Where are *you* gonna go?
Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed
“Car camping” just means there are roads that let you drive your car directly up to your campsite — instead of, say, parking further away and hiking to it. Some car campers sleep in their cars, some prefer to set up tents. Some sites even have communal bathrooms with showers campers can use. Because your car's with you, it can be really easy to go to several different campsites over the course of a week or two — or try a longer, intense camping road trip.
Where should I go?
Backpacker and Blue Ridge Outdoors both have lists of great places to camp that let you drive to your site instead of hike; and Free Campsites is a map of the whole US that lets you find free campsites near you. And before you head out, remember to read the CDC's safety and health tips, and the US Forest Service's safety tips.
Hang battery- or solar-powered string lights to light up your cozy car-sleeping evenings.
No campfire, no problem: As long as the weather's nice and you have something to eat, this is all the light you need.