Ultimate Camping Checklist: 42 Car Camping Essentials

S’mores around a crackling fire as stars twinkle overhead. Waking up at dawn to sip hot coffee and watch the sun rise. Camping is all about those quiet, peaceful moments, when you just breathe deeply and – is that a pack of racoons making off with your s’mores supplies?! OK, we admit it: not all of the moments in camping are peaceful. If we’ve learned anything over our years of outdoor adventure, nature ALWAYS wins – and the best thing you can do is to be prepared! So here is the ultimate list of car camping essentials and gear recommendations, plus a printable packing list to make sure you don’t forget a thing. Happy camping!