Best portable picnic tables for camping holidays and outdoor dining


You may not realized how handy a portable picnic table can be – but they’re an absolute godsend on camping trips

Why a portable picnic table will improve your camping holidays and outdoor picnics – plus the best available

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Get ready for a spring and summer of camping trips, outdoor parties and sunny BBQs with a portable picnic table that you can pop up wherever you decide to eat alfresco.

Why buy a portable picnic table?

A portable picnic or camping table is one of those items that you think you don’t really need – until you finally invest in one, and wonder how you did without it. And while in some ways a portable table is a simple bit of kit to buy, there are a surprising variety of shapes, sizes and designs available.

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What type of table should you buy?

You’ll find dining tables, low coffee tables, lightweight, packable tables and even full-blown kitchen cabinet-style tables on sale, so it’s easy to find the right design to suit any kind of camper and picnic-er.

Think about your camping requirements

Remove how portable a table you pick should depend on how much space you have to store it, and how and where you plan to transport and use it. If you have a small car boot or limited storage at home, pick a lightweight, foldable table.

A table with its own carry bag makes life much easier if you’re walking any distance. Lower coffee-style tables are great for camping couples, as they take up little space but will still hold drinks and snacks, and work well with lower camping chairs.

And there are even tables that double up as kitchen workstations, designed for holding a camping stove and your chopping boards – perfect for keen chefs who like to take everything but the kitchen sink along with them when they go camping.

Whatever design you go for, look for a table that is lightweight and has foldable legs for easy storage, but that is sturdy and wobble-free once you stand it in place.

Many camping tables have wipe-clean or even antimicrobial surfaces, which is very handy for keeping things spick and span.

Don’t forget to check that your table will seat the whole family, and check that the height of your new table will work together with your current camping chairs or stools.

Decathlon Folding Camping Table

Decathlon Folding Camping Table

Regatta Games Table

Regatta Games Table

Outwell Dawson picnic table

Outwell Dawson picnic table

Key specs – Weight: 12.9kg; Dimensions: 86cm x 150cm x 67cm.

Recreate that ‘pint in a pub garden’ feeing with your own portable picnic table.

Outwell’s Dawson design unfolds like magic into a solid picnic table complete with four integrated stools, and the erected table complete with smart bamboo finish is so solid and secure that it’s a surprise when you see how quickly it can be dismantled, folded in half and popped into a carry bag once it’s home time.

We like the comfortable built-in stools, which mean you’ll never forget to bring the right number of chairs.

The Dawson is versatile, too – great as a dining table for a family of four, as a play table, for a game of cards or just set up in the back garden all summer long.


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Helinox Table One Hard Top

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 of this Helinox coffee-style table – it’s so much more fun than a bog-standard aluminum camping table, and will cheer up any campsite or festival setup.

Style points aside, Helinox’s camping kit always stands out for its long-lasting build quality, and this sturdy table is no exception.

We also like this design for its portability – the legs fold down and the top folds up concertina-style for easy storage in a small bag, which weighs just 870g and which will easily fit in a rucksack.

Matching low chairs are available, and there’s a plain black version of the table if you do want to go for a more subtle look.


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Hi Gear Mirage Deluxe Kitchen Unit

Hi Gear Mirage Deluxe Kitchen Unit

Hi Gear Picnic Table

Hi Gear Picnic Table

Coleman Square Camping Table

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 do you proud on camping trips and that doesn’t have unnecessary bells and whistles, Coleman’s Square Camping Table is a fuss-free choice.

This is a functional and foldable square table with plenty of space for four adults to comfortably sit and eat at, and we like its antimicrobial-treated surface, which makes this a handy choice for food prep or popping your camping stove on as well as for eating at.

The four slim legs don’t wobble and pop down quickly when you’re packing up.

The table’s surface doesn’t fold, though, so you will need a fair bit of space to store this design, even when flat.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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