Bug Out Cookware: When Lighter is Better in Every Way

The Magic of Titanium Backpacking Cookware

Most people imagine cooking in the wilderness in a really romantic way. Kind of like this: A couple of trout sizzling over an open fire between a couple of springs of rosemary and lemon slice on a cast iron pan. To the side, a nice big pot of water boiling some potatoes and carrots.

Yeah right!

That might happen if you are camping ten feet from your car. But in real life, if you have to carry everything on your back it is going to be more like instant noodles and a cup of water heating slowly on a little flame.

Well maybe it doesn’t have to be that bad, but it could be and I have to admit I’ve been there. The main idea then will be to keep the weight down when planning to backpack. Only experience will tell you what you will be willing to carry in exchange for the type of cooking and food you eat on the trail.

One Cup

If you are going to only have one thing I would carry something in the range of 600 ml for cup size. That is big enough to do an instant noodles or water for a Mountain House freeze dry meal. 750 ml and you are talking a Mac and Cheese. With measurements well embossed on it, the cup should also have a lid that fits well. Of course with that much boiling capacity, it should make a functional coffee and water cup too.

TOAKS LIGHT Titanium 650ml Pot

Valtcan 750ml Titanium Backpacking Camping Open Fire Pot Cup with Lid and Stuff Sack

For the really disciplined hiker, all you need is one cup that you can cook in and drink out of. What I have found is having both a cup AND a pot are handy in the sense I like to cook my food and heat my water at the same time if possible. And then there could be the pan but keeping with the cup for a minute, if you get a double walled cup you will have a very nice hot beverage holder but you will NOT be able to put that cup over a flame. Only the single-walled cups as listed above are suitable for that. However, double walled cups are lips savers and give a nice comfortable feel to your morning cup of java.

See also:

Emergency Water Purification Methods

Titanium Water Bottle

This double walled cup with lid is all about luxury:

Keith Titanium Ti3341 Double-Wall Mug with Folding Handle and Lid – 15.2 fl oz



I like the Keith products because they are not coated with anything. Just plain Titanium. They have a lifetime guarantee and have passed rigorous standards tests for food grade quality. As with all titanium products, the Keith stuff won’t ever leech and are among the healthiest cooking materials you can use.  Here is a list of benefits from the Keith Company regarding titanium cookware:

I am slowly changing all my home kitchenware over to titanium. Starting with the cups….and maybe some utensils.

Keith Titanium Ti5301 Folding Spork – Set of 2

Keith Titanium Ti5633 Solid Square Handle Chopsticks

This pan is really going all out. With a pot and a cup, the itinerant survivalist will live like a king and be able to hold out forever. Of course in the meantime, it can be used at home for healthy results and fantastic heat transfer.

Keith Titanium Ti6034 Fry Pan with Folding Handle – 33.8 fl oz




4 thoughts on “Bug Out Cookware: When Lighter is Better in Every Way”

  1. Hello, and thanks for sharing your post is well detailed and has a ton of great information. I have heard about this type of material before and for the most part this same to be a good material.
    This cookware seems to be of top quality that is worth every penny. I am sure that your readers will find this post to be very helpful.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Norman, feel free if you have any comments or questions.  I’ll be happy to answer.  Have a nice day!

  2. Hey Gordan,

    Great article on titanium outdoor cookware. I’ve heard of titanium hammer, but never knew about cookware. Great recommendation since it’s light, so it’s easy to carry when camping or doing outdoor activities.

    I’m definitely going to consider buying these for my next camping trip.

    How is the durability of these cookware?

    Kind Regards,

    1. Thanks for the kind words Eric.  Titanium is the hardest metal around so they won’t wear out.  They can bend but that is true for everything and they will bend back.  The Keith cookware has a lifetime warranty which they should all have because the stuff doesn’t die.  Titanium has a melting point much higher than steel so lets say you had a pan in one of those burned out cars in California you see where all the metal is melted….the Titanium cup would still be there unless those fires got to about a thousand degrees higher than what it took to melt the steel.  As it is its hard to believe a forest fire could get hot enough to melt steel.  But thats another article. haha.  Thanks for commenting and don’t hesitate to contact me with any other questions or concerns!  Have and awesome day Eric!

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