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Introduction to Rooftop Tent Camping: Gear, Guide and More

Introduction to Rooftop Tent Camping: Gear, Guide and More

Rooftop tent camping has become increasingly popular among adventurers seeking a unique and convenient way to explore the great outdoors. If you’ve just purchased a rooftop tent (or are thinking about it), there are a few things you need to know before heading off. In today’s blog, we’re delving into the world of car rooftop tent camping, covering everything from gear selection to setup tips, ensuring you have all the information you need for a successful adventure.

What Are The Advantages of Rooftop Camping?

Just like the name suggests, a car roof tent is a camping shelter that attaches to the roof of your vehicle. Sure, traditional tents and swags are great, but they also take up more space on your site and can leave you more exposed to the elements. But a rooftop tent instantly turns your car into a mobile campsite. This elevation provides not only safety from ground elements (sleeping on the ground in winter can get messy), but a rooftop tent also offers an excellent vantage point for scenic views. Plus, using a car roof tent frees up valuable space inside your vehicle for other camping gear.

How Do I Select A Rooftop Tent?

Choosing the right rooftop tent is crucial. First, assess the size and weight capacity of your vehicle's roof rack to ensure it can support the tent. Second, consider the number of people using the car roof tent. Are you a solo traveler or are you taking the missus? Will the kids be sleeping in the rooftop tent and parents in the swag? You’ll need to make sure it will accommodate you (or everyone) comfortably. Lastly, look for durable, weather-resistant materials to withstand varied climatic conditions. For example, using a car tent in NZ can mean dealing with wild winds and rain as well as strong summer sun. 

How Do I Set Up A Rooftop Tent?

DARCHE car tents are designed for easy setup, often involving just a few simple steps. Park your car on level ground and then open the tent's cover and unclip the straps or fastenings. Gently pull the tent open and extend and secure any supporting poles or arms. If your car roof tent includes a ladder, attach it securely and adjust it to the correct height. Finally, make any necessary adjustments to the fabric to ensure it's taut and secure. But always refer to the specific instructions provided with your rooftop tent for the best setup results.

How Do I Make Camping With A Rooftop Tent More Comfortable? 

As we said before, rooftop tents free up space inside the car for more gear. That means there’s plenty of room for a mattress topper for extra cushioning and a proper pillow. While car roof tents provide protection from the elements, we always recommend investing in high-quality, temperature-appropriate sleeping bags and bedding to ensure warmth (and cosiness). Ear plugs are also a must if your mates tend to snore after a few beers. Lastly, keep essential items like water, a flashlight, and your phone within easy reach for convenience during the night. These simple additions can significantly improve your rooftop tent sleeping experience.


Whether you're a seasoned camper or new to the experience, rooftop tent camping is a fantastic way to explore the world around you. So gear up, hit the road, and get ready for an adventure like no other. And before you do, head on down to the DARCHE warehouse and check out our massive range of premium car roof tents, accessories and more! 

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