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Car Camping: A Preparation Guide

Family leaving car to explore outdoors

May 5, 2019 Topic: How ToSafety Tips

As summertime reaches full swing, vacations and road trips are on the rise. This year, car camping is proving to be a popular, thrifty adventure for vacationers of all ages. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tips for setting up your next car trip adventure.

Preparation

Before setting out, know that not all vehicles are created equal when it comes to camping in your car. The best vehicles for camping out of are pickup trucks, vans, SUV’s, station wagons, and certain hatchbacks. Sedans and coupes aren’t the best for car camping because the lack of space will likely hinder the positive experience. Once determined, it’s crucial to thoroughly plan your trip, from the supplies you’ll bring to the places you’ll stop for the night. It’s very important to assemble a car camping kit that will set you up for any situation. Start with a cell phone, snacks, water, sleeping bag or sleeping pad, flashlight, batteries, and bug spray/bear spray.

Less is More

Organization is key when planning an undertaking like car-camping; don’t forget your transportation is also your sleeping quarters. Packing efficiently and bringing only the essentials will allow you to utilize your space effectively.

Sleeping

The major aspect of car-camping is building your sleeping quarters. If your vehicle affords you with enough space to fully extend in the back, then employing more complete bedding might be a luxurious option. For example, some adventurists like to use their rock climbing crash pads as a mattress, while others prefer old-school camping bedrolls and sleeping bags. Whatever feels most comfortable for you and fits within your space will be the right decision for you.

Safety

When sleeping in your car, it is very important to know the laws, restrictions, and safety of the places you stop for the night. Here are some essential tips to remember when bunking down for the night:

If well-researched and prepared for, camping out of your vehicle can be one of the most enriching travel experiences you can have. Not only does it save you money that can be used for more sight-seeing and travel adventures, but it allows you to appreciate the minimalist, nomadic lifestyle.