Car Camping Checklist

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Get a complete list of everything you need for your car camping trip - without overloading you car. Checklist includes important outdoors items like safety gear, supplies for an emergency - or to prevent one, things for unexpected weather and more.

A camping vacation can quickly go sour when you don't have the right items - whether it's too much or too little. This checklist covers not only the items you want to have with you, but where to find the best prices and how to find lightweight and compact options that are easy to carry and can actually fit in your car.

There are even specialty car camping tents and heated sleeping blankets designed for camping in your car. Need more space and want to know how you can convert your van into an inexpensive camper? The camper van conversion guide will show you how.

You can download the checklist for free.

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  • Car Camping Checklist

    1. 1. CAR CAMPING CHECKLISTthe stuff you need to bring - without breaking your car, or the bank
    2. 2. CAR CAMPING TENTSSportz SUV Tent: The Sportz SUV Tent goes one step beyond the standard tent. Itattaches and wraps around the cargo area of your SUV, which gives you extra sleepingspace and convenient vehicle access from within the tent.You can sleep 5-6 people in the tent itself, plus the additional vehicle sleeping space. Itcomes with an attached screen room to keep flying insects out and make your tripmore pleasant. The screen room can also be easily detached if not needed. In addition,the tent can be used separate from your SUV, so you have lots of options with just onetent.Other features include large entryways, windows and skylights to bring the outdoorsin. There is a rain fly that comes with the tent for added protection from rain, andalthough the tent gives you lots of space, its easy to set up.Sportz SUV Tent withScreen Room  Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Car-Camping-Tents.html
    3. 3. SLEEPING BAGSSuisse Sport Ultra Compactable Sleeping Bag: Thissuper small and lightweight (2.9lbs) sleeping bag isdesigned for size and weight conscious hikers, butcan come in very handy for car campers who areshort on space. If you are hiking, you can easily fit itin your hiking pack.Although lightweight, the Suisse Sport Adventuresleeping bag still provides plenty of warmth forspring, summer and fall camping trips, with materialsthat ad up to a 30-degree F temperature rating.And you can throw it in the washing machine.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Sleeping-Bags-for-Car-Camping.html
    4. 4. SLEEPING PADSALPS Self-Inflating Air Pad: Whether you are sleeping in a tent or in the back of your truck, gettinga good nights sleep while car camping takes some getting used to. A large air mattress iscumbersome and takes up space, but the ground can get cold and difficult to sleep on - and canruin a vacation.Lightweight sleeping pads are comfortable and take up very little space. They are easy to transportand take seconds to set up (and break down). The self-inflating type is the way to go - once youtry one, youll never go back.The air pads are durable and can last a long time, and are well worth the money spent for thenumber of times you can use them. A repair patch kit comes standard with many air pads /sleeping pads just in case you need it.The ALPS Mountaineering Air Pad is weighs less than other sleeping pads because it is considereda "short air pad", being only 4 feet in length. This makes it a great pad for those who plan on hikingwith their sleeping pads or or need lightweight gear that doesnt take up much space.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Self-Inflating-Air-Pad.html
    5. 5. HEATED TRAVEL BLANKETSRoadPro Heated Polar Fleece Blanket: The nights can get cold when yourecamping, even if youre not traveling in freezing temperatures. A heatedblanket is nice for sleeping, but you dont need to be sleeping to use it.Heated blankets are a small price to pay for a large amount of comfortthey provide, especially if you plan to camp regularly. It plugs directly intothe lighter socket in your car and has a 8-foot power cord, so you caneasily move the blanket where needed.It doesnt draw much energy, so you can sleep knowing it wont drain yourcar engine battery. It folds up and doesnt take up much space when yourenot using it.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Heated-Travel-Blanket.html
    6. 6. PORTABLE CHAIRS & STOOLSColeman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler:When it comes to car camping, chairs areconsidered an essential item to have by most.Youhave a variety of options for different purposesand the storage space available. The nice thing isthat camping chairs can be used over and overagain for all sorts of events and activities, so theyquickly pay for themselves. Now, you just need todecide which style is best for you.Collapsible Stool:You dont get any back support,but this is a cheap seating option that you can usevirtually anywhere. Handy carrying strap for easytransport and folds up small.Comared to other larger chairs, this smaller stool can be more easily transported onyour back if you are hiking fishing.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Car-Camping-Chairs.html
    7. 7. CAMPING STOVESColeman 2-Burner Camping Stove: This Coleman 2-burner propane stovemakes campside cooking easy.You dont need a match to light the burners, andthe stove has a built-in windbreak to keep the burners lit and cooking yourfood.As usual, Coleman thought beyond just the task at hand. They did a great jobwith the design, as it is easy to clean and transport (it folds, small, latches shutand comes with a carrying handle).The stoves 10,000 BTU burners are adjustable and the cooker advertises a"PerfectHeat" technology for faster cooking time. Multiple burners allow forquicker cooking as well. With this handy gadget, you can feel like you arecamping out while still enjoying the conveniences of a home stove.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Coleman-2-Burner-Stove.html
