Truck Bed Camping

Truck Bed CampingCamping in the bed of a truck is like any other camping trip. The only difference is, your truck bed becomes your tent. You'll still have to bring everything you'll need to live in the woods for a few days, minus the tent. Hopefully, your truck has a topper to it. This way you won't have to worry about the conditions of the weather if it decides to start raining. Otherwise, you'll have to rig up some sort of top to protect you from the elements.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tarp Tent poles Rope Air mattress
  • Tarp
  • Tent poles
  • Rope
  • Air mattress
Step 1
Plan your trip. This is a key step whether your camping in a tent, your truck or backpacking. Make your preparations for everything your might need while camping. This includes supplies, food, clothing and anything else that might be required for a trip into the outdoors. It's better to be over prepared, than get there and realize you've forgotten to bring essential items.
Step 2
Buy an air mattress to sleep on. Air mattresses are relatively inexpensive and can make the difference in a bad and good night's sleep, especially in the bed of a truck. The metal of the bed can become cold at night and the mattress will absorb most of it. Many truck beds have ridges in them, which can make laying on them quite uncomfortable. If you don't have an air mattress, lay a piece of cardboard down and place your bedding on top of it. You want to be insulated from the cold metal and comfortable from the hard ridges of the truck bed.
Step 3
Set up your camp, once you've arrived. If you don't plan on moving the truck, go ahead and set up your bed inside the truck. Providing there's a topper on the truck, nothing will get messed up before you get inside of it. If you've got a dining tent, you'll be able to set-up all your kitchen items and miscellaneous items inside of it.
Step 4
Rig a tarp over the top of the bed, if you're camping without a topper. You'll definitely need some sort of top to keep moisture and rain off of you at night. Laying under the stars is a great idea, until it starts raining on you. Pull your tarp over the top roof portion of the truck to give it some support. Place some old tent poles around the exterior of the bed. Make sure to get the poles deep enough in the ground, so they will be able to support the tarp. Tie the tarp ends onto the poles using rope. This doesn't have to be fancy, just good enough to keep the outside elements off you at night.
Step 5
Carry any equipment that will need to be put up at night in plastic containers. This way, you won't have room needed for sleeping space, being taken up by your equipment and food. You'll be able to place the containers inside the front of the truck and out of the way. Even if you're camping, you don't have to be uncomfortable at night while you sleep.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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