What are the best sleeping bags for your truck tent



sleeping bags for your truck tentChoosing a sleeping bag for your truck tent is a difficult job if you’re not acquainted with camping gear. The wide variety of models comes with a large palette of characteristics, from size and weight to form, temperature rating, material, and insulation, but none of the tags specifies whether the bag is better for backpacking, car camping, truck tent camping or other category.


In order to find out which type of sleeping bag is better for your truck tent, you should first review the main differences between this sort of camping and the others. Firstly, truck tent camping basically means you will be sleeping in the bed of your truck. This will save you from the terrain bumps and, of course, the dampness and cold temperature sometimes affiliated with sleeping on the ground. Secondly, car camping delivers two great advantages: mobility and bigger carrying capacity. That means you are able to bring a lot more with you than you could if you went backpacking and that the size and weight of the items doesn’t bear any importance. That being said, you must be aware of the fact that being on a truck bed and not on the ground doesn’t change the season, the outside temperature and humidity, nor any of the region characteristics, which are dramatically important when deciding upon a sleeping bag.


The first component that defines a sleeping bag in what transport and available space are concerned is the type of insulation: synthetic or down. A synthetic insulation sleeping bag has the advantage of better performance under wet and damp conditions and faster drying, it will be cheaper and less pretentious regarding cleaning and care. The downside of it is that it’s heavier and less compressible, making it a less fortunate choice for backpacking, but perfect for car camping. The down insulation is a better heat retainer, it is lighter and easier to compress in a small package, but is often expensive and loses its insulating capacity when it’s wet. It is rather suitable for backpacking in cold and dry conditions.


As with any other type of tent, a truck tent poses the question of available space. There are three common shapes for a traditional synthetic sleeping bag: rectangular, semi-rectangular and mummy. The most common of them is the rectangular, or envelope shape bag that gives you plenty of room to move and has a bigger comfort rate. Semi-rectangular and mummy bags impose some movement restrictions on the body in order to save space and weight but are known to be more heat efficient. However, as your truck bed will ensure plenty of space, a rectangular sleeping bag will work just fine, and even if you choose a double wide one for you and your partner, you will still have enough room to sleep comfortable.

Whichever sleeping bag you choose, make sure to also check if it’s appropriate for the season and its temperature rating is not above of the camping site’s overall temperature span.


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Choosing a camping stove for your next outdoor adventure


A camping trip can serve many purposes, depending on each person. Sometimes it’s about enjoying nature all by yourself, other times it’s about being able to perform outdoor sports, but most often people go camping to have fun and be with their family and friends. Those in the first two categories might wonder about the worth of carrying a stove with them, since there are a lot of dry and cold food options for camping trips. For the latter category, a camping stove is not optional. Many campers, even backpackers going solo, have admitted after a few experiences that having a stove might save your day on a trip. Whether you use it just to brew your coffee or tea after a cold, rainy hiking day, or you cook full meals on it, the camping stove has grown in popularity even among the purists of nature exploration.


The first thing one has to consider when choosing a camping stove is the type of trip he intends to take. Going backpacking means you will have to carry everything physically, so the size and weight of every item holds a great importance.  Car camping, on the other hand, allows you to take heavier and bigger pieces of equipment, as you will only have to load and unload them.

This is why you can usually encounter two main types of stoves: backpacking stoves that are small, light, and have only one burner, and car camping stoves that are larger, heavier and have 2 or 3 burners.

camping stove for your next outdoor adventure

The number of people going on the trip is also to be considered. A stove with only one burner will fail to assure meals for more than two persons. For groups of three to seven people you will have to bring a 2-burners stove, and for larger groups, a stove with three burners will get the job done. It’s also recommended that for groups of more than five persons, the stove be free-standing so that you have more room to prepare the meal.


Next, you have to decide between the different types of fuel you want to use. Most stoves can be used with only one type of fuel, but there are also some versatile fuel models out there.


Stoves run on canister gas fuel, liquid fuel, wood or alcohol. Gas canister fueled stoves are the most appreciated for they are the easiest to install, and the gas canister is much lighter that a liquid bearing bottle. Commonly, you will find propane fueled stoves as it works better on low temperature. Liquid fueled stoves usually run on white gas, but some regulations prohibit its transportation by plane, for example. In case you do take a plane, you must be certain you can also procure camp fuel at your arrival point or near your camping site.

To have an idea about how well the stove will do the needed job, be sure also to take a look at the BTU’s of the stove, meaning the heating power, the boiling time, simmering possibilities and wind resistance.


