Camping has always been about ‘roughing’ it. You take your sense of adventure, maybe a can of water, a tent and some fire making gear then head out into the wild to live off the land for about 24 hours. For most people, it is this act of connecting with nature that makes camping all the more fun. But just because you like looking at the night sky while listening to owls hoot doesn’t mean you want to spend your days picking your belongings off the hard cold dirt. You are allowed an iota of comfort even though you are in the wild. That is why most people bring:
- Cozy sleeping bags
- Waterproof tents
- Cooking utensils
- Miniature gas cookers
- Camping tables and chairs
- A whole lot of beer and friends
What type of camping table should you buy?
Well, once you have decided that you simply must bring a camping table with you the next time you go camping, the only thing that is left to do is find the right table for your needs. And therein lies the question, ‘which camping table should you buy?’
The options are plenty. Some tables are light in weight while there are those that are a little heavier; there are tables that conveniently fold into a nice tidy bundle while there are those that have to be meticulously assembled. The kind of questions you should be asking yourself include:
- What kind of table is it?
- What type of material has gone into making the table?
- How durable is it?
- How heavy is the table?
- Can you assemble and disassemble it quickly enough to make it a joy for trekking through the wilderness?
To help you find the right kind, we have compiled a list of 10 best camping tables for the avid outdoorsman/woman. These tables are durable, easy to clean, affordable and most of all can stand on their own feet when out in the wild. Go through the list and see which one catches your fancy.
1. Lifetime 4428 Height Adjustable Folding Utility Table
The one feature that should stand out for any camping table you choose should be that it can easily be transported. The Lifetime 4428 Height Adjustable Folding Utility Table fits that bill perfectly. At 48 x 24 inches, this table is not only large enough to fit a midsized family when unfolded, but it can also be easily folded into half for easy and convenient transportation as well as storage. Made out of powder-coated steel combined with high-grade polyethylene plastic, this table takes durability to a whole other level. It is designed to have three adjustable height settings which makes it perfect for camping when you have seats or even when you do not. Additionally, it has a handle that makes it easy to carry.
2. Adams Manufacturing Plastic Quik-Fold Side Table
This pristine little table by Adams Manufacturing only weighs 25-pounds. That makes it extremely easy to carry around with you when you go camping. It is small enough to pass as a side table on your patio but convenient enough to serve as a camping table on those wild family excursions. It features durable resin material which ensures that the table does not peel nor does it rust. At least not for a very long time. This also means that it will not easily rot. The design ensures that you can fold the table quickly and easily making it excellent for snappy camping set-ups. Additionally, it has a UV inhibitor that allows its bright white color to remain glossy and shiny while out in the sun.
A camping table that you can fold and roll up for easy transportation and storage. Think about that for a second; this table has the same feel and make up as your tent. It is even that easy to lug around. This ultralight camping table by Moon Lence is perfectly designed for camping enthusiasts. It is strong and stable thanks to the well-structured holders, joints, and connectors that make up the frame of the entire desk. The top is made out of 600D ripstop Oxford cloth that is not only hardy but is also waterproof. The entire thing weighs a measly 1.7 pounds, yet it can support a whopping 33 pounds of camping goodness. Although the set-up can be a little confusing for first-time users, once you get the hang of it, all you would need would be about a minute or so to have it set-up or folded away. Easy to transport and store, this table is every bit the camping table of your dreams.
This table has a compact, lightweight and highly portable design that makes it ideal for almost every camping scenario. Because it has an aluminum table top, this installment from Trekology is a bit more durable than most tables on this list. The top is not only waterproof, but is also weather resistant, easy to clean, and easy on the eyes. The table weighs only 4 pounds which makes it light enough to carry with you even on long treks through the wilderness. Furthermore, it comes with a carry bag that the entire table folds conveniently into for easy transportation and storage. The set-up is easy enough as the aluminum base frame is designed to pop into place and fold back down with great ease. No tools needed.
