7 Best Camp Tables for Every Outdoor Adventure

Looking for the best camp tables? We’ve rounded up our top picks that will serve all your camp cooking, eating, and game playing needs.

Man cooking on outdoor stove in front of river at campsite

Looking for the best camp table for your outdoor pursuits? You’ve come to the right place! Here at Bearfoot Theory, we have years of experience testing out camping furniture, including tables, and we know what works and what doesn’t.

While part of the appeal of heading out into nature is to leave some of our daily conveniences behind, it’s also nice to be able to relax at camp with the right gear. The best camp tables allow you to easily prep food, prevent beverages from getting spilled, and enjoy a game of cards with friends, among other uses.

It can be easy to say that you’ll just ‘make do’ when heading out on a trip – after all, the top of a cooler does work as a table – but trust me, a good camp, sturdy table is well worth the precious space.

In this post, I’ve rounded my top picks for camp tables that will suit every outdoor adventure from gourmet camp chef kitchens to ultralightweight backpacking setups.

Best Camp Tables at a Glance

1. GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station

Best table for outdoor cooking

Key Features

  • Folded dimensions: 34.6″ x 21″ x 3.7″
  • Unfolded dimensions: 52″ x 21″ x 32.3″
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 30 – 48 lbs depending on surface

Where to shop

  • Great for: Basecamp cooking
  • What we like: Lots of space to prep and cook food, has a heat-resistant top for your gas stove, very sturdy, the frame folds down slim and flat, quickly unfolds – no need to screw on any legs
  • What we don’t like: Heavy, not versatile, not as compact as other camp tables

I’ve used the GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station for a number of years now when we take our van out on the road in the summer. Yes, we do have a kitchen inside our van, but we prefer to cook outside when we can because it’s nicer, saves battery power, and doesn’t leave our van smelling like food.

We use our 2-burner Eureka Ignite Plus stove on the heat-resistant top and prep our plant-based meals on the four fold-out side tables. There is plenty of room for sauces, spices, and cooking utensils, and it even has a place to hang a trash bag.

I first bought this table because of how easy it is to set up. You don’t have to screw on any legs (which is a time suck), and the table quickly unfolds and the shelves pop up.

In my second van, we fit the table right behind the driver’s seat in between the seat and the galley. It’s a bit heavy, but it has a sturdy, durable handle that makes it very easy to carry.

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All of the shelves on the GCI Slimfold Cook Station. are so handy!

2. REI Co-Op Dining Table

Best camp dining table

Key Features

  • Folded dimensions: 49.4″ x 8.7″ x 5.3″
  • Unfolded dimensions: 48″ x 28.8″ x 26.8″
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 120 lbs

Where to shop

  • Great for: Families, car camping
  • What we like: Can fit up to six people, packs away small, easy to put together, sturdy
  • What we don’t like: It can be hard to clean between the roll-top slats, numerous parts can be easy to leave behind

If you want a large dining table that you can set up at base camp for dining, playing games on, or spreading out a large map, the REI Dining Table is a great option.

It can fit up to six people and is sturdy enough so that you don’t have to worry about someone knocking a leg and sending the whole meal flying. I also love that it packs down small and can easily be stored in the trunk of a car or slipped into the back of a van.

After testing out several roll-top tables, though, I do find that it can be hard to clean in between the slats. That’s something to take into consideration. Messes are easily avoided, though, if you use a tablecloth or a picnic table cover.

3. Dometic Go Compact Camp Table

Best table with adjustable height

Key Features

  • Folded dimensions: 19.7″ x 25.6″
  • Unfolded dimensions: 39.4″ x 27.4″ x 25.6″
  • Weight: 20 lbs 10.2 oz
  • Weight capacity: Not specified

Where to shop

  • Great for: Families, car camping
  • What we like: Three adjustable heights, can fit four people, folds down flat, durable, no loose parts
  • What we don’t like: Heavy and expensive

Dometic is a pioneer brand for a lot of van life appliances like toilets, fridges, portable batteries, solar panels, and more. But more recently, they’ve branched into lifestyle van essentials like furniture.

The Dometic Go Compact Table is a great camp table for van life or car camping because it folds down flat and has three adjustable heights so you can use it for a variety of camp needs. I love having a big (classy!) flat surface for cooking and dining or using it as a snack table when I’m sitting in my camp chair.

I also love how easy it is to set up. You just unfold it, turn it upside down, pull the legs out, and then flip it right side up.

