Definition of mess kit in US English:

mess kit


  • A set of cooking and eating utensils, as used especially by soldiers, scouts, or campers.

    • ‘She grabbed Neal's mess kit out of his bag, took his collapsible cup out and poured a drink.’
    • ‘I packed a small one-burner backpacking stove, a bag of rice, two cans of kidney beans, and a mess kit for four people in my backpack.’
    • ‘Based on a Marine Corps system the M - 1945 combat field pack (carrying underwear toilet articles mess kit, poncho) joined to the M - 1945 field cargo pack (extra clothing) and belt with canteen and first-aid packet pouch.’
    • ‘At noon lunch was ‘corned willy and hard tacks’ from the mess kits that the men carried.’
    • ‘For reasons unknown, we had to wear our Class A dress uniforms in the chow line, mess kits in hand.’
    • ‘Digging her mess kit out of her saddlebags, she set about retrieving some dinner from the pans littering the pit stones along the edge of the fire's reach.’
    • ‘Back when I was in the Boy Scouts - for over a decade, believe it or not - we used to go camping, and we'd eat out of mess kits.’
    • ‘Two bowls, a tiny side plate, a pair of chopsticks and a cloth square were all wrapped in another square like an Oriental version of the mess kit she used in Girl Guides.’
    • ‘On the back of the vest, nestled between two water bottle pockets, is a large pouch that would be perfect for a mess kit or other largish survival item.’
    • ‘Every thing about that evening - the tent, mess kits from which we ate and the uncomfortable seating - was symbolic of a company in crisis.’
    • ‘Of course, I have staples like sugar, pepper, and the like as well as a hand-crank can opener and a mess kit for eating from (purchased at the camping store).’


mess kit

/ˈmes ˌkit/