What to bring car camping
Know before you go: Car camping is the inverse of backcountry camping. “Bring everything,” says Jameson. “Bring your favorite pillow, bring an inflatable mattress -- bring two of them. There’s no reason not to be really comfortable.” When it comes to car camping, comfort is king.
What you’ll need: Large tents -- big enough to stand up in -- make changing clothes a helluva lot easier, says Jameson, and car camping is the time to deploy them. Bring a chair to set up outside your tent, pack an icy cooler full of beer and groceries, and make yourself at home.
Drawbacks: “Because it’s easy,” Jameson says, “you get all kinds of people.” More people equals more noise, which can be your jam. If it ain’t, you might have a hard time feeling like you got away from anything. “People who work hard to have a wilderness experience don’t want to hear you,” says Jameson, “just as you don’t want to hear them.” To be safe, pack earplugs.