You may not realize how convenient a portable picnic table can be, but it’s an absolute boon for camping trips.
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Prepare for a spring and summer of camping trips, outdoor parties and sunny barbecues with a portable picnic table you can set up wherever you decide to eat outdoors.
Why buy a portable picnic table?
A portable picnic or camping table is one of those items you think you don’t really need – until you end up investing in a table and wondering how you ever lived without it. . And while in some ways a portable table is a simple kit to buy, there are a surprising variety of shapes, sizes, and designs available.
What type of table should you buy?
You’ll find dining tables, coffee tables, lightweight packable tables and even full-fledged kitchen cabinet style tables on sale, so it’s easy to find the right design to suit any type of camper and of a picnicker.
Consider your camping needs
The portability of a table you choose should depend on how much space you have to store it, as well as how and where you plan to transport and use it. If you have a small car trunk or limited storage at home, choose a lightweight, foldable table.
If you have to feed a family of six, choose a larger model that will allow you to sit comfortably. On the way to a festival or to stroll in the park?
A table with its own carry bag makes life much easier if you’re walking anywhere. Cafe-style coffee tables are ideal for camping couples, as they take up little space but can still hold drinks and snacks, and work well with low camping chairs.
And there are even tables that double as kitchen workstations, designed to hold a camping stove and your cutting boards – perfect for avid chefs who like to take everything but the kitchen sink with them when cooking. they go camping.
Whichever design you choose, look for a table that is lightweight and has foldable legs for easy storage, but is sturdy and wobble-free once you set it up.
Many camping tables have easy-to-clean or even antimicrobial surfaces, which is great for keeping things spotless.
Don’t forget to check that your table will accommodate the whole family and that the height of your new table will work with your current camping chairs or stools.
Decathlon folding camping table
Key Specs – Weight: 8.7kg; Dimensions: 120cm x 60cm.
Kudos to Decathlon – they’ve designed a great camping table that comfortably seats six and comes with four stools, all at an affordable price.
There’s a lot to like about the folding camping table – it can be set up at two heights, one that will suit children or work as a coffee table and one that will work as a dining table, it folds in half for easy storage and there’s plenty of room to eat, place a camping stove on top or whip up a big spread at a summer BBQ.
The four included stools are simple in design but handy to have on hand and fold up inside the table when not in use.
Our top choice for family camping.
Regatta games table
Key Specs – Weight: 2.5kg; Size: 70x50x62cm.
The Regatta Games Table does exactly what it says on the box – this fun table has a printed cardboard top that includes a chess board, snakes and ladders board, tic tac toe and two spaces for displaying decks of cards .
Perfect for keeping the kids (or big kids) busy for hours, but it’s not just a fancy design – the table itself is pleasantly sturdy and wobble-free once you unfold its legs, and seats four campers around its aluminum frame at dinner. time.
At under £25 the games table is a bargain whether or not you use it more often for gaming sessions or dining together, and when you’re not camping it’s ideal for use in a hall games.
Outwell Dawson Picnic Table
Key Specs – Weight: 12.9kg; Dimensions: 86cm x 150cm x 67cm.
Recreate that ‘pint in a pub garden’ feeling with your very own portable picnic table.
Outwell’s Dawson design magically folds out into a sturdy picnic table with four built-in stools, and the table erected with a smart bamboo finish is so sturdy and secure it’s a surprise when you see just how speed it can be disassembled, folded in half and exploded. in a carrying bag once at home.
We love the comfy built-in stools, which means you’ll never forget to bring the right number of chairs.
The Dawson is also versatile – ideal as a dining table for a family of four, as a games table, for a game of cards or simply set up in the back garden all summer long.
Helinox Table One Hard Top
Key Specs – Weight: 870g; Dimensions: 60cm x 40cm x 39cm.
We’re big fans of the bright and bold tie-dye print on this Helinox-style coffee table – it’s so much more fun than a standard aluminum camping table, and will brighten up any camping or camping setup. festival.
Style aside, the Helinox Camping Kit always stands out for its durable build quality, and this sturdy table is no exception.
We also love this design for its portability – the legs fold up and the top concertina folds for easy storage in a small bag, which weighs just 870g and fits easily into a backpack.
Matching low chairs are available, and there’s a plain black version of the table if you want a more subtle look.
Hi Gear Mirage Luxury Kitchen Unit
Key Specs – Weight: 9.3kg; Dimensions: 128cm x 48cm x 80-111cm.
Our fourth portable table isn’t really a table, it’s more of a mobile kitchen counter for your campsite.
A taller section of the Mirage Deluxe kitchen unit has an integrated windshield and is designed to hold your camp stove securely in place, while two lower side tables are ideal for food prep, and three shelves can easily hold a few days to produce.
The wider side table functions as a small dining table for two, so this setup is perfect for couples who like to cook up a storm when they go camping, or just for barbecue lovers to use as a workstation in the garden.
Hi Gear Picnic Table
Key Specs – Weight: 3.74kg; Dimensions: 80cm x 60cm x 67cm.
Hi Gear haven’t reinvented the wheel with their picnic table – they’ve kept it simple with a sturdy and reliable camping table with folding legs that seats four comfortably but adequately.
The table comes with its own zipped carry bag, which is handy when setting up camp at a festival or a bit further from your car, or to keep the table clean and dry when storing, plus it there is a side handle to carry the board itself.
The surface is easy to clean and the legs are strong and durable. A double version is also available and will accommodate six people.
Coleman Square Camping Table
Key Specs – Weight: 3.9kg; Dimensions: 80cm x 80cm.
If you want a table for a family of four that will make you proud on your camping trips and that doesn’t have any unnecessary bells and whistles, the Coleman Square Camping Table is a hassle-free choice.
It’s a functional, foldable square table with plenty of room for four adults to comfortably sit and eat, and we love its antimicrobial treated surface, making it a practical choice for food prep or to blow up your camping stove as well as to eat at.
The four slender legs won’t wobble and lower quickly when packing.
However, the table surface does not fold, so you will need some space to store this design, even when lying flat.