Best Camping Table: 9 Awesome Options for Dining and Drinks

In this guide, we introduce you to a selection of the best camping tables out there. Our list includes everything from ultralight portable backpacking models to heavy-duty models for larger camping crews, so there’s something for everyone!

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Best Camping Table for Backcountry Dining, Drinks, and Card Games

Looking for the perfect camping table?

You’re in the right place! In this guide, we will be covering the following:

    • 9 of this year’s best folding camping tables
    • Advice on how to choose the ideal table for your camping trips
    • Our recommendation for the best camping table out there

A good table for food prep, dining, and post-dinner card games is a great addition to any camper’s kit. But there are myriad types of tables out there, and not all of them will be well-suited to your camping crew.

We’ve been busy trying out a ton of camping tables in a bid to find the best out there and in this guide introduce you to the contenders. Our list includes everything from elaborate camp kitchens and oversize dining tables to ultralight and compact backpacking models. In short, whatever you’re looking for, our list has you covered!

Best Camp Tables by Category

Budget: GCI Compact Camp 20 and Outry Folding
Lightweight: Helinox One, Outry Folding, and Treklogy Talu
For Groups: REI Co-op Camp Prep, ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table, and Snow Peak Single Action
Camp Kitchen: GCI Master Cook Station and Mountain Summit Gear Deluxe Roll Top Kitchen

Editor’s Choice

REI Co-op Camp Prep Table

REI Co-op Camp Prep Table image 1

Our choice for the best table for camping does everything most car campers will need a table to do. It’s extra-sturdy, easy to clean and assemble, has a great weight capacity, and boasts a surface area that offers enough room for six diners and even the most elaborate meal prep.

Like most things REI, the Camp Prep is great value for money and made with high-quality, durable materials. Its steel frame and aluminum top will last you a lifetime with proper care and both are tough enough to handle a little rough treatment outdoors.

What we love most about the REI Camp Prep, quality construction aside, is its adjustability. Unlike most other models we reviewed, you can adjust the legs on this one from 22 inches to 31 inches making it far more versatile than the competition.

For food prep, you can extend the legs to the max to avoid having to stoop. When dining, you can choose the perfect height for the diners in your crew. And if you want to use it as a side table while lounging in your camp chair, that 22-inch minimum height will have your drinks at the optimal height.

Bottom Line: A versatile table that oozes quality and offers enough room for six diners.

At a Glance: Quick Recommendations

Best Tables for Camping: Our Top 9 Picks

REI Co-op Camp Prep Table

Editor’s Choice

Table top dimensions: 24” x 49” ⸱ Height: 22” – 31” ⸱ Weight: 19 lbs. 11 oz. ⸱ Weight capacity: 100 lbs.

If you’re looking for the closest approximation of your home dining table for your camping trip, the REI Co-op Camp Prep is the best camping table in the business.

The Camp Prep measures a mighty 24” x 49” up top, and has legs that can be adjusted from 22” to 31”. This makes it both the biggest option on our list and the most versatile.

Size aside, there are plenty of other reasons to choose the Camp Prep over other camping tables.

First and foremost, it’s the sturdiest, strongest, and most stable camp table we tested thanks to its steel frame and aluminum top. Its 100-pound weight capacity also means you can load it with all the plates, pots, pans, and utensils you could possibly need.

Secondly, its powder-coated aluminum table top is durable, heat-resistant, and easy to clean. In the corners, you’ll even find holes from which you can hang trash bags, utensils, or storage bags.

Finally, the Camp Prep can be folded in half for easy storage, while a burly storage bag and handle make transportation breezy for such a large model.

The only downsides worth mentioning are the Camp Prep’s weight (19 lbs. 11 oz.) and size, but these are well worth tolerating if durability and space are your top priorities.

  • PROs

    • Burly steel legs and aluminum construction
    • Convenient carry bag
    • Plenty of space for 4-6 diners
    • Easy setup
  • CONs

    • Heavy
    • Bulky

Bottom-Line: The best table out there for car camping by a country mile!

ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table

Runner Up

Table top dimensions: 28” x 43” ⸱ Height: 28” ⸱ Weight: 12 lbs. ⸱ Weight Capacity: ~50 lbs.

The Alps Mountaineering DT is probably the most versatile option on our list – not because it’s particularly adjustable (it isn’t), but because it’s sleek and stylish enough to use in the yard or even inside your home when not fulfilling its core function of accommodating diners at camp.

This folding camp table measures 43 x 28 x 28 inches when unfolded making it large enough for 4 or 5 diners and the ideal height for sitting around it in chairs. When folded, it measures 43 x 7.5 x 5 inches, so it’s pretty portable and packable for its size and weight (12 lbs.).

We love this table’s sturdy aluminum build and its aluminum top, which is easy to clean and far sleeker than most of the other options on our list. The X-frame legs also leave plenty of room for your legs when tucking into your dinner.

While the weight capacity is nothing to write home about, this foldable camping table is strong and sturdy enough for dining and food prep, as long as you don’t plan on loading it with heavy water containers.

  • PROs

    • Relatively lightweight
    • Large surface area
    • Stylish!
    • Portable
    • Convenient carrying bag
  • CONs

    • No storage features
    • Low weight capacity (~50 lbs.)
    • Pricey

Bottom-Line: A well-made, lightweight, sturdy model with plenty of room for up to four diners.

GCI Outdoor Compact Camp 20

Best Value

Table top dimensions: 20” x 18” ⸱ Height: 24” ⸱ Weight: 4 lbs. ⸱ Weight capacity: 60 lbs.

If you’re looking for a lightweight and ultra-compact camp table without breaking the bank, the GCI Compact is a shoo-in for your shortlist.

GCI are earning a rep for producing affordable, high-quality camp accessories, and this particular table is no exception.

Measuring 20 x 18 x 24 inches, the GCI Compact Camp 20 is best thought of as an oversized side table, though its 24-inch height means it could be used as a cozy dining table for two.

What we love most about the GCI Compact Camp is its portability. At 4 lbs., it’s not the lightest option we reviewed, but its telescopic legs and one-piece design mean it folds up to the size of a large laptop (18 x 18 x 2 inches), so it’s easy to squeeze into small spaces in your vehicle.

The Compact Camp’s sturdy steel frame and aluminum top are also a serious upgrade on materials used in other tables in its price range, so it offers great value for money as well.

  • PROs

    • Impressive build quality for the price
    • Telescoping legs
    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • 60-pound weight capacity
  • CONs

    • Small surface area
    • Too low to accommodate chairs

Bottom-Line: Well-made, lightweight, compact, and by far the best small camping table in this price range out there.

Trekology Talu

Most Affordable for Backpacking

Table top dimensions: 27” x 18” ⸱ Height: 16” ⸱ Weight: 3.2 lbs. ⸱ Weight capacity: 30 lbs.

Weighing just 3.2 lbs., the Trekology Talu is the third lightest option on our list, making it a fantastic option for backpacking or camping in sites that aren’t car-accessible.

While it’s not as durable or robust as the Helinox One, and is a pound heavier, it has a slightly larger surface area (27 x 18 inches) and costs a fraction of the price. It also packs down into an equally teeny bundle, so it’s good to go just about anywhere on overnight trips.

In terms of quality, the Talu impresses for the price. It’s made with aluminum legs and an easy-clean, waterproof top. The weight capacity is a fairly meager 30 lbs. but this is sufficient for two diners or all the drinks you could possibly squeeze on there.

  • PROs

    • Affordable
    • Portable
    • Lightweight
    • Larger surface area than other highly portable camp tables or picnic tables
  • CONs

    • Low weight capacity
    • Low height
    • Not as durable or robust as Helinox One

Bottom-Line: Not ideal for dining or food prep, but great if you just need a small, compact model for drinks.

