You don’t have to be dirty and smelly on a backpacking trip. Say goodbye to at least some of the funk by carrying a few toiletry items, and be prepared for using the bathroom in the backcountry with a simple bathroom kit.
Choosing your kitchen gear for backpacking should be based on how you plan to cook and eat meals on trips. This posts includes the gear that I use, as well as info on how to store your food in the backcountry.
Camping in a SUV can be a bit cramped for space, so adding a canopy to my setup has given me a lot more room. It provides a place for cooking and for staying dry, as well as some privacy when I’m not inside my vehicle.