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 £23.
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 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
Strong and practical, the Yachticon has handles, folds flat and costs around £18. Not so big at 15l and 33x33x17cm, though. Pretty robust for carrying camping kit when you're not washing up.
The Friendly Swede has a folding bucket in three colours. We find these a bit unstable, but they're useful for lots of things apart from dishwashing. Around £17 and in a choice of 10l or 16l.
For washing clothes when camping, the Scrubba bag is an ingenious sort of wet drybag with a scrubbing area inside. Fill it with water and clothes and get agitating! From £40. There's a wash and dry camping kit too.
And what about portable camping showers? Solar-heated bags, pumps that you stick into a bucket or bowl or even powered ones? If you’ve used one and loved (or hated it), do let us know. Good for mucky kids or dogs? Hosing down canoes and kayaks? Washing the car?