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    Car Camping hacks and must haves :)

    Depending where you are in the country, car camping is a big part of mountain biking trips. I've done it a lot and still every so often you come across someones ingenious car camping idea/tool/technique that makes your experience just that much better.

    Some of these i've picked up over the years:

    -camp chairs
    -solar shower
    -cheap THICK foam
    -exchange tiny backpacking tent for big ass wally world tent. (exchange any "backpacking" item for it's bigger brother)
    -inverter
    -foldable card table
    -Dutch oven!
    -Real blankets/pillows
    -Plastic Bins for organization
    -Freezing gallon Jugs
    -Zip Ties

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    Getting too old for craound camping
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    Beer

    Beer will get you times of no food better than food will get you through times with no beer.
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Some of these i've picked up over the years:

    -cheap THICK foam
    -Freezing gallon Jugs
    I'm going to be doing a lot of car camping this year, hoping to get some helpful info from this thread. Where can you find cheap thick foam? I've seen sheets of it in craft stores but never checked the prices, curious where would have the lowest price.
    What do you use the frozen water jugs for?

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    Car Camping hacks and must haves :)

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    Beer will get you times of no food better than food will get you through times with no beer.
    Winner!


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    See if this helps. It's pretty generic and you likely won't need the baby related stuff.

    Checklist - Car Camping.pdf
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    Hail camping gadgets and stuff that maximize fun...

    Jetboil
    Good beer in cans
    Down booties in winter
    Block ice
    Headnet
    Tarps for building shades/shelter
    Propane space heater
    Candle lanterns
    Music library
    Hot sauce
    Down comforter and sleeping partner
    Incense
    Beach towels

    More stuff, of course, doesn't equal more fun. But sure, some items are worth their space. You don't need a RV, trailer or sportsmobile to have a totally plush, snag-free camping experience.

    Great thread idea! Cheers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    Hail camping gadgets and stuff that maximize fun...
    Good beer in cans
    Down booties in winter
    Block ice
    Propane space heater
    Candle lanterns
    Music library
    Hot sauce
    Down comforter and sleeping partner (this is your HEATER)
    More stuff, of course, doesn't equal more fun. But sure, some items are worth their space.
    There are simply things in life that can't be left out!
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

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    Paco pad- El Grande.

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    Got to have Flaming Jello Shots for the campfire!


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    my must have is my eno hammock not new to most people but i just picked my first one up with my rei dividend and man i love it so far. here is another must have mounted onto my van door in the pic. and a couple of other pics of my van i sleep in on trips
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    Quote Originally Posted by 05kas05 View Post
    my must have is my eno hammock not new to most people but i just picked my first one up with my rei dividend and man i love it so far. here is another must have mounted onto my van door in the pic. and a couple of other pics of my van i sleep in on trips
    Sorry, but your post reminded me of this!

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    Cheap foam: sewing and fabric stores like Jo-Ann fabric.

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    Forget the foam pad & get yourself one of these
    REI Camp Bed 3.5 Review - OutdoorGearLab

    It's literally more comfortable then my bed

    I have also found these to be extremely handy
    Kimberly-Clark Rags in a Box 300-ct-75600 at The Home Depot

    Also leave the jetboil in your backpack. Get one of those dual burner stoves that run on a little propane can like the campchef. Then you can use real size pots & pans & turn out good food easy. Big fan of cooking over the fire/coals so get a large fire grate
    Camp Chef Lumberjack Over The Fire Grill | Backcountry.com

    Also a good quality 5 day cooler makes things more pleasant. I'm a big fan of those little packable hammocks. Nothing better than plopping in the hammock with a beer in your hand, and a nice breeze after a long on the bike. ANd of coarse a headlamp

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    Sven saw
    5 gallon plastic water jug
    camp guitar
    plastic tub for food items
    tent sock
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
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    Inflatable mattresses for eighty-some bucks -- pass. Foam pads will never die and cost a fraction of that. And you don't have to treat them nicely. A1 Foam and Fabric if you're in SoCal.

    Vans are subject to ridicule until the weather caves in, then everyone thinks your van is the coolest thing ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    The coffee press is a necessity as much as the bike is.
    A bad day of cycling is better than a good day at work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Beer

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    Truer words have never been spoken....ever!

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    Sleeping bag liner for the cold nights. Don't waste your money on an expensive bag. They come in cotton, silk, merino wool and fleece.
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    Car Camping hacks and must haves :)

    Rope or para cords for clothes line

    Fire starter logs the big ones that last 3 hours

    Coffee press/already mentioned

    Cottenelle double roll toilet paper


    Bug spray

    I like bringing screen tent

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    Doritos...great firestarter
    Cut off ski pole...best tool to blow air in to the fire while staying seated.
    expensive cars are a waste of money. Expensive bikes...not so much!

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    Unicycle. Takes up minimal room but provides infinite entertainment in the quiet times

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    Quote Originally Posted by JP636 View Post
    Sorry, but your post reminded me of this!
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    that was my inspirational video haha !!!!!
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