How to Camp in a Minivan

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Minivans have a great deal of extra space in the back that can be turned into a sleeping area while you are camping. Due to their low clearance, minivans should only be taken camping in an area where there is a clear road. Because of their capacity to haul the entire family and all your travel gear, minivans are a great vehicle to take camping.

Things You'll Need

  • Inflatable air mattresses
  • Large containers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Make sure your minivan seats can fold down or be removed to make room for a sleeping area in the back. Some newer minivans, such as the Chrysler Town and Country, have seats that fold into the floor in front of them providing for a back end that is completely flat. If the seats only fold in half, you will need to make a level area in the back where people can sleep. You should be able to remove the last row of seats. Consider removing the back row before you go camping if you do not need the extra seats.

  • Put your cooking equipment and supplies in large containers or tubs of the same size, so you can keep everything organized and don't have loose pieces laying around the minivan.

  • Buy a mattress with a pump that can be plugged into your cigarette lighter. If your minivan seats cannot be taken out or do not fold into the floor, stack the large tubs between the seats to make a flat base for the air mattress. Everyone can put their sleeping bags on top of the mattresses.

    If you do not want to use an inflatable mattress, lay your sleeping bag flat in the back of the minivan. Try the sleeping setup before you leave to go camping to make sure that everyone can fit in the back. Consider bringing a tent in case sleeping in the minivan is not comfortable or if the minivan cannot accommodate everyone.

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