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3 essential items for camping


Everyone knows camping requires the basic tent and sleeping bag setup. But what are the other important items one has to bring in order to have a safe, enjoyable experience? Here are three all-important objects that must accompany you on your adventure.

essential items for camping


Lighting gear

If you plan to camp for one or more nights, you will definitely need some type of lighting equipment. Moving blindly through a dark setting can lead to accidents, injuries, and such. Having light will help you avoid these and let you move about more freely. A headlight will accompany your every nightly movement, sending its light beam towards the scenery ahead of you. Headlights use different types of bulbs: incandescent, halogen or LED. In terms of brightness and energy requirement, the LED lights are the best option, and you can even settle for a cheap one as it will do a very good job. Lanterns, on the other hand, have the advantage of illuminating your entire surroundings, making things visible for everyone else. They also come in multiple versions, but the LED ones have a longer lifespan and consume less energy than all the other types.


Multi-use tool

Camping and outdoor tasks often demand you have at least one or two basic tools, such as a knife, pliers or even a screwdriver. Some people carry them separately, but this only means more luggage. In order for you to ease your carrying load, you can choose a pocket-sized multi-tool that will allow you to fix your problems and at the same time, will claim very little space in your bag. Today’s market offers plenty of models, all packed up with the unthinkable. From blades and pliers to can openers, bottle openers, wire cutters or small wood saws to help you set your campfire.



Since eating has never been optional, one has to make sure he packs enough food and that it remains edible until it is eaten. Canned goods and dry food packages will be good on their own, but if you carry any perishables, a cooler is a must for you to avoid hunger or food intoxication. Water, beer, milk, and any other beverage will be much better stored in a cooler and if you or your dear ones suffer an injury, you can pack some ice from it. Most coolers have an ice retention period of about 6 days, which is more than enough for a decent vacation, and you can also find models that have an electrical powered cooling mechanism that will work for long trips, provided you can find an outlet to recharge it on.


Having the right camping gear is sometimes a matter of safety rather than comfort. When one packs his bag, he must be well aware of his carrying capacity and his personal needs. It is important to have a checklist prepared and as you cross your items off the list, make sure you do it in order of priority.


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Truck tent camping tips


Truck tent camping seems to be a comfortable alternative to the classic ground tent, as it relieves you from the inconvenience of sleeping on an uneven, cold, sometimes even bug crawling ground. However, as no outdoor trip is risk-free, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you make the best of your camping experience.

Truck tent camping

Find a good parking spot

Unlike the separate tent that you can set up as far away from your car as you want, a truck tent is bound to the vehicle, so your car will have be to parked exactly in the spot you want to camp. It is recommended that you study the parking possibilities in advance so that you avoid any legal trouble that might appear.

Another crucial aspect is to find a flat, leveled surface on top of which to park. This is important for more than one reason: firstly, your tent will be very unstable, with all its poles stability equilibrium parameters being modified. Secondly, you have to keep in mind that you will be sleeping on the truck bed floor, or at least in a parallel position. Consequently, if the car is inclined, your body will probably slide downhill, or at least feel very uncomfortable.


Consider luggage accomodation

The great thing about taking a car with you on your camping trip, aside from the easy transportation, is the fact that you can carry more helpful items. But if the trunk of your car is going to be turned into a sleeping area, it will be harder to accommodate all of your luggage. In this case, a car top carrier will land you a helping hand, securing your things against the rain and the sun. For the often utilized items, you can put up a gear loft in the top part of your tent and look to see if there are no interior side pockets you can fill.


Protect your tent

To keep your tent safe and sound for your next camping adventure, you have to protect it from accidents such as rips and tears of the material, water damage or strong wind overthrowing. Place a tarp or other covering sheet between the truck bed and the tent floor and use extra guy lines to increase stability. Water can sometimes permeate through the sewing lines so it is better to waterproof them using a silicone spray or other sealant.

You also have to make sure no heavy object falls on top of or even through your tent canvas. Of course, no one will park their tent under the coconut tree, but storm debris such as tree branches or ripped out parts of shabby constructions can irremediably damage your shelter. Make sure you park it in a safe, clear zone and don’t locate it next to the tallest tree in the forest, as it is a lightning magnet.

Lastly, if you’ve been camping in rainy weather and your tent is wet, let it dry before you pack it. Dampness leads to degradation of the materials, not to mention the possibility of mold forming.


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Truck tents – Q&A


What is a truck tent?


If you wander around with no idea what you should choose to replace your old tent, maybe you should try a truck tent. They are similar to classical tents, meaning they are made from the same materials, they include typical tent features and have resembling installation process, but they come with the wonderful quality of being placed in the back of your truck.