    8. 8. COOKWARECamping Cookware Pots & Pans Set: Thiscookware is hard anodized, meaning itsabrasion-resistant. It is twice as hard asstainless steel and the surface cooks foodevenly. The pots are durable and long-lasting, afeature many campers like.In addition to being tough and durable, thecookware is convenient to use. The pots andpans are fairly lightweight and have a non-stick interior surface which make them easyto cook on and clean. The pot handles staycool while cooking and fold for easytransport.Ideal for 2-person cooking, but can easilyhandle cooking for 4 people.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Camping-Cookware.html
    9. 9. CAMPING COFFEE MAKERSColeman Camping Coffee Maker: With theColeman Camping Coffee Maker, you can gocamping and still have a great cup of morningcoffee without the hassles of a drip filter or afrench press. With easy set-up, easy clean up anddelicious coffee, its hard to turn this one down.The coffee maker is designed to work on op ofyour camp stove burner (ideally the Coleman 2-or 3-burner stove) and it can brew up to 10cups of coffee at a time. It takes approximately10 minutes to brew an entire pot, and the coffeemaker has similar features to those you wouldfind on your home coffee maker.Not only can it be used for coffee - but you canuse it at night for tea or hot chocolate.Resource: & More Information http://www.gocarcamping.com/Camping-Coffee-Maker.html
    10. 10. CAMPING DISHESColeman Camping Dishes & Utensils: You couldpack up paper plates and plastic forks, butcamping dishes are worth the money. Not onlycan use use them over and over again, they holdwith heavier or liquid items and hot surfaces.This 4-person set works for camping, but also forpicnics, tailgaters, outdoor concerts and even inyour back yard. The set includes four 10-inchdinner plates, four 10-ounce mugs, and four 6-inch bowls, 4 knives, 4 spoons, and 4 forks.The red-speckled enamel dinnerware surfaceholds up to heavy use, and you can convenientlythrow it in the dishwasher. Like most otherColeman gear, it comes with a compact carryingcase, so you dont need to figure out how tostore it.Resource: & More Information http://www.gocarcamping.com/Camping-Dishes-and-Camping-Utensils.html
    11. 11. METAL SKEWERSWhats a camping trip without a cookout over a campfire? Kids lovethis stuff.With this metal skewer set, you can cook virtually anything - withease.You dont have to worry about too few skewers, skewers that aretoo short or skewers that you cant hold because they get too hot.This set includes four 22-inch picnic forks, two 33-inch hot dog forks,two extension forks (up to 32 inches long) and one hot dog roaster.Quality, chrome-plated steel construction.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Metal-Skewers.html
    12. 12. THE CAR COOLERThe Koolatron Voyager: The Koolatron Voyager thermoelectric cooler keeps your food andbeverages cool without requiring ice restocking. Plug it into your vehicles 12-volt lightersocket, and keep items at about 40-45 degrees cooler than the air temperature outside thecooler.Save time and money by keeping food cool and drinks cool - and not having to stop all thetime to buy food, or worse yet -eat out!Drinks can be kept cool for weeks at a time, save leftovers without having to throw food out,and have ice cubes on hand when you need them. The Koolatron works for you 24 hours aday. Imagine that!And if that wasnt enough, you can also use the Voyager to heat food up to 130 to 140 degreesF. While youre not camping, you can use it for tailgate parties, boating excursions, other roadtrips (even on your patio or deck at home) where you want to keep food hot or cold. Talkabout spoiling yourself!Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Koolatron-Voyager-Cooler.html
    13. 13. LANTERNS & HEADLAMPSColeman Rechargeable Lantern: Forget spendingmore on batteries than you did on your lantern -the Coleman Rechargeable Lantern gives up to ninehours of light on a single charge.You can, of course, charge your lantern at home, butthe lantern can also be re-charged while you arecamping - from the lighter socket in your car. Thecord is included to recharge in a 12-volt DC powerport. (Another nice feature is the built-in nightlight).Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Coleman-Rechargeable-Lantern.htmlThe Streamline Enduro Headlamp: Headlamps are agreat accessory for campers, as they give you hand-free lighting at night. So convenient, they are oftenused instead of flashlights.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Streamlight-Enduro-Headlamp.html
    14. 14. SURVIVAL KITSOff-Road Survival Kit: Be prepared forunexpected situations while camping, becausethey will most likely happen. When you havetools on hand to handle circumstances that youdidnt predict, a small condition doesnt turn intoa big problem.With gadgets like a saw, flashlight, cutter, axe, firstaid kit or small shovel, you are able to tackletasks that you might not otherwise have a chanceat. If you need to chop wood for a campfire, youwont get the job done with a kitchen knife.You dont need much, and of course you dontwant your tools to take up lots of  space. TheGerber Off Road Survival Kit has taken this intoconsideration and put everything campers mightneed into a compact case for travel.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Off-Road-Survival-Kit.html
