Camping Tips 101

Camping is becoming a popular choice as more families are opting for lower budget holidays in the great outdoors. Thanks to Bear Grylls popular TV show ‘Man Vs Wild’ kids and adults alike are showing more interest in the wilderness. Whether you’re camping with friends or going on a little family adventure these tips can help you enjoy your trip hassle free.

The length and location of your trip will largely define what you pack, but aside from the essentials (Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, camping cookware/stove, esky) there are a few items that will always come in handy.

Lighting up your Campsite

Your main sources of light will be torches and the campfire.  Some torches can really chew up batteries and you don’t want to be caught in the dark if you forget the spares, a Solar Powered Lantern is a great solution, as it only requires you to wind the crank and you instantly have light whenever you need it, alternatively if you prefer something a little smaller like an everlasting battery-free torch will work well too.

The campfire is an excellent source of warmth and light but you can’t leave it burning all night while unattended. This 2 In 1 Solar Light Insect Killer is a great way to brighten your campsite and keep away pesky mosquitoes and other nasty bugs at the same time, and being solar powered its eco-friendly and battery free.

Weather Preparation

Checking the forecast will help you plan accordingly but mother nature can be unpredictable. It’s good to be prepared for any situation, make sure you pack a poncho/raincoat and a windproof umbrella in case of rain as you’re unlikely to have access to a washer or dryer, so it’s important to protect the clothes on your back, not to mention your health!

Alternatively you may find yourself in the heat of the sun all day, in which case you’ll need to be well protected. Make sure to apply sunscreen liberally and use at least an SPF 30, 15-30mins before heading out into the sun, even on overcast days. Even if you’re not camping