Don’t Forget These 12 Things for Car Camping This Fall

From solar chargers to package-free shampoos, these are the best, the coolest, the most stylish and efficient pieces of gear, gadgets and everything in between to take with you on that Labor Day or fall car camping adventure. Because there’s just something about the leaves changing colors, the air getting crisp and layering up that screams for one last road trip.

Sea to Summit’s Pocket Shower

Sometimes you have to get creative out in the wild. And sometimes that means bringing and rigging up your own showering device. Which is exactly where Sea to Summit’s seven-minute Pocket Shower comes in handy. Fill it with water, and if your water source is cold, let it sit and heat up in the sun before showering. When you’re not using it as a shower, it doubles as a dry bag and is coincidentally the perfect size for keeping your sleeping bag dry. $32.95

Sea to Summit

Use the Pocket Shower as a dry bag between showers.SEA TO SUMMIT

Lush’s Vegan 2-in-1 Godiva Shampoo and Conditioner Bar

There’s a reason why Lush has a cult following. They make great, cruelty-free, vegan, handmade products that actually work. So, it’s no surprise that their shampoo bars are particularly great. And they’re especially easy to love when you’re traveling. I don’t think I need to explain the benefits of traveling with a package-free bar instead of a bottle of liquids – and that’s just the obvious reason to go for this product. The yellow Godiva 2-in-1 bar is a favorite, but really, you can’t go wrong with any of their shampoo bars. $12.95

Lush

From left to right: the Godiva 2-in-1 bar, the Seanik volumizing shampoo bar, the Karma Komba gentle cleansing bar, and the Jason and the Argan Oil vitamin-rich bar.LUSH

Rumpl’s Shammy Travel Towel

The guys behind those insanely cool blankets, and even that ridiculous looking poncho that made ponchos cool again, are back at it. This time with a shammy towel. And not just any shammy towel. One that repels sand, pet hair, odors, and stains, and looks incredibly stylish while doing it. There’s even a button closure to give you an extra hand when you’re trying to change discreetly. $59

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Choose from several different size options from washcloth to double wide.RUMPL

Chameleon’s Organic Cold Brew Pods

No messy coffee grounds, no boiling water, no fuss – just throw a pod in your water bottle at night and wake up to the comforts of a great cup of coffee. Drink it cold or heat it up – there’s pretty much no wrong way to do coffee when you’re car camping. $9.99

Chameleon

Boxes come with eight organic, ethically sourced cold-brew pods.CHAMELEON

Good To-Go’s Bibimbap Meal Pouch

Gluten-free, vegan and with a two-year shelf life, Good To-Go’s meals are a staple for any outdoor adventure. All you need is boiled water and 20 minutes. Plus, they have plenty of options when it comes time to decide what’s for dinner. Not craving bibimbap? How about a Mexican Quinoa Bowl or Pad Thai instead? $6.75

Good To-Go/Jay Kolsch

Just add boiling water, seal and wait 20 minutes.GOOD TO-GO/JAY KOLSCH

BioLite Wood & Charcoal Burning FirePit

Fire without the smoke? It’s a car camping miracle. Put in four logs and let the patented airflow technology do the rest. Throw in charcoal when you’re ready for a hibachi-style grill – you can even control the size of your flames with the stove’s Bluetooth app. $199.95

BioLite

Utilizing a patented airflow technology, the firepit is virtually smokeless.BIOLITE

Pelican’s 20 Quart Cooler

Personally, I prefer hard shell coolers when I’m car camping. And I particularly like this 20-quart cooler from Pelican for car camping excursions right now. Why? Besides a fun array of colors (hello, seafoam and gray colorway), the non-skid raised feet help keep this cooler in place as you traverse over bumpy back roads and the molded in tie downs help you when you need to secure the cooler even more. Plus, you can fit 15 cans or 4 upright wine bottles (use the 2:1 ice ratio) in here. They even claim this cooler is bear proof. Is there anything they didn’t think of? $149.99

Pelican

With 18 colorways available, including seafoam and lime green, who says your cooler can’t be as stylish as you are?PELICAN

Yeti’s Rambler 10-ounce Wine Tumblers

Who are you kidding – go for the two pack. Because when it turns wine o’clock you’ll be thankful that you brought these handy little tumblers, which also double nicely as coffee mugs in the morning. Throw them in the dishwasher when you get home, these guys are also rust-resistant. $49.99

Yeti

Dent and ding resistant and made with a double-wall vacuum insulation, there’s not much these tumblers can’t handle.YETI

Snow Peak’s Hozuki Lantern

Not only is this one good looking lamp, it’s functional too. Running off three AA batteries, but also equipped with a USB charger and rechargeable adapter (sold separately), this lantern has a built in Sleep Mode that shuts it off when there are no longer any sounds and there’s a flickering Candle Mode as well. You can hang it, but the hook also doubles as a stand if you want to set it out tableside to set the campfire mood. $99.95

Snow Peak

Use the Sleep Mode to save energy – it automatically shuts off the lantern when your campsite becomes quiet.SNOW PEAK

Thermacell’s 110 Square Foot Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent

Scent-free and DEET-free, this mosquito repellent works with the touch of a button. You don’t even have to apply it directly to your skin – it makes a “zone” around you that repels mosquitos for 110 square feet. The repellent cartridge will last you up to 40 hours in the wild and the main housing lasts up to six hours on a charge, but is rechargeable (and most importantly, still works while it’s being charged). $49.99

Thermacell

Small and compact, you can use it at any elevation.THERMACELL

BioLite’s SolarPanel 10+ 10w Solar Charger

When you’re off the grid, BioLite’s SolarPanel 10+ is the hands down best gadget to have on hand. Set it out in the sun or just leave it on the dashboard and you’re all set. The built-in battery allows you to store power to use later, but during peak sun times expect GoPro devices to charge in 30 minutes and smartphones to charge in one hour. $129.95

BioLite

The SolarPanel 10+ weighs 1.21 pounds and is just smaller than a piece of paper.BIOLITE

Garmin’s Montana 680t

Built for the most rugged, most off-the-grid adventures, the Montana 680t pretty much does it all – mount it for turn-by-turn directions along the way to your destination and then take it with you as you explore mountains, forests, rivers, lakes – it can handle it all. The 4-inch touchscreen interface comes in handy for quick scrolling and the barometric altimeter and access to both GPS and GLONASS satellites helps provide some of the most accurate tracking possible. $599.99

Garmin

The 680t comes with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery one-year subscription and the 8 pixel autofocus camera geotags photos with coordinates, so you can navigate back to the same spot on a future adventure.GARMIN

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As a travel journalist I cover everything from adventure travel to the best in outdoor travel gear. Over the years I’ve found myself sitting on the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia, racing Rolls-Royces through Dubai,

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