Car Camping Checklist + Our Favorite Gear
By Mekenna Malan | April 20, 2022
As great as it is to venture deep into the backcountry, there's something just as special as setting up a super-comfortable campsite complete with all the modern comforts that can fit into your trunk.
In honor of camping season fast approaching, we compiled a checklist of all the basic gear you'll need to take car camping (or vanlife-ing) and our best recommendations for each.
- TENT | We love: Big Agnes - Big House 4 Person Tent
- TENT FOOTPRINT | We love: Big Agnes - Big House Footprint
- SLEEPING BAG | We love: Big Agnes - Torchlight Camp 20 Sleeping Bag
- SLEEPING PAD | We love: Therm-a-Rest - BaseCamp Sleeping Pad
- CAMP PILLOW | We love: Nemo - Fillo Elite Luxury
- CAMP TABLE | We love: Big Agnes - Soul Kitchen Camp Table
- BLANKET | We love: Nemo - Victory Picnic Blanket
- CAMP CHAIRS | We love: Helinox chairs and the Nemo - Stargazer Recliner Chair
- WATER STORAGE | We love: Hydrapak - Expedition 8L
- WATER BOTTLE | We love: Hydroflask
- STOVE | We love: Eureka! - Ignite Camp Stove
- POTS/PANS | We love: MSR
- DINNERWARE | We love: MSR - 2 Person Mess Kit
- COOLER | We love: Canyon Cooler
- COFFEE MAKER | We love: Aeropress Go
- DAY PACK | We love: Cotopaxi, or come shop our selection of Osprey packs in-store!
- HAMMOCK | We love: Eno - Doublenest Hammock
- HEADLAMP | We love: Black Diamond
- SUNSCREEN | We love: SunBum
- FIRST AID KIT