Camping storage – the best camping cupboard

Folding camping cupboardsThis is what we’re here for! To save you the time and effort of researching to find the best camping kit. So, let’s talk camping storage…camping cupboards.


It’s satisfying to have something that makes it easy to get at cooking equipment, toiletries or general bits and pieces when camping. Rummaging around in overstuffed boxes and bags gets a bit wearing – especially on longer campsite stays.

We used an Outwell kitchen storage bag for years and it worked fairly well with its compartments and pockets. The Andes kitchen storer is identical. Great if you’re after a smaller storage option that doubles as a picnic carrier. The Vango folding organiser is a lightweight, smaller option.

Vango folding organiser

Vango organiser


A shopping tip…

We’d seen a lot of good reviews for an insulated picnic bag called the BeFit, so we tested it. Very flimsy and poor quality. If you see an item with a large number of five-star reviews, just have a read through some of them. Over-enthusiasm and dodgy English MAY be a sign it’s a fake review. Other clues are that the reviewer has only ever posted five-star reviews or has never posted anything before.


Back to cupboards!

We liked the look of the concertina folding camping cupboards that don’t take up much space in the car or campervan. These can be carried flat and then put up inside a tent or awning. Many come with pull-down legs that are good for adjusting on uneven floors, but we didn’t find a single one of these that wasn’t wobbly.

So, we’ve opted to look more closely at the flat-bottomed cupboards with three shelves (which we feel is about right for a family of four). There are five to choose from. Guess what? They’re all the same apart from fabric colour and the colour of the top and shelves…oh, and price. Each model’s specification is slightly different in terms of size and weight, but our guess is that these are errors in measuring (or weighing with/without bag etc), because the frame is no different.

Our advice? Choose the colour you like best and then shop around for the best price. There’s really nothing else to choose between them. Now aren’t you glad you didn’t spend three hours finding that out for yourself!


Isabella cupboardIsabella camping cupboard – around £70

  • Aluminium frame
  • Three shelves
  • Organiser pockets
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • Carrybag included
  • 60W x 48D x 81H (cm)
  • Max. load of 30kg
  • Weighs 8kg
  • DIFFERENCES – Bare, rather than fabric-covered, frame. Slightly better base. Double version available

Chatsworth cupboard

Just had to include this daft picture!

Chatsworth cupboard – around £40

  • Aluminium frame
  • Three shelves
  • Organiser pockets
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • Carrybag included
  • 60W x 48D x 79H (cm)
  • Max. load of 30kg
  • Weighs 8.2kg

Hi-Gear Airgo Compac

  • Two or three shelf options
  • Organiser pockets
  • Carrybag included
  • Two-shelf – 60W x 48D x 86H (cm)
  • Two-shewlf – Max. load of 30kg
  • Two-shelf – Weighs 7.7kg

 


Grand Canyon cupboardGrand Canyon camping cupboard – around £85

  • Aluminium frame
  • Three shelves
  • Organiser pockets
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • 60W x 48D x 80H (cm)
  • Max load unknown
  • Weighs 8.2kg
  • DIFFERENCES – Smarter fabric colour. Also available in large (four shelves) and double (six shelves).

CamPart cupboardCamPart camping cupboard – around £70

  •  Aluminium frame
  • Three shelves
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • 60W x 48D x 81H (cm)
  • Max load unknown
  • Weighs 7.7kg
  • DIFFERENCES – no side pockets and legs are uncovered, no carrybag, adjustable feet

What about an idea from the angling world?

TF Gear workstation has table flaps, loads of storage and pockets. Around £60.

A complete bivvy table solution all built into a carryall type bag. Around £50 and includes a removable table. Herbs and spices rather than worms in the boxes, of course!

Has anyone tried or used a carp fishing station as their camp kitchen? They’re full of useful sections and pockets and very sturdy. Would they be too low? Too heavy? Turn you into a demon organiser?

Do let us know if you’ve used one and they work for you.


And for campervanners…

Packing a VW California Beach campervan

For anyone with a campervan (especially VW California Beach owners), you could consider one of these camping storage units for use in the van. We’ve tested one sitting on the multiflex shelf in the back of a Beach. Providing it’s on a non-slip surface (we have grey lino in place of the padded mattress) and it’s positioned to one side (so you can see out of the rear-view mirror), it seems to work well as a permanent campervan cupboard. You do need to pack it well to stop rattling and it’s not terribly elegant, but it makes getting at plates and pans very easy. Read more about how to use and pack a VW California Beach campervan.

If you’ve found a better camping cupboard, camping storage or workaround, do let us know in the comments below.

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  1. We prefer this style as it’s easier to put up!

    Outwell Domingo cupboard

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