The 7 Best Camp Trunks

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TripSavvy / Chloe Jeong

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 With Wheels: Rhino Armor Camp & College Trunk at Amazon

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

Best Value: Rubbermaid ActionPacker Storage Box at Amazon

"Will fit most of your camping accessories, with a max length of just under 35 inches."

Best Multipurpose: WELLHONG Collapsible Storage Bin at Amazon

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

Best Soft-Sided: Pelican 1650 Camera Case at Amazon

"Straps that can be worn like a backpack, and two side handles for ease of and options for carrying"

Best For Stacking: Plano Sportsmans Trunk at Home Depot

"The rugged nature of the trunk means you won't have to worry about it falling apart while you are out and about. "

Best Traditional: Walmsley Camp Trunk at Wayfair

"Rated to carry up to 200 pounds."

Campers, young and old, have a ton of gear and clothes that need to come with on forays into the outdoors. Camp trunks make the hassle of toting everything from Point A to Point B easier and more efficient. There are oodles of options that could satisfy that need, but one of the most classic is a camp trunk. They're durable, spacious, and often multi-purpose (they can be used as step stools, chairs, and even a card table).

However, not all camp trunks are built the same. Read on for our list of trunks that will last for years to come and are a breeze to carry around.

Best Overall: Plano Heavy-Duty Sportsman Trunk

Plano 1919 Sportsman Trunk with Wheels, Grey

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What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Sizable

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Not water tight

  • Lid not on a hinge

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.

Dimensions: 37.19 x 18 x 14.39 in.

Best With Wheels: Rhino Armor Camp & College Trunk

Rhino Trunk and Case Traditional

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What We Like
  • Durable

  • Easy to move

  • Removable wheels

What We Don't Like
  • Heavier

  • Expensive

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.

Dimensions: 30 x 17 x 13 in.

Best Value: Rubbermaid ActionPacker Storage Box

Rubbermaid ActionPacker Lockable Storage Box

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What We Like
  • Stackable

  • Lightweight

  • Can accommodate padlocks

What We Don't Like
  • Hard to pick up when full

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 35 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.

Dimensions: 34.8 x 14.9 x 20.4 in.

Best Multipurpose: WELLHONG Collapsible Storage Bin

WELLHONG Collapsible Storage Bin
What We Like
  • Built in seat

  • Collapsable

  • Rugged

What We Don't Like
  • No wheels

Most camping trunks aren't particularly customizable—they're more built to simply be a sturdy vessel for your gear. The WELLHONG trunk does so much more, though. Beyond just keeping cargo safe, it doubles as a seat and when you're not using it to tote around supplies, it collapses down to just five and half inches in height, so it can be stored just about anywhere. 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. 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 9.17 pounds it can get heavy depending on your overall load, as it doesn’t have wheels.

Dimensions: 23.3 x 14.1 x 12.9 in.

Best Soft-Sided: The North Face Base Camp Duffel Roller

Base Camp Duffel Roller $250.00
What We Like
  • Easy to carry

  • Durable

  • Easy to store

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't lock

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. North Face's Base Camp Duffel Roller comes with two oversized rear wheels, straps that can be worn like a backpack, and two side handles for ease of and options for carrying. The stiff bottom allows the trunk to stand on it's own and there are two compression straps on either side to help you strap down the pack.

Dimensions: 14.5 x 14.4 x 28 in.

Best For Stacking: Plano Sportsmans Trunk

Plano Sportsmans Trunk
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Durable

  • Has padlock tabs

What We Don't Like
  • Only one color option

If you're looking for something lightweight, affordable, and yet still durable, the Plano Sportsman checks all the boxes. The 56 quart trunk has molded grooves that make it easy to stack and there are also molded brackets for tie down straps. Padlock tabs help add peace of mind, and the reinforce removable lid and rugged nature of the trunk means you won't have to worry about it falling apart while you are out and about.

Dimensions: 24 x 13 x 15 in.

Best Traditional: Walmsley Camp Trunk

Walmsley Camp Trunk
What We Like
  • Durable

  • Easy to move

  • Lockable

What We Don't Like
  • Only one color option

  • Heavier

This camp trunk from Walmsley 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 200 pounds. It's shallow enough that it won't take up too much room in your car, but large enough to hold tents, sleeping pads, and more. The classic nickel hardware reinforce the trunk’s durability, and the dual lock-down latches help keep dust and moisture out. There's a optional locking feature (keys are included. Wheels are also included to make it easier to move around.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 31 x 18.25 in.

Final Verdict

There's some stiff competition for camp trunks, but we think we've found a winner in the Heavy-Duty Sportsman Trunk from Plano. It's durable enough that it'll make it through numerous seasons and will keep your gear safe. We love that it's lockable and easy to secure with tie-down straps for traveling. Bonus: it's easily stackable.

What to Look For in a Camp Trunk

Security features

If you're not going to be able to keep an eye on your belongs all day, it's good to have some kind of security feature. Some trunks come with built in locks. While it does save you from buying a lock (or potentially losing a lock), those generally are easier to pick and you do run the risk of it breaking one day, effectively locking you out. It's better to go ahead and invest in a good lock to keep your possessions safe.

Handles

Chances are you're bringing a fair amount of stuff with you camping. All that gear adds up and can make a trunk extremely heavy. It's a good idea to choose a trunk with sturdy, easy to grasp handles to make transport easier.

Wheels

Wheels can make your life so much easier, as they help lighten the load. Granted, they're really only good on certain surfaces, so be sure to choose some that are made of a good-quality, durable material.

FAQS

What size trunk should I get?

Size of trunks can vary wildly, so be sure to consider what you plan to use it for. Is it something you're going to keep your camping gear ready to go in? If so, assess how much gear you have and choose accordingly. Is it something your child is going to use for summer camp? Check with the camp to see if there are any size restrictions (such as needing to be able to slide under the bed).

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