If you’re new to the wonderful world of camping, you might feel a little unsure about a lot of things, whether it’s the food situation, getting a good night’s sleep or having all of the essentials on hand. Luckily however, there’s nothing to fear.
Below, we’ve rounded up 10 useful camping trips for beginners, to help you get into the swing of outdoor adventuring:
1. Leave Early
No one wants to be driving down poorly lit country roads at night. After all, most Australian wildlife are nocturnal, so this can significantly increase the chances of you colliding with a kangaroo or open grazing livestock sometime throughout your journey. Aside from that, it’s also much easier to miss a turn off since your visibility will be drastically decreased at night. Keep in mind that you’ll be travelling 100kms/hour on most country roads, and most high-beam headlights will only illuminate the road in front of you up to 100-120 metres. Driver’s fatigue is also a lot more common in drivers who are on the road at night. Some of the most obvious signs of driver’s fatigue include yawning, blinking more than usual and having trouble keeping your head up. If you want to avoid all these things, we’d suggest leaving early and always getting a good night’s sleep beforehand.
2. Prep Food Beforehand
If you’re going camping, you may not necessarily want to prep all your meals beforehand. After all, outdoor cooking just adds to the authentic campsite experience. Moreover, there’s a bunch of delicious meals you can whip up using only camp-friendly cookware. However, if you want to make your first few nights a little easier, or you’re only going to be away for a short period of time, prepping food beforehand will leave you a bunch of time you can use for other activities.
3. Bring a Power Bank
If you want to be able to take awesome pics for the ‘gram, you’re going to need your camera and mobile phone to be full of juice. If there’s going to be no mains electricity on site, make sure to bring a fully charged power bank on your trip.
4. Bring Travel Size Condiments
You know those miniature sized butters, jams, sugars and sauces you’ve been collecting from restaurants and takeout orders? Well, you’ve finally got a reason to use them now. Bring them along on your next camping trip, and you won’t have to worry about bringing large containers and jars with you that only take up more space.
5. Buy a Good-Quality Sleeping Bag
You’ll be doing a lot of activities on your camping trip, so it only makes sense for you to get a good night’s sleep throughout the week. One of the best ways to do this is by investing in a high-quality sleeping bag. On the other hand, if you’re bringing a friend or a partner, why not invest in a two-person sleeping bag? Rugged up in one of these, you’ll be able to share body heat and guarantee a warmer, comfier sleep- perfect for those chilly camping trips in winter!
6. Bring Gallons of Frozen Water
Rather than buying a bag full of ice for the esky, why not freeze a few gallons of water and bring them along? Since they’re bigger, they’ll stay cold for far longer. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about draining the esky once the ice melts and it fills up with water.
7. Use Foam Flooring
If you’re looking for an alternative to camping mats, kids foam flooring works pretty well. Aside from being cheap and super comfortable, it also acts as an extra layer of insulation between you and the cold, hard floor of the campsite. .
8. Reuse Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are excellent for a lot of things; especially camping trips. You can use them for so many different purposes, including but not limited to a hamper for dirty clothes, a waterproof storage option for your belongings, or even a temporary rubbish bin if there’s no trash can on site. If you’re going camping, it’s the perfect opportunity to put that one bag full of plastic bags in your home to good use.
9. Keep Mozzies Away with Sage
Sage isn’t just for adding a tasty flavor to your cooking. It’s also a natural mosquito repellent, so if you don’t enjoy the smell of mosquito coils, why not burn some sage and let it smoke by the edge of the campfire?
10. Invest in Collapsible Gear
Whether it’s collapsible camping chairs, tables, food storage or any other accessories or equipment, investing in collapsible camping gear will allow you to save on a bunch of space and make both set up and pack up on-site a whole lot easier.
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