Camping Under the Stars

Our Guide to Car Camping

Camping Under the Stars

Is camping in a tent not really your thing? Then check out our car camping guide to get the most out of your camping experience.

It’s July, and that means its camping season. Some people prefer campers, others prefer tents, and the most adventurous of us may even sleep under the stars. Regardless of where you’ll sleep, there’s a way to keep all your creature comforts close at hand, and if you haven’t given it a try, we highly recommend everyone try it at least once: car camping.

Car camping allows you to load up your car with the things you need (or might need), and have access to them throughout the duration of your camping trip. It’s a happy-medium between RV or camper camping, and backpacking in the middle of nowhere. It offers the peace of mind of having useful amenities close by. Here’s our guide to car camping to help you have the best time possible while out on the open roads, trails, and beaches.


First, you’ll need to decide where you want to camp. Car camping can be done just about anywhere – from well-developed camp ground to private off-road clearings. Search for a list of camp grounds near you.

Pack Up

While you can bring just about anything you want, from food and coolers to camp chairs and games, points out that bringing too much “stuff” can be paralyzing. Instead of wasting time digging through your car looking for things that you may or may not have brought along, bring only the stuff you actually plan to use, and leave extras at home. Keep everything organized and easy to find.

Things to consider bringing: flashlight, tent, sleeping bags, maps, music, binoculars, first aid kit, camera, appropriate footwear and clothing, a small grill, a lighter, food, a cooler, water, cell phone (and a car charger), toiletries, and sunscreen and bug spray.

Plan for Activities

What will you do in the great outdoors? Fishing? Hiking? Make sure you plan to bring along the right gear depending on how you’ll stay busy during the day, and think about meals on the go. For evenings, think about games, making s’mores, and other traditional campfire activities.

If you’re ready for your first car camping trip, but need a vehicle worthy of the adventure, stop by Simi Valley Buick GMC today!

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