When it comes to setting up my camp, I of course want the items available that I am going to need/want. For me, the next important thing issimplicity! I do not want my camp set up, or time spent at camp, to be a lot of work. I also do not want the loading and unloading of the car to be a complete PIA. My goal is not to set up a camp that is Pinterest worthy! My camp site is simply a tool, just like my backpack, which I use to make it possible to go on adventures and explore the world around me.
When I started really looking at how I could simplify my camp time, I realized that, especially being alone, setting up a tent was a large percentage of my setting up and breaking down time. After the tent was set up, more time was spent getting the inside of the tent organized. Time was spent zipping and unzipping repeatedly, when getting in and out of the tent. There was also the issue of the dogs possibly tearing the tent. There was the issue of inclement weather. What was a possible alternative to the tent? Yep! The car.
While my system is not yet perfectly perfected, I have made great progress in making my camp set up and break down time so much more doable. Eliminating the tent has significantly cut down on the work and time of going solo camping.
When I use my tent, I also use foam puzzle pieces for the flooring, to protect it, and make it more comfortable. That big box stays home now. Cleaning dirt, sand, dog hair out of the tent? None of that now. Yes, the dogs get a little more dirt in my car, but I am going to have to clean that out whether I take the tent or not, so it does not add anymore work to that job.
I am still working on how I want to pad the back of the car for sleeping. I took a queen sized, battery operated, blow up mattress on my last outing. While this seemed like it was going to be a perfect solution, it was not! It was, however, hilarious! For starters, I have a Subaru Outback, The Ru, and the queen mattress was too big. When the mattress was inflated all the way, I could only stand outside of the car and laugh. So, I decided to let air out just enough that Hen and I could actually get into the car and lay down. Hen looked at me like I was crazy when I told him to jump in, but he did. I followed him and the mattress tried to eat us! After I stopped laughing hysterically, I sent Hen back out of the car, and I again followed. The padding that night was simply a sleeping bag. I will be modifying that for the next outing. I have some ideas but feel free to add yours below!
Being just me and the dogs most of the time, I believe this system of car camping is going to be perfected to a well oiled machine. Another question I get asked a lot is, “Do you get scared?” I feel so much safer in my car, with locked doors!
More posts will follow this one, as I continue the perfecting! I also have a lot more suggestions on how to make car camping almost effortless!! Stay tuned!