At just 7 pounds in weight and dimensions like these (27″ L x 27″ W x 26″ H), this ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table is one of the most convenient camping gear additions you will ever make. Not only is it designed to hold your food thanks to the adjustable tautness that is supported by a corner buckle design for quick and easy set-up, but it also even has a storage compartment right beneath the top surface of the table. You can use these to keep things such as cups, plates, and even your camping lantern (when it is off). What’s more, if you choose the ‘checkerboard’ design option, you get more than just a table; you get a camping game that will keep you and the family well entertained throughout your trip. It is an easily foldable design that is compact, durable, and can be stored and transported anywhere without much fuss.
The ultimate camping table should be able to fold into a small carry bag that can be transported in your backpack. Not many tables can do, and that is why this Trekology Foldable Camping Picnic Table is a class apart. It is extremely portable and can fit into a compact (23’’x3’’) carry bag that you wouldn’t even know was part of your backpack. At only 1.75 pounds, this table is ultralight and highly useful. It is durable, stable and extremely sturdy. The table top is made from 1680D fabric that is designed to last and weather the elements. It features enhanced flatness for your comfort and convenience. It is easy to set-up and easy to transport. Everything you would want in the ideal camping table.
Designed with enough space to sit up to four adults, the Coleman Outdoor Compact Table has a clean and pristine look that will gel right in with the beautiful nature around you. The top is made out of durable shock-corded aluminum which makes this one of the longest lasting and easiest to clean camping tables on this list. It has a sturdy steel frame that is easy enough to set-up and break down (they are designed to snap in and out of place as desired). It comes with a carry case that makes it easy to transport and store.
Now this one has a little bit more going on that just a simple flat surface to hold your plates and cups. The table is actually a portable cook station that has counter space for all your slicing and dicing; it has enough flat surface space for your plates and cups when you are done cooking and want to settle down for the meal, it also has enough storage space underneath that flat surface for everything that you have used when preparing your meal. Made out of powder-coated steel frames, the table can fold and unfold very easily despite its seemingly complicated design. It has an aluminum countertop, four plastic fold-out side tables, and a storage rack. It can hold up to 48 pounds on the main surface, 35 pounds on the storage rack and 30 pounds on each of the side tables. It can easily fold flat for transportation and storage plus it has carry handles for your convenience.
This is really two tables coming to you as one. It is perfect for those who have large families or a big group of friends who prefer to eat together. With the Coleman Pack-Away 4-In-1 Table, you get two table surfaces each measuring 31.5 by 15.5 inches (W x D) that fold down to 24X3X16 inches (W x H X D respectively) and has three height adjustability options of 14.5, 27.5, 31.5 inches. When using this camping table, you have more than one option on how to set it up. You can either put them side by side to create a classic dining table in the wild or you could line them up end to end to create a wonderful buffet table out there on the trail. At only 12.3 pounds in weight, the table can hold up 300 pounds. You are advised not to place anything extremely hot on the surface.
Made out of aluminum, this table is both sturdy and very lightweight. Rectangular in shape, the table can easily fold into three and fit into a suitcase-style carry bag for easy storage and transportation. It gives you the option to sit a large group of friends next to each other. Measuring 47.2″L x 23.6″W x 13.7″H you can easily employ the height adjustability option for your convenience. This table can sit up to four adults comfortably, is easy to clean, easy to set-up and even easier to store and transport.
How to choose the best camping table
There are three main factors that you should take into consideration when choosing a camping table:
1. Can you easily transport to and from the campsite?
This is critical. In many cases, you will have to take a short hike to your desired camping site and as such need a table that is not only lightweight but can easily be transported to and from your car and the campsite. This means a compact table that has a convenient carry bag.
2. Is the table stable enough to stand up to the elements?
Camping is all about being out in the wild. You will encounter strong winds, rains, sun and sometimes even snow. Your table should be built in such a manner as to withstand all this without inconveniencing you.
3. How many people can it sit?
This, of course, depends on what kind of camper you are in nature. Are you one of those people who would rather go camping alone or would you rather bring a bus load of friends and family?
The answers to all these three questions will lead you to the right table for you. These 10 best camping tables fit the bill perfectly.