The 6 Best Car Camping Accessories of Summer 2012


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Nemo Helio

Fill it with three gallons of water, lay it in the sun, and at the end of the day you’ve got a seven-minute warm shower. Because the chamber can be pressurized with the included pump and not just gravity, you can also use it to rinse dishes or hose off the dog. And at 1.5 pounds, it’s compact enough to accompany you backpacking.

Montbell U.L. Thermawrap

The low-profile, synthetically insulated Therma-wrap is ideal for chilly nights around the campfire. As with most Montbell products, the fit is athletic, there are no extraneous bells or whistles, and it’s highly packable—it fits into the included softball-size stuffsack—making it ideal for light-and-fast backcountry missions, too.

Kelty Folding Cooler

Truth be told, we employed this foam-padded icebox while road-tripping as often as we did once we’d reached the campsite. Wherever you use it, its undeniably handy, with cup holders to keep drinks from spilling and, after the ice melts, soft sides that collapse for easy storage. Available in 20, 35, and 50 liters.

Primus FireHole 300

The FireHole is all about making the camp cook’s life simpler. Onboard lights illuminate the burners, a timer prevents scorched dinners, and an electric starter means no fumbling around for a lighter. But the coolest feature is the included utensil set (spatula, spoon, cutting board) that attaches to the stove via magnets.

Coleman All-in-One

An organized campsite is a happy campsite, which is why we’re big fans of the All-in-One. It comes with a 2.5-gallon water tank, two sinks, and a drying rack. Sure, the pressurized pump is a bit loud (and it burns through batteries), but it takes most of the pain out of washing dishes.

REI Camp Table XL

No picnic table at the campsite, you say? No problem. At 55 inches long and 32 inches wide, the 16-pound, aluminum-and-steel Camp Table XL has enough room to comfortably seat four. One of the steel legs is adjustable, which allows you to get a level surface even on lumpy ground. Folds up for storage in the included carrying case.