This post is sponsored by Subaru.
When I agreed to use the Subaru Forester for a 10-day trip, my husband and I decided this was our opportunity to get our kids to go camping with us for 5-days. Our kids are teenagers and have each declared camping to be “not fun” any longer. I was beginning to think we wouldn’t have a summer camping trip but then we cooked up a plan to spend 5-days camping and 5-days with our friends in Carlsbad, California. The kids had to camp to get to Southern California! Bribery? Perhaps.
I love what camping does for our family (although I don’t really love sleeping on the ground!). It gets us outdoors, gets us unplugged, and provides us with an inexpensive place to stay while traveling. All of the hiking, fishing, and cooking outside are also activities that make camping even more enjoyable for my husband and myself – but not so much for teenagers!
While they may not admit it publicly, I think our kids did really enjoy the trip – even after 5-days without showers.
What I really liked about the car for camping:
- Visibility for driver and front seat co-pilot – large, clear unobstructed views and lots of space.
- Heated seats. This was heavenly especially for our very cold early morning drives (we woke up one morning and it was 30 degrees, and this was August!). The driver and co-pilot had their own settings – hello! No heat battles with my husband!
- The car handled really well on bumpy roads. (Note to Subaru: We didn’t take the beautiful brand new car, “completely off road” like I agreed to BUT we did take it on plenty of mountain roads that weren’t paved and I MAY have tried to peel out, kick up dirt and rocks, slam on the brakes to stop quickly or skid across rutted out roads. Rest assured, the kids kept me in check by saying, “Mom, STOP driving like that! You’re going to get in trouble and then they won’t give us the car!”)
- We’re not going to talk about the deer that ran out in front of the car when leaving Big Pine, California. The brakes worked super well and I didn’t hit any wildlife.
- The water bottle holders. They are plentiful unlike the drinking water at the campgrounds. We had to bring lots of water with us and being able to have lots of spots to stash water without it spilling was a plus.
- The beeping at the campsite when opening the back or locking/unlocking the doors. Usually, I’m the one cursing the campers who get into their cars or trucks in the very early morning because they need something and this time it was me! It seemed extra loud when everything else was quiet. (Maybe there is a way to turn this off but before we could read the manual, the car was gone.)
- Back seat occupants were cold! One of the mornings, it was 30-degrees when we got up and broke camp to head to our next spot. While the front seat people were nice and warm with their heated seats and plentiful air vents, the back seat occupants were cold much longer. We weren’t prepared for the weather being this cold and I wish we would have packed extra jackets. And socks.
Subaru gave us a Go-Pro camera and a $50.00 gas card to use on the trip. Because we camped mostly in Northern California and Oregon (which IS Subaru country!), everyone who owned a Subaru had to know the story and take a peek at our brand-new Subaru, that had New Jersey license plates. Everyone said, “Oh, I hope Subaru let’s you keep you the car!” I always replied, “I know! Me, too!!
Here’s a video from our trip:
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Disclosure: I participated in Subaru of America’s Forester Blogger program. I have been asked by Subaru of America to review their products in exchange for the use of a short-term vehicle loan. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. My disclosure policy can be found here.