Eating Utensils, while not strictly necessary as a bug-out item, are very convenient to have. They allow you to eat many types of food more easily and maintain a degree of civility that is otherwise lost when using one's hands. There are several forms of utensils and at least as many materials available to choose from.
Types of Utensils
The typical separate utensils, a fork, spoon, and possibly a knife. These are the easiest to use, but also weigh more and take up the more space than a spork.
The ever-popular spork combines the fork and spoon, and occasionally knife, into a single piece. These come as the classic spork, the double ended spork which has unique utensil at each end, and a few other proprietary designs.
Folding "Swiss Army" Utensils
These resemble a swiss army folding knife, with the three common utensils in place of the usual knife, saws, etc... They are by far the heaviest, bulkiest utensils and for this reason should generally be avoided in a BOB.
Chopsticks certainly deserve a mention, while they may be more difficult for unfamiliar westerners to use they are small, compact, and light. They are also the easiest utensils to improvise from natural materials.
- Stainless Steel is durable and cheap, but relatively heavy.
- Aluminum is lightweight and durable, they sometimes have a flavor of their own that is unpleasant to some. Some also believe that aluminum leaches into food creating a health concern.
- Titanium is by far the most "tacticool" material, it is lightweight, durable, doesn't conduct heat as readily as other metals, but is expensive.
- Lexan is a polycarbonate plastic that was created to replace glass where its greater strength justified its higher cost. Lexan is often marketed as "unbreakable" due to is exceptional flexibility and strength. There have been some health concerns related to Lexan releasing chemicals when heated.
- Bamboo is strong, light, cheap, and has natural anti-bacterial properties.