Having all the right gear makes such a difference, especially if it’s your first time camping.
Your list of car camping equipment can be as short or as long as you like, but there are a few items that are essential. First up is a good quality tent with a rain fly—a waterproof tarp that goes over the tent—and a ground sheet to act as a barrier between your tent and the ground. Sleeping bags, pillows and a sleeping pad or air mattress are also necessities. If you’re tempted to forgo the air mattress or pad, don’t. It’s worth making room for it in the car.