The Best Camping Table

The Best Camping TableUnless your campsite has a picnic table (and maybe even if it does), you're going to want a table where you can prepare your food, store equipment and sit down to eat. Camping tables are largely one-dimensional accessories that don't require extensive shopping comparison. You simply need to find a table that is large and sturdy enough for your needs and that folds down to fit in your car. Here's a look at some different types of tables that will work well for any car campsite.

NRS Roll-A-Table

Rollable tables are perhaps the most convenient type of camping table out there. A favorite among campers, the NRS Roll-A-Table features a durable, waterproof, heat-resistant fabric top that rolls away into a carrying bag that's just 5 inches in diameter. The tabletop measures 32 inches by 32 inches and the legs stand 28 inches tall. A side pocket keeps a variety of supplies nearby so that you're able to prepare and eat food seamlessly. Despite any reservations you might have about the strength of a fabric table, the NRS holds up to 175 pounds.

Snow Peak Single Action Long

Okay, so $300 is probably more than most people want to spend on a camping table. However, if you're looking for a camping table that is as nice as your dining room table, this is the one to go with. With a beautiful bamboo top and folding aluminum legs, the Snow Peak is one of the classiest campsite tables you're likely to find. It is sized for four to six adults.

Kelty Soft-Top Table

This little square table won't be a primary eating or serving table, but it is a good end table for setting snacks and drinks on. It has four cup holders similar to those in a camping chair, so you can sit back and not worry about wind or your buddy feeding your drink to the dirt. It also has mesh side pockets for holding other important gear such as plates and bug spray. The top is made of tough 600D rip-stop polyester, and the frame is made of steel, cross-supported legs. One of the cooler features on this table is the painted checker/chess board to provide a little campsite gaming entertainment.

Alps Mountaineering Chip Table

Similar to the Kelty, the Chip Table is a small, square soft-top with cup holders on each corner. What sets this apart from the Kelty is an organized storage pocket that includes three sleeves for your essential eating utensils and several larger pockets for items like napkins and plates. This allows you to keep all your dinnerware accessible and organized.

Coleman Cooking Station

If you're the type of backcountry chef who needs some counter space, the Coleman Cooking Station is a good option. Featuring a wire table to set your grill up on and an attached table top for food preparation, the Coleman offers the convenience of your kitchen in the outdoors. Use handy add-ons like utensil hooks and a wire storage shelf to keep organized. The station folds up to 37 inches by 21 inches by 5 1/2 inches. While the 22 pounds will be cumbersome to some, the weight is worth it to those who really want to cook.


Coleman Tailgater Table

The Coleman Tailgater is just what it sounds like: a good, simple, foldable table that will work great for camping or tailgating. The aluminum table provides a 48 inch by 24 inch surface for eating, storage, food prep or games, and it folds up and in half, serving as its own carrying case. The height is adjustable from 22 to 28 inches. Coleman also offers the similar but larger Dynasty Table for those who need more space (30 inches by 60 inches).

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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