Camping is a “thing” my family does. And by my family, I don’t just mean me and my husband and our children. I mean, I grew up camping. My grandparents traveled the United States in a motor home and then with a fifth wheel. That was luxury. Recliners, carpet throughout the trailers, glass dishes. Yes, glass dishes. So civilized. In our camper, that doesn’t happen.

My goal when camping, is to eat every meal outside and on dishes my children can’t break. Paper seems unnatural in that environment. I mean, why go camping and then throw away all the paper and plastic we used for eating. I thought camping was for enjoying nature.

But just because I can’t have the fancy pants plates doesn’t mean I’m stuck with bland plastic-ware. I went to the store and invested in a set of plastic plates with matching bowls, cups and some serving dishes. I brought bright colors–then I wouldn’t use in my house. I don’t care if they fall on the ground or get a little scratched up with knives. They were cheap and they are for camping, but they serve the purpose and they are cute.

I recommend getting something fun and cheap but that still makes you feel good about eating off of it.

For the record, we eat off of bright magenta plates and out of green bowls. We also have magenta and green plastic cups that go with these.

Oh, and make sure they are fun enough that you won’t be above having an adult beverage out of them around the campfire!

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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