What car camping gear to take with you?

Car camping cooking stoves & sink/hob combo

Europe

(the URL will link to Amazon best for your country, despite the prices being in GBP)

  • Compact and powerful: Easy to use table cooker (2200 W) with Piezo ignition; the flame is individually adjustable; an easy-clean fixed enamelled pan support adds stability whilst cooking
  • Maximum safety: The enhanced cartridge safety locking system ensures safe and correct gas cartridge insertion - every time; sturdy plastic carry case included
  • Practical design and protection: Runs on Campingaz gas cartridge CP 250 which can be disconnected, even it isn’t empty and disappears in the integrated cartridge compartment during operation
  • Worldwide availability: Campingaz has a global distribution network for gas cartridges (in over 50 countries), dealer overview on campingaz/gasfinder website
  • Dimensions: 33 x 28 x 9 cm; gas consumption 160 g/h; running time 1 hour 25 minutes; weight 1.43 kg; not suitable for inside use
  • Powerful: Two high-performance, fully adjustable 1.5 kW stainless steel burners + 1.5 kW downward burner (with toast rack and tray, ideal for gratinating/toasting)
  • Compact and practical: Easy to use gas cooker with push and turn piezo ignition for convenient lighting (match free); folds up compact - sturdy steel lid with metal handle
  • Enhanced design: The lid covers the cook top for protection and works as a wind deflecting shield when it is open
  • Worldwide availability: Runs on Campingaz gas cylinders R907/R904 (runtime: 14/8 hours), high availability in over 50 countries; dealer overview on campingaz.com/gas finder
  • Size (open/closed): 60 x 40 x 35 / 59.5 x 32.5 x 8.5 cm, gas consumption: 327 g/h; weight: 4 kg; stove for outdoor use only
  • 【Food Grade Aluminum Material】: The camping cooking set is made of Non-Toxic Anodized Aluminum Material, solid and durable, which can resist high temperature. You could rest assured to enjoy cooking.
  • 【Practical Camping Gas Stove】: The mini stove is compatible with any 7/16 wire butane / butane-propane mixed fuel container (EN 417). Equipped with piezoelectric ignition system and flame controller, making it more convenient and easy to use in hiking or camping.
  • 【Lightweight & Easy to Carry】: Collapsible camping equipment set (pans and stove) have folding handles for space saving. All the objects in this cooking set can be stored together in a mesh bag. Then you could hang it on the backpack for convenient carry.
  • 【9 Piece Camping Cookware Set】: The portable camping cooking utensils set includes: 2 * Aluminum Non-Stick Pots + 1 * Mini Camping Stove + 1 * Folding Spoon + 1 * Folding Fork + 1 * Sponge Cleaning Brush + 1 * Stove storage Box + 1 * Carabiner + 1 * Mesh Bag. It is perfect for 1-2 people outdoor camping.
  • 【Wide Usage】: The Camping Pots and Pans Set is designed for camping, hiking, trekking, backpacking, picnic, BBQ and other outdoor activities. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
Photo Title Price Buy (links to your local / closest Amazon store)
Bright Spark 1-Piece...image Bright Spark 1-Piece 34.5 x 28 x 9 cm Powder Coated Steel Caravan and Camping Cooker £37.19 custom 1
Campingaz Chef Folding...image Campingaz Chef Folding Double Burner Stove and Grill, compact gas cooker for camping or festivals. £49.21 custom 1
Campingaz Super Carena®...image Campingaz Super Carena® Single Burner Stove (Cylinder not included) £55.28 custom 1
Odoland Camping Cookware...image Odoland Camping Cookware Kit with Stove, Outdoor Cooking Set Non Stick Pot and Pans Lightweight Backpacking Hiking Utensil Gear for 1 to 3 People Traveling Trekking and Camping £28.99 custom 1
AeroPress Coffee Maker,...image AeroPress Coffee Maker, Phthalates & BPA Free, Black £30.99 custom 1
AeroPress 10R11 Go...image AeroPress 10R11 Go Travel Coffee Maker, Free of Phthalate, Grey £28.99 custom 1

