When it comes to campsites, and even just RV life in general, one thing becomes evident pretty quickly – space is at a premium.
Whether you ask a RVing veteran or a first timer, one of the most common annoyances you’ll hear is that people need more space to function, or need items to take up less space in storage. There’s simply not a lot of room on the road.
That’s why it’s important to make sure a good outdoor table is one of the first things you add to your camping or RV essentials. For cooking, dining, playing board games, or relaxing by the fire, a camping table helps keep you from living in the dirt!
The tables listed here need to fit a few criteria:
- they need to be durable (both to withstand being left out in the elements, and to hold up to plenty of use)
- they need to be easily portable (so you won’t have trouble constantly taking them in and out)
- and they have to easily fold up to a small size, making sure they take up as little space as possible inside your camper.
Here’s a look at four of the best options for portable outdoor camping tables.
From the “Table In A Bag” company (they seem pretty focused), this table assembles to sit 16 inches high and 27 inches square, weighs about 8 pounds, and stores neatly in the included carrying bag.
The solid hardwood top is water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about leaving it outside all the time. It sits about a foot and a half off the ground, so it’s the perfect height for using with camping chairs, or for sitting directly on the ground picnic style.
Best feature: The fact that this table sits less than two feet off the ground makes it perfect for a picnic or concert situation, and great for sitting drinks on by the fire. It’s not a table you’d use for a full size dinner, but you’ll find plenty of uses for it around the campsite.
ALPS Mountaineering tables are available in three main sizes: a small square dining table for 2, a traditional dining table that seats 4, or the “XL Dining Table” that seats 6.
Thanks to the X-Frame design and fold up top, this table can be taken down or put back up in seconds (and that also means there’s nothing under the table to bang your knees on and that chairs can slide up close).
These tables stand about 43 inches high, and are constructed from heavy duty aluminum. The table comes with a canvas carrying bag to make transport a snap.
Best feature: A lot of portable and outdoor tables have framework that runs from the side to the middle underneath, meaning there’s often metal in the way when you’re sitting under it. But this table’s “X-frame” design on the side provides nothing but clear space underneath. If you’re looking for a table for meals, this may be your best bet.
With a top made from wooden slats encased in waterproof vinyl fabric, this table opens to 32 inches square, and stands 28 inches high. When stored, it’s only 6 inches high and 32 inches long.
The Roll-A-Table (like its name implies) rolls up for easy storage, and has a carrying strap to make moving it around convenient and hassle-free. Online reviews say that cleaning this table is incredibly easy, and that it holds up well to years of use.
Best feature: The vinyl surface of this table is super easy to keep clean. There’s also a small mesh bag attached to the table, meaning you can roll up your utensils and keep them right with the table, instead of watching them blow away in the wind.
This table from Coleman fits all the requirements for a camping table:
- easy to put up
- easy to take down
This one isn’t really a table you’ll slide a chair under for a big meal thanks to the framing underneath, but it’s perfect for all-around use at the campsite, and it makes a great side table.
It weighs a little under 9 pounds, and comes with a convenient storage bag. With a steel frame and aluminum top, it’s okay to leave this table out in the elements, or to set hot pots and pans on without worry.
Best feature: This table is the best traveler on this list, with legs that fold up easily and make for a very compact profile once it’s folded. It can be set up in less than a minute, and broken down in the same time frame.