There’s something about a winding road. It’s still a bit wild and rebellious, like nature hasn’t completely given in to the straight line of civilization just yet. That’s the kind of highway that I think of when I want to take a road trip, and no road trip is complete without a day or two of car camping. For me, car camping is a great mix between roughing it and going posh in a rented bed. I just seem to find a lot more enjoyment when I can bring just a few more pieces of gear along, but still sleep outside. Here are a few of my favorite pieces I take with me on every car camping adventure these days.
I used to live a few hours from the coast in the mountains of Northern California. So my go-to road trip was a quick jaunt down a scenic byway all the way to the end of the world, where the ocean pounded against the shore, and the rocky cliffs held firm under the fanning branches of ancient Redwoods. Car camping became my way to adventure on the cheap, but also let me really experience the ease of living simply with a handful of things. Here they are:
Napier Backroadz SUV Car Tent $250
This was a bit of a game changer for me. First, this tent is huge. Slated to sleep at least 4, it’s the headroom I love the most. I can stand up, and still have a few feet above me. That means no stooping to get dressed, and no smacking your head on a hanging lantern. Next is the nifty part – it hooks up to your car. There is a durable, stretchy tube that makes the back of your car part of the tent for a massive amount of extra space for storage, organization, or even sleeping if you want to fold down all the seats.
You owe it to yourself to make a car camping trip a part of this summer. Toss a few things in the car and go gather up some memories of an adventure that you’ll be dying to repeat every year for the rest of your life.