Storage nets for car camping

…because there’s never enough storage space 🙂

Photo Title Price Buy (links to your local / closest Amazon store)
HAKACC Storage Net,...image HAKACC Storage Net, 2 PCS Car Storage Mesh Bag Organiser for Bottles Groceries Back Seat Car Truck Trunk £9.99 custom 1
comfleep Car Ceiling...image comfleep Car Ceiling Storage Net Pocket, Car Roof Interior Cargo Net Breathable Mesh Bag, Adjustable Sundries Storage Pouch with Zipper £15.99 custom 1
Cargo Net for...image Cargo Net for Car Interior Roof Storage - Car Ceiling Net Pocket, Overhead Top Bag Hanging Sundries Mesh Organizer with Drawstring for SUV Jeep Van(Army Green) £15.98 custom 1
MOEGFY Car Net...image MOEGFY Car Net Pocket Handbag Holder, Car Back Seat Organiser for Purse & Smaller Items, Universal Car Seat Storage Net Between Two Seats, Durable Hanging Storage Bag for Driver, Pet Kids Net Barrier £3.59 custom 1

Car camping essential gear

Photo Title Price Buy (links to your local / closest Amazon store)
Car Shades PV...image Car Shades PV VWSHA5B Set Suitable for Volkswagen Sharan 2011-(6-Pieces) £119.04 custom 1
  • 🚗{Retractable Windshield Sun Shade}----With the self-retracting design, easy to use, just one hand to fix it in 2 seconds, super save time and convenient.
  • 🚗{Premium Material}----Made of high-density polyester sun shade fabric and reflective aluminum membrane, which effectively blocks 99% of the harmful UV rays and up to 85% of the sun's total solar energy to protect your skin from sunburn and allergies and keep the car cool.
  • 🚗{Easy To Install}----Equipped with sturdy bracket, simple installation, no more fussing with large pieces of cardboard, no more mess when folding it up, free disassembly, space saving.
  • 🚗{Perfect Size}----Windshield sunshade size is 70 * 155cm, fully stretched to cover the entire windshield, shrinking the small size, easy to store, suitable for most of SUV cars.
  • 🚗{Updated Strong Suction Cups}----2021 new upgraded double vacuum large suction cup more stable and not easy to fall off, after testing, which can hold over 20 pounds, very strong and durable. We provide you with comprehensive after-sales service.
  • Battery powered strip lights decorate your indoor space, such as dining room, kitchen, bedroom, washroom, tent, etc.
  • With the remote control you can adjust colour, brightness, scene mode, etc.
  • RGB SMD 5050, Powered by 3xAA battery (not included) with easy installation. Super adhesive backing tape; suitable for most surfaces.
  • Each led strip lights have 60 lamp beads, and each led can be cut.
  • 12 months warranty with timely and intimate services.
  • 【Super Anti-UV & Rapid Cooling & Time Saver】Made of excellent PEVA aluminum foil (reflective sunlight) + Spunlaced cotton (isolate the heat from sun) + Composite cotton (effectively prevent high temperature into the car) + Black non-woven lining (protect your car windscreen). They provide rapid heat insulation and offer the best sun block for your auto in summer. Keep your car cooler by up to 50%. No need to wait your car cool down when you want to drive.
  • 【Suitable for Year Round Use and All Weather】Aluminum foil surface layer and high quality flame retardant cotton inside keep your car front window away from frost and dust in spring, sun UV rays in summer, leaves in autumn, snow and ice in winter.
  • 【Effective and Easy to Fit】 You just fit side flap closed in passenger side door ..stretch tight across, and fit the other "ear" into drivers door frame, close door on it ..locked in place..job done in one minute.
  • 【Durable, Portable and Washable】 This windscreen cover is made of 4 layers thickening material makes sure highly resistant to tearing. Small volume and soft material, front Windscreen Sunshade can be folded and put in the bag. Easy to carry and clean.
  • ACCESS TO ROOF – The pedal is 4”-6” higher than competing door steps, making access to the rooftop much easier. Loading or strapping down large outdoor essentials or sporting equipment will never feel so easy!
  • DESIGN– The design of the hook offers two directional locking positions and three slope levels, offering a secure and flat surface for stability and reliability. The rotatable hexagon bumper fits perfectly in most car door frames and prevents scratching and wear on the vehicle.
  • SAFETY– The wide platform of the pedal offers plenty of stability, enough room for nearly both feet, and can safely hold up to 400lbs.
