This 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 and the best camp kitchens.
Latest update: November 2019
Which camping cupboard should I buy…and why?
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 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.
But if you need something more substantial, read on…
Which camping storage works best?
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 shelves. If you need to turn a basic storage cupboard into a kitchen, you can always add a windshield. The Kampa windshield one shown here is universal-fit and sticks on with suction cups.
Now aren’t you glad you didn’t spend three hours finding out that…
Zempire camping cupboards and kitchen – from £50
Probably our joint number one choice with Campart. We’ve been impressed by Zempire’s tents and their storage options are great too.
Campart camp kitchens – £50-£100
Our joint top choice for camping kitchens, thanks to the light weight and the aluminium top with windshield. Brilliant.
TecTake camping storage – from £50
- Aluminium frame
- Five different models to choose from
- Mesh for ventilation
- Roll-up doors
- Carry bag
- Kitchen unit with windshield – 76 x 53.5 x 107cm; 7.1kg, 30kg load
- Double store low – 97 x 47.5 x 56.5cm; 6.7kg, 30kg load
- Double store high – 97 x 47.5 x 78cm, 8.6kg, 30kg load
What about a macho storage idea from the angling world?
And for campervanners…
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.
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.