The 7 Best Camp Trunks of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Plano Heavy-Duty Sportsman Trunk at Amazon

"Hits all the sweet spots without over-complicating what a camping trunk should be."

Best Value: Rubbermaid ActionPacker Storage Box at Amazon

"Will fit most of your camping accessories, with a max length of just under 20 inches."

Best for Durability: Yeti Loadout Gobox Cargo Case at Amazon

"Designed to endure seasons of sun and negative temps, as well as daily use in the field."

Best for Fragile Items: Pelican 1650 Camera Case at Amazon

"A tongue-and-groove fit assures water-tight security."

Best With Wheels: Rhino Armor Camp & College Trunk at Amazon

"Easy to move no matter how heavy you load everything down."

Best Soft-Sided: Thule Crossover Two-Wheel Duffel at Amazon

"Offers the convenience of easy storage when not in use."

Best Traditional: C&N Footlockers Happy Camper Storage Trunk at Amazon

"Rated to carry up to 150 pounds."

Our Top Picks

01 of 07

Best Overall: Plano Heavy-Duty Sportsman Trunk

Plano 1919 Sportsman Trunk with Wheels, Grey

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The Heavy-Duty Sportsman Trunk from Plano hits all the sweet spots (including the price) without over-complicating what a camping trunk should be. It comes with 108 total quarts of storage, and the 37.2-inch length allows you to store longer items like tents and tarp poles with ease. The high-impact plastic construction will stand up to regular use, with a waterproof seal thanks to heavy-duty latches. You also get padlock tabs to secure your own lock to the trunk, tie-down extensions to secure the trunk while traveling, and built-in easy-glide wheels to help move around heavy loads. Better still, the lid comes off completely, making it easy to find what you need. They’re even configured to be stackable, and you can also designate one for your tents and tarps, another for your camp kitchen and chairs, and a third one for your sleeping kit.

02 of 07

Best Value: Rubbermaid ActionPacker Storage Box

Rubbermaid ActionPacker Lockable Storage Box

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In its simplest form, a camping trunk is basically a big box — only one that’s more weather-resistant than something made out of cardboard. And the Rubbermaid ActionPacker demonstrates why sometimes that’s all you need. This eight-gallon storage bin will fit most of your camping accessories, with a max length of just under 20 inches to accommodate most tents. It’s made of lightweight but durable materials, and includes flip-lock handles that can accommodate padlocks (not included). With easy-access tie-downs, you can bungee-lash or rope down the box for easy transport. They’re designed to vertically stack with additional units and nest when emptied for (slightly) compact storage.

03 of 07

Best for Durability: Yeti Loadout Gobox Cargo Case

YETI LoadOut GoBox Divided Cargo Case

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Popular for its coolers, Yeti made its own camping trunk with the Loadout Gobox — the best trunk if your needs demand year-round protection against the elements and countless trips in and out of the truck, car, or boat. It’s designed to endure seasons of sun and negative temps, as well as daily use in the field, with a water- and dust-proof design to keep all gear dry and protected, thanks to a network of gaskets, latches, and vents to prevent moisture from sneaking inside. The flip-top lid opens to reveal a removable divider and a storage tray, along with removable zippered pockets that line the inner section of the lid, something Yeti playfully refers to as the “Pack Attic.” Molded easy-grip handles with deep hand slots on either side and at the front make it relatively simple to lug back and forth, but at 14.2 pounds it can get heavy depending on your overall load, as it doesn’t have wheels.

04 of 07

Best for Fragile Items: Pelican 1650 Camera Case

Pelican 1650 Camera Case With Foam, Black

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If you’re looking for something that’s rugged but can also safely protect your more fragile camp equipment, go for the 1650 Camera Case with Foam from Pelican. A tongue-and-groove fit with a polymer O-ring assures water-tight security, buoyed by an automatic pressure equalization valve to vent air pressure to really seal out the elements. The locker shell is made of crush-proof Copolymer-Polypropylene married with stainless steel hardware that can handle temps from -20 to 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Seven latches line the three sides of the flip-top lid, and you can lock things down with a padlock. It rests on two polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings — which is good considering it weighs just more than 28 pounds when it’s empty, while a retractable handle helps maneuverability. Its three-square-foot internal space is lined with Pelican’s “Pick N Pluck” Foam, which allows you to customize the padded sections to accommodate your kit. If that’s overkill, you can also get the case with customizable padded dividers or unpadded. 

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05 of 07

Best With Wheels: Rhino Armor Camp & College Trunk

Rhino Trunk and Case Traditional

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Hand-crafted in America, the Rhino Armor Camp & College Trunk is a water-, dent-, and scratch-proof trunk for all your camping (or college) needs. The outer shell is constructed of bomber 1000D Cordura that’s been laminated onto 3/8-inch Baltic Birch hardwood, making it durable and about 20 percent lighter than steel models, weighing in at 26 pounds. That said, the trunk comes with two reliable castor wheels, so it’s easy to move no matter how heavy you load everything down (up to 200 pounds) — and you can also remove the wheels once you’ve reached base camp. The hardware for the hinges, latches, and metal trim is constructed of premium, heavy-duty nickel-plated steel, and the main latch accommodates a padlock. Bonus: with 18 colors available, it’s easy to find one that matches your car, tent, or other camping gear.

06 of 07

Best Soft-Sided: Thule Crossover Two-Wheel Duffel

Thule

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A soft-sided camping trunk is essentially a large duffel bag that affords the same storage space as a hard-sided trunk — and typically the same configuration, with a big lid that opens to reveal the insides. But these “trunks” offer the convenience of easy storage when not in use, and are often lighter than their hard-sided counterparts. Thule’s Crossover Two-Wheel Duffel comes with two oversized rear wheels and a V-tubed telescoping handle that glides effortlessly, along with burly nylon throughout and a molded ballistic base, reinforcing bumpers, wear rails, and over-sized zippers to fend off nicks, scratches, and dirt. Inside you’ll find 87 liters of space, which includes a spacious interior mesh pocket, as well as an oversized exterior pocket.

07 of 07

Best Traditional: C&N Footlockers Happy Camper Storage Trunk

C&N Footlockers Happy Camper Storage Trunk

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This camp trunk from C&N follows the traditional path: it's a hard-sided flip-open rectangular box with handles on either side and three latches on the front and is rated to carry up to 150 pounds. The trunk is also made of 3/8-inch solid birch plywood so you won’t find any outer laminate fabrics here, but it won’t show any wear-or-tear marks after a few years of heavy abuse. Baked-enamel steel hardware and nickel-plated trim reinforce the trunk’s durability, and the center clasp accommodates standard padlocks. There aren't any wheels here, but add-ons are available. It offers 3.8 cubic feet of storage, weighs about 26 pounds (when empty), and can support up to 1,000 pounds if you intend to use it as a step stool, table, or to stack other items on top of the trunk.

Our Process

Before making their final recommendations, our writers considered 10 different camp trunks overall, screened options from 8 different brands and manufacturers, read over 30 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the camp trunks themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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