  • INSTALL– Start by selecting the right settings for your vehicle’s door latch: one of three slope levels, and one of two locking positions. Then, simply hook the device onto the latch of your door, with the hexagonal bumper against the door frame. After use, the pedal can be folded and stored in the trunk of your car without sacrificing nearly any space.
  • WARRANTY – We offer a YEAR-LONG WARRANTY and FREE RETURNS WITHIN 30 DAYS. Please do not hesitate to contact our professional customer service team with any questions. Your satisfaction is our guarantee.
  • 【Complete BBQ Tools】: "Perfect" barbecue party cannot be separated from complete BBQ accessories, AISITIN BBQ tool set includes 3-in-1 spatula, grill tong, 8 skewers, meat fork, grill glove, 2 meat claw, meat injector, grill mat, 8 corn holders, 2 oil brush, cleaning brush, meat thermometer, 2 steak cutlery, pepper shakers and salt shakers, handbag.
  • 【High-quality BBQ Accessories】: BBQ tools is made of high-quality stainless steel, the handle is heat-resistant, not easy to rust, not cracked like wood, very durable, easy to use and easy to clean. The end ring design makes it easy to store BBQ accessories when they are not in use. BBQ tool set also includes food grade polycarbonate meat claws.
  • 【Portable BBQ Tool Set】: BBQ accessories are stored in portable and durable tote bag that is lighter than the aluminum packaging box, which is more convenient to carry. Travel, camping or hiking can bring our AISITIN barbecue accessories.
  • 【Ideal BBQ Tools Gift Set】: For gourmets, barbecue lovers, chefs and campers, our AISITIN BBQ tool set will be the best gift. BBQ tools is an ideal gift for father's day, birthdays, halloween, thanksgiving, christmas, beach parties picnics and any happy occasion.
  • 【BBQ Tools Set Worth Choosing】: Every BBQ accessories we produce embodies romantic and innovative commitment, providing comprehensive and high-quality BBQ tools set, and choosing perfect BBQ tools can make you enjoy the fun of barbecue in front of your friends.
  • The Wave Plus is the only multi-tool you will need, filled with the essential tools for any task, be that car work or home improvements, the Wave Plus is easy-to-use with outside-accessible features
  • This durable multi-tool features replaceable wire cutters, regular and needlenose pliers, a powerful 7.37 cm lockable 420HC stainless steel blade and a 420HC serrated knife
  • Leatherman multi-tools come with everything you need for all jobs around the house or for setting a campsite; including can and bottle openers, wood and metal files and large and small driver bits
  • Whether at home or out and about, the Leatherman Wave Plus has all the tools you need for a day of hard labour, exploring the wild and then relaxing by a fire with a well-deserved drink
  • Items delivered: 1 x Leatherman Wave Plus multi-tool, stainless steel multifunctional tool and sheath with 18 tools built-in, one hand operable for indoors and outdoors
  • Popular with coffee enthusiasts worldwide, the patented AeroPress is a new kind of coffee press that uses a rapid, total immersion brewing process to make smooth, delicious, full flavored coffee without bitterness and with low acidity.
  • Good-bye French Press! The rapid brewing AeroPress avoids the bitterness and high acidity created by the long steep time required by the French press. Plus, the AeroPress paper Microfilter eliminates grit and means clean up takes seconds.
  • Makes 1 to 3 cups of American coffee per pressing in about a minute, and unlike a French press, it can also brew espresso style coffee for use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso based drinks.
  • Perfect for home kitchen use, the AeroPress is lightweight, compact, portable and durable, making it also ideal for traveling, camping, backpacking, boating and more!
  • Includes the AeroPress press, funnel, scoop, stirrer, 350 microfilters and a filter holder. Phthalate free and BPA free. Mug not included. Assembled measurements: 9 1/2" h X 4" w X 4" d

Car – SUV tents & awnings

Extend your living room + shaded area

My top picks (see full review here)

MY TOP MPV/minivan tailgate tent: Dometic HUB Inflatable Modular Shelter 2021

MY TOP MPV/minivan tailgate tent: Dometic HUB Inflatable Modular Shelter 2021 (awning + tent in one)

