Guest Post by Chelsea Rogers
Are you and your family itching to go out and submerge yourself in the heart of the great outdoors?
In the middle of the untamed wilderness, you’re going to expose yourself to many elements without the comfort of city living. The last thing you’d want to happen to you is forgetting important to-dos to making the camping trip safe, enjoyable, and comfortable.
It’s always a challenge to memorise all the things you need to bring with you on your trip. Give this checklist a good read to prepare you before your next family camping trip.
While camping is meant to provide a means for relaxation, you and your family’s safety should be your number one priority. While the Australian landscape is known for being the home of some of the world’s deadliest animals, there are many other causes of concern that you should prepare to wiggle yourself away from.
One of these pressing concerns appears right before arriving at the camp itself: car accidents. Two thirds of road accidents happen in rural and regional areas, away from the city centres. To give you a toe up from this disastrous event, having car insurance coverage can save you from facing financial issues down the line.
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Don’t Forget These: Camping Item Checklist
Whether you’re a novice camper or a pro, you need good gear to bring along with you during your camping excursion. Here are things you should bring for a 2-3 day camping trip:
For your shelter and basic utilities, these are the equipment to have in hand:
- Camping tent (with pegs, ground sheet, poles, tent body, etc.)
- Waterproof Material
- First aid kit
- Swiss knife
- Extra batteries
For your cooking ware, this is the gear you would need:
- Cast Iron pan and or camp stove
- Butane Gas / fuel source
- 5 to 10 Litres of water
- Dishwashing soap
- Paper towels
- Trash bags
- Plates and utensils
- Mugs or cups
- Reusable bottles
- Your world-class gourmet ingredients
Other essentials that you’d be happy you brought along:
- Bug repellant
- Toys for your kids (frisbee, bug nets, fishing rods)
- Hiking sticks
- Hygiene kit (soap, shampoo, towels)
- Extra clothes
Keep in mind: you may need to add or remove some items from the list depending on the duration, difficulty, and age of the people hiking. Give yourself enough time to gather all your items. In addition to this, make sure that your backpack can handle all the items in the list. The last thing you’d want is your items not fitting the pack, or worse, your pack overflowing and breaking under the pressure.
The Day Before Camping
Once you have all your items on hand, there are a couple of things you can do before the trip to make it more enjoyable and smooth.
Practice Setting Up The Tent
If you’re hiking up in the mountains or trekking far into the wilderness, you might wander for some hours until you find your camping spot. The worst thing that could happen is waiting for night to break and attempting to set up the tent in the darkness without a clear picture of what to do.
So instead of setting up your first tent during the day itself, set up some practice runs the day leading up to it. Even if you already tried setting up the tent in prior camping trips, wiping away a bit of rust wouldn’t hurt.
Research on the campsite grounds
While the beauty of camping is giving control to nature, having some knowledge on the campsite can give you an understanding of what to expect. Driving hours only to find a crossing emergency barrier tape on the side streets can be a devastating end to a trip that could easily be avoided.
The Day During Camping
Keep your valuables safe with you
Camping in Australia is relatively safe, but theft may occur if you’re not careful enough. Instead of leaving your keys and wallet in the main backpack, try to keep it close to you at all times. You can bring a pouch bag to tug along around your waist so you’d never lose sight of it. This will give you much-needed peace of mind knowing that all your valuable items are just within your reach.
Leave no Trace
Before leaving the campgrounds, thoroughly examine the grounds you’ve stayed and put all of your disposables in the rubbish bag. For ashes, charred wood, and poop, dig a cat hole and bury them somewhere safe and remote. You’ve entered the woods with intention to enjoy its natural beauty with your family, don’t ruin it for everyone else.