIVE STAR RATING system, where FIVE stars is the best.    

Note our easy & exclusive STAR RANKINGS for each product.

Best Camping Mess Kits & Cookware Sets – Reviews & Rankings

Gold Armour 17 Piece Camping Cookware Mess Kit  ★★★★★

The Gold Armour 17 peice Pcs Camping Cookware Mess Kit is made from anodized nom-stick aluminum. This set includes 17 camping cookware items; a folding stainless steel spork, spoon, fork, knife, pot, frying pan, and more. All of the items are stored in the one container. This is an excellent choice for a hike and camp situation. Since it includes the items to cook in and then eat from, it’s all within one unit. Though there are two bowls in the unit, we suggest each hiker or camper have their own camping cookware set. The manufacturers offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Because we think this is a great hike out cookware set,  we give the Gold Armour 17Pcs Camping Cookware Mess Kit our highest FIVE STAR rating!

Winterial Camping Cookware and Pot Set 10 Piece Set ★★★★

This Winterial Camping Cookware and Pot Set works as both a hiking cookware mess kit and a good stationary camping cookware set. For hiking, it only weighs in at 1 1/2 pounds and while the set measures 3.5″ (tall) x 6.75″ (width). The whole set stores within each other for easy transport. The whole set includes:

  • 1 Qt. Frying Pan – 1.25″ (H) x 6.4″ (Diameter)
  • 1 Qt. Tea Kettle
  • Serving Ladle and bowl
  • A Serving Spoon
  • Cleaning Sponge & Carry Bag

We like the idea of being to use this set as a regular camping cookware set and a hiking mess kit. However, the cleaning sponge and carry bag seemed extraneous and not really needed. We give the Winterial Camping Cookware and Pot Set 10 Piece Set a rating of FOUR STARS.

Bisgear 12/16 Piece Outdoor Camping Cookware Mess Kit  ★★★★

The Bisgear 12/16 Pcs Outdoor Camping Cookware Mess Kit is made from anodized aluminum with the frying pan and cooking pot coated with a non-stick coating. The entire set includes  stainless steel spork, spoon and  knife. The kit also includes a mini stove to heat the pan as well as 2 bowls, a ladle a carabiner (a metal loop with a spring-loaded gate used to quickly and reversibly connect components). All of the items collapse into the unit for carrying. Total weight is about 1 1/2 pounds. This cookware set is good for both hiking and for in-camp cookware. We give the Bisgear 12/16 Piece Outdoor Camping Cookware Mess Kit a FOUR STAR rating

REDCAMP Camping Cookware Mess Kit  ★★★

The REDCAMP Camping Cookware Mess Kit is made from anodized aluminum. It is very light at only slightly less than 1 pound. It contains 10 items; a pot, pan, spoon, ladle, fork, bowl and more. All of the items fit within the unit for easy carry. It also includes a bag to carry the unit, though we found it not very useful. The manufacturer offers a 100% money back guarantee and a 360 day limited manufacturers warranty. A bit small for hearty appetites but a a good all-around choice.  The REDCAMP Camping Cookware Mess Kit gets THREE STAR’s! 

Compass Culture 18 piece Camping Cookware Set & Stove  ★★★★★

The Compass Culture 18 piece Camping Cookware Set come with an an aluminum nonstick pot & pan with lid, 2 BPA-free bowls, a spoon, ladle, stainless steel spork and one Piezo ignition camping stove. The thing that makes this a FIVE STAR rating for us is a “swiss army” like tool that includes a knife, spoon, fork, bottle opener, wine opener & tent reamer. It’s made of stainless steel and appears durable. All of the items fit together within the unit, which weighs a total of almost 2 pounds. Also included is a survival bracelet which has a flint fire starter, plus a whistle and a compass. This is a great hiking unit at a great price – with a lot of extras.  The Compass Culture 18 piece Camping Cookware Set & Stove gets our highest ranking and rating of  FIVE STARS.

There are many camping cookware and mess kits on the market today. When researching which one to purchase, note the items included, along with any utensils in the kit. The value of a camping cookware mess kit is the convenience of having many items within one unit or kit. The alternative would be to bring along a variety of camping skillets, pots, pans and various utensils. This is more important when hiking, when weight and space are at a premium!

What Items Are Usually Included in a Camping Cookware Mess Kit?

Hikers need to save weight and space. As a result, many buy a camping cookware mess kit. Here are the items usually included in most mess kits;needed hiking gear

  • A skillet and small pot
  • Utensils such as fork, knife & spoon
  • Other utensils such as a ladle, cork screw or bottle opener
  • Small camping stove (fuel not included)
  • Sponge or cleaning item
  • Carrying case, usually mesh bag

Due to weight concerns, most all camping mess kits are made from aluminum. Additionally, the skillet and pot are usually coated with either teflon or a non-stick coating for easy cleaning. All units usually collapse into one unit for easy carrying and transport.

What Are The Usual Sizes of a Skillets & Pots Included in a Camping Mess Kit?

Most of the skillets and pots included in a camping mess kit are smaller than a standard size kitchen skillet and stove pot. Usually they are near or close to these sizes;sizes of pots and pans

  • 5.9 Inches
  • 6 Inches
  • 6.5 Inches

The measurement is from end of the skillet to the other, not including the handle(s). Most are 1 1/2 – 3 inches deep.


Camping and hiking is great fun – and so is cooking and eating besides the campfire. And a big part of cooking while hiking or camping are the appliances, utensils and cooking pots brought along to cook with. By bringing an efficient and small camping cookware mess kit, the need to bring along many other items is greatly reduced. Remember, when camping, weight and space do matter!