The Best Car-Camping Gear for Families

These auto- and boat-friendly luxuries are your ticket to outdoor family fun.

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When you’re going to a developed campground with family or friends, there’s no need to pack the lightest gear. In fact, sometimes, it’s better to go big and enjoy the extra comfort of a big tent, a full kitchen kit, and a well-built camp chair. Prep for the front country with our favorite car-camping gear.

REI Co-op Kingdom 6

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With no weight limit, there’s no reason to squeeze into a cramped shelter. The Kingdom 6 offers a ton of roam-around room, thanks to double doors, vertical walls, and an 83-square-foot floor that fits six standard-width sleeping pads. Buy REI Co-op Kingdom 6 now/Read the full review

Stanley Adventure Full Kitchen Base Camp Cook Set

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This kitchen set offers the complete package at a great price. It includes a 3.5-liter pot, a frying pan, a plastic cutting board, a serving spoon, spatula, four plates, bowls, and sporks, and even a dish-drying rack. Buy Stanley Adventure Cook Set Now/Read the full review

NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair

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There are cheaper ways to lounge around camp, but this swinging chair is worth the splurge. Buy NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair now/Read the full review 

Eureka! Ignite

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The market for affordable camp stoves is crowded, but the Ignite stands out. “It has the best simmer control I’ve used,” one tester says. Buy Eureka! Ignite now/ Read the full review

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 LW

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This pad is as close as you can get to sleeping on your bed at home. Its 52-inch width—just smaller than a full-size mattress—and 3.9-inch thickness created a cozy nest for two testers and their toddler on a cold evening in Bryce Canyon National Park. Buy Exped MegaMat Duo 10 LW now/Read the full review

OtterBox Venture 65

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Superior insulation is the first thing we look for in a cooler, and the Venture delivers: Thanks to 2 inches of refrigerator-grade foam and a silicone seal, one tester returned to her vehicle after six days in the New Mexico backcountry in May to find her juice still icy cold. Buy OtterBox Venture 65 now/Read the full review 

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