Instead of a normal frying pan, I would suggest a half wok half frying type thing. Basically it's shaped like a wok but with a flat bottom rather than rounded. And it's made of good solid frying pan material rather than a thin wok.
I find this works well as you can fit loads into when making a stir fry for 6 people, it's big enough to heat soup or boil pasta or (you can get enough water in there) and the bottom is large enough that all normal uses of a frying pan are possible.
It also stores quite well as bowls or whatever fit inside it easily. It's what I use for 90% of my cooking. I have a large sauce pan for cooking on fires with and that's about it other than a good set of utensils and plates etc.
Anything with one solid handle to hold rather than two short stubbies handles that heat up is always safer as well.
I find large and deep bowls (try a Japanese shop - good quality and nice looking large bowls for about £3 each) are best. Big enough to sit a sandwich in the bottom of etc