During the summer and fall I love heading up North and spending some time outdoors just enjoying the sights and sounds of the nature around me.
These days I spend a lot of time car camping since, for me, it’s a lot more enjoyable than packing everything in my back, though I still love getting some backpacking down now and then.
When I’m car camping I always like to have some great gear with me so that the outdoor experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Apart from bringing along the best camping chair that I can find I recently started looking for the best camping table to use outdoors as well.
Having a table for camping is great, especially if there isn’t any benches, because it makes a portable and suitable space to use for eating meals, preparing food, or just resting my book or coffee on while I relax.
Today, I want to talk about some of the different camping tables that I came across during my own search for the best one to use while I was at a campground or on some crown land with my car.
I also hope that this post acts as a starting point for your own research and I compiled a list of different tables that I think are suitable choices if you’re looking for one to use that’s portable and can be used for camping outdoors either with a smaller vehicle or even an RV.
The Best Tables for Camping
Here are some of the different tables that I stumbled onto that I think would be well-suited to use for camping.
After going over a few of my recommendations I’ll also write up a quick buyers guide to help you make a more informed decision with regards to the different features to consider.
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table
Coleman is a popular “entry-level” camping gear company that provides a lot of different items of camping and travel gear for what I find are reasonable prices.
The [easyazon_link identifier=”B005G0XFEM” locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n”]Coleman Outdoor Compact Table[/easyazon_link] is one that I’d recommend taking a look at if you’re looking for a table to use when you’re car camping or otherwise have the ability to bring this guy along with you.
It’s designed to be able to fit into the trunk of most cars and if you have a van, truck, or an RV then you won’t run into problems getting it inside.
To make it easier to carry when it’s all folded up it comes with a dedicated carrying back and this also helps to protect it during transit from accidental bumps and scratches.
When you’re not using it it can be folded up and whenever you need a table you can just unfold it and you’re good to go with a flat, steady surface.
It’s suitable to use for up to 4 people sitting around it and it’s kept sturdy thanks to the steel frame with the top being made from aluminum that also helps to keep it lightweight and portable.
Getting it assembled so that it’s ready to use is also quite straightforward and everything snaps together so you don’t have to worry about using any tools just to get it put together.
The height of the table is about 27.5 inches off the ground and it comes with the weight capacity of 100 pounds which is more than enough when you’re just eating a meal or storing some things on top when you’re out in the woods.
Overall, I would definitely recommend taking a look at the [easyazon_link identifier=”B005G0XFEM” locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]Coleman Outdoor Compact Table[/easyazon_link] if you’re looking for something portable, lightweight, and compact to bring with you camping to use as a table.
ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table
The [easyazon_link identifier=”B004QCNUDW” locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table[/easyazon_link] is pretty neat because it comes with a double level so that you’re able to take advantage of both the top and bottom levels when you’re sitting at the table.
This offers a lot more space than just having one flat surface and the top level offers a flat surface that you can use for preparing meals or eating on and the bottom can be used for storing drinks thanks to the built-in drink holders as well as other small items that you would want to quickly grab when you’re at the table.
For even more storage there’s a side organizer pocket that you can use for keeping cutlery or just about anything else that will fit inside the pocket that you would like to have nearby.
There are buckles at each of the corners that make it possible for a quick setup and also allow for the tightness of the top table fabric to be adjusted depending on your preferences.
When it comes to portability this table folds up into a long, narrow size and it even comes with a carrying bag with a strap that you can sling over your shoulder that makes it easier to carry out from your car to wherever you want to set it up.
To help keep it lightweight and portable the frame is designed from aluminum and the body fabric is made from a 600D polyester that’s durable as well as water resistant and easy to clean.
It’s designed to be used for up to 4 people comfortably and if you’re looking for a camping table that comes with a little bit more features than just a flat surface then it’s the ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table that I would recommend taking a look at.
ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table
The [easyazon_link identifier=”B0038Q0N96″ locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n”]ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table[/easyazon_link] is available in a few different sizes depending on how big or small of a table that you need and it takes on a very simple, standard design.
Unlike the one that I just mentioned, which comes with all these features such as a second layer and even drink holders, this table is more of your basic option and it offers a flat surface for you to use when you’re out camping for eating, playing cards, or whatever it is you need it for.
One feature that I like about it is that it comes with an aluminum fold up top that can be folded up when you’re not using it and the frame is also made from an anodized aluminum that helps to keep it durable and sturdy when it’s set up on the ground.
The slats that the top is made from makes it possible to just hose the table down if it gets too dirty and it also means that if anything spills that much of it is going to spill through the slats and on to the ground which makes cleanup easier as well.
When it comes to portability it’s possible to fold up this table and put it into a carrying bag that comes with a shoulder strap that makes it easier to carry and move around wherever you want it.
It can be used for up to 4 people at a time and if you’re looking for something portable and lightweight to bring with you when you’re camping then I would definitely recommend taking a look at the [easyazon_link identifier=”B0038Q0N96″ locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n”]ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table[/easyazon_link].
GCI OUTDOORS Compact Camp Table
If you just traveling by yourself or with another person or if you just don’t need that much table space then it’s the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00HKCXVWU” locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n”]GCI OUTDOORS Compact Camp Table[/easyazon_link] that I would recommend taking a look at.
