The Mealkit 2.0 provides everything needed for a variety of meals. Designed by Scandinavian designer Joachim Nordwall for Light My Fire, a Swedish company known for making excellent fire starters. It is a 5-piece kit with a plate (lid), bowl (deep plate), small and medium waterproof boxes, a Pack-up-Cup, Spork, combined strainer and chopping board held together with a harness.
The balance between function and design struck me in the first image I saw of the Mealkit 2.0 and after using it outdoors and indoors, I discovered a versatile, functional, flexible, elegant kit that exceeded my expectations.
Space saving design
I have one consistent problem with reusable containers whether outdoors for a weekend, a day or an our over lunch – empty containers clutter up backpacks. The Mealkit 2.0 does not. It folds to a single small parcel to pack for camping trips and when used for a packed lunch, it folds down to the same small size afterward. The Pack-up-Cup in particular is brilliant for carrying around and collapsing it when not in use.
Serve any meal of the day
The Mealkit 2.0 has all the components needed for every meal. A small fry up with toast on the side, cereal, toast, yogurt and a fruit salad. I have packed cold lunches, sandwiches, salads and a small ploughmans and have served up hot meals – pasta, rice, a jacket potato, grilled veggies and meat straight from the BBQ. I have used it outdoors but also on short breaks to make a quick bowl of cereal for breakfast in a hotel room or unpack a selection of sandwiches and salads for a picnic lunch on a long day out.
The kit is a single person use item, with the occasional ‘serving dish’ added value. Buy it as a lunch box, but when buying it for a camping trip, take one kit per person.
About Light My Fire
“Our lives have become digital, time-efficient, mobile and programmed. Yet when we dream, we dream of candlelight and romance, campfires and freedom, bonfires and celebration. Everyone longs for fire. Fire is life.
We sell fire.
We develop unique, low-tech, premium quality outdoor products with the design, color and function that make them just as attractive to use in the city as in the wild.”
Light My Fire is a Swedish company started in the mid-1990’s and developed in to a business where “premium-quality outdoor products, designed with a smile and a whole palette of color, were our business.” Read more here.
Retailer: Amazon(Prime eligible)
Definitely. Durable, stylish and made to last, less than £20 for 5 items is a good deal. Each item is obviously made to last. I was a bit concerned about the durability of the lid attachment on the cup until I noticed that it is reinforced by a stronger, second layer that I think will hold together pretty well over repeated use.
Included in the box/price
1. Lid/plate (500 ml).
2. Plate/bowl (900 ml).
3. SnapBox original, waterproof (170 ml).
4. SnapBox oval, waterproof (320 ml).
5. Pack-up-Cup with measuring lines (260 ml).
6. Combined strainer and cutting board.
7. Spork original.
Size: 194 x 194 x 61mm
Capacity: 900ml plate/bowl, 500 ml lid/plat, 170ml and 320 ml for small and large boxes, 260ml cup
Item Weight: 384 g
Colour: Orange, Fuschia (pink), Lime, Black, Cyan (Blue), Red, Green
Textile: Plastic – Polypropolene, Spork made of Tritan, Harness made of TPE. 100% BPA-free
Environment: Indoors and outdoors
Optimised for right and left-handed use
The Mealkit 2.0 is made for outdoor use, camping in particular, but it works just as well as a lunch box, summer picnic and for use indoors, particularly for children.
Reuse and repurpose potential
It is a great lunchbox for adults and children. The triangle tub fit inside the big box and is perfect for yogurt, humus or salad dressing/wet ingredients, the spork for cutting and eating and there is plenty of space for a salad or sandwich left. For bigger appetites, the second box can be filled with snacks and the triangle box removed from the lunch box to pack three containers of food.
We used it regularly for a picnic in the garden on the woods and the best part is that the empty containers all fit together after lunch and takes up little space in a bag.
I have also used it as impromptu serving dishes when buying pre-packaged sandwiches, salads or take-out. Throw in a couple of extra sporks and it’s a small item to have in a day-pack to make eating lunch on the beach easier.
Ease of use
Easy to use, easy to clean. It is microwave and dishwasher safe.
It is accessible to anyone with a visual impairment, including the blind and those who experience visual symptoms, like photophobia (light sensitivity) or colour blindness.
The bright coloured lids contrast well with the standard grey and all the items have different shapes and tactile feedback that make them easy to use. The lids make a loud click when slotted in that indicates clear when they are sealed.
It is accessible to anyone with a mild/moderate/severe hearing impairment, including the deaf and those who experience auditory symptoms, like tinnitus or hyperacusis (sound sensitivity).
The box fit well and the unit seals up tight with the harness and produces no annoying rattling sounds when packed. The lids click when they seal, but it is not loud enough to be an issue.
Input and touch
It is accessible to anyone with a mild to moderate upper body impairment and those who experience symptoms that affect their hands, wrists and shoulders, like fatigue, a tremor, reduced dexterity, strength or precision.
The lids on the boxes require some force to open and close, but come with little grips that help. The boxes can be tricky to open with reduced trip or hand strength and I would not recommend them for small children, older adults or anyone with grip issues.
The plate/main box does not and is highly accessible as it simply slides on and off. My lunch hasn’t fallen out, but I still think that’s luck more than design and would recommend using the harness to enclose it. The harness does require some hand strength to use as well because it is elastic that has to be stretched over a triangle and it is easier to get on than off.
The spork has a thin, curved grip that is surprisingly accessible. It can be used with left or right hand and held with a fist or with forefinger and thumb.
The cup requires a little force to get into the right shape and the lid does not stop spillage. It does keep liquid cool or warm and prevent major spills. It is also possible to use the cup without the lid for those who dislike lidded drinks.
Movement and mobility
It is accessible to anyone with a mild/moderate/severe mobility impairment, including wheelchair users and those who experience physical symptoms, like severe fatigue or chronic pain. It is small and lightweight and can slot into a bag for anyone using a wheelchair, crutches or other mobility aid. It cannot be carried whilst using crutches, but I discovered that it can hook around the handle for a short distance using the harness and I’ve carried sandwiches out to the bottom of the garden quite reliably with crutches.
Motion sickness and balance disorders
It is accessible to anyone who experience motion sickness or dizzy spells and have no features that effect either of these conditions.
It is accessible to anyone with a cognitive impairment, including those with a learning disability like dyslexia those who experience cognitive symptoms, like problems with memory, concentration, planning and organization. It is easy to use, easy to clean and great tool to stay organized without running the risk of forgetting a crucial element when going camping.
It is made from polypropolene, Tritan (spork) and TPE (harness). None of these materials are common allergens and all are widely used.
Trigger warnings and age ratings
The Mealkit 2.0 is a simple idea put to excellent use. It has the hallmark of Swedish design, combining style and functionality to create something simple and useful. Highly recommended for anyone who regular packs food or eat outdoors, whether when camping, hiking, working or stepping out for an outdoor lunch. Great for kids, great for adults and highly accessible except for someone with significant physical limitations.
The review is based on the Mealkit 2.0 kindly provided by Light My Fire.