There was a time when I would never have considered bringing a bowl on a backpacking trip. But now that I’ve tried the Orikaso Big Bowl, I’m going to start bringing this on my longer trips. Eating freezer bag meals and drinking recovery drinks out of a quart-sized ziploc bags gets old after a few days.
You’ve probably seen these bowls before. They lie flat in your pack or you can curve them inside your food bag. When you want to use them, you simply fold them up into a water-tight bowl shape and pour your food in. It makes eating hot food a little more civilized with a very small weight penalty.
On my digital scale, an XL Orikaso Bowl with a 22 fluid oz capacity weighs just 1.4 oz. In addition to serving as a camping bowl, you can also use them in their flattened state as a cutting board, serving tray or working surface to assemble other meals.
Unfortunately, the Orikaso product line seems to have disappeared from widespread distribution in the US. I’m surprised because they were all the rage for a while. They are still available however on Amazon and at Wilderness Dining, which is where I scored mine.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.