Master Car Camping

Words by Jennifer Walton & John Caldwell 


Indian summer. Pretty leaves. Empty trails. Book your campsite. Not sure what to take? These essentials will make any car camping adventure immeasurably more enjoyable. Where to go? Download the Campendium app and worry less about road conditions, site size, toilets, and such. Now find the car keys and hit the road.   

First up makes the coffee! ESPRO Ultra-light Travel Press is a breeze. Proudly boasting the title of the world’s lightest stainless steel insulated bottle, this thing will keep your camp coffee hot and won’t weigh you down. With a patented French Press double filtration system that leaves behind the grit, ESPRO lives by the motto of “quality coffee anytime, anywhere.” $39.95 


Stow H2O in the six-liter Platypus Platy Water Tank. This is the ultimate solution to high capacity water storage and the big zip opening makes it ideal for dispensing water for the whole family. Packing down small, it leaves plenty of extra storage space for when you hit the road for the next campsite. $42.95 


Make meals on lightweight Primus Tupike’s stainless steel two-burner stove. Grill in luxury with this lightweight beauty that features a stainless steel body, oak laths, and brass details. When in use, the Tupike protects from the wind with a large lid and additional side windscreens. It also comes with a custom griddle plate with a non-stick surface that ensures easy use and cleaning. Who said camp food doesn’t have to be first class? • $229.95 


Post-hike snack on Honey Stinger’s Cracker N’ Nut Butter Snack Bars. Coming in delicious flavors such as almond butter/dark chocolate, cashew butter/milk chocolate, and peanut butter/milk chocolate, we can easily say that these are some of the tastiest energy bars out there. Honey, crackers, sea salt, what’s not to like?  $26.40 for box of 12 


Cuddle up with YETI’s Lowlands blanket. A supremely soft interior layer matches with a waterproof outer to make this a go-to time and time again. It’s specifically designed to repel dirt, burrs, and pet hair so you can let the pups have their way with it as well. $199.99 


Sit back in awe on the Nemo Stargaze Recliner. Take relaxation to a new level with the Stargaze and its wondrous swinging and reclining capabilities. The signature auto-reclining feature and built-in cupholder allows for this chair to provide anyone with the grandest position for stargazing near the campfire. • $179.95 


Pitch Big Agnes’ Titan 4 MTNGLO tent (with a removable strand of LEDs). This thing is spacious (comfortably sleeps four adults) and with the option of LED lighting you can turn it into party central if the mood strikes you. Other features include an external pole structure that offers multiple shelter configurations, waterproof zippered doors with storm flaps, and two oversized fly vents for increased airflow and reduced condensation. This is tent camping at its finest. $399.95 

Sleep like a baby on the plush Therm-a-Rest NeoAir® Camper™ Duo mattress. This double mattress has two independent chambers for customized comfort which also prevent bouncing your special someone during the night. The Camper Duo is also surprisingly compact and the NeoAir® construction offers 3 inches of stable support. The ground has met its match indeed. $299.95