Camping storage – the best cupboards and camping kitchens

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 camp kitchens.

Folding camping cupboards
Campart. Our favourite camping kitchen and storage

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.

Vango folding organiser

 Vango organiser

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.

 

Add a windshield to make a cooking area

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…

Guess what? Camping cupboards are all pretty identical apart from fabric colour and the colour of the top and shelves…oh, and price. There are a couple that stand out from the rest, so read on….

Zempire camping cupboards and kitchen – from £55

Probably our number one choice, although also the most expensive. We’ve been impressed by Zempire’s tents and their storage options are great too.

  • Aluminium frame (steel on Lowstow)
  • Three sizes of cupboard storage
  • Two-cupboard/stove area camping kitchen unit
  • Bamboo tops on two of the cupboards
  • One-shelf – 75W x 49D x 82H (cm) – 9.8kg
  • Lowstow – 97W x 48D x 56H (cm) – 7.8kg
  • Prices from £60 to £135.

Campart camp kitchens – £75-£135

Our top choice for camping kitchen, thanks to the light weight and the aluminium top with windshield. Brilliant. Alicante is the bigger one and Valencia is the smaller.

  • Aluminium frame and work surface
  • Two shelves, plus gas bottle store in the larger one
  • Sink included in the larger version.
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • Roll-up doors
  • Sink
  • 102 x 48 x 85/116cm
  • Weighs 5.4kg /7.2kg

Isabella cupboardIsabella camping cupboard – around £80

  • Aluminium frame
  • Two shelves
  • Organiser pockets
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • Side-opening door
  • 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 for around £115.

Kampa Rosie cupboard – around £40

  • Aluminium frame
  • Two shelves
  • Side-opening door
  • Carrybag included
  • 59W x 48D x 104H (cm)
  • Max. load of 30kg
  • Weighs 5kg
  • DIFFERENCES – No pockets or mesh.

Campart Toledo cupboardCamPart camping cupboard – around £80

  • Aluminium frame
  • Two shelves
  • Side opening door
  • 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. Double available for around £120

Campart CU-0719 – around £55

  • Aluminium frame
  • Two shelves
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • Side-opening doors
  • 57W x 47D x 97H (cm)
  • Max load unknown
  • Weighs 4.5kg
  • DIFFERENCES – lower weight than most, aluminium edged shelves. Two sizes of lower, double cupboard available too.

TecTake camping storage – from £35

  • Aluminium frame
  • Three 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


Outwell Padres camping kitchen units – from £100

  • Aluminium frame
  • Windshield
  • Bamboo top
  • Pockets and pull-out washing bowl holder
  • Side-rolling doors
  • 100 x 49 x 82cm (XL) and 75 x 49 x 82cm
  • Weighs 13.5kg (XL) and 9kg
  • Around £110/£145 

What about a macho storage idea from the angling world?

 
 

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

This NGT Deluxe has two tiers, a separable table and costs under £50.

 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!

 

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.

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.

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

    Outwell Domingo cupboard

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