We love washing up time at campsites. It’s a chance to chat to fellow campers. But you do need a decent washing up bowl that you can carry over to the sinks…or use when wild camping.
Here are the best camping sinks we’ve found. Avoid the impractical round folding bowls and collapsing (when-you-don’t-want-them-to) buckets unless you really need super-lightweight.
Don’t forget to look at our recommended water carriers too.
The tiniest, lightest sink you’ll find. 10-litre capacity and perfect for backpackers. It opens up to a round bowl with a wire rim. Really needs to be full to hold its shape, but if weight (just 49g) is important to you, it’s ideal. Around £20.
A collapsible drainer NOT a sink. Around £10. There are draining holes in the base and no drip tray so you can’t stand it on a decent surface. Folds to just 5cm. Size 31x36x13cm when in use.
We saw a Swiss couple using this over the summer and it really won us over. Lots of uses, big enough for proper washing up and the handle is VERY helpful. Not cheap at around £35, but a good buy all the same. We did spot them at Simply Hike for under £30, so maybe worth a look – not many left, though.
Strong and practical, the Yachticon has handles, folds flat and costs around £25. Holds 15l and sized 33x33x17cm, though. Pretty robust for carrying camping kit when you're not washing up.
Dave and his mates have thought of everything. Their Colapz buckets come with a lid, tap and bung (the 2-in-1) or all of those plus watering can nozzle. Great for washing up small items (though plates won’t fit in), storing water and for using with their brilliant portable shower. They even do a mains water adapter kit for caravans and campervans.
We like this one. Use it as a sink or to carry stuff. Lightweight but with support rods so it doesn't lose its rectangular shape or collapse under the water's weight. Handles and a mesh pocket. Folds almost flat. 18l. Around £15