A Gear Guide For Car Camping

One of the most economical ways to explore a new destination is by road tripping and camping out either in your car or a tent on a night. This isn’t always the most luxurious option but it often affords travellers unique and priceless experiences such as unexpected wildlife encounters or picturesque views of the surrounding landscape.

Turn your car into a tent

If you don’t have a tent and you’re struggling for available cash to buy one, consider sleeping in your car. If you have back seats that fold down you could invest in a blow-up mattress and simply take duvets and pillows with which to sleep overnight.

Car covers can keep your vehicle clean

Some campers are experienced enough to know where to park their car to keep it protected from the weather. The thick foliage of trees can be just enough to protect your vehicle even from hail, however, this is not a full-proof solution. Moisture can and will find its way to your vehicle if there is an exceptionally heavy downpour. If you’re camping in a wooded area or there is bad weather forecast overnight there are ways you can protect car exterior paintwork. A simple, yet functional, car cover is all you need to protect your vehicle from the elements.

Consider where you can get water

If you’re planning to pitch up at a campsite every night then you won’t need to worry about water. however, if you’re wild camping or sleeping in your car then you will need to consider where you can restock your water supply every day. This is especially important if you’re travelling in a hot climate. Check out this water filtration device if you’re planning to wild camp.

Pack provisions and a camping stove

Unless you know that you can call into villages and towns to pick up supplies or have a meal it’s a good idea to pack a small camping stove and some dry food ration packs. There are actually some pretty tasty options for camping food out there, give these a try if you fancy having an authentic camping experience.


First aid supplies are a must

Regardless of your itinerary, it’s sensible to have a basic first aid kit that will cover you in the event of minor injuries such as a sprained ankle, graze or cut. Don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen.

Folding chairs for sitting around the campfire

Although space will be limited, see if you can fit a set of folding chairs in your car so that you can relax in comfort after a long day in the car.

A torch for those late nigh comfort breaks

Last but not least ensure that you pack a torch to navigate at night. If you’re wild camping there is unlikely to be any ambient light unless it’s a full moon, so you’ll need to be able to see where you’re going when you need a toilet break in the middle of the night.