1. A Hammock - Whether you're just in need of an afternoon nap or are looking for a light weight option over cots and mattresses, a hammock is the perfect way to relax in the outdoors. Simply find two trees, string it up and you've got a perfect spot to chill out. Read a book, enjoy a beverage or sleep away an afternoon, whatever you choose, you'll feel relaxed in an hammock.
2. Homemade Ice Cream Maker - No seriously. Imagine eating ice cream around a camp fire. It doesn't get any more awesome than that. You can pick up a Play & Freeze Ice Cream Ball for some easy luxury dessert at the campsite. Throw in the ingredients, tell the kids it's a game to shake the ball and in no time you're slurping up a tasty treat.
3. A Dutch Oven/ Cast Iron Pot - Too heavy for backpacking but so fun for car camping, you can cook almost anything you can make in your home oven, only you'll do it on the campfire with a dutch oven. Seriously, I've made pizza, casseroles, nachos, cinnamon rolls, cakes and apple cobbler right on the camp fire. It opens up a whole new set of camp food possibilities plus it's a lot of fun.
4. A Folding Camp Table - Believe me, I've camped plenty of spots that were just perfect except there was nowhere to cook my food. Balancing a camp stove on a rock isn't too much fun. Come prepared. Folding camp tables and camp kitchens are relatively light weight and don't take up too much space for car campers. You'll be thankful you brought this useful item.
5. A Sun Shower/ Camp Shower - A sun shower is basically a plastic bag that you can set out in the sun. The water turns warm and sometimes even hot after a couple hours in the sun. Even if you don't want to take an actual shower, these are super handy for washing hands kids faces after an afternoon of playing outside.
Remember, car camping can be full of luxuries. Bring whatever you need to be comfortable and have fun!
Check out these other great camping resources:
The Family Camping Guide
Family Camping Checklist
Picking the Perfect Family Campsite
A Bunch of (Really Great) Reasons to Take Kids Camping
Tips for Making Camping Fun for the Whole Family
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