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The 11 Pieces of Gear You Absolutely Need for Car Camping

Car camping makes getting away easy as pie. These items will make it even tastier.

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Exploring nature is a popular pastime — this summer in particular, for obvious reasons. Many people will be afraid of flying, and even the most confirmed central-air-conditioning aficionados may balk at staying in hotels in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Enter: car camping. Camping out of your vehicle can be a great way to get off the grid in an easy, accessible way, without leaving all those sweet, sweet modern amenities behind. And hey, who wants to lug around a huge pack when your Honda can carry far more with ease?

Below, we've pulled together 11 essentials pieces of great gear that'll help make camping out of your car easier and more enjoyable.

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SlimShady Awning Attachment for Roof Racks
Yakima amazon.com

Climate control doesn't need to be a high tech affair. This awning will keep you cool and dry, and only takes up six inches of space on your roof rack.

The Muncher Multi-Tool Utensil
Full Windsor
Full Windsor huckberry.com

Sure, you could pack an entire cutlery set. Or you could get one tool to rule them all, one that can serve as a knife, fork, spoon, bottle opener — even a firestarter. 

Hero Portable Eco-Friendly Outdoor Grill
Fire & Flavor
Fire & Flavor huckberry.com

Carrying around propane is a pain. So is cooking over an open fire. The portable Hero Grill is easy to use, easy to clean — and stows away nicely, thanks to a minimal footprint. 

Yeti LoadOut GoBox 30
YETI huckberry.com

Keep your essentials in one easy-to-pack box with this waterproof, shatter-proof and stackable storage container.  

AeroPress Coffee / Espresso Maker
AeroPress amazon.com

No matter how far off the grid you get, coffee is non-negotiable. The AeroPress can make coffee or espresso quickly, with minimal cleanup required.  

Passage 2 Tent
REI Co-op rei.com

This simple 3-season tent sleeps two and offers a solid, affordable option for people who are curious about camping...but not quite ready to commit to the lifestyle yet. 

NanoLoft Synthetic Down Blanket
Rumpl huckberry.com

This blanket uses lightweight, eco-friendly NanoLoft insulation that mimics down. It's machine-washable, easy to store and can easily make the transition from the campsite to everyday life. 

Sling-N-Sleep Hammock
Front Runner
Front Runner frontrunneroutfitters.com

The point of getting away from it all is to relax, and it's hard to get more relaxing than laying in a hammock. This one sets up in seconds and can hold two people.

Solar Shower Bag
KIPIDA amazon.com
$19.99 (23% off)

This shower bag holds up to five gallons of water. It comes with a temperature indicator and an adjustable shower head, and it can heat water to 113°F in three hours.

NOCO Boost Plus GB40 Jump Starter
NOCO amazon.com
$98.94 (21% off)

This jump starter works as a portable power bank that can charge all of your devices — and, of course, restart your vehicle, should it come to that.  

Collapsible Water Bag
Front Runner
Front Runner Outfitters frontrunneroutfitters.com

Hydration is critical, and you'll probably want a fresh water supply, even if you stashed a lifetime supply of LaCroix in the trunk. This bag lays flat when not in use and stores more than 7 gallons. 

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