Camping and Backpacking Chairs – Your Ultimate Guide

Why Are There So Many Types Of Camping Chairs?

If you say the words “camping chairs” it can conjure a lot of different images in people’s minds. 

The fact is that there are a lot of different types of camping chairs because there are lots of different camping styles and comfort levels. From the minimalist ultralight camping chairs to heated love seats, each has its place in your camping adventures. 

Below is a list of some of the major types of camping chairs, along with what their best uses are, and some pros and cons of each. 

Ultralight Backpacking Chairs

ultralight camping chair

Designed for the weight-conscious backpacker, ultralight chairs prioritize minimalism. With lightweight materials and a compact design, these chairs are your go-to for shedding ounces without compromising on comfort.



Folding Camping Chairs

Basic folding camping chair

Traditional yet versatile, folding camping chairs are a car camping essential. With a collapsible frame, they’re easy to set up and pack away. Their simplicity makes them a reliable choice for any outdoor adventure.



Camping Loveseats

Kelty Low-Love Seat Camping Chair

Elevate your camping experience with loveseats, perfect for cozying up with a loved one. These double-seater chairs provide a comfortable and intimate seating option, making them ideal for couples seeking a romantic outdoor retreat.

Check Out My Big List Of Camping Loveseats



Stool Style Camping Chairs

basic camping stool

One step up from sitting on your bear can, a fold out stool can give you a little bit of comfort and a place to sit at the end of a long day of hiking. These are great if you want to go minimalist on your adventure chair. 



Camping Rocking Chairs

rocking chair for camping

Elevate your camping experience with rocking chairs that bring a touch of home to the outdoors. Portable and comfortable, these chairs let you enjoy the soothing motion of rocking while immersed in nature.



Camping Director Chairs

Feel like a VIP around the campfire with director’s chairs. With a higher backrest and added features like a side table and cup holder, these chairs provide a touch of luxury to your outdoor seating.



Folding Beach Chairs

SUNNYFEEL Extra Wide 28 Low Beach Chair

Built to keep you low to the ground, folding beach chairs are technically a camping chair, but you may want them if your adventures take you to the beach. 



Hammock Camping Chairs

Hammock style reclining camping chair

A funky design, these reclining hammock-style camping chairs pack down reasonably small and recline for nighttime activities like watching fireworks or the stars.  This is one of my must have camping chairs, that I keep in Leif the Adventure Van.



Zero Gravity Reclining Camping Chairs

zero gravity reclining chair for camping

Another of my favorite chairs for sitting out and watching the stars, zero gravity reclining chairs step the comfort up. Typically these are nicely padded and include a side table. Plus you get a footrest. As outdoor adventure chairs go, this is pure camping luxury!



Trekking Pole Backpacking Chairs

Trekking pole backpacking chairs

When every ounce counts, but you still want a chair, there are trekking pole chairs. These use your trekking poles as part of the frame for your chair. Personally, I’d rather use my trekking poles for my tent than my chair. 



Heavyweight Car and RV Camping Chairs

ICECO High back camping chair for older adults

These are a special class of folding camping chairs that are perfect for anyone who has trouble standing up or needs a chair that holds a little more weight. 

The tradeoff of course is that these are not the lightest and most portable chairs, which makes them more appropriate for car and RV camping. or even for setting up around your glamping site. 



What Is The Best Material For Camping Chairs

When it comes to camping chairs, there are primarily two different materials that manufacturers use to make their chairs. 

When it comes to camping chairs, the material of the frame plays a crucial role in determining factors like strength, weight, and durability. Two commonly used materials for chair frames are powder-coated steel and aluminum. Let’s delve into the characteristics of each to help you make an informed choice for your camping adventures.

Powder-Coated Steel Camping Chairs

Strength and Durability

Powder-coated steel is renowned for its strength and robustness. The steel frame provides a sturdy structure, ensuring long-lasting durability. The addition of powder coating adds an extra layer of protection against rust, making it suitable for various outdoor conditions.


While steel is heavier than aluminum, the powder coating can contribute to bulkiness. This makes powder-coated steel chairs less ideal for activities like backpacking, where minimizing weight is crucial.


Powder-coated steel chairs excel in stability, making them a preferred choice for those needing chairs with higher weight capacities. They remain stable even on uneven terrains, providing a reliable seating option.

Corrosion Resistance

 The powder coating helps protect the steel from rust. However, it’s essential to note that scratches or chips in the coating over time may expose the metal, requiring regular maintenance.

Aluminum Framed Camping Chairs


Aluminum is celebrated for its lightweight nature. Chairs with aluminum frames are highly portable, making them ideal for backpackers or campers who prioritize minimizing the weight of their gear.

Corrosion Resistance

One of aluminum’s standout features is its natural resistance to corrosion. Unlike steel, aluminum does not rust, making it a great choice for camping in wet or humid conditions without the need for additional protective coatings.


Despite being lightweight, aluminum still provides good stability. While it may not match the weight capacity of steel, it remains a suitable choice for most camping situations.


Aluminum requires minimal maintenance, as it does not rust. It is easy to clean and maintains its appearance over time, contributing to its longevity.


It’s worth noting that aluminum camping chairs tend to be more expensive than their steel counterparts, reflecting the cost of the material and manufacturing processes.

Camping Chair Care And Maintenance

Camping chairs are essential companions for outdoor adventures, providing comfort and relaxation. To ensure they stand the test of time and continue to be reliable on your journeys, proper care and maintenance are crucial. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to care for and maintain your camping chairs.

Cleaning Your Camping Chair

One of the most important things you can do is to clean your camping chairs after they have been used. This generally doesn’t need to be done after every trip, but it is a good idea to clean your adventure chairs at the end of the camping season. 

My suggestion is to use a good quality pH neutral cleaner, paying extra attention to any stains. Rinse thoroughly, then rinse and let dry in the sun. 

After your chairs are dry, then you might want to lubricate any spots that move or slide. 


Camping Chair Lubrication

Camping chairs by their nature, have parts that slide, move and so on. All of those should be lubricated on a regular basis. 

What you want is a good quality lubricant that is safe for both metals and plastics. The best one that I’ve found so far is Boesheild. It is safe for all the sliding and moving parts of your chairs, those you do want to keep it off your fabric, in case it does discolor it. 

I’ve used it for years on a variety of things. The best place I’ve found to get it is on Amazon, though you might find it in your local store. Get Boesheild on Amazon

Storing Your Camping Chairs

Your camping chairs are likely going to spend most of their time in storage, unless you are very lucky and get to adventure regularly. 

Because of this, the important things to do are to keep them dry and up and away from any rodents or other animals that might damage them. 

I’ve actually written a whole separate post on how to store your camping chairs you should check out. 

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