One thing that makes your life easier on a camping trip is having the right table for your food and equipment. You want a table that’s sturdy but not too heavy, easy to set up and break down, and stable on uneven ground. The right table is also an invaluable addition to your camp kitchen since a raised food preparation area can save you from back strain.

We reviewed many tables and narrowed it down to these six, all of them well-made and with identifiable advantages for camping. Some are better suited for one type of use over another, and that’s why we broke our review down into those categories. Here are our top picks according to each purpose.

What to Look for in a Table

Lots of food on a small camping table

Quality Materials

A prime feature of a good camping table is the ability to stand up to the elements without degrading or losing function. Don’t consider cushioned or padded ones or any that have fabric coverings, as these are more suited for indoor use. Instead, look for camp tables that are made of wood, aluminum or plastic.

Wood tends to be the heaviest of the available materials, so it’s not the best choice for your main camping table, although it works well for side tables. There are also camp tables in a variety of lightweight plastic polymers. Some of these are scratch-resistant and have virtually indestructible surfaces.

Aluminum is the most lightweight of the three materials recommended, and the main thing to look for here is solid construction and support that will give the table a stable base. This not only allows you to put a reasonable amount of weight on an aluminum surface, but it also keeps the table from flipping over in a high wind.

Strength & Stability

You want to balance sturdiness and durability with weight in a camp table. Although you’re looking for a solid surface that won’t wobble or sag, you’re also going to need something you can load into a vehicle and lug around a campsite. Your camp table will need to be strong enough to support heavy items like camp stoves and water jugs, yet lightweight enough to set up, break down and carry around.

A few camp tables come with chairs, and it’s also vital to check their quality. Are they really strong enough to hold a large adult without bending or breaking? Do they store compactly as well? Picnic-style bench seats can fit more people on them, but individual seats can be moved around to where they’re needed. Some backless seats even double as small tables.

Size & Design

The best size in a camp table will depend on what you’re using it for. Tables are handy for holding a drink or a snack and useful for food preparation. Pulling a chair up to a table is also a comfortable way to dine compared to sitting on the ground or perching on a cooler. Having an undesignated utility table makes camp life easier because you never know when you’ll need a surface for setting something down.

A rectangular table lends itself to a variety of uses, but a square one is preferable for playing cards and other games. If you’re planning to eat at a table regularly, make sure it’s the right height for the chairs you use to ensure comfort. A table without crossed supports in the middle is the best choice if campers will be sitting at it to eat, play games or just hang out.

You can also find camp tables that are specifically designed to be cooking stations, with safety features included. Fold-out surfaces, utensil compartments, and hooks for hanging trash bags are extras with cooking station tables. Some of them even have removable sinks and paper towel holders. They’re usually heavier than traditional camp tables, but a kitchen setup is a real boon if you’re staying in one place on your camping trip.

Setup & Adjustability

The way a camp table sets up and breaks down is another feature to consider, and many frequent campers swear by their favorite tables. In some designs, setup is a breeze, but the trade-off is that the table only has one height setting. Adjustable height is one of the most useful features in a camp table. It’s especially important for dining and food prep tables, and some of the tables we reviewed have that flexibility.

On the other hand, if you need a table that you can easily carry on a hike or in a kayak, you’ll be more concerned with weight and compactness. A roll-up table is a good alternative if you need to carry it with you on a wilderness campout, and you can find a reasonably-sized table that fits in a backpack.

Criteria for the Best Camp Tables

In our quest for the best tables, we looked for camp tables light enough to carry around and collapsible enough to easily transport. Another requirement was a decent amount of room on the tabletop. We designated less than 8 square feet as a small table, and 8-10 square feet was considered to be medium-sized. Those with more than 10 square feet were put in the large table category.

We also characterized each table as lightweight, average or heavy-duty, depending on a number of factors. These included sidebars for the legs, table supports, and the materials that composed the table. Extras that made a table into a multi-use, multi-function choice were also considered.

Our Picks

Couple enjoying a good dinner in the field

This list organizes the tables from smallest to largest, and more or less from lightest to heaviest. The value of each table is rated 1-5 stars, based on the cost and features of similar tables. All of the tables have excellent reviews from users, and we added the criteria above to select our top table in each of these six categories:

  1. Wilderness Camping
  2. Dining
  3. Cooking
  4. Socializing and Games
  5. Utility Table
  6. Multipurpose

DIY Table

And if the list of camping tables mentioned doesn’t impress you, why not go the natural route, cut some trees and build a picnic table yourself and your family or friends? Here’s a video by Sikana that teaches you exactly that. Note: This comes with chairs!

Coleman Outdoor Compact Table


  • Shape: Square
  • Strength: Average
  • Size: Small
  • Tabletop: 5.6 square feet
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Dimensions: 28.5" x 28.5" x 27.5"
  • Materials/Durability: Aluminum legs and foldable slat top.
  • Stability: Accordion-style steel x-shaped frame gives extra support but less leg room.
  • Setup/Design: Pull legs open and expand frame. Fits in a 28.5" x 8" x 8" carry bag.
  • Value: 5 Stars

This is a smart pick as a utility table because it’s strong and sturdy. It also provides enough room for two people to dine.

