Whether you’re a van life veteran or looking to explore the great outdoors for the first time, these 13 essentials will turn whatever you drive into a fully kitted escape vehicle.
1. Luno’s improved Air Mattress 2.0, customized to fit the backs of certain car models, turns trunks to beds by utilizing support cubes that fill the cavities behind front seats. The independent 4-inch-thick inflatable pads pair together so bedmates can adjust individual firmness. $225; lunolife.com
2. Sleep unconstrained in Therm-a-Rest’s light-but-cozy hydrophobic-down Vela Double 32F. Perimeter baffles prevent drafts while side snaps can attach to a partner’s quilt, or to a fitted pad sheet. $300; thermarest.com
3. Given how easy and comfortable it is to sleep in the car these days, ditch the big tent and go light with a versatile Noah’s Tarp for backup. $60; kelty.com