We've done our share of car camping over the years. Bringing too much stuff is a hassle, while too little could be a disaster. Using a checklist helps avoid these situations. I also keep track of what we don't use so I can gradually eliminate items from the list. With that said, here's my minimum list of equipment for car camping (parking at or near the camp site and setting up a tent).
Dome tent with poles, rope, and stakes in case
Extra stakes and rope
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