How does a truck tent work?

Sometimes, truck tents are fixed with hooks to the ground, to enhance their stability, but mostly a number of hooks and clamps attach them to the bed of the truck, while they are also strapped to the tailgate of the vehicle. Some models are strapped in various places around the truck. The poles are either sliding in especially designed sleeves or are attached on the surface of the tent. There are plenty of options to choose from when talking about truck tents, but you must firstly calculate the dimensions of your truck and those of your tent to see if they are a match, and if there is plenty of space in the back of your vehicle to set the chosen product. Once you are done, your truck should look more or less like an old covered wagon.


How much do truck tents cost?

The price of a truck tent can vary. It depends on a lot of criteria: the size, the material, the brand, the features included, etc. That being said, you can buy a tent with 100 dollars or one with 1000 or more. But if you want a simple and resistant tent to set up easily and that offers you plenty of space and safety, you can invest 200 or 300 dollars, and with proper care it can last up to ten years guaranteed.


Are truck tents worth it?

There are a couple of advantages that make truck tents more appropriate for various camping locations. For example, if you camp in humid places or if it happens to rain, you will most definitely enjoy not sleeping on the ground. While truck tents do not offer the same comfort because they have smaller dimensions than ground tents do, they will definitely give you more cover from wind, being installed between the walls of your truck.

Maybe you have a lifetime of camping experience but your children do not, so if you want to keep them safe from insect bites and coming down with the flu, you can easily do that by acquiring a truck tent for them.

In case of strong winds, if you haven’t installed your tent solidly, you can end up running after your tent in pajamas or, at least with extra ventilation inside the tent. Not only due to their strapping system, but also because they are installed in your truck that can be moved to protect the tent from the wind, your truck tent is assured to stand up even in such circumstances.

If you don’t like the camping spot you have chosen, you can freely move the vehicle while the tent remains as it is, and you don’t have to uninstall it and set it up again. These features make truck tents quite useful in many situations and they will keep you safer than a classic tent will ever be able to.


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Camping in Canada

1.The best camping grounds in Canada

Canada has a lot to offer for campers. For those in love with water, forests and natural landscape wonders, it is the ideal place to be. So, if you decide to go camping here, knowing what the available locations are, as well as what you can do there is crucial.

The western region of Canada, Alberta, is one of the major camping attractions in the country. Scattered all over the mountain zone, many camping areas are expecting visitors. A predominantly high-altitude area, filled with beautiful lakes, this region is fitted for those who love great heights, pure air and hiking trips. The most spectacular camps are located in: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, Jasper National Park and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. But these are only few of the places you can visit in the area with your truck tent. They offer spectacular views, hiking trails, fishing opportunities and lakes to admire.

But, if you want to go to Canada to admire the ocean, you need to head out to other places. A wonderful corner of the country, filled with spectacular views, great camping spots and, naturally, near the ocean is comprised between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward’s Island (located not far from the shores of Nova Scotia). It is hard to pinpoint the best places to go on a camping trip here, but, if I were to choose some, I would definitely visit Prince Edward’s Island, for its wonderful beach and good to bath warm waters. In Nova Scotia, I wouldn’t miss the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where you can admire the ocean from the high point of the campground and see the steep heights fall right into the water. You can camp at Point Wolfe campground in the Fundy National Park, New Brunswick if you want to see one of the highest tides in the world. However, you can also see whales, swim (in certain places) and go out in the ocean with a boat.

2.The best camping grounds in Canada

However, if interested in the Canadian Western coastline, take the time to visit the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, where you can camp whether you have your camping equipment with you or not. The administration of the reservation offers fully equipped slots, for those coming unprepared. However, you can take your truck tent as well. The wonderful spot offers three major possibilities to spend your time: go to Long Beach, a 10-mile beach along the Pacific, visit the Broken Group Islands (only reachable by boat) or take the west-trail, a hiking portion where you can find campsites on your way.


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West Coast camping locations


The West Coasts is filled with campgrounds that you can visit with your truck and your truck tent as well. However, it is hard to take your pick, precisely because of the variety.

The Pacific Beach state park is the spot to set your tent, if you are in love with the ocean. Situated on the beach, the camp, though not of big sizes (and that is why it is highly recommended you made a reservation), is great if you want to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, have fun with friends on the beach, play the guitar or admire the sun go down into the ocean. The best place to visit the camp is the summer season.

