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10 Must-Have Items In Your Car Kit When Travelling Outdoors

Guest Post by Victor

Spring is in the air and camping season is just around the corner. And adventure-lovers are starting to plan their camping trips and hiking expeditions! Most of the time, you may be dependent on your car as a means of transportation for these adventures. This post will help you plan what’s essential to pack in your vehicle for these outings.

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An advantage of car camping is that you can pack in a lot of stuff and park the car in close vicinity to the camping site. There may be numerous things that are required, but the following details provide information on a few.

10 Must-Have Items In Your Car Kit When Travelling Outdoors

1.) Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags are an important part of your gear when camping in the outdoors. They are lightweight, and they can keep you protected from the chilly winds blowing in the wilderness.

2.) Mattress

Packing an air mattress for camping is a really good idea. Remember that you may be comfortable in your sleeping bag, but it is cold to sleep on the ground; a mattress can keep you comfortable. Power adaptors and extension cables should also not be forgotten for inflating the mattresses.

3.) Tent

Be sure to bring along your tent for mounting at the campsite. It would be ideal to choose a large-sized one, so the mattress and backpacks fit in with ease. A smaller tent would also suffice, but it would not be possible to get in the rucksacks inside for lack of space.

4.) Backpacks

For car camping, it is sufficient to take small backpacks for storing the basics. Also, if you are planning to go on a hike, they can be packed with few items and carried.

5.) Water

You should also put plenty of water bottles in your car. Always take spare bottles for others that may join your group. There are some varieties that can even be rolled up after use; it would be wise to opt for them. Taking along portable water purifiers are also recommended.

6.) Food

Be sure to pack a variety of foods for when you get hungry. Some items could include peanut butter, nutritional bars, canned foods, and snacks. It is better to consume calorie-rich foods to remain energized.

7.) Cookware

There are lightweight gas stoves available that are suitable for cooking purposes at camps. They are ideal for boiling water or preparing eggs/noodles. You may also need cutlery and dish washing liquid. And, disposable spoons, forks, and bowls could also be handy.

8. First-Aid Kit

It would be a good idea to keep a first-aid kit in the car for dressing any injuries that take place during the outing. An antiseptic liquid, cotton, and bandages are some essentials that should be added.

9.) Toiletries

Toiletry items such as toothpaste, body wash, shampoos, toilet roll, and conditioners should also be packed.

camping tools

10.) Functional Tools

Fire starters, knife, flashlight, blade, and duct tape are other things that are useful to bring along.

These items can be placed in the trunk; if it is not large enough, consider a trekking pack for bundling the essentials. It may also come handy if due to unforeseen circumstances you have to abandon your vehicle.

Author Bio: Victor has great knowledge of woodworking and furniture handling. He shares this knowledge with his online readers, so they can benefit and contribute towards an eco-friendly environment. (Click here to see Victor’s website.)


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  1. This was such a great post 🙂 I loved all these suggestions and photos !

  2. What an amazing guest post, Victor. Thank you for sharing with us. It is a wonderful idea, Lindsey. I love his post. I can’t wait to read more guests posts and also to follow your life in Argentina. Btw, have you started Spanish classes? Do you like it? Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂


    1. So happy you liked Victor’s post, Miri! Thank you for reading! And I have almost 2 weeks of Spanish classes under my belt now. 🙂 I’m loving it and learning little by little (can order my own coffee and food now at least, haha). Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

  3. What a great list, thank you! I would just add two things to the list: bug spray – as it can be both annoying and dangerous out there with all the diseases bugs carry; and a fire striker, just in case you need to light a fire and conventional methods don’t work! Oh, and if you’re camping in the woods – keeping your food in your tent is dangerous, you’re better off leaving it in your car or hang your backpack on a tree, this way you won’t get an unexpected visitor in your tent at night!

    1. Oh yes, bug spray and a fire striker are both good things as well! And certainly, keeping your food in your tent is never a good idea. (Victor’s list was suggesting things to pack in your car.) Good suggestions!

  4. The travel first aid kit is a great idea. I think I’m going to order one for general travel. At times we are not near a CVS (plus it sure adds up to have to buy everything in normal size packaging). Or when traveling outside the US with language barriers it’s hard to find stuff we need and notice the selection is not what we’re used to at CVS.

    1. For sure! My mom had gotten me a small first aid kit for traveling, and it has come in very handy! Especially now, with the language barrier…weird things like Neosporin, antiseptic wipes, etc. I’ve really been grateful to have!

  5. What a great list, Victor! I even have food in the car for running errands—it’s no fun to be hungry at anytime! LOL

    1. Haha! I keep these types of food in my purse/backpack too. It comes in handy! 🙂

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