MSR Flex 4 cookset

Like nesting dolls, it is hard to believe that all of this cookware can fit in one big pot. Designed for camping, this all-in-one compact cooking and dining set contains multiple pots and a four-piece set of deep-dish bowls-or-plates with companion drinking mugs.

SMR Flex 4 stack

Space saving to the extreme, every item in the collection slots neatly into the next. While it is theoretically for tossing in the car while traveling, the Flex 4 Cook Set set from MSR would be a wonderful set for a small studio apartment or bachelor pad – pull out the pots, platters and drinkware when you have guests then tuck it back on the shelf when finished.

MSR Flex 4 in use

“This is our highest capacity, full-featured cook system for groups of 4 or more. Including a big, hard-anodized 5.3L pot, and a 3.2L nonstick, you can fix a feast for the whole posse on a road trip, while its compact nested design makes it a great option for big river and group backpack trips as well. You get an extra Strainer Lid for maximum efficiency, plus plates and mugs for four.”

GSI Pinnacle camper

In fact, MSR offers a variety of cool nesting cookware designs, as does fellow outdoor adventure company GSI. The latter offers sets in different sizes and weight classes depending on whether you’re cooking just for yourself or for a group, taking a casual camping trip or counting every ounce (and therefore in need of ultralight gear.)

Check out GSI’s collection on their website, including the popular Pinnacle Camper Set for four and the Bugaboo Packpacker set, an all-in-one camping cook set for two that’s supremely light and packable.

bugabook backpacker

“Pack light, eat right. The Bugaboo Backpacker nests together everything you and your tentmate need – including the kitchen sink – for backcountry mealtime. Maybe your style is Just Add Water. Maybe you’re a five-star backcountry chef. Either way, this tough, packable, fully-loaded non-stick cook kit heats evenly, washes up easily, and nests perfectly into its bag – the one that turns into the kitchen sink – and does it all without bruising your wallet. For under two pounds person, you get a 2L pot, 8″ fry pan, strainer Lid, two big mugs with insulated Sleeves, two Bowls, a couple of Sip-Through Lids, our folding pot gripper, and the welded sink bag.”