Car camping is hands-down the easiest method of camping there is. Unlike backpacking, there’s no need to be ultra-conscious of how much gear you’re bringing and how much it weighs, since you just pack up the car and unload what you need as you need it. If you’ve got a truck, van, or SUV, you’re in even better shape since you can skip bringing a tent altogether and sleep in the safety of your car. The best part about car camping is that anyone with a car can do it, and your options for campsite locations are only limited to where you can drive your car. Here are a few pieces of outdoor gear that are perfectly suited for car camping.
A must-have accessory for all car campers is this DC 12v pump from Coleman. Summer camping trips include all kinds of stuff that needs to be inflated, from floaties to airbeds to bicycle tires, but you can inflate car tires with this pump as well. In fact, it can inflate a queen-size airbed in less than 3 minutes, and a completely flat car tire in less than 5! It comes with several different valve adapters, and even features a built-in spotlight for working at night. Just plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter and you’re in business!
We mentioned earlier about how a large capacity vehicle can substitute a tent for a place to sleep, but if you still like the idea of a tent, combine both features with this SUV tent with screen room from Napier Sportz. The main compartment of this tent wraps around the cargo area of your vehicle, allowing for full access to both without having to continually open car doors or unzip tent openings. This 10×10 foot tent can easily accommodate 4 people (or more, depending on your space needs), and can be sealed for use without a vehicle as well. An enclosed, floorless screen room can also be added or removed from the tent, and the rain fly features a 6×6 foot awning for a bit of shade. A skylight provides a little extra ventilation, and setup of this tent is so easy it can be done by one person! If party camping with your truck or SUV is your style, this SUV tent is just what you’re looking for.
One of the best things about car camping is that you can bring the most epic bed ever, because your car facilitates easy transport and power for inflation. The QuickBed air bed from Coleman falls in that category with an integrated 120v pump that plugs into a standard two-prong outlet for inflation in seconds, stacked double high with a removable pillowtop for the ultimate in camping comfort. The double lock valve ensures an airtight seal, and the entire bed fits comfortably in its compact zippered storage bag. Whether you’re sleeping under the stars, in your tent, or in your vehicle, this bed is a superior choice for car camping! Note: This will not work with a cigarette adapter — you will need a two-prong outlet to power the integrated pump.