It is a bit heavy and awkward to carry, but you can purchase the carry case to make lugging it around a bit easier. Also, check out the other products in Dometic’s Go line for hassle-free camping.

Two Dometic GO Compact Camping Chairs set up at camp, alongside a van and table in British Columbia
The Dometic Go table and chairs set up at our camp in British Columbia

4. Helinox Table One

Most portable/lightweight camp table

Key Features

  • Folded dimensions: 15.7″ x 5″ x 4.7″
  • Unfolded dimensions: 24″ x 16″ x 15.4″
  • Weight: 2 lbs 1.6 oz
  • Weight capacity: 110 lbs

Where to shop

  • Great for: Limited space, hike-in campsites, beach camping
  • What we like: Lightweight and portable, packs down small, sturdy, no loose parts
  • What we don’t like: The tabletop isn’t as flat or supportive as a true hardtop camp table

For campers concerned about space and/or weight, the Helinox Table One is the perfect solution. Weighing just over 2 lbs, this camp table packs down small, yet it still performs as a reliable dining or card game surface.

The hardtop is crafted from a polycarbonate sheet that can support up to 110 lbs (that being said, it’s not designed to be a seat). If you want to go even lighter, you can opt for the mesh top Helinox Table One, which is perfect for beach days.

5. GCI Outdoor Compact Camp Table

Most compact camp table

Key Features

  • Folded dimensions: 18″ x 18″ x 2″
  • Unfolded dimensions: 20″ x 18″ x 24″
  • Weight: 4 lbs 13 oz
  • Weight capacity: 60 lbs

Where to shop

  • Great for: Limited space
  • What we like: Very lightweight, compact when folded down, perfect size for two people
  • What we don’t like: Can be hard to clean between the slats, smaller tabletop space compared to other options

The GCI Outdoor Compact Camp Table is a small, simple solution for those who don’t have a lot of extra space in their car or van. It’s extremely lightweight at just under 5 lbs and it’s the perfect size for two people to enjoy a meal or camp game.

I had this table in my first van and thought it was a great size for all my simple camp kitchen and dining needs. That being said, the 18 x 18-inch surface is smaller than the tables listed above, so think about how much table space you need or want before purchasing.

Camp table with snacks
This GCI Table is super compact – just big enough for some drinks and snacks

6. NEMO Moonlander

Most sturdy camp table

Key Features

  • Folded dimensions: 14.5″ x 9.5″ x 1.5″
  • Unfolded dimensions: 19″ x 15″ x 16″
  • Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz
  • Weight capacity: 100 lbs

Where to shop

  • Great for: Versatility
  • What we like: Dual-height design, very sturdy, durable
  • What we don’t like: Heavy for its size, no locking mechanism when it’s in it’s low setting

I’m a fan of NEMO Equipment because they make high-quality gear that lasts and the NEMO Moonlander table is no exception. It may be a bit heavier than other tables of similar size, but it’s super durable and will last you many seasons.

Designed to be a side table, the NEMO Moonlander is perfect for holding beverages, playing a game of cards, or laying out a snack board.

It can also be used as a floor-level table in its ‘low rider’ setting. I don’t love it as much in this position because there’s no locking mechanism to prevent it from folding in the middle. It’s not quite as solid in the low position as it is with its legs on, but if you’re at the beach or sitting on the ground, it’s a nice option to have.

7. SOTO Outdoors Field Hopper Table

Ultralight backpacking table

Key Features

  • Folded dimensions: 11.7″ x 4.3″ x 0.7″
  • Unfolded dimensions: 11.7″ x 8.3″ x 3.1″
  • Weight: 13.9 oz
  • Weight capacity: Not specified

Where to shop

  • Great for: Backpacking trips
  • What we like: Very lightweight, sturdy, large enough to cook on, folds flat
  • What we don’t like: Not much!

A table may seem like a luxury item for backpacking trips – and it is! But, if you think you’ll be cooking inside your tent due to inclement weather or if you are cooking for a group, the SOTO Outdoors Field Hopper Table is a great addition to your backpacking gear. And it’s surprisingly inexpensive!

Made from lightweight aluminum, this table weighs just under 14oz and folds down flat so you can easily tuck it into your pack. It even comes with its own little cloth pouch.

The Field Hopper table makes cooking on uneven surfaces much easier and keeps all your cooking and eating ware clean and dirt or sand-free.

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Do you have a favorite camp table? What is it and what do you love about it? Does one of the ones we’ve picked look like it would work for your camping adventures? Leave a comment below!

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