Snow Peak Single Action

Best for Dining

Table top dimensions: 48” x 28”  ⸱ Height: 26” ⸱ Weight: 28 lbs. ⸱ Weight Capacity: N/A

The SP Single Action is our top pick for any campers who prioritize class and quality over all else.

Made with a sturdy aluminum frame and chunky bamboo top, the Single Action is the closest you’ll get to your kitchen table at home. It also measures a generous 48” x 28” x 26”, so has room enough for six and is tall enough for dining. When packed away, it measures 48” x 14.5” x 3.5”, so isn’t the most portable, but is slender enough for easy storage in your vehicle.

The main benefits of the Single Action are its sturdiness and look – it wouldn’t look out of place in an office somewhere, let alone in your kitchen or yard at home. The downsides are its lofty price tag and ponderous weight – at 28 pounds, this is the heaviest model on our list by far, and not something you’d want to schlep any kind of distance.

  • PROs

    • Classy look
    • Durable bamboo top
    • Large surface area
    • Sturdy and robust
  • CONs

    • Very expensive
    • Heavy

Bottom-Line: The classiest and most home-like model on our list, but also the priciest and heaviest.

Outry Lightweight Folding Camping Table

Best Budget

Table top dimensions: 22” x 29.5” ⸱ Height: 21” ⸱ Weight: 1.7 lbs. ⸱ Weight capacity: N/A

If weight savings are more of a concern than portability, the Outry Lightweight is well worth a place on your shortlist.

The Outry measures 22″ x 29.5″ x 21″, so straddles the ground between being a small dining table and a large side table. While it could feasibly be used for sit-down dining, it’s better suited for tailgating, picnics, or evening snacks and drinks thanks to its inclusion of four mesh cup holders.

The Outry is made with a 600D ripstop nylon top and an aluminum alloy frame. While this makes it harder to clean and not quite as tough or stable as other options on our list, it’s also responsible for its light weight. Tipping the scales at just 1.7 pounds, this is the lightest option we reviewed, so ideal for backpacking or campsites that aren’t car-accessible.

If you’re looking for something similar that will offer a little more longevity, we’d recommend the Helinox One, but for this option you’ll need to dig far deeper into the coffers!

  • PROs

    • Ultralight
    • Four cup holders
    • Compact
    • Cheap!
  • CONs

    • A little too low to squeeze a camp chair under
    • Not as durable as other options

Bottom-Line: Not the most practical for dining, but essential camping gear for evening drinks and card games!

GCI Outdoor Master Cook Station

Honorable Mention

Table top dimensions: 21.7” x 56.3” ⸱ Height: 32.3” ⸱ Weight: 22.7 lbs. ⸱ Weight capacity: 48 lbs.

If you’re looking for a fully decked-out camp kitchen for making a more elaborate feast on any outdoor adventure, the GCI Master Cook Station is hard to beat.

The Master CS takes a little longer to set up than other options on our list, but once that’s taken care of, it’s a marvel of convenience and practicality.

In addition to a large surface area that provides enough space for a stove and chopping board, the MCS boasts a variety of shelves, a drying grate, a lantern hanger, a paper towel holder, and cup holders. There’s also a collapsible sink and drain for post-meal cleaning.

The only drawback to the MCS is that it’s designed to be used specifically for food preparation only, so doesn’t work well as a standard dining table.

  • PROs

    • Perfect height for standing
    • Sink
    • Lantern hanger
    • Shelves
    • Steel frame
    • Fold-out side tables
  • CONs

    • Low weight capacity
    • Heavy and bulky

Bottom-Line: A full-blown camp kitchen setup for barbecues and prep of more elaborate camp cuisine.

Helinox Table One

Best Ultralight

Table top dimensions: 24” x 16” ⸱ Height: 15” ⸱ Weight: 2 lbs. 1.6 oz. ⸱ Weight capacity: 110 lbs.

If you’re in the market for a small camping table that’s lightweight and portable enough for backpacking, the Helinox One is the perfect choice.

