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 memorizing 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.

Test your gear! If you’ve just bought or borrowed some camping equipment, set it up at home to ensure you know how to put it up and how to pack it away and most importantly does it work. It’s better to identify missing equipment or faults at home than on your adventure.

Research your campsite and check what facilities are available. Are there showers, barbeques, shade options and access to clean and safe drinking water? This will help you decide what to pack and what to leave at home.

Pack your first aid kit so you can deal with everything from headaches to cuts and burns. These are real camping essentials – you don’t want to be caught unprepared miles away from help.

Check the weather – and any fire bans in that area

It’s best to pack for changing weather conditions as this can change fast, also try to pack smart.  One rain jacket will do the job – you don’t need three!

Take nylon rope and duct tape. Nylon rope comes in handy for addition tent support or 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.

Purchase good-quality camping equipment. Choose Camping essentials that perform well in outdoor conditions and will last you for many camping adventures to come are what you’re after. Cheap equipment that damages easily and doesn’t provide comfort and protection will not make for a happy camper.

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.

While it may sound romantic to get about by the moon or fire light, the reality is you don’t want to be cooking, trying to find the toilet or hearing strange noises in pitch dark. The right camp lighting equipment makes a big difference.

Try and setup camp before night fall, choose your site carefully and pick a spot with flat ground. Avoid camping under trees, and if you are camping near trees, look around first for warning signs of rotting branches or fallen limbs. Dead trees can fall at any time and ruin a perfect camping trip.  Downed limbs and debris around the site can be a good indicator of what’s to come.