Camping Tips - My Car Camping Morning Routine

The warmth of Spring and Summer is finally here and I’m so happy to be outside car camping again!

This post will show you my complete car camping morning routine - skincare while camping, how I make coffee, what I eat for breakfast, and my morning meditation sesh - all outdoors!

When I’m car camping, I really love taking slow mindful mornings to set myself up for an awesome day.

Instead of waking up and immediately getting sucked into work or social media, it’s nice to slow things down and focus on the present moment.

Just last week when Nick and I were camping, we woke up before sunrise, walked up a hill with our blanket, and watched the sunrise together.

THESE are the camping moments that I absolutely cherish.

Because when I’m at home, I usually don’t wake up to watch the sunrise for fun 😂

If you’ve ever wondered how to go car camping (or just how I do it), watch the video below to see my entire car camping morning routine!


1. I always try to get up and feel the sun on my face first thing in the morning.

The bright light helps me feel alert and energized for the day!

2. For skincare while camping, I really like to keep it simple.

I use face wipes to get the dirt off my face and then I use a day lotion with SPF. That’s it!

3. No morning routine is complete without coffee!

Whether I’m at home or camping, I love to do the pour-over method of brewing coffee.

Here are the things I use:

How to make the best coffee while camping! Click through to see my car camping morning routine and other camping tips! #camping #coffee

How to Make the Best Pour-Over Coffee While Camping:

  1. Set up your camp stove and boil water.

  2. While the water is boiling, scoop whole bean coffee into your coffee mill and grind the coffee fresh. (This part is key!)

  3. Once the water is boiling, turn the burner off and let the water rest for about 1 minute.

  4. Put a filter inside a pour-over coffee dripper and add the fresh ground coffee into the filter. Place that on top of your coffee mug.

  5. Pour a little bit of the water onto the coffee grounds just to wet them. Let it sit for about 30 seconds, then pour the rest of the water into the filter.

  6. Enjoy the best car camping coffee ever!

As you saw in the video above, this method is super easy to do while camping, and it makes a great cup of coffee!

4. The next part of my morning is all about mindfulness.

I’m really trying to get in the habit of being present and mindful of what’s going on around me.

Nature is the perfect place to practice sitting down, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath for a few minutes.

Related: 5 Benefits of Time in Nature

I’m also a huge fan of bullet journaling, and so I use this time in the morning to look over my tasks for the day and make sure I’m on course to be productive.

As described on the Bullet Journal Method website, bullet journaling is “a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system. It's designed to help you organize your what while you remain aware of your why.”

I honestly love it, and highly recommend you check it out!

In the past, I would buy those expensive day planners and never use them.

I actually use my bullet journal, and the only things you need to get started are a notebook and a pen.

5. At this point in my car camping mourning routine, it’s time for breakfast.

After I’ve made coffee and set aside some time to meditate and journal, I’m usually really hungry!

I do switch up my camp breakfast quite a bit, but the one breakfast that’s always on heavy rotation is pancakes.

They’re super easy and always delicious.

Make sure you buy “just add water” pancake mix so you can save yourself some work at camp.

The one that I really like is: Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Mix

All you have to do at camp is add water, mix, and cook! I use an antique Griswold cast iron pan for cooking. I found my pan at an antique store in Salt Lake City. It’s about 100 years old. SO cool!

I definitely recommend cast iron pans for camp cooking.

Pro Tip: Keep all your camp cooking supplies in one place, that way they’re organized and easy to find. We have one bin that’s dedicated to all our camp cooking gear.

6. Pack up camp and make sure nothing is left behind.

The last part of my morning routine for camping is to pack everything up.

Since I always try to keep things simple and organized when I’m camping, packing things up doesn’t take long.

We usually start with the tent. As I mentioned in the video, I sleep so much better when I’m camping than when I’m at home!

My camp sleeping pad is incredibly comfortable. If you’re looking for a good one, I use the Exped MegaMat Sleeping Pad. Seriously, it’s awesome.

For our camping tent, we currently use the Big Agnes Copper Spur 3P tent. It’s technically a 3-person tent, but we love it for just the two of us.

It’s lightweight, compact and really simple to set up and take down.

Before we leave a campsite, I always like to do a quick inspection to make sure we didn’t forget anything.

I walk around the car and campsite with my arms crossed pretending I’m a ‘camp inspector’ looking all over the place for anything we accidentally forgot. 😂

I hope you enjoyed seeing my car camping morning routine and that you’re inspired to get out there and do some camping this Summer.

Come back soon because I have tons more camping and hiking resources coming your way this Summer.

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See you out there ✌️