When we first started car camping (that means driving to the camping spot — not camping in your car, although you could do that too) I thought we needed all the things. All of them. Part of this was because buying new things for camping sounded like a lot of fun. Part of it was because I had no idea what the heck we were doing.
Fortunately I had Luke, camper extraordinare. New problem: Luke also liked to buy new things. Therefore, we did.
While we did buy some things we didn’t really need (example: gas lantern) and some of it was nicer than required (example: fancy cots) most of it was a good call.
Do you have what you need to go camping for the first time? Time for a shopping trip? Through trial and error, here are our tips.
What You Need to Go Camping
Hold up. Before we go any farther let’s get this question out of the way: do you actually need to buy new stuff? Should you buy the nicest stuff? What about the Goodwill?