Best Dishes For RVs, Vans, & Campers
Out of the many things to buy when you start RVing, getting dishes for your camper like plates, bowls, and lightweight dinner set is essential. Otherwise, you have to carry your dishes from your house to your RV for every camping trip, and who wants to do that?
There are a few popular choices for camper dishes. You’ll often hear about Corelle dishes for RV use, as well as melamine dishes, enamelware, and camping dishes. All of these are appropriate dishes for travel trailers, motorhomes, and vans.
If you’re in a larger RV like a motorhome, you can go for a full dinnerware set. If you’re in a small RV like a van, you’ll want just a few dishes for vanlife.
The author of this blog has lived in an RV for 4 years at the time of this writing, and prefers Corelle because they’re lightweight, difficult to break, and have a sturdy feel like a normal set of dishes.
Here are a few of our best recommendations for buying dishes for your RV!
Best Dishes For RVs, Campers, & Vans
All of our recommendations are dish sets that can be ordered easily online.
CORELLE DISHES FOR RV
1. Corelle White Dinner Set for 4
Corelle Livingware Durable Glass Dinnerware Winter Frost White - 16 CT
Corelle’s basic dinner set for 4 is the perfect dish set for any camper or #vanlife dweller. They’re break-resistant, lightweight, and store and stack easily.
One nice thing about Corelle’s dishes is that you can replace one piece in the set more easily if you break one.
Usually, you don’t have 6 people camping, which is why this 4-person set is our top choice. We might even recommend selling the other half of the set to another RVing friend!
2. Corelle White Dinner Set for 6
Corelle 18 Piece Dinnerware Sets for 6 | Dinner Plate, Appetizer Plate, and Soup or Cereal Bowl Set | Triple Layer Plates and Bowls are Highly Chip and Crack Resistant | Dishwasher & Microwave Safe
7 used from $52.47
The set of white Corelle dishes for 6 is perfect for a larger RVing family, or if you want to keep some dishes in the house or some in the RV. Again, this set is perfect for splitting with another motorhome owner as well.
Corelle dishes have a cult following and really are perfect for motorhomes and travel trailers. They’ll last a lifetime.
3. Corelle Cityblock Dinnerware for 4
Corelle Livingware 12 Piece Set City Block Pattern
1 used from $74.99
Looking for something a little more stylish? This city block dish pattern will add some style to your RV’s kitchen while still being lightweight and unbreakable. They’re also microwave-safe and camping-friendly.
4. Corelle Square Design Dishes for 4
Corelle Square Splendor 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4
Looking for a little more style in your tiny kitchen? These square Corelle plates fit perfectly into drawers and stay organized while driving your RV, and they add a bit of style to every meal.
This set of 4 comes with all of the camper dishes you need, including 4 large plates, 4 small plates, and 4 bowls. You’ll just need to bring your favorite mug or Yeti to complete your dish set for RV trips!
MELAMINE RV DISHES
5. 16 Piece Square Melamine Dishes
Gibson Home Soho Grayson Square Melamine Dinnerware Set, Service for Four (16pcs), Grey
10 used from $15.68
Looking for a more modern dish set for your tiny home on wheels? This is the dinnerware set for you. These plates, bowls, and mugs come in a modern, squared gray style, to bring a modern feel to any kitchen.
They’re made of melamine, which isn’t quite as lightweight as Corelle but is known for its longevity and break-resistance. They’re easy to store, easy to clean, and will last longer than traditional dishes when bumping down the road in your home.
These are perfect for indoor or outdoor entertaining, but these dishes are not oven safe or microwavable, so keep that in mind.
6. Camper-themed Melamine Dishes
12pcs Melamine Dinnerware set for 4, Outdoor Indoor Use Dinner Dishes Set for Camper, Break-resistant, RV Use
These cute dishes have images of campers and the outdoors on them. Once again being melamine, they are lightweight and resistant to breaking. These would be a great dish set option for any camper-themed decor, whether in your RV or at home.
Just keep in mind again that melamine dishes are not microwave safe, so although these are great camping dishes, you shouldn’t use them to microwave your food with.
