Why Camping in a Car is the Ultimate Freedom

Jul 13, 2023 | Blog

Is Car Camping Worth It?

Some of you are reading this car camping blog because you know the glory of car camping already. But for those of you who are still exploring whether camping in a vehicle is all it’s cracked up to be, we’re glad you’re here.

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a car camping setup (because, let’s face it, it still costs money to buy car camping essentials on a budget!), today’s post is for you.

We’re going to tell you all the things you have to look forward to when you choose to camp in your car!

Hotels are out. Car camping is in. 

Ready to learn more? 

Here’s why camping in a car is the best thing ever.

Is Car Camping Cheaper Than Staying in a Hotel?


Yes. And it’s also less gross. Whoops! But you know it’s true! And in a post-Covid world, we have even more reasons to feel sketched out by hotels, motels, Airbnbs, and the like.

Do we really want to sleep in bedsheets and use towels shared by hundreds of strangers? No. No, we don’t.

This is just one reason car camping is the best.  Camping in your vehicle allows you to eat, sleep, relax, and even use the bathroom in clean, pristine privacy.

Everything you will use or touch belongs to you and you alone, so you won’t have to feel squeamish when the hike is over, and bedtime rolls around. 

A sketchy motel. This is an example of why car camping is better.
Why stay in a sketchy motel when you could enjoy the glory of camping in a car?

Just set up your car camping bed and relax under the stars knowing that no stranger has been doing anything weird before you got there.


Want to Maintain Boundaries With Family? Try Car Camping

Many people want to buy car camping essentials because they plan to go on road trips to see family. And get this:  Camping in your car allows you to have your own space.

A fantastic low roof Ford Transit campervan with a functional and utilitarian build completed by the talented custom conversion shop at Camp N Car in Port Townsend Washington on the Olympic Peninsula
Your family is priceless. But so is having your own space! #Boundries.

You love your family (presumably), but if they also drive you crazy, having a car camping setup or a bed that fits in an SUV will allow you to escape to your own quarters. Comfortably. 

Honestly, this will probably improve family dynamics for everyone, so it’s worth asking if they will pitch in to buy you one of our Trunk Bunks.

After all, is there anything more priceless than solid boundaries and a good night’s sleep? We think not. How much does it cost to put a bed in a car? Check out the options in our store!

Love Simple Travel? Then Camping in a Car is for You!

Maybe you’re sold on the idea of camping but are still exploring your camping options. If you don’t like tent camping, it could be tempting to consider an RV, but before you spend that kind of money, consider this very important fact: 

Smaller vehicles allow simple travel. 

Amazing camper build for comfortable sleeping in a 2017 Toyota RAV4 that stows away in the rear cargo area made by the conversion shop of Camp N Car in Port Townsend Washington.
Aren’t we all seeking the simple life?
Seriously. Read that again. 

Smaller vehicles allow simple travel. 

Here at Camp N Car, we love RVs too, but at the end of the day, an RV is big, heavy, and takes a lot to maintain. 

And doesn’t the idea of camping appeal to you because you were hoping to live the good life?

Camping is only fun when it’s simple.

This is why camping in a Toyota Sienna is going to be helpful. It will not only be cheaper to camp in a car, but it will be easier and more fun. Promise.

What is the Cheapest Way to Travel? (Hint: Car Camping)

And speaking of the cheapest ways to travel, allow us to drop one last truth bomb. Lodging is the most expensive part of your vacation. In fact, lodging or housing is probably the most expensive part of your life.  This is what makes camping in a vehicle so appealing. Car camping is literally saving money while having more fun.  What will you do with the extra money you save? Well, that part’s on you. But in general, we see many of our customers enjoying a higher quality vacation and spending their money on experiences instead of things. 

Conclusion? Camping in a Car is the Ultimate Freedom.

Cozy small but mighty Ford Transit Connect Camper van with battery, fridge, bed and more. Converted by Camp N Car in Port Townsend Washington.

This could be you.

Too long didn’t read? Car camping is the best way to travel. 

You won’t have to sleep in a stranger’s bed, you’ll be able to maintain boundaries when visiting family, and you’ll enjoy way more mobility than you would in an RV.

Car camping allows you to save money on hotels so you can enjoy affordible travel. 

Would you like help building out a car camping setup? We have beds for cars, car camping furniture, vehicle camping storage options, and more available in our Camp N Car store. 

Looking for Van Conversion Companies in Washington?

Because we know of one. 😉

Here at Camp N Car, we tackle custom projects big and small, so if you’re willing to travel to visit our van conversion company in Port Townsend, Washington, we’d love to build a custom car camping setup just for you.

How much does it cost to convert a car for camping?

That all depends on your taste, but the first step is to contact us to talk out your options and book a consultation.

(And don’t worry, we’re a #NoPressure sales team because people who camp in a car are far too chill for that sort of thing!)

Thanks for reading, and we’ll be back next week with more car camping resources just for you!