Camping in the great outdoors is a great experience for all to enjoy. Sleeping by moonlight, listening to the silence and breathing in the fresh air, not to mention the mesmerising glow and crackle of the open fire, it doesn’t get much better than that.
The right equipment and careful planning will help you to have a more enjoyable camping experience.
Below we have listed a few tips and tricks to make your camping trip stress free.
- Set up at home first – this way you can test your gear and make sure everything is in good condition and you know how to set it up and pack it away before arriving to your destination.
- Research your campsite and check what facilities are available. Are there showers? BBQ’s? Access to clean and safe drinking water? Is it a powered site? The answers to these questions help you decide what to pack.
- Check the weather, any restrictions in the areas (fire bans etc), whether animals are allowed etc.
- Buy quality camping gear. Camping gear is one areas you do not want to skimp on – you want it to perform well in the elements and last you for many camping adventures to come.
- Be prepared for all weather. Cold days and night, rainy or hot sunny days. Make sure you have clothes and accessories for all possibilities.
- Have a checklist for packing – make sure your list includes things like your first aid kit, your sleeping essentials, weather correct clothing etc.
- Tell friends and family where you are going and how long you’ll be. Make sure you carry some money and a phone in case you need to contact someone.
- Choose your campsite wisely – try and get there early to ensure you are set up before night fall, choose a spot that is flat, avoid camping under trees and check trees to see warning signs of rotting branches and/or fallen limbs.
- WATER! Make sure you have packed enough clean and safe drinking water. Even if your camp site states there is drinking water available you should always pack some yourself.
- Use warm lighting where possible – this will avoid attracting bugs into your camp site. Also make sure your site is well lit to avoid injuries during the night.
- Take nylon rope and duct tape. Nylon rope comes in handy for additional tent support or for just hanging up wet clothes. While duct tape fixes just about everything, you just never know when you’re going to need this great product.
- Have a good quality and a big enough Fridge/Icebox/Esky. Make sure it is sealed well, in good working condition and you have packed enough food to feed you and your family for the duration of your planned trip. (A checklist and meal plan comes in real handy here!)
- Cooking and heating. Does your camping area allow campfires? Are you equipped to start and keep a camp fire for warmth and cooking purposes? Or do you have back up options? Such as portable heaters, gas cookers or a kitchen within your camper trailer?
- Last, but definitely, not least, leave it as your found it! Take all your rubbish with you and leave your camp site clean and undamaged for the next lot of campers to enjoy.
These are just some tips and tricks to help ensure your next camping adventure is stress free!