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One of these days I'll get used to car camping. I don't dislike the concept at all, it's just that all of my normal camping involves covering lots of ground and my gear selection is oriented towards that. When a trip comes up that doesn't involve backpacking to the tent site, I end up staring at my pile of gear in confusion about what to grab.
 

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One of these days I'll get used to car camping. I don't dislike the concept at all, it's just that all of my normal camping involves covering lots of ground and my gear selection is oriented towards that. When a trip comes up that doesn't involve backpacking to the tent site, I end up staring at my pile of gear in confusion about what to grab.
Just pack normal. Then toss the pack in the car.
 

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I've definitely done that. And it creates some comical moments when I break out an alcohol stove for a cup of tea or set up a bag of overnight oatmeal when everyone else is in their 10 person tents with a full size propane bottle cooking multi course meals.
 

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One of these days I'll get used to car camping. I don't dislike the concept at all, it's just that all of my normal camping involves covering lots of ground and my gear selection is oriented towards that. When a trip comes up that doesn't involve backpacking to the tent site, I end up staring at my pile of gear in confusion about what to grab.
It's been a super long time since I've done that. Not sure I'm even up to it anymore. We're thinking small camper moving forward... the wife is never sleeping in a tent again... so she is forcing me into the glamping arena.

That said... when I finally get to northern Michigan... I'm hoping for a few overnight float trips with the canoe. That requires a far more minimalist approach. But there will still be room for a small cooler to carry food and drinks. But I have a dry bag with my Slumberjack satellite tarp and Grand Trunk big boy hammock. Still enough room for a sleeping bag and a couple other comforts of home. I'll be glad not to carry everything I want/need on my back to get to camp.
 

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If everything falls together just right (weather/temp/bugs) sleeping under the stars is really neat. Especially out where there isn't much for light pollution.
 
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I just got back from a week of camping in New Mexico. I used my new ARB awning/tent room, really like it, it's definitely more setup and tear down but the ability to keep everything else packed up and organized in the back of the Explorer is a very nice tradeoff.

It was very hot one night and I tried sleeping outside my bag...ended up freezing my ass off at 3 in the morning when the temp dropped down to about 50 degrees.

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My last solo camping trip with pop up Quechua 2 seconds – this is really a 2 seconds instant tent. But more of it you will like the privacy and how dark it is inside.
https://wildproofgear.com/best-pop-up-tent/
I have never slept until 10am in the woods before, but I did in this tent on 2 days in a row. I would suggest this tent for any solo camper with a vehicle.
 

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My last solo camping trip with pop up Quechua 2 seconds – this is really a 2 seconds instant tent. But more of it you will like the privacy and how dark it is inside.
https://wildproofgear.com/best-pop-up-tent/
I have never slept until 10am in the woods before, but I did in this tent on 2 days in a row. I would suggest this tent for any solo camper with a vehicle.

I hear Pop up tents can be a PITA to roll back up, at least compared to a regular tent.
 

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Packed and ready to go for the next outdoor therapy session.



The vinyl tarp is pretty cooked from sun exposure and ready for a replacement. It's held up a lot better than the canvas and poly tarps I've used in the past. So, I'll definitely get another vinyl tarp for a replacement.

 

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As @lil_Blue_Ford discovered... we have ways of dealing with oversleepers.

For the record…. I wasn’t sleeping. And neither was my girl… we were, however, not trying to let the entire campground know what was going on…:sexe::hottubfun:
 

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