Here are 7 tips for an awesome car camping experience geared toward first timers. Tip #1: Your Shelter First, ask friends and family if you can borrow a tent, chances are someone has one they rarely use. If not, my second option is to head to Craigslist or the like to find a second hand tent. You’ll likely save a lot of money and recycling is cool. Most REI brand tents are great, if you search for a used one you should have no problems.