Where to Sit at a Campsite

Around the Campfire by bluepoetje

Camp Chairs: Sitting and Storage

You’re on a lovely camping outing, you’ve got your tent set up, your fire is blazing, and the kids are eating marshmallows faster than they can melt them.

But what are you sitting on?

The ground is fine. Especially for the kids. But you’re back is starting to hurt, and your rear fell asleep 20 minutes ago.

You can move to sit on a log, but you know there’s been little fingers all over them already and you don’t want to deal with ants trying to eat the sugar off your shorts.

You think to yourself: ‘did I bring the folding chairs?’ ‘did I?’ ‘oooooooh¬†I didn’t, did I?’

Then you remember: no, you didn’t. They took up too much space, so you pulled them back out and they’re sitting in the doorway to trip over as soon as you get home again.


However, camping chairs are very nice, and can come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Bringing them along is generally a breeze.


Folding Stools 

Folding stools aren’t my favorite overall. They’re great because they take up the least amount of room, and weigh so little you don’t have to worry about packing them in the correct order to keep from crushing anything.

Many can actually have a clip added to them/their bags and hang inside your vehicle.

The image to the right is of one of the stools that folds quite small, and is lightweight.

These types of stools, however, ARE quite small, so they are not necessarily designed for comfort or to be used in long stretches.

Also, a good tip to remember about stools in general: they don’t provide back support. If you tend to slump over a bit (or a lot) when you sit, a stool is only going to encourage that, leading to further slow damage to joints and muscle discomfort.

I do carry a folding stool with me when I camp, especially for any long term camping trips. It is also one of the items I’ve tried to keep when I’ve found myself living out of a tent or car. When you have no room, and need to carry and keep a close track of where everything is, a stool that becomes this small (particularly if you take care of the carry bag) can become your chair for the extended duration.


Folding Chairs

I love the style of folding chair that can close just like the stool above, and for many of the same reasons. They’re lighter than regular chairs, they’re easier to transport, the carry bags can be clipped to something else or slung over a shoulder.

I have a bit of an odd relationship with the chair I’ve chosen to be the example. I haven’t spent more than an hour or so at a time in this chair, and I wasn’t awake for most of it. This is the chair I love to fall asleep in when my family is mucking about in just about any Cabela’s in the country. That section of the store is never busy, unlike Dick’s, and they don’t yell at you as fast, like Bass Pro does. I’ve fallen asleep in the green and blue versions of this chair many times, and have fully enjoyed every opportunity.

I like my siestas in this chair, in particular, because it’s designed for hardier use, and has more padding than the chairs I own. The arm rests are typical Coleman, but the back is almost like a pillow for your neck.


Folding Chairs you can Actually Sleep In

Now, I can’t recommend only sleeping in chairs. Really, I cannot medically or ethically condone sleeping in chairs as a consistent activity. It messes up your body in ways you don’t imagine are really possible until it’s too late. [in case you need proof: I’ve spent enough nights sleeping upright in vehicles to know that yes, indeed, my ankles can swell to larger than my knees]

Please don’t sleep upright. Once problems start happening, there’s nothing medical science or diet change can ‘fix’, only help to mitigate any damage.

So, these chairs can be slept in (it’s why I don’t own the chair I store-sleep in, cause I blew the money on this one). But they should never be used as the nightly/regular sleeping spot.

The chair I own looks a lot like this darling:

And I love my chair. Since mine isn’t as good of a quality, and is quite old now, the back does lean with me as I relax – but it’s not really meant to. I should also admit that I toss the pillow up and let it hang behind.

Additionally, while these types of chairs traditionally come with a carry bag, they aren’t the type of chair you want to take on long hikes. Long term camping or living in a tent, yes. Hike camping, no.

Remember my description of how I go fishing? When I can, I do it in this chair. Sprinkle some cedar underneath, some apple cider vinegar on the back and foot section, and fall asleep under a hat while my makeshift pole can’t actually catch anything. Ah, fishing.


Do you have a favorite camping chair? Does anyone else fall asleep in Cabela’s or is that just me? What solutions have you found for being comfortable around the campsite?

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