There’s no question that we’re all getting a little stir crazy and ready to get out of the house at this point. So, why not start planning your future camping trip in your car? Yep, you read that right: camping in your car. Tons of people have been having a blast simply camping and sleeping in their car as opposed to pulling the camper or setting up a tent. Not to mention, camping in your car is pretty cost-effective, and it’s obviously more secure than a tent. Just make sure your car is ready, and then you can go! Continue reading to learn some of the ways to prepare for car camping.
Get yourself some campsite essentials
Chances are, you’re not going to be camping in a traditional campsite so that means you need to make your own. This goes along with packing a bit, since you should have some campsite essentials to create a better experience. For example, you can build a dining room table that hangs off your trunk, or you might want a portable campfire (just make sure you can legally have a fire going). In addition, some people choose to get a blowup mattress that’ll fit in their car, while others might go old school and stick to sleeping bags.
Make sure you know where you can legally park and how to park
Nothing really ruins your camping trip like waking up to an officer leaving a ticket on your car. Unfortunately, you can’t park wherever you want, but the good news is there are apps like AllStays to help you find places to park. Depending on where you’re visiting or your state, you may need a permit as well. In addition, you should make sure you’re parking in a good position for sleeping. Ideally, you’ll find a flat piece of land, but that’s not always possible. So, instead, make sure when you lay down to sleep that your head is above your feet.
Basic car maintenance
Before leaving for a camping trip, a lot of people forget to do some basic maintenance on their car. This is even more important when you’re going to be sleeping in your car. For example, you should make sure your fluids and gas are topped off and your vehicle’s recently had an oil change. Additionally, don’t forget to check what’s going to get you to and from the campsite. No, that’s not your car; it’s the tires! Blowing out a tire on your way to a camping trip isn’t fun. Plus, blowing a tire on your way back is just another reminder that you’re going back to reality––also not very fun.
Car camping is a great family-friendly option for those who want to get in the great outdoors. In fact, you could prepare for a family road trip and bring the whole family car camping. However, don’t be the person that forgets something because you refused to consider these preparation tips for car camping. Your car should be in good and reliable condition––including your tires.