This one is a bit smaller and more portable than some of the other options that I’ve recommended in this blog post and if you’re tight on space or you just need a flat surface to hold your drinks or some plates for just one or two people then it’s a suitable choice.
I really like it because it allows me to keep my drink on it as well as my smartphone and even the book that I’m reading without having to put everything on the ground and usually when I’m camping there’s a bench nearby so I don’t have to worry too much about having a prep space or a table to use for eating with.
It’s also very compact and this is good if you’re camping with a small car or if you just don’t need something that big that takes up too much space.
To help keep it compact it actually comes with telescoping legs that you just pull down or push up depending on whether you want to use the table or store it away.
The frame is made from aluminum and this helps to keep it lightweight while still offering enough stability with a 60 pound weight capacity for support.
I would recommend taking a look at the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00HKCXVWU” locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n”]GCI OUTDOORS Compact Camp Table[/easyazon_link] if you’re looking for something lightweight and portable to use when you’re out camping that doesn’t take up too much space.
Moon Lence Ultralight Folding Camping Picnic Table
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The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00XZQHXVK” locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n”]Moon Lence Ultralight Folding Camping Picnic Table[/easyazon_link] is pretty neat and at just 1.7 pounds it’s a very light and it’s the table I would recommend checking out if you’re looking for something portable and lightweight to use when you’re camping.
It’s made from an aluminum alloy frame that helps to keep the weight down and the top fabric material is made from a 600D ripstop Oxford cloth that’s both waterproof and easy to clean.
It’s possible to fold up both the frame and the cloth so that when you’re not using the table it can be put away into a carrying bag that makes it even more portable and easier to carry around.
The table can be used if you’re sitting on the ground or using a camping chair and it comes with a 33 pound weight capacity.
You could also use it to keep at the side of a hammock so that you can also quickly grab anything that you want nearby without having to get out of the hammock.
One of the features that I really like are the feet which are quite thick and have these little grips on the bottom that help to keep the table sturdy when it’s positioned on the ground.
Keep in mind that this table doesn’t sit very high up off the ground so it’s better suited for holding your drinks, your smartphone, a book, or any other small accessories you need nearby rather than using it for eating off of.
Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Table
The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KH03U5A” locale=”US” tag=”stefanrtw-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n”]Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Table[/easyazon_link] comes equipped with an aluminum tube frame and a roll-top that’s also aluminum and water resistant.
The roll-top really helps when it comes to getting the table quickly set up and also helps to keep it compact and portable for when you’re transporting it around or not using it.
To help make it even easier to carry around it comes with a carrying bag that also comes equipped with a shoulder strap so you can just toss it over your shoulder while still being hands-free to carry something else you need to your camp.
On the bottom of the table legs are non-skid rubber feet that help to keep everything stable and also help to prevent the table from slipping around when it’s positioned on the ground.
It’s suitable to use this guy for up to 4 people and the flat top can be used for eating, playing cards, or just keeping drinks on when you’re relaxing outdoors.
Camp Table Buyers Guide
When you’re in the market for a table to bring with you camping there are a few different things you should consider.
One of the most important features when it comes to using a table for camping is whether or not it’s table when it’s positioned on the ground.
There’s nothing more that I hate then when I’m trying to cook something or just sitting at the table trying to enjoy a meal and the whole thing is just wobbling around.
When it comes to stability, models that come with a larger footprint where the legs of the table are set further apart rather than being closer together tend to be more stable.
Another thing that helps with stability are wide feet at the bottom of the table or even little rubber pieces that come with little grips that help to keep everything more stable on the ground.
I tend to prefer the heavier models because I find that have your tables offer a little bit more when it comes to stability but if you’re looking for something lightweight then you’ll have to keep that in mind.
Another feature to consider if you’re spending a lot of time camping and you need a table to use is how portable it is and how easy it is to move around.
Any options that come with a carrying case are typically easier to carry as having the case makes it easier to manage the table when it’s folded up and if there’s a shoulder strap it’s possible to just toss it over your shoulder and carry it with you while you’re carrying other things.
It really doesn’t matter to me whether the table folds into a rectangular shape or into a slimmer, more narrow shape since it’s just going the trunk of my car but if you have a small car you will have to look at the folded up size to see if it’s going to fit inside your trunk.
Along with coming with a carrying case the overall weight of a table for camping is also important, especially if you’re going to have to do a little bit of hiking before getting to your campsite, so check out the specifications to see if the weight of any of the options that they’re interested in is reasonable or too heavy for you.
One more thing I want to mention when it comes to finding the best portable camping table is how durable it is overall.
This can be hard to determine before actually buying something but I like to see the materials that the table is made from and when it comes to durability I like using any that are made from aluminum, including the top.
Some of my different recommendations come with fabric tops and this is better suited if you’re looking for something lightweight.
I hope that today I’ve been able to help you out with some different recommendations if you’re looking for a camping table.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please don’t hesitate to let me know down in the comments below and I’ll try my hardest to answer as soon as I can.
I would also love to hear about any experiences you have with camping tables that maybe I haven’t mentioned and I’m always interested in getting some more recommendations as well.
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