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Car Camping with Kids: The Essential Packing List

The beauty of car camping (See related article, "Car Camping with Kids: The Essential Guide") is that anything that will fit in your car can be brought. While some people pack to the max, loading up with extravagant kitchen set-ups, gas grills, lounge chairs and aero-beds, a car camping veteran like me recommends traveling a little lighter.

Here’s my  must-have checklist for car camping with kids.

For the campsite

For your outdoor kitchen

 Clothes and accessories

In addition to the clothes you might want to wear (jeans, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts — even dresses), be sure to bring these essentials:

 Nice-to-have extras

*You can get these at the area ranger station, or outdoor stores like REI, and sometimes at the “general store” in towns near the campgrounds.

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