The One weighs just 2 lbs. 1.6 oz., making it the second lightest model on our list after the Outry. Despite this, it’s highly durable, has a weight capacity of a whopping 110 lbs., and feels remarkably sturdy.

The One’s 24-by16-inch surface and 15.4-inch height make it more of a picnic table than a true dining table, so there is a convenience penalty to be paid for its light weight and portability. That said, it’s ideal as a side, cocktail, or coffee table, and sturdy enough for food preparation.

The One is far pricier than our list’s other lightweight tables, the Trekology Talu and Outry, but it’s also far sturdier, more durable, and can hold a lot more weight.

  • PROs

    • Ultralight
    • Tiny packed size
    • Hard-top surface
    • Impressive weight capacity
  • CONs

    • Pricey
    • Smaller surface area than genuine dining tables

Bottom-Line: A high-quality portable folding table that weighs next to nothing and packs down into a tiny, compact bundle.

Mountain Summit Gear Deluxe Roll Top Kitchen

Best Camping Kitchen

Table top dimensions: 56.2” x 18.9” ⸱ Height: 31.5” ⸱ Weight: 13.8 lbs. ⸱ Weight capacity: N/A

Looking for a lightweight, affordable, all-in-one camp kitchen and dining table? If so, the Mountain Summit Roll Top is a great option.

This all-aluminum camp kitchen weighs in at just 13.8 pounds, making it a whole 9 pounds lighter than our list’s other camp kitchen, the GCI Master Cook Station. Like the Master Cook Station, it also folds up flat when not in use so is easy to store and carry. It measures 19.7 x 4.3 x 31.5 inches when folded and 56.2 x 18.9 x 31.5 inches when open.

The Mountain Summit Roll Top’s raised top, shelves, duo of storage bins for cooking supplies, and wide, elongated surface area make it ideal for food preparation. It scores extra points over its camping kitchen competitors, however, thanks to its two-tier configuration, which allows you to use the top surface for prep and the lower surface for dining.

  • PROs

    • Lightweight for a camp kitchen
    • Great extra storage features
    • Ample surface space
    • Folds into a surprisingly compact package
    • Easy to clean
  • CONs

    • Not quite as sturdy as the GCI Master

Bottom-Line: Great value for money and one of the most portable cook stations out there.

How to Choose a Portable Camping Table

Stability and Strength

In most cases, the heavier the table is, the sturdier and more stable it will be. This is exemplified by two of our list’s most heavy-duty tables, the REI Camp Prep (19 lbs. 11 oz.) and GCI Master Cook (22.7 lbs.), both of which have extra-sturdy builds and wide bases that make them less likely to topple over if nudged or loaded with plates and food.

Another indicator of strength and stability is weight capacity. The Helinox One has the highest weight capacity on our list (110 lbs.), with the REI Camp Prep a close second at 100 lbs. While not stated by the manufacturer, we estimate the capacity of the Outry Lightweight to be in the region of 25–30 lbs., making it the least stable of the bunch.

Frying pan filled with soapy water sitting on camping tabletop
Weight capacity is crucial if you intend to prepare food on your table.

As you might expect, there is almost always a trade-off between stability and weight, with lighter, more portable models offering less stability than heavy-duty counterparts.

Portability and Weight

If you’re car camping, weight and compactness aren’t a big issue. If you’re backpacking, however, the lighter and more packable the table is, the more suitable it will be. 

The most compact and lightweight tables on our list are the Helinox One, Trekology Talu, Outry Folding, and GCI Outdoor Folding Compact. All of these could feasibly be taken on backpacking trips, though the GCI Outdoor Folding Compact’s weight (4 lbs. 13 oz.) means you’d have to be extra keen on having a table at camp.

Backpacking chair and small side table in front of a lake
If you’re backpacking, a small side table may be the maximum you can comfortably carry.

For car camping, large heavy-duty camping tables like the REI Camp, ALPS Mountaineering Dining, GCI Outdoor Master, and Mountain Summit Gear Deluxe Roll Top Kitchen are our top picks.

