- Pick stuff you really like, that matches your outfit...whatever you have to do to get psyched about bringing a few extra items with you.
- Keep your mess kit easily accessible - preferably where you can see it before heading out. I hang mine on a hook by the door.
- Check out second-hand shops for vintage versions of the above items. I've found so many unique canteens at Goodwill and Salvation Army.
- Have a few options depending on the occasion as well as backups. Some music venues don't like glass jars so on gig nights I bring a canteen or a pop-up stainless steel cup instead.
- There are tons of products that are foldable, pop-up, and have other space-saving capabilities if you're not into the bulkiness of vintage items. Though it is greener to buy second hand, bringing a reusable is preferable to not doing anything, so find what works for you.
- Many seasonings come in little paper packets, and there isn't always a zero-waste alternative (I ask the server if she has sugar in a shaker as opposed to a packet). So bring your own! Hot sauce, sugar, salt and pepper and good backups to have if you're sensitive to seasoning.
- Use your tiffin or unused mason jar/cup to hold any compostable items (like a banana peel) so you can add them to your compost when you return home.
Though I may not be camping, with my mess kit in tow I am waging a war on plastic and trash. What does your ideal mess kit look like? Share in the comments below and let me know what tips you found useful.