Wilderness Badass Institute of Research

Backpacking vs. Car Camping: the Gear Checklist

Two lists. All you need to know to pack right and pack light. Know what you need. Know what you want. Know what you're doing. 

 

When Car Camping, you're typically in developed campgrounds, which typically have warm showers, fire pits, restrooms and running water. You’ll have your car there too, so you can stuff it to the gills with all the stuff you won’t need to enjoy the outdoors. It's basically a single serving of the van-life.  

When Backpacking, it means that if you forget anything, you'll have to improvise in the backcountry. You’ll be...