Durability

Most camp tables are made with steel or aluminum legs/frames and aluminum or fabric surfaces. Of the various materials, steel and aluminum are the most durable. 

On our list, only the Helinox One and Outry have a fabric tabletop. While the fabric in question is burly, it’s naturally more liable to puncture, can’t withstand extreme heat from pots and pans, and is more susceptible to wear and tear. 

The one exception to the above is the Snow Peak Single Action, which has a bamboo tabletop. 

Eggs cooking on camping stove sitting atop an aluminum camping table
With an aluminum tabletop theres no need to worry about hot pots/pans being placed directly on the surface.

Height

How high you need your table to be will depend on the intended use. For food preparation, you’re going to need a model that stands at over 30 inches – otherwise, you’ll be stooped over it and uncomfortable throughout. For dining, anything measuring from 24 to 30 inches is ideal, while anything under this is more of a coffee table and won’t fit chairs underneath.

Going by the above height ranges, our list has:

  • 4 models better suited for food preparation (REI Camp Prep*, Outry Folding (large version), GCI Outdoors Master Cook Station, and Mountain Summit Gear Deluxe Roll Top Kitchen)
  • 4 at the ideal height for dining (ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table, Snow Peak Single Action, GCI Outdoor Compact)
  • 2 that are best used as side tables for lounge chairs, other low seats, or if you’re sitting on the floor (Trekology Talu and Helinox One) 

*The REI Co-op Camp Prep is adjustable from 22 to 31 inches.

Camping table and chairs setup outside a tent
To dine comfortably you’ll need to be able to fit your camp chair under the table.

Counter Space/Table Top

This determines how many diners or drinkers the table can accommodate. 

If you have a larger camping crew, your best bet is a full dining table like the REI Camp Prep, which measures 24” x 49” up top, meaning there’s enough room for 4–6 people. Smaller models like the Trekology Talu, which measures just 15.6” x 13.6” up top, are better suited as side/drinks tables.

Features

The addition or absence of bonus features won’t be a dealbreaker or dealmaker for some, but there’s no denying that a few add-ons can make any portable table a lot more convenient and user-friendly.

Some of the features we particularly enjoyed included cup holders, adjustable legs, and a well-made carrying bag. With portable kitchen setups like the GCI Cook Station, things like a paper towel holder, storage rack, fold-out side tables, collapsible sink, and lantern pole all earn extra brownie points.

Camping table with fabric tabletop and integrated cup holders
Features like cup holders are great when in the unpredictable outdoors!

Best Portable Camping Tables: The Verdict

Still undecided? Just in case you are, let’s have a little recap of our top picks.

Our standout favorite camping table is the REI Co-op Camp Prep. The Camp Prep is everything most campers need – it’s durable, as sturdy as they come, easy to clean, has a large surface area, and folds up nicely for storage. The fact that its height can be adjusted to suit your needs just seals the deal.

If you’re looking for something more affordable, we recommend the GCI Outdoor Compact Camp 20 and Trekology Talu. Both of these tables are a little on the small side for dining, but they’re compact, lightweight, ideal for drinks and a great low-cost alternative for anyone who doesn’t need an oversized surface area. 

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Last update on 2022-10-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Kieran James Cunningham is a climber, mountaineer, and author who divides his time between the Italian Alps, the US, and his native Scotland.

He has climbed a handful of 6000ers in the Himalayas, 4000ers in the Alps, 14ers in the US, and loves nothing more than a good long-distance wander in the wilderness. He climbs when he should be writing, writes when he should be sleeping, has fun always.

Kieran has taught mountaineering, ice climbing, and single-pitch and multi-pitch rock climbing in a variety of contexts over the years and has led trekking and mountaineering expeditions in the Alps, Rockies, and UK. He is currently working towards qualifying as a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and International Mountain Leader.

Kieran’s book Climbing the Walls—an exploration of the mental health benefits of climbing, mountaineering, and the great outdoors—is scheduled for release by Simon & Schuster in April 2021.

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