Lukas Cech – Nimblecamper.com

dometic 1
Very cool design and I love the versatility – fits SUVs, MPVs, campervans. You can pitch it freestanding on the beach, on-site with your campervan or as valuable shelter when off-roading with your 4×4 or motorhome.
Best feature is the ability to REMOVE (unzip) ALL 4 WALLS – making it an awning + tent in one!
– Width:230x230cm Depth:230cm
– all walls removable
– Single Point Inflation AIR Frame
– weight: 13.8kg
– Weathershield™ Pro
– Quickpitch™ Guying System
– doesn’t need a rail to be attached
– fits tailgate as well as side door, MPV, SUV, Multivan (attachment Height: 160-210cm)
– windows have mosquito nets

428 GBP / 504 EUR

4.9

SEE IT IN ACTION:

MY TOP BUDGET PICK – Decathlon Arpenaz Base M

Lukas Cech – Nimblecamper.com

arpenaz base M
If you don’t mind it’s not meant to be used as a car tent – but it actually can do the job pretty well, you’re in for a treat – at only 99 GBP / 99 EUR (yep, cheaper in EU), you will get a pretty good tailgate tent – or a side door tent, you can make it fit both. Better for cars like Caddy, Berlingo, Shara etc – with lower height compared to a Multivan (as most car awnings are made for those). Confirmed to fit a Berlingo & Kangoo (see images below).
– Very cheap!!
– Height : 2.15 m | Floor area: 6.25 m2 | Comfortable for 6 people
– Openings on 3 sides | 3 mosquito nets
– Waterproof (200L per hour per m2)
– Packed size – rectangular cover | 57 x 18 cm | 18 litres
– Weight 8kg
– Easy set-up with a free-standing structure | Fibreglass poles
– The fabric filters UV radiation with a UPF of 30
– Withstands force 6 winds – around 50 km/h | Wind tunnel test
– doesn’t need a rail to be attached
– will not fit exactly as it’s not meant to be used with a car, but should do the trick – the opening is high enough for the tailgate + the sheet will protect from rain.

99 GBP / 99 EUR

Available at any Decathlon website for your country.
I recommend buying this foldable table + 4 chairs too – good ratings, price and takes up almost no space.

4.8
Photo Title Price Buy (links to your local / closest Amazon store) Best for Weight
Sportz SUV Blue/Grey...image Sportz SUV Blue/Grey Tent with Screen Room (10 x10 x7.25-Feet) custom 1 A lounge to take with you. Should fit most cars with it's flexible opening. 24kg
WISAMIC Car Tent...image WISAMIC Car Tent Sun Shelter - Waterproof Auto Canopy Camper Trailer Tent Tailgate Awning Tent Roof Top for SUV MPV Hatchback Minivan Sedan Camping Outdoor custom 1 Quick sun shade - well priced + has a back wall for more privacy. Won't do much in strong / slanted rain though. 4.06kg
HUKOER Car account...image HUKOER Car account outdoor camping camping family car tail account car side account tents tailgate canopy for the car, for camping and family,Summer camping tent shade tent car tent 350 * 240 * 105 £119.90 custom 1 quick sun shade, some rain cover (not for strong rain from the side) 4.5kg
Car Awning Sun...image Car Awning Sun Shelter - Waterproof Auto Canopy Camper Trailer Tent Tailgate Awning Tent Roof Top for SUV, MPV, Hatchback, Minivan, Sedan, Camping, Outdoor £70.69 custom 1 Extend your boot space, let air in, stop mosquitoes + add shaded area outside. A great combo of an awning + boot tent. 2.8kg
Dongbin Tent for...image Dongbin Tent for 2 people, vehicle/tent, Waterproof Auto Canopy Camper Trailer Tent Tailgate AwningTent Roof Top For SUV, Hatchback, MPV, Minivan, Sedan, Camping, Outdoor £57.99 custom 1 Works as a mosquito net + lets air in + extends your living space without touching the ground. But careful - all questions about what car it will fit have been answered by someone who doesn't speak english well and say it can be customised. Make sure it will fit your boot opening. 4.6kg

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Fits MPVs, SUVs, Bedrooms:140x210 cm | Stand-up living room:7,1 sqm with zipped basin groundsheet
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