Car camping—or camping next to your car at a developed campground—is an easy way to enjoy the outdoors without a whole lot of pre-planning. Car camping allows you to haul your favorite creature comforts—coolers, lawn chairs, lanterns, board games, fishing poles, toys, etc., and pitch your tent right next to your car.

Get ready for your campout by learning camping tips, campfire songs and stories, camping recipes and more courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation's Great American Backyard Campout. Also check these Outdoor Safety Camping Tips and other ideas in Camping with kids? There’s a method to this madness courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

If you’re ready for an easy outdoor camping adventure before summer ends, you’ll like our list of the family-friendly campgrounds below (or type your zip code into the search box for a list of campgrounds near you).

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Source: Car Camping 101

John Stewart
Resources Consultant, California Four Wheel Drive Association
Board of Directors, BlueRibbon Coalition