    15. 15. PEPPER SPRAYSabre Red Compact Pepper Spray: Part of survivin when youre camping isprotectin yourself in hazardous situations. If you can prevent a bad situationfrom getting worse - or avoid a bad situation altogether - why not? And speakingof hazardous situations, you dont have to be car camping to be in one.If youre looking for a simple form of protection, you cant get much cheaper andeasier than a full-stength pepper spray in a compact container that gives you upto 25 shots per container - AND shoots up to 10 feet!It comes with a 4-year expiration date, so you dont need to go shooting it offright away, especially if you are in Michigan, Hawaii, New York or WashingtonDC, because it cant be shipped there due to state laws.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Pepper-Spray.html
    16. 16. GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEMSWaterproof Earthmate GPS: The Earthmate PN-40 is a high-performance handheld GPS with up-to-date DeLorme Topo USAtopographic maps, color aerial imagery, USGS 7.5-min. topographicquad maps and NOAA nautical charts. Its fast, easy to use, hastons of features and is customizable to the users needs.This GPS unit is tough enough to stand up all sorts of weather andconditions such as rain, humidity, extreme cold, vibration from off-road driving.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Waterproof-Hiking-GPS.html
    17. 17. FIRE STARTERSMagnesium Fire Starter: An emergency firestarter is good to have on hand, even if youhave waterproof matches. Its cheap, smalland lasts a long time. This one even comeson a keychain, so you can always have ithandy when you need it.The magnesium fire starter comes with a 3"by 1" piece of magnesium, flint and serratedstriker. The fire starter works by shaving asmall amount of magnesium onto a pile ofkindling, leaves, grass, etc.. with the serratedend of the striker.You then strike the flintwith the striker and let the sparks fall onthe shaved magnesium to start the fire.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Fire-Starter.html
    18. 18. WATER PURIFIERSWater Disinfectant with Iodine Crystals: You mayhave fresh clean water available where you arecamping, but what if your only option is thatnearby creek? Its important to be able to purify ordisinfact your water, as drinking bad water canreally ruin a camping trip.Polar Pure Water Disinfectant is simple to use. It isa liquid solution that you can carry with you, and itdestroys waterborne pathogens, including Giardiaand microorganisms when you add it to water. Thesmall bottle treats up to 2,000 quarts of water, andthe product had a super long shelf life, so you cankeep using it for a long time.You can measure thesolution using the bottle cap.Even with a great water filter, youll find it difficultto destroy water-borne pathogens, includingGiardia cysts that can pass through really smallfilters. This disinfectant destroys these hazards withthe power of pure Iodine Crystalline.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Water-Disinfectant.html
    19. 19. HYDRATION PACKSCamelbak Hydration Pack: A hydration pack is ideal for hands-free free hiking trips,with storage for water and other small items. It also carries much more water thana regular water bottle. For example, the Cambelbak Rogue has a 70 ounce watercapacity, where a traditional water bottle might only hold 24 to 30 ounces.There are so many hydration packs on the market, it can be overwhelming whenshopping for one. Start by deciding on how much water capacity and storage spaceyou need, and then look for packs that match your needs.You want to also make sure that the hydration pack fits and is comfortable, and thenyou want to look for additional features that you may like. For example, this packhas a front strap that holds the pack in place, a mesh back panel to ventilate andkeep you cooler and organized storage.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Hydration-Packs-for-Hiking.html
    20. 20. SUN SHOWERSStearns Sun Shower: If you are camping in a campground that lacks a shower facility, oryou are hiking in the wilderness where there are no showers available, the solar sunshower can be the ideal solution. Keep in mind that if you want a warm shower, you willneed some sun.Just fill up the four gallon bag with water, and lay it out in the sunshine. When you areready for a shower, just hang up the bag on a tree branch or other tall object. We usedthe roof rack on our truck. One side of the bag is clear plastic to let the sunlight in,while the reverse side is black, to absorb the heat. Some bags have a temperature gaugeright on the bag, so you can see how warm the water is before you take your shower.Twist the nozzle on the end of the shower arm to release water. Adjust the waterpressure to the desired strength and wash up. The movable and flexible arm makesshowering easy. The four gallon bag provides approximately 3-4 showers.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Sun-Shower-for-Car-Camping.html
    21. 21. DISPOSABLE URINALSTravel John Disposable Urinal: Will you always have a bathroom nearby where youare camping? With some popular campgrounds, facilities are numerous, but out in thewilderness, make it easy on yourself and get some sort of disposable urinal orcommode.TravelJohn disposable urinals are convenient, unisexed, sanitary, personal urinals. Theycontain "Liqsorb", which is a biodegradable pouch with a substance that absorbsliquid waste and stops bacterial growth fast. Liquid waste is then turned into a spill-proof gel for easy and safe disposal.Use the TravelJohn and throw it away without hassling with messy clean up. Come tothink of it, TravelJohn could come in handy in more situations than just camping -traffic jams, boating, hunting, golfing, biking, hiking or very unsanitary public restrooms.Resource & More Information: http://www.gocarcamping.com/Travel-John-Disposable-Urinal.html
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