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Car, Sweet, Car: Your Checklist For A Successful Car Camping Experience

August 3, 2020

When it comes to having a stellar car camping experience, there is one thing you’ll want to prioritize: comfort. These days, we’re all in need of a digital detox. After months of shelter in place, quality time with Mother Nature is good for the mind, body, and soul. Still, disconnecting is a lot more enjoyable when you properly prepare.

Comfortable Camping

Choosing the right camping destination is the first thing to check off the list. Is your ideal spot rocky, sandy, hot, or wet? Is it near basic amenities like a gas station or grocery store? Will you be sharing space with other campers, or all alone with the stars and wildlife? These are important factors to keep in mind when planning for comfort.

Noise

Depending on your camping style, there is good noise, and there is bad noise. Good noise includes things like running water, crickets, and wind blowing through the trees. Bad noise includes noisy generators, late-night neighbors, and traffic. While doing your research, look for a more secluded campsite with space for each group to enjoy their privacy or late-night laughter without disturbing others. One helpful way to avoid unwanted noise is camping inside your car or van. If open-air cots, hammocks, and tents are your vibe, consider packing earplugs for nighttime.  

Furniture

Funny enough, camping can involve a lot of sitting or lying around. Between activities like hiking, biking, and swimming, make sure you have a comfortable place to sit and sleep by packing the right furniture.

Sunshine is the best camping weather, but it can get intense if you don’t have any relief. Pack a large umbrella to use for shade. Tarps also make for great DIY shades.

Sleep

Just about anyone can make it through a fun day of outdoor activities, but the real test comes at night. Having comfortable sleeping arrangements might be the most important thing you plan if you want to have a successful experience. As mentioned before, know your noise tolerance and plan accordingly. Then, be sure you’ve packed whatever you need to make your sleeping surface agreeable. With these ducks in a row, there are a few other tips that will make your snooze more comfortable.

Having comfortable sleeping arrangements might be the most important thing you plan if you want to have a successful car camping experience.

Cleanliness

It’s fun to get a little dirty, but sitting in dirty sweat…not so fun. Let’s also remember how much flies and mosquitos love campsites. It may seem like cleanliness is against the almighty camping rules, but having a few items on hand to keep you and your stuff clean and tidy will make your car camping experience much more comfortable; not to mention a lot less smelly and sticky.