Pros
  • Holds a lot of weight for its size
  • Outward-pointing legs adjust for leveling
  • Strong, x-shaped support frame
  • Easy to set up and break down
  • Small profile when collapsed
Cons
  • Lack of leg room underneath because of the supports

Camp Time Roll-A-Table

  • Shape: Square
  • Strength: Lightweight
  • Size: Small
  • Tabletop: 7 square feet
  • Weight: 9 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 32" x 32" x 28"
  • Materials/Durability: The table top is wooden slats inside waterproof fabric. Aluminum legs and mesh pocket along the entire length of one side.
  • Stability: Tubular aluminum legs at each corner with support bars on two sides.
  • Setup/Design: Screw legs on and unroll table top to set up.
  • Value: 4 Stars

The four-star rating for value is only because this table is more expensive compared to other tables this size. However, the useful features explain the higher price. This table is sturdy, but it doesn’t have any support features that interfere with leg room.

Pros
  • Roll-up tabletop
  • Most lightweight
  • Good for playing cards and games
  • Easy to set up and break down
  • Small profile when collapsed
Cons
  • Not cheap for a table

ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table

  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Strength: Average
  • Size: Medium
  • Tabletop: 8.4 square feet
  • Weight: 12 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 43" x 28" x 28"
  • Materials/Durability: Aluminum table top and legs.
  • Stability: Supported by x-frame legs with locking gear. No extra leg support bars.
  • Setup/Design: Pull legs out and unroll table top to set up. Fits in a 42" x 8" x 5" carry bag.
  • Value: 5 Stars

Stored in a shoulder bag with strap, this table provides ample room for two people to dine.

Pros
  • Roll-up tabletop
  • Heavy-duty carry bag
  • Portable enough for wilderness camping
  • Excellent balance between portability and strength
Cons
  • Tabletop slats can shift in the bag if not secured

Lifetime Adjustable Folding Utility Table

  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Strength: Average
  • Size: Medium
  • Tabletop: 8 square feet
  • Weight: 19 pounds
  • Dimensions: 48" x 24" x 24"/29"/36"
  • Materials/Durability: High-density molded plastic top, powder-coated steel legs.
  • Stability: Round legs with one horizontal bar across the legs at the bottom of each end.
  • Setup/Design: Open table and unfold legs. Breaks down into a suitcase with carry handle. Stain and scratch-resistant.
  • Value: 5 Stars

Although described in the title as a utility table, this narrow rectangular table is the best choice for dining.

Pros
  • Three people can fit on each side for meals
  • Three height selections for adjustable legs
  • Molded plastic tabletop
  • Plenty of leg room
  • Easy to set up and break down
  • Reasonably priced
Cons
  • Adjusting the legs takes more than one person unless the table is turned upside down

Outsunny Portable Folding Picnic Table

  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Strength: Average
  • Size: Medium
  • Tabletop: 9 square feet
  • Weight: 22 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 47" x 27.5" x 21"/27"/30"
  • Materials/Durability: Lightweight aluminum legs and seats, fiberglass tabletop.
  • Stability: Sturdy square legs with two sets of attached horizontal bars at each end for support.
  • Setup/Design: Unfold to set up; unsnap and unfold seats. Individual bench seats snap in place for storage underneath the table top. Folds into a 27.5" x 24" x 4" suitcase with reinforced handle for storage.
  • Extras: Four folding individual bench seats that can double as side tables.
  • Value: 5 Stars

The features of this table give it a lot of versatility. The individual bench seats can double as side tables, and they support 220 pounds each.

Pros
  • Comes with four seats or side tables
  • Three height selections for adjustable legs
  • Plenty of leg room
  • Includes a hole to attach an umbrella
  • Reasonably priced
Cons
  • The center folding seam of the table doesn’t lay completely flat when the table is set up

Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Portable Kitchen

  • Shape: Rectangular, two-level
  • Strength: Heavy-Duty
  • Size: Large
  • Tabletop: 10.9 square feet (including shelves)
  • Weight: 31.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 79" x 19.7" x 73"
  • Materials/Durability: Rust-resistant heavy-duty aluminum frame. Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) worktop and two heavy-duty wire grid shelves.
  • Stability: Four aluminum legs have two sets of support bars at each end; extender shelf has two additional legs and a support bar.
  • Setup/Design: Unfold to set up; hinges have locking mechanisms. Telescoping pole has a ring for attaching a lantern. Folds into a 39.5" x 20" x 7" suitcase with handle for storage.
  • Extras: Lightweight lantern holder, paper towel holder, removable sink, storage shelves, mesh produce bin, condiment shelves, hooks for utensils
  • Value: 5 Stars

The many extras that come with this portable kitchen make it a great deal at the list price. Although it’s the heaviest of all the tables we reviewed, it’s still reasonably lightweight at 31.5 pounds, especially for a long camping trip or one that’s centered in one spot for the duration.

Pros
  • Specifically designed as a camp kitchen
  • The most surface area of all the tables
  • Space for a camp stove and supplies
  • Removable sink and paper towel holder
  • Reasonably priced
Cons
  • The add-on table needs some adjustment to fit well

The Best Tables for Any Camping Situation

These recommendations provide the information you need to determine which type and size table will work best on your next camping trip.

Are you looking for a camp kitchen, a place to play games, a dining table or an all-purpose camp table?

Depending on whether you’re a car camper, wilderness camper, RV traveler or kayaker (or some combination of those), you can find the ideal table for your camping trip, with the features that matter most to you.