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My ULTIMATE car camping gear list

I'm sharing with you a complete list of all the car camping essentials you'll need to start your road trip adventures!

Most of this list consists of car camping essentials, but there are also some things that are for decoration and ambiance. I included pictures and links for some of the products I want to share with you.


You never know when there will be a project to do or something to fix. Having some little tools with you is always important. Here are some items you should have.

Duct tape


Sewing kit


Axe (if you chop wood)



Hygiene and health are very important! When car camping, you need to keep up with cleanliness. These are some important things you don't want to forget.

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Camp soap




Hand sanitizer

Baby wipes

Toilet paper


Bug repellent

First aid kit




It's always best to dress for success! In this case, it means bring the proper apparel for whatever adventure awaits you. You need to consider the weather, your surroundings, and the activities you will do.

Here is the perfect wardrobe for car camping

A few base layers (tank top, tee shirt or long sleeve shirt)

Light jacket or cardigan

Rain proof jacket

Socks and underpants

Coat during winter

Comfortable shorts

Lounge pants


Camp shoes (flip flops, slippers, crocs, sandals)

Camping kitchen

Having a proper kitchen set up is a must for car camping. Here are some basics to have in your car camper.


Paper towels

Coffee maker


A good night's sleep is crucial to feeling in tip top shape! You don't have to sacrifice a comfortable sleep when car camping. Here are some sleep system items you may want to have.




Car camping is definitely not glamorous. But you can find ways to use the restroom from your car. It can be harder to stay clean, but it doesn't have to be.


Diy Dollar Tree potty




Just like in a home, you need places to store things. Here are some ways to keep things organized.

Plastic bins


In this day and age it's hard to not have easy access to electricity. So here are some things that can help. I've also included some handy electronic gadgets.




No one wants anyone to see inside their car while they're sleeping in it. That's creepy! So it's important to find a way to have some privacy. Here are some products.

DIY window covers


It's a crazy world out there! It's important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Here are some ideas for staying safe and protecting your belongings. Having weapons like these can provide a sense of comfort, knowing if someone attacks you, you can fend them off.


At the end of the day, I think we all want to get cozy. Here are a few things that you'll want to have to relax after a long day of driving. They can easily fit inside any car camper. I have both of these products and they don't take up much space.


Part of the fun of having a car camper is decorating it to express yourself and make it aesthetically pleasing. Here are some adorable decorations with a boho emphasis.

Decorative pillows

That brings us to the end of this list! I hope you found this article to be helpful.

*This list includes affiliate links. If you purchase from those Amazon links, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps fund my website!

About the author

Shello! My name is Mermaid Liv, a professional mermaid and content creator. I share my love of mermaiding through this blog, along with my Youtube channel.

If you've never heard of it before, mermaiding is a hobby, profession, and sport that involves wearing mermaid tails made for swimming.

I began making tails in 2013 and have continued my mermaid journey, starting my Youtube channel, working at a mermaid festival, performing at gigs, and being featured in the Netflix Docu Series MerPeople.

Follow me on Instagram for mermaid photos and videos: @the_real_mermaid_liv and be *shore* to check out my Youtube channel.

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