Gear Geek: New Car Camping Essentials

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Gear Geek: New Car Camping Essentials

This spring and summer your appetite for the open road is best accompanied with a few days in the easily-accessible wilderness. Car camping—drive-in camp sites scattered throughout the country’s regional, state, and national parks—affords a low-cost alternative to the anonymous highway hotel, with easy access to the outside world. Here are a handful of the latest and greatest to assure you’re doing it in comfort and style.

1. Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Tent, $480; 2. Alite Sexy Hotness Sleeping Bag, $169; 3. Pelican 30 Quart Cooler, $275; 4. Leki Table XS Lite, $100; 5. Snow Peak Cast Iron Oven, $270; 6. Joshua Tree Citronella Camp Soap, $6; 7. LuminAID PackLite Max USB, $30.

Top photo by Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock


Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).