One of the last greatest adventures you can have in this country is kicking up the dust and hitting the road. Leaving your home for someplace yonder, someplace unexplored, and someplace so deliberately out of the way that you have to spin the globe twice just to find it can be so liberating and life changing that you may never want to come back.
Everyone dreams of escape, yet no one ever combs over the fine details that will devour your fun if gone unchecked. There are etiquettes to follow, games to play, and warnings to heed to, all of which no road tripper, novice nor sage is above.
Gizmodo editor, Joel Johnson, has tested out a travel necessity that’s become extremely popular in Europe. The roof-top tent, a portable tent attachable to one’s car roof, has become the go-to option for camping gear. It’s compact, fuel-efficient, and less likely to go to waste than its fellow accessories. While a success overseas, it hasn’t quite made it to the U.S.
Luckily, Johnson found and imported one of his own and tested it out for his readers. The hard-shell tent opens with four gas struts and includes an aluminum ladder for users to climb up to their tiny new habitat. That’s a lot less set up than a store-bought tent that has to be pitched into the ground. It is also a lot less in terms of tools that have to be transported and used. The roof-top tent comes with a small mattress, though it does not provide an extreme amount of warmth. Johnson suggests taking a few blankets and a sleeping bag to put inside. However, that’s a safe precaution to take when setting up any tent, as night in the out doors is often much colder than peple usually imagine. The tent itself is also surprisingly well-protected against the wind.