A smart way to travel without having to worry about where to camp, these car tents make braving the great outdoors easier (and more convenient) than ever. They basically fold out and attach to the side, back or top of your car, which helps save time, space and can add a little peace of mind—especially if you’re worried about setting up camp far from your vehicle.
Because these tents essentially attach to your car, they’re easy to set up and provide a surprisingly spacious environment. From large models to small models, tents for trucks and sedans, we’ve rounded up our five favorite car tents to help take your camping mobile. Check out our full list below.
1. Backroadz SUV Tent
This 10×10 tent is able to accommodate up to five people and utilizes a universal design that’s able to accommodate minivans, CUVs and SUVs. By easily attaching it to your car, you’re able to enjoy a smoother, more convenient night’s sleep. It even comes with a built-in storm flap and includes one large door and three mesh windows for added ventilation. Best of all, the two fiberglass tent poles make it easy to set this tent up in under 10 minutes.
2. Hasika Lightweight Waterproof Tent
It may not come with the same bells and whistles or offer the sheer space as the first camping tent, but for roughly $100, the Haskia offers the best bang for your buck. The versatile design is simple to set up and can be used as a traditional camper and a gazebo for your car. Compatible with SUVs, hatchbacks, sedans and basically every car model, this option is great for camping during the warmer months. The tent itself covers up to 60 square feet and is made with a rip-resistant polyester fabric.
3. Smittybilt Overlander Tent
Great for when you want to take off and traverse the open road, this three-person tent is insanely spacious and comes with a durable waterproof top, side windows, sunroof and built-in mosquito netting. The removable floor can easily be attached to your car’s roof, and added PVC cover helps keep your tent safe ‘n’ sound while you’re driving. It even comes with an 18-inch wide ladder that’s much more accommodating than other models.
4. Napier Sportz Cove 61500 SUV/Minivan Tent
BEST FOR SMALL CARS
Great for sedans, hatchbacks, coups, SUVs and more, this handy car tent comes with a universal design that’s perfect for smaller vehicles. With a built-in storm flap and bug screen, it’s a smart everyday option you can unpack and set up in minutes. The polyester taffeta construction helps prevent wear and tear, and the handy awning helps add more space while keeping the sun out of your eyes. It even comes with its own compact carrying case.
5. Offroading Gear Truck Bed Tent
BEST OPTION FOR TRUCKS
Your truck was made for tackling tough terrain, and with this tent, you can use it as a bed, too. Designed to fit trucks with a 6.5ft bed, this tent comes with an integrated waterproof flap to prevent rain and moisture and is able to accommodate two adults. The integrated floor makes it easy for you to sleep without having to worry about creepy crawlers and it even comes with a handful of breathable windows so you can enjoy your privacy or check out the stars at night. Best of all, the smart design makes it possible to set everything up in minutes.