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8 Essential Car Camping Accessories
The best part about car camping is that on top of enjoying what nature has to offer, you can bring almost anything without as many weight and space concerns.
From elite furniture to an outdoor-proof music player, we've got you covered at your next campsite.
Kelty Low-Love Chair 1 of 9
The two-seater, folding Kelty Low-Love camp chair is perfect for resting at the campsite...or lounging at a concert. The best part is that it lets you cuddle up to your sweetie and/or your tired kids. The slightly reclined chair is comfortable for those long nights around the fire and even has two adjustable drink holders for your water bottle or beer.
Don't worry about who you're sitting with either—the adjustable arms make for a custom fit with whomever you choose to share this coveted seat. It's easy to transport in its sleek carrying case that includes a shoulder pad and an extra stash pocket for magazines or snacks.
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock 2 of 9
Sometimes you just need an afternoon nap, even if you've done little more than hang out at camp. Enter the ENO DoubleNest two-person hammock (or the one-person SingleNest if you need some time alone). The DoubleNest is the perfect place to take a rest, get a good night's sleep, or simply enjoy the view. It's lightweight (only 19 ounces) and packs down to the size of a large grapefruit, which means you can use the hammock for both car camping and backpacking. Each hammock comes with aluminum wiregate carabiners that make set-up a breeze.
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core 3 of 9
Starting at $80; bigagnes.com
A restful night's sleep can easily be ruined by a rock in your back or a twig digging into your leg. Rather than hauling along an air mattress that might not even fit in your tent, opt for the Insulated Air Core pad by Big Agnes. This lightweight sleeping pad will keep you covered for three seasons, and Big Agnes even solved the problem of rolling off by using larger outer chambers to keep the sleeper in the center of the pad.
Kelty Basecamp Kitchen 4 of 9
Prepare to be the envy of fellow campers with the award-winning Kelty Basecamp Kitchen. The foldable, durable kitchen has everything you need to make campsite cooking stress-free—a removable wind-protected platform for your stove, ample counter space, a zippered pantry with an internal shelf, adjustable rods for towels or to hang extra bags, adjustable feet for solid footing on uneven ground, and even a built-in paper towel holder. The Basecamp Kitchen can hold up to 100 pounds of gear or food and easily folds up into its own carrying case.
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper 5 of 9
You'll need pots and pans to use with your Kelty basecamp kitchen, and GSI Outdoors has the best, all-inclusive option with their Pinnacle Camper set. Ideal for two-person backpacking or four-plus-person car camping, more than 20 items pack down with nested storage into one single stuff sack that doubles as a sink. A nine-inch frying pan, two strainer lids, four insulated mugs, four bowls, a three-liter pot and a two-liter pot, four plates, four sip-it tops and a folded pot gripper. Plus, your kids will love the color coded items—just be ready for an argument over who wants the pink set or the green.
Coleman Xtreme 5 50-QT Rolling Cooler 6 of 9
Never worry about melting ice or food going bad again; the Coleman Xtreme 5 50-QT cooler holds ice for five days at 90 degrees. It doubles as an extra seat that is sturdy enough to hold 250 pounds and has four cup holders that are deep enough to prevent spilling. The handle extends and retracts for ease of use, and the wheels are all-terrain, so this cooler won't break as you lug it over rocks and sticks to the campsite. The best part? There's enough space to hold 84 cans of soda and it's tall enough to hold 2-liter bottles, as well.
GSI Java Press or Java Drip 7 of 9
No longer is slurping down instant coffee necessary when camping. Instead, use GSI's portable Java Press or the Java Drip. The Java Press is a lightweight and shatter-resistant portable French press coffee system that has a double-walled, insulated lid to keep your morning drink hot. It also comes with an insulated EVA sleeve with handle. Bonus: the entire carafe is BPA free. The Java Drip is also portable and insulated, with a silicone drip cone that locks to the lid, then collapses to fit inside the carafe for easy storage.
Braven BRV-1 Speaker 8 of 9
Although heading outside brings its own slew of wilderness noises, it's easier than ever to hang out at camp and listen to music. Rather than drain your car battery, the Braven BRV-1 speaker offers 12 hours of music by syncing wirelessly via bluetooth or using the line-in for non-bluetooth devices. You can also take calls using the noise-canceling mic and charge other devices with the USB port. Worried about taking the Braven outdoors? Don't be. This palm-sized, lightweight speaker is water resistant and shock absorbent—perfect for whatever environment you subject it to.