A fully itemized list of what to bring when you go car camping. From shelter, to food to equipment, this list has got you covered for what to bring when you go car camping.

A fully itemized list of what to bring when you go car camping. From shelter, to food to equipment, this list has got you covered for what to bring when you go car camping. A fully itemized list of what to bring when you go car camping. From shelter, to food to equipment, this list has got you covered for what to bring when you go car camping.

If you would have asked me 3 years ago if I could imagine writing a blog post on camping I would have laughed in your face. I never considered myself much of a camper. My experience extends from a one-night campsite drop-off at summer camp to a 3-day forced outward bound with my middle school. Both resulted in a lot of mosquito bites and blistered feet.

What I couldn’t appreciate then that I see now is how absolutely beautiful the world is around us and that the best way to take it all in is to deeply immerse yourself in it. And yes, this sometimes means camping.

I’m not quite ready to jump into a canoe or hit the trails for 5 days off the grid. Mainly because I’m terrified to have to portage or carry triple my bodyweight on my back, but in the interim car camping has become a great solution!

Sure, it’s a bit cushier when you have access to clean, running water and the option to go sit in your car should the mosquitos attack, but if you’re sleeping on the ground and cooking your food on the fire, I think it’s still considered camping. Baby steps people…

This is an excerpt from the article What To Bring When You Go Car Camping which originally appeared on http://www.thehealthymaven.com/.