By Tim Huber
April 7, 2020
Though camping normally means roughing it and going without a number of basic creature comforts and day-to-day amenities, car camping opens the door to a host of gear and equipment that wouldn’t normally be considered if you were hiking into camp on foot. This allows for an array of items that can make for a much more comfortable trip, as your kit isn’t limited to what’s being carried on your back, and is now only confined by how much weight your engine can pull.
And the addition of some of these items make a world of difference on a camping trip, bolstering comfort and cleanliness, and providing a markedly more refined experience. For this reason, car camping can also serve as a great means of dipping one’s toes into the world of the great outdoors, especially for those adverse to going without modern amenities. this obviously does come at a slight cost of having less of a connection with nature, though we’d say there is a time and place for both kinds of camping (hoof-in and drive-in). So, with this in mind, we’ve poured through our gear, checked the market, and have brought you this thorough list of the 25 best car camping essentials.
One of the newest items on this list, iKamper’s Skycamp Mini is one of the most adaptable roof-top tents on the market. Capable of taking on any season, the tent is made from a polyester 150D (PU 3000mm) mated to a 300gsm poly-cotton exterior lining supplemented via a double-layered aluminum honeycomb insulation system. Suitable for comfortably housing two adults, the iKamper Skycamp Mini fits a wide range of cars, (not just the Mini Cooper) including smaller models, as the product’s moniker suggests. In addition to offering an array of customizable color options, the company also sells a bevy of attachments for this roof-top camping tent including various racks and connected awnings. Best of all,(once mounted to the roof) this entire tent can be set up in just one minute, so you can spend more time enjoying the wilderness and less time fiddling around with tent poles, stakes, and rain flies.