I like the idea of portable utensils, but often they have long handles, too many features, or folding parts that make them too clunky for carrying day-to-day. I saw this great utensil in a blog about minimizing one's waste called the "No Trash Project
." The author of the blog posted a photo of their trash free on-flight meal: a metal box of homemade food, and this wooden fork-spoon*
. Each side serving as the handle when not in use, so simple and brilliant! I've been looking for a compact travel utensil like this for a while. Most of the handle doesn't get used anyway, and this is way better than the disposable plastic utensils I end up stashing in my purse and reusing out of waste-guilt.
I also like that they didn't try to add a knife. If someone's gonna carry their own eating utensil they probably already carry a knife they're happy with. Anyway, I couldn't find one online, nor instructions on how to make one, so I gave it a shot and made a quick version out of wood.
(*I say "fork-spoon" cause this isn't a "spork," which is a spoon with very small tines cut into it. I don't find that sporks work well as a fork or spoon.)