Hunting and camping can be inconvenient when you don’t have a tent or a camper, but with a pickup truck along, you won’t have to stress out about having a dry place to sleep. Grab your to-do list and get packing, because we’re about to give you our best four tips for camping in a truck bed. There’s no need to let the lack of tent inconvenience you on your next trip into the wilderness.
Can I Camp in My Covered Truck Bed?
Yes, you absolutely can camp in your covered truck bed! All you need is a little planning and a trip to go on! Below you’ll find four great tips for making your stay more convenient and comfortable.
Step 1: You Make the Bed You Sleep In
If you are a truck owner who regularly transports dirt or soil, or uses the truck bed for hunting, your truck bed could be home to gravel, rocks, blood, and a variety of other messes. Before you take off on your adventure and crash in the truck bed, clean it out with a mop and some water. Then replace the cover and attempt to seal any cracks or crevices with weather tape. Stash any messy materials on tarps until you get back.
Step 2: Get Up Off the Floor
A great way to add storage space to your truck when you are planning on sleeping in it is to build a raised platform for you to sleep on. Then you can use the storage underneath to keep your belongings and tools. It might feel a bit like a college dorm with the bed raised way too close to the ceiling, but at least you’ll have room for more of your cargo inside the truck.
Step 3: Keep Things Waterproof
Organize your materials, (cooking tools, clothing, camping gear…etc) in waterproof bags. This way you will have your items organized by which task you need them for, and you can leave them outside the truck while you are sleeping without having to worry about waking up to wet clothes and ruined camping supplies. Electronics can be stored in the cab to ensure they don’t get wet or dirty during the trip!
Step 4: Make Sure to Pack the Essentials
Getting caught out in the wilderness is no fun without the essentials packed. Be sure to bring lots of clean water to drink, but also a few baking pans to use to hold water when you need to do dishes or wash your face. A headlamp, lantern and flashlight will surely come in handy, and be sure to bring along some extra batteries! A portable power source to charge your phone and GPS will also be very helpful when you are truck bed camping.