How to PrepareYour Car For a Camping Trip

How to PrepareYour Car For a Camping Trip

Whether you are a camping veteran or a camping novice, going on a road trip and camping is one of the most enjoyable American pastimes. The relaxing sounds of nature, the tranquil silence, and the clear night sky far away from the hustle and bustle and deafening noise of the city make up the perfect break from the everyday grind in the city. No matter how often you do it—once a month or once every two years- going out into the woods is healthy for your physical and mental wellbeing.

Maybe you camped a lot as a kid and now you’re ready to take your first adult adventure. Know that there are some car-related things to take care of before heading out on a camping trip. Here are a few things that you should check and prepare before you drive to your favorite campsite.

How to PrepareYour Car For a Camping Trip

Be familiar

If you’re trying a new camping site, try to do a test run of the route first to make sure that your car can handle the terrain to get there and back. You might encounter some unexpected twists and turns on your way that could delay or put your trip off altogether. It might be time consuming but it never hurts to be prepared.

Check yourself!

Yes, it’s very important for drivers to spend time checking the battery, oil, water, brakes, tire air, gas, and engine lights before heading out on a camping trip. There are also those who check the lights, including smartphone-controlled LED add-ons from places like XK Glow.

However, most drivers forget to check themselves. And this just happens to be the most important thing.

You as the driver are in command of your vehicle. Are you sure that you’re fit to drive? Did you have a medical procedure lately? Have you had a good night’s sleep? Have you taken any medication that could make you drowsy? Always remember that the driver’s safety is the most important because the people in the back seat and out on the road will be counting on you.


Going camping requires a lot of stuff. It can be quite messy in the backseat when you have all of it loose. What if you encounter an unexpected bump and all the cooking utensils come flying all over inside the car? Not only would it make a mess, but it could seriously injure yourself or your passengers.

Make sure to put all accessories in designated bins that are sealed shut. That way, everything can be found easily once you’re there and nothing will be flying around the car on the way. Storing camping items in bins is also an effective way to keep stuff ready for the next road trip.

Survival kit

It is always better to be safe than sorry. Aside from your first aid kit, it is helpful to pack a car survival kit. A few things that you might need are electric charger wires, screwdrivers and wrenches of different sizes, pliers, bungee cords, a flashlight, and a thick towing rope. You can feel more secure when you bring these things along with you. Also make sure you know how to use each of these items.

Being prepared will take you a long way on a camping trip. Your preparations can help you to avoid unexpected issues and make them easier to handle if you do.

About the author


Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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