Dishes? What are those? We’re married, we’ve swapped enough germs and have no problem with sharing a few more. We cook dinner in one pot and both eat out of that pot at the same time. It works well for us. We realize some people would like to be a little more civilized, or only carry one pot, but a plate for each hiking partner, but we’re just not those people. May we suggest that if you’re carrying a pot with a lid (highly recommended, so you don’t lose precious heat to the air), and really want a plate, just use the lid.