10 Car Camping Commandments

Just as there are rules of the road, there are also rules for life on the road. Luno has broken down these guidelines into 10 simple and easy-to-follow commandments for sleeping in a car. 

1. Leave no trace.

By taking careful measures today, you can ensure travel for others tomorrow. The adventurers who will follow in your footsteps are banking on you leaving wherever you visit better than you found it, so don’t even think about littering—the animals are always watching.
Leave no trace practices ensure that future generations of car campers can enjoy sleeping in a car in the wild for years to come.

2. Never pass up s’mores.

There are three acceptable responses when offered a chance to eat s’mores: Yes, Absolutely, and I’ll have three. Anything less than an eager acceptance of the travel delicacy is simply not allowed.
No easy campfire recipe will ever beat the classic s'more.

3. Practice responsible campfires.

Smokey said it best. Only you can stop wildfires. Make sure that all fires are completely put out before you turn in for the night. This means that you should double-check that all coals are cooled before bed. Then triple check. Then quadruple check for good measure.
Responsible wilderness fire management makes it safe to sleep in your car and protects others in the wild.

4. No emails shall be answered while on the road.

Email? Never heard of her. Set up your automated out of office response before you hit the road and then completely ignore your inbox. Those work worries will always be there, but the opportunity to make car camping memories won’t be. Leave your troubles at the office and enjoy the vacation that you’ve earned.
Car camping and overlanding trips should be email free affairs. Unplug to fully enjoy the beauty of nature!

5. Be a good neighbor.

The number of people who want to hear you and your friend have a burping contest at 1 a.m. is the same as the number of people who should say no to s’mores. Exactly zero. Do the wild a favor and keep your noise to a minimum during quiet hours.
Sleeping in a car is far more enjoyable when everyone respects quiet hours.

6. Carpe every Diem.

Make the most of every moment. Live life to the fullest. We could go on forever with the cliches, but you get the point. So carpe every moment of living to the fullest and go for a full send when car camping. You can always procrastinate on your taxes, but should never procrastinate on having fun.
The most important car camping tip is always to have fun!

7. Thou shall NOT bring sand into the sleep space.

Let this be a warning to all; anyone who dares disturb our sacred sleep space will be immediately demoted to public enemy #1. If you bring sand within four feet of our sleeping bag we will not hesitate to put you in your place. The very idea of sharing our bed with sand makes our skin crawl. If we wanted to suffer like that we would just stub our toe on the picnic table.
Sleeping in a car is far more comfortable when it doesn't involve sharing a camping air mattress car bed with sand and dirt.

8. Say hi to fellow travelers on the road.

It takes less than one second to say “Hello” to a stranger. While this may seem insignificant, there’s something special about the sense of community that comes from letting others feel seen. You don’t need to draft their autobiography, just spread the good vibes with a simple acknowledgment when traveling. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get lucky and make a new friend for your next adventure.
The car camping community is always growing! Say hi to your fellow travelers to make new friends on the road.

9. No nap left behind.

Forget the concept of longitude and latitude. Every car camping trip exists within the nap time zone. Like “island time”, but better, the nap time zone mandates that naps are taken whenever it feels right. Which is pretty much all the time around these parts.
Sleeping in a Subaru Outback doesn't have to happen at night. Long live the nap!

10. Always watch the sunset.

Sure, the sun did the setting thing yesterday and it will likely do again tomorrow. We’re not saying that watching the sunset is some once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re just trying to remind you that we only get a finite number of sunsets in our life so we might as well enjoy each and every one. Some things just never get old.
No car camping trip or overlanding trip is complete without a sunset viewing atop your camping air mattress.
Well, there you have it! Luno's car camping commandments. We urge you to keep these tips in mind the next time you hit the road to maximize both fun and safety for all!



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