A great spork or portable travel utensil set makes eating in the great outdoors or on the go easier and more sustainable. Which one is best?
Published Aug. 30, 2022.
We tested travel utensil sets and sporks and found some standout options. The ultralight and compact Full Windsor Magware Magnetic Camping Utensils Set includes a magnetic fork, knife, and spoon with a case and is our favorite set. The UCO Switch Spork includes a knife and spoon combo that nests together with a separate fork. It’s our Best Buy. For backpackers looking for the lightest, most streamlined single-piece utensil, we recommend the Light My Fire Spork Titanium.
Campers and backpackers often eat with travel utensils, but even if you’re not outdoorsy, they’re convenient to pop in your bag (as you might a travel straw or travel mug) to minimize your use of single-use plastics. Luckily, there are a wide variety of travel utensils on the market if you’re looking for a durable and environmentally friendly option.
There are two broad categories: three-piece sets and sporks. The sets include the typical fork, knife, and spoon in a case or held together by carabiner or lanyard. Minimalist campers and backpackers who prioritize packing light and are eating only simple dishes like instant oatmeal might opt for a single-piece, multipurpose spork (a portmanteau of spoon and fork). Some sporks also have a serrated edge to include knife functionality.
We tested a range of both travel utensil sets and sporks and found some superb products, depending on your needs. Here’s what we learned set the best apart from the rest.
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