Car camping trips should come with a certain level of luxury. After all, you'll leave dealing with mosquitoes and grueling ascents for your more epic summer adventures, and instead take on scenic day hikes, grill for hours, and relax by the campfire. With this in mind, car camping requires its own kind of gear. Skip the technical fabrics and lightweight packs for a more comfortable sleeping bag, the ultimate hammock, and, of course, the best marshmallow roaster around.
REI Alcove Shelter
While roomy tents are great for sleeping, campers generally want to hang outside during the day, though not necessarily in the rain. The open-sided REI Alcove shelter provides protection from elements and is big enough to provide cover over a picnic table or a cluster of camp chairs. The 10-foot by 10-foot Alcove packs into a compact stuff 10- by 30-inch sack for travel. [$110; rei.com]