Camping with the Car

Family Camping

Camping with the family

Camping with the car can mean many things to different people.  For the purist, the car drives you to the mountain trailhead and off you go with your backpack and nothing else!  Or, your car takes you to the campground, where you set up your tent, stove and make a base of operations for your adventure travel in the local area.  Some people even sleep in the car or in a truck bed.

Camping in history past, also known as survival, could be as simple as a bedroll and a can of beans.  According to Wikipedia, the father of recreational camping was  Thomas Hiram Holding, a Brit traveling in early America.  He even wrote a book, The Campers Handbook, in 1908.  For a look at camping by historical figures, link here.

Regardless of your intended style of camping, lets look at a list of some of the things you will need and want for your adventure.


  • Something to sleep in to protect you from the elements (rain, wind, bugs, sun, etc.)  This can be a tarp, tent or some form of a camper, such as a teardrop.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Clothing
  • Personal kit (toothbrush, hand soap, washcloth)
  • A way to cook  (campfire, backpacking stove, camp stove)
  • Cooking gear (pots, pans, utensils, cleaning gear, paper towls)
  • Eating gear (plates, bowls, cups, eating utensils, napkins)
  • Food and cooking oil
  • Ice Chest
  • Water container
  • Chairs
  • Camp light


  • A good book
  • A frisbee
  • A fishing pole (and fishing license)
  • A personal music player
  • Graham crackers, marsh mellows, chocolate and a stick, also known as s’more.
  • A sense of adventure
Everything you need for an adventure in Sequoia.

Everything you need for an adventure in Sequoia.