ENAMELWARE RV DISHES
7. Red Coleman Enamelware Dinner Set
Coleman 24-Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set, Red
$49.99 in stock
This is a classic camping and picnic set which is completely unbreakable. If you need something really durable for your camper which will last a lifetime, this red enamelware set is a great choice for your RV or van.
This set also comes with a roll up pouch that includes camping cutlery like forks and spoons, so you get everything you need for outdoor dining in one set. These dishes are both cute and sturdy for all of your camping adventures.
8. Stansport Blue Enamelware Camp Dishes
Stansport Enamel Camping Tableware Set, 24-Piece, Blue
$36.67 in stock
Another great camping dish set in bright blue, these dishes won’t break. They also come with forks, knives, and spoons all in one matching set.
This set also comes in a green option and is very affordable. You get enough dishes for 4 people. The stainless steel edges keep the dishes safe from drops and falls, however they’re not microwavable.
CAMPING DISHES SETS PLATES AND BOWLS
PLASTIC CAMPING DISHES
Plastic and metal dish sets are always a great fail-safe option when you don’t want to take a chance with your dishes. Here are a few great matching sets that would work great in any RV or trailer.
9. Matching plastic dish set with cups
US Acrylic Newport Plastic Plate, Bowl and Tumbler Dinnerware Set for 4 in Blue Sky |12-Piece Drinking and Dining Set | BPA-free, Made in the USA
$16.99 in stock
This teal set of plastic dishes is made in the USA and definitely won’t break on your next camping trip. They have other great color options, as well, so you can dine in style. Choose from teal, gray, or blue to match your RV decor.
These are BPA-free and there is no chance they’ll break, unlike other glass dishes.
10. Wheat straw dish set with cups
DINETHICS Wheat Straw Dinnerware Sets For 4 (36pcs) Is Reusable Unbreakable Dinnerware Set, Microwave Safe Dinnerware n Lightweight Dinnerware Set - Ideal Camping Plates Cups And Bowls Set /Rv Dishes
$29.99 in stock
This set is technically not plastic, but best categorized here since it has many of the benefits of plasticware, but it is made from BPA free wheat straw. These are reusable, microwaveable, dishwasher-safe, and lightweight, making them a great pick for you camper!
METAL CAMPING DISHES
11. Wealers Stainless Steel Plates and Bowls
Wealers Stainless Steel Plates and Bowls Camping Set Small and Large Dinnerware for Kids, Adults, Family | Camping, Hiking, Beach, Outdoor Use | Incl. Travel Bag (6-Piece Kit)
This stainless steel set of dishes is perfect for vanlife and for camping. The dishes store nicely in a pouch, take up minimal space, are lightweight, and are completely unbreakable.
You won’t be able to microwave these, but they’ll be able to bounce around in your van’s cabinets safely without breaking. You can eat off a tailgate or off a camping table with these, no matter where you are this is a reliable dish option.
12. Odoland 25 piece stainless steel set with cups
Odoland 25pcs Stainless Steel Utensils Camping Tableware Kit with Plates Cups Forks Spoons and Knives for 4, Cutlery Flatware Set for Backpacking, Outdoor Camping Hiking and Picnic
Similar to the Wealers set above, but comes with cups (mugs) and silverware too! A bit larger to store as a set with the included store bag, but a great all in one set up for camping.
RV Dish FAQs
Do you really need special dishes for camping?
Many people use “regular” dishes for their RV, or just bring their dishes from home. But RVs can get overloaded with gear quickly, so we recommend getting lightweight, packable dishes just for your camper.
Who is this for?
This is for any person who owns an RV – van, motorhome, travel trailer, homemade tiny house – and wants to find the best dishes that will fit in their RV cabinets, be resistant to breaking when experiencing life on the road, and be easy to handle and store.
Coleman dishes set is outstanding!!!! It has 4 heavy duty stoneware plates and comes with 4 coffee cups and 4 bowls, which are also the beautiful bright red stoneware color. The set also comes with all your silverware, 4 knives, 4 forks and 4 spoons all in a nice little pouch that rolls up and stows away in your canteen box very nicely! These are a great quality, are easy for me to clean with no running water, and are perfect for what we need. I am not worried about them breaking and they are pretty which is a great bonus!