An essential for sometimes forgotten survival item is a mess kit. Many people plan how they’re going to get food, but not how they’re going to cook it, what they’re going to eat it from, or what they’re going to eat it with.

A good mess kit doesn’t take up much room and will be very useful. A durable pan, pot, and utensil set can help you survive comfortably. You’re going to need a kit that can withstand harsh conditions, such as being dropped, being exposed to rain, or being exposed to high temperatures.

It must also be lightweight and compact. Coleman makes a great mess kit with all the essentials. The 5 piece ALU Mess Kit comes with a frying pan, deep plate, cup, and a pot with a lid.


All of the items are made out of aluminum, so they’re lightweight and clean off easily. The whole set weighs just over a pound, so it’s not going to weight you down if you attach it to the back of your bag.

The pot is extremely useful for boiling water that you find as a means of purification. It has a carry handle, so you can fill it up or fill up your bottles with it and bring it back to be boiled.

Once boiled, it should be safe to drink after it cools off. The pan is useful for cooking up any meat you acquire from hunting or fishing. It might not taste great without any seasoning, but it’s nutritious.

The deep dish plate is great for serving any MRE food you make. The mess kit nests together, so you’re not trying to find space for an entire cooking set. You can simply nest them all together and attach it to the back of your bag.

Of course, you also need a solid utensil if you’re going to be eating. A durable, compact solution is the Light My Fire Titanium Spork. It weighs just 0.7 ounces, and is just under seven inches long.

It is entirely titanium – a weather resistant metal that’s sure to last. On one end, there’s a spoon, and on the other end, a fork. On one side of the fork, there’s a serrated edge that’s can to be used as a knife.

The Titanium Spork is very heat resistant, withstanding temperatures up to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, so it won’t melt even when close to your cooking.