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    Backpacking vs. Car Camping

    Most of the time when Iím hanging itís during a backpacking trip, so my gear is lightweight and very packable.

    But when going car camping, I can obviously bring whatever I want Ė heavy fleece blankets, synthetic insulation, closet full of clothing, etc...but I have a hard time doing this!! Even just a few extra pieces of gear. I guess Iíve just built up a lightweight mentality from backpacking, trying to shed ounces whenever possible. And I think it may have to do with making sure my backpacking system "still works", an ongoing test, so I donít ďlose my touchĒ and so on.

    Iím just curious - does anyone else find themselves in this predicament when packing for a car camping trip?

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    There was a similar thread to this last month here. You might find that helpful. I suspect many of the answers apply to both threads.
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    *raises hand* I do, I do! If I am going car camping, but not taking the family with me, that happens to me all the time. I don't usually find myself missing not having anything other than a good chair to sit around the fire in, but what I really get mad at myself for not bringing is some REALLY good food and a grill to cook it on! I have to make myself pack the "extras", they just don't feel natural to pack anymore.

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    More often than knot I car camp with my wife so my mentality changes from weight to comfort. Even when I car camp alone or with other hangers I actually like taking some of my heavier gear that's fun to play with.
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    Always light

    I can't seem to throw anything else in the car than my backpack. Even when i take my boys (9 & 3) I try to fit everything they will need in our backpacks. I try to fit most of the 3 yr olds stuff in my pack. The one thing he won't let me carry is his hammock, he has to carry that himself. Ah the addiction to the hammock starts young.....

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    It depends.

    If I'm going with the wife, then we bring all of the stuff that she needs to make her comfortable out in the woods--the four-man tent, the double-burner propane stove, the portable fans, the air mattress, etc., etc., etc.

    If I'm going by myself, then I just pack what I'd normally bring on a backpacking trip plus a chair, larger containers of sunscreen and bug spray, and occasionally a bit of firewood (depending on temperature).
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    Good comments, thanks! And thanks for reference to the other post angrysparrow, I missed that one.

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    I can't believe all the stuff people put in their cars for camping.

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    Two totally distinct scenarios.

    Backpacking is real camping.

    Car camping is drinking outside.

    I love them both, but the gear lists are drastically different. I tend to see how far I can take each in their different directions.

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    Extra Gear

    The only extra things I tend bring when car camping is either activity specific, or in the cooking arena. I don't usually eat dehydrated food when car camping, so I might bring a heavier stove and more then a singe small pot, as well as a separate cup to drink from etc etc.

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