Outdoor adventures with family or friends are always fun as they lets you take a break from your hectic daily life and make some precious memories. And when we talk about these activities, car camping is an activity that cannot be missed.
It is efficient and allows you to pack in heavier stuff than you would in any other form of camping, such as back camping or canoe camping. The same is why it is perfect for long-time campers and new campers.
However, this activity requires an early start. You need to know some basics to enjoy risk-free and smooth camping. But what are those basics? Keep on reading, and this ultimate guide will discuss all of the car camping essentials and let you know about some amazing tips and tricks that you can use for a comfortable and smooth experience. So, without further delay, let us directly dig into the content. Please have a look.
What you need to know about car camping, tips, and tricks
Car camping is a form of outdoor camping in which you drive your vehicle to the campsite and use it as the basic shelter and a place to keep all of your stuff. It is usually done at state parks, around local lakes, and on the campgrounds.
In America, campgrounds are usually modernized and equipped with flush toilets, shower houses, and other facilities. Yet, you can choose to purchase your campsite as well. No matter which place you choose for the purpose, some tips and tricks will help you enhance the overall staying experience at the place.
Avoid places that are not safe.
Going on a car camping at a place that is not famous on good terms is the worst decision anyone can take for themselves and their family and friends.
Check places on google along with their rating and select a very well-known and well-reputed option in terms of safety and security. You can also consult your relatives or other known people nearby for this concern.
Get a free permit
Getting a permit from your local management agency in advance can help make a fire. So don't forget to ask for it.
Bring lots and lots of water.
Try to start your camping trip by bringing as many water bottles to the campsite. Getting this tip implemented will give you peace of mind, plus you will not have to roam here and there to find fresh drinking water. And since you won't be lugging all the water bottles on your back, weight shouldn't be an issue.
Don't forget to fill your tank.
Many people going car camping thought to get the tank filled with gas when they ran out of it. However, it is probably the worst approach one can have.
Firstly, there are very few chances of finding a gas station nearby any local lake or campsite. Secondly, you can run out of money, or your wallet can get stolen, leaving you helpless to fill up the car tank.
Therefore, it is always good to start your journey with a full gas tank.
Search for free campgrounds
Campgrounds and campsites are usually paid, but not all the time. Instead, a wide range of beautiful public lands allows for free camping. However, be sure to remain aligned with the local regulations.
Turn the lights off insight your vehicle.
Car camping observes a lot of opening and closing of doors (especially if you have children in your squad). Thus, save your battery by keeping all indoor lights permanently off.
Take medicines along with you.
Medicines are always an essential part of life. So double-check your blood pressure and diabetes medicines if you are suffering from these issues. And if you are not suffering from any such issue, still don't forget to take medicines for general purposes such as headaches, stomachaches, etc.
Throw out the garbage
Try to practice LNT: Leave No Trace by packing out all of the trash and dumping it in the waste bins if they are available. However, if the trash cans are not available at the place, we suggest burying the packed garbage so that it won't hurt others in any way possible.
This tip is probably the most important of all. So before you start your journey, develop a mental map of everything in your car. Decide which object should be placed where.
In this way, you will be able to spend more time enjoying your trip and outdoor scenes rather than finding each essential object at the time of its usage.
Don't carry unnecessary heavy things.
Try to carry the minimum possible stuff to the campsite to be easy for you to organize everything. For instance, consider taking an electric grill (along with battery)l instead of carrying heavy, oversized gas grills.
We wish you a great car camping trip!