1.The best destinations to visit on the US West coast

A spot of nature and amazing views is the Tillamook state forest where, guess what, you can place your tent.  Though you can find several campgrounds, the most recommended to visit is the one near the Nehalem River. As the camp includes 14 drive-in sites, you can also set your truck tent there. The most well-known natural attraction on the site are the Nehalem falls – an exquisite corner of nature surrounded by old cedars, where you will want to stay forever, once you’ve got there. However, to be able to do so, reservations are mandatory, since places are limited. Besides visiting the falls, the camp offers a hiking trail and fishing amenities.

But, if you can’t get enough of visiting falls, the Lower Falls campground, in the Gifford Pinchot national forest, offers an equally fantastic view of some of the most important falls on the Lewis River. However, another determinant factor to visit the place is the Lewis river trail, a spectacular hiking route. The trail is quite dangerous, thus recommended only for those who have good hiking skills and. For those less inclined towards dangerous activities, you can follow other trails available in the area, ride a bike or practice horseback riding.

Laird Lake campground, Oregon is more suitable for those looking for peace of mind and loneliness. Situated near the Elk River, the camp is quite small though, and, with 4 camp sites it can accommodate only 8 people. The good news is you can drive inside the camp. It is perfect for a fishing trip with your best friends, or just for a weekend spent in the calm and wild scenery. It is mandatory that you are well informed and ready with all the necessary equipment before going to the camp, as there is nobody hosting at the lake.


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East Coast camping locations

1.The best destinations to visit on the US East coast

No matter with whom you go or what are you planning to do in your trip, the location you choose will provide half of the fun and good memories. There’s a lot to say about the perfect camping with your truck tent location, but you can check this list to get acquainted with one of the most appreciated camping locations on the East Coast.

A well-known, historical camp location on the East Coast is the Rhode Island’s Burlingame State Campground. The first park was opened here in 1909 and, since then, it offered many happy outdoor days to its visitors. Presently, inside the camp, you can enjoy various types of activities: its rocky woodland are marvelous for trips and bike rides, while the beach is perfect for swimming in the sea or to go fishing on a boat. But, make sure to make a reservation in time, to catch a spot. The camp can get particularly crowded in weekends.

If you love wildlife and beautiful landscapes, visit Anastasia State Park in Florida, where you can enjoy it at its fullest. The park’s surface is 1.600 acres and it is filled with wonders of nature. Take the self-guided maritime trail to admire the wonders of maritime views, visit the Amphitheatre to hear live music and participate in art shows, search the historic camp to visit the Coquina quarry or get married right here. All these activities and much more are available for camping addicts.

If you are not only a camping enthusiast, but also in love with golf, the Chester State Park is the place to go. Situated in South Carolina, the park offers a wide range of activities, so, if you travel with family or a large group, there will be plenty to do for everybody else, while you indulge in the pleasures of golf. Trails, boating, picnic shelters and playgrounds for kids are only a small part of what this park can offer. Besides, there is enough room for RV’s, trucks or other vehicles at the camp. Electricity, hookups and hot showers are to be found inside the camp as well.

2.The best destinations to visit on the US East coast

The Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is a natural reservation that offers great hiking trails and amazing places to visit and enjoy nature without a plan in your head or a specific purpose. There are a lot of opportunities for hiking and sightseeing, if you decide to visit the park. The entire area has a surface of 3.200 acres, 20 miles of trails and many, many places to accommodate campers.

If you want to find a good camp for your kids on the East Coast, the Hershey Highmeadow Campground should rank 1 on your list. The park can accommodate visitors in cabins or tents, but you can bring your RV here as well, with no difficulties. During the summer period, you can send your kids to spend part of the holidays here, where they’ll have the opportunity to meet animals from the zoo, or visit the museum of the camp, where they can hear the story of Milton S. Hershey and his chocolate factory.


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Prepare for camping with your SUV rooftop tent


Stumbling upon obstacles when preparing for a trip to any place is a commonly encountered, and not at all unexpected business. Someone is not happy with the location, a couple is late, at least a person decides or is obligated to abort in the last minute, something or someone (at the minimum) is left behind and you realize you need to turn back and pick it up. If a trip to the seaside or a popular tourist location nevertheless, can go awfully wrong, imagine what would happen if you forgot your tent when going on a camping trip with your SUV rooftop tent and realize it only when you’re in the middle of nowhere, with no nearby stores to go buy one.

The point being, no matter how much effort you need to put into planning a regular trip, you need to put twice as much in preparing your camping gear. To avoid unhappy experiences, take time to plan your trip carefully.

