There is no absolutely no need to feel intimidated because camping is the simplest, cheapest and most fun way to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. If you are going camping in Australia for the first time though, here are a few tips that can help you make the experience more memorable and a bit more comfortable.
Get Your Camping Gear Together
Whether you decide to go super cheap and buy camping gear that’s good for one trip or invest in higher quality stuff that will last a long time, there will always be an upfront cost to camping. Either way, it helps to identify exactly what needs to be included in your camping gear. We’ve put together a list of the basics:
- Tent – Here’s an important thing to understand about tents. The number of people listed as the tent’s capacity is the maximum number. If you want to travel light and use a two-person tent, then by all means go and get one. But expect that it will be a snug night. If you want to be comfortable, add a person to the tent size – so if there’s two of you camping, get a three-person tent.
- Sleeping Pad – Do not ever go camping without a sleeping pad. Or at least something soft you can sleep on. Apart from comfort, sleeping pads provide insulation, helpful for those cold nights in the outdoors.
- Lanterns – Do not just rely on campfires to provide illumination around your campsite. Buy a couple of LED lanterns – they are cheap, easy to use and very bright.
- First Aid Kit – You would spend days outdoors so yes – you would get cuts, bruises, scrapes, blisters, you name it. You can either buy first aid kits or put one together yourself. Just do not go camping without one.
- Bug Spray and Sunscreen – Regardless of where and when you will go camping, do not forget to bring bug spray and sun screen. Australian weather can be extreme particularly during summer season so protect yourself.
Australia is the outdoor lover’s paradise. This means that the country is brimming with places you can go camping. The easiest way to find a place to pitch a tent is drive your car or your campervan to a National Park near you. Going to organised campsites though may mean you have to call ahead of time to reserve a spot. There are also several campsite reviews you can check out so you can choose a location that suits you best.
What Would You Wear?
This depends on the time of year you choose to go camping. In Australia, especially during the summer, light cotton clothing is recommended although it won’t hurt to pack warmer clothes too, just in case. Windproof jackets, boots and hats are a must. Regularly check weather reports so you can pack accordingly.
It is advisable to “practice” with your camping gear a few days before you leave. This helps you learn the ropes when setting up a tent, starting a campfire, etc. And most importantly, do not forget to leave the campsite or any other area you visit cleaner than when you arrived – do not spoil the experience for the next camper, yeah?