Tips for car camping

August 09 2018

Your car gets you to work and back reliably but it can also be your ticket to an outdoor adventure. By allowing easy access to state and national parks as well as local camping grounds, car camping is a fun way to reconnect with nature and make long-lasting memories with your friends and family. 

To help make your experience the best it can be, keep these tips in mind as you're planning your getaway

Do some research. 

Before you hit the road, make sure you know the rules of where you're headed. Will you need campsite reservations? Can you make campfires? Is the area dog-friendly? Find a place that suits your needs, map out the journey and don't forget to check the weather.

Plan your sleeping arrangement.

If you're going to be alone, the back seat or a sleeping bag may do. A group trip could call for a family-sized tent and an air mattress. You also might want to pack cushions and pillows and, if it's cold, a few extra blankets.

Bring food and water. 

Planning your meals will make your trip a lot easier. You can use freezer bags to premeasure and pack cooking ingredients and snacks. Then, cook over a campfire, a grill or a small stove. Just be sure you have multiple fire starters in case one gets dampened by rain or lost. 

Organize your gear. 

Pack strategically by placing bulky items at the bottom of the trunk so that smaller items aren't crushed. Make sure important things, like your first-aid kit or snacks, are easily accessible.

Get your vehicle ready.

If you're a regular camper, you may consider investing in a four-wheel drive vehicle or an RV, but any car will do. Just be sure to have a routine service check before starting your trip.

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