1.How to prepare for a camping trip with your new SUV rooftop tent

  1.       The first thing to prepare, at the start point of your planning is a camping list. We advise you to include in your camping all the things that you believe you might need after a brainstorming session with the people accompanying you. The list should not, however, contain only items (1 tent, 2 pillows, 1 barbecue, etc.) but also questions that you can address on the spot or keep them in mind to search for a solution later.
  2.       Give special attention to your car, the wheels have to be in good shape to support the weight of the tent, so a visit to the mechanic may be a good idea.
  3.       Purchase a medical kit or evaluate your old one to fill what is now missing or to add other medical instruments and drugs necessary. After doing so, calculate with mathematical precision the dosage and quantity you have of each medical product. You may come back with most of them or they can save you from an unfortunate event.
  4.       Share crucial information with all the participating crew. For example, if someone has carsick, let everybody know. If you have received news that a climbing route has closed due to bad weather conditions, pass the info along, until it reaches each and every single person. Disinformation and poor communication between the campers is one of the main causes for accidents.
  5.       Organize your luggage in such a manner that items of the utmost importance are disposable at any moment. Make sure you put markers or etiquettes letting you know the content of the bag, That way, if you are carrying several similar bags, you won’t poke about to find what you are looking for, for minutes. Even so, store small items at the top and let the voluminous ones at the bottom.
  6.       Go once more through your gear, while checking your list, to see if you have all your gear prepared and all your questions answered. Once this operation finished, start packing.
  7.       Find reliable information on the destination you have chosen for the camping trip. This should not be a difficult thing to do, as blogs, forums and travel pages are at your disposal. These are filled with useful and/or futile information. Do not forget to check if the camps accommodate cars and what is their capacity.
  8.       Do not let yourself be driven into negativity, if you uncover a couple of less positive things about your destination. If possible, cover possible insufficiencies by gathering a party arsenal to have at hand and entertain you and your friends.
  9.       In the food sector, make sure you have food that doesn’t take long to cook. There will be tiring days when you won’t have the necessary energy to prepare long meals.


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What truck tent accessories do you need?


Truck tents producers always try to improve their merchandise by equipping tents with small fixtures to offer you the camping experience of a lifetime. Rainflies, tent pockets, lantern hooks to keep lights handy and even glow-in-the-dark zip pulls, in case you forget where the entrance of the tent is are all great additions. But, to organize a perfect camping experience, taking with you a set of much needed in camping trips objects, is to be done without questioning.

You can always improve your camping-in the-truck experience by adding practical or ambiance enhancing accessories to it. One of the main truck tent accessories you should purchase is the inflatable mattress. Sleeping without on can be uncomfortable and, in cold nights you can end up catching a cold and ruin your holidays.

1.The best truck tent accessories you need to get

Check for available models in specialized stores. You will notice that most of them are shaped so that they fit the particular size of the truck. Measure the dimensions of your trailer, and then check those of the product and see if they match. If your camping trip takes more than 2 or3 days, auxiliary sleeping gear may come in handy, for the trips with your kids, but also for the ladies, who have a hard-time adapting to the tent’s sleeping conditions.

Mattresses will keep you warmer during the night, but to avoid gear overloading, you can rely on the quality and comfort provided by sleeping pads, easy to roll up and store. During a hot summer night, sleeping bags can overheat and prevent you from getting a good night sleep, so that you are energized the next morning, making them a less fitted option.

Firstly, search for soft pillows, you can find them in small sizes, to occupy the least space possible, or air pillows, to minimize the space they need to be deposited inside a bag. Don’t think that the pillows will only be useful to you when you sleep. If you want to read a book, while lying down on a blanket in the sun, a pillow will keep your head in a comfortable position. If the distance separating your place of departure and the camping spot is long, taking you a few hours to get there, your kids can rest on the same pillows. Nevertheless, being crowded with lots of camping gear can transform unpacking into a nightmare. But not if you have matching colours (with the equipment stored inside them) stuffing sacks, to bag everything inside them and to facilitate your access to the necessary items.


Of course, during the night it may still be difficult to spot the right stuffing sack, but not if you buy yourself a lightweight lantern, with excellent brightness and long-lasting batteries that you can find in all shapes and sizes, designed uniquely to light camping nights when the moon doesn’t shine brightly enough.

And talking about next morning, the coffee crisis is one of the most difficult tests you need to pass, to prove you are a top camper. Not anymore, since you can purchase camping coffee makers that will even prepare crème espresso. And who says coffee is not a tent accessory, if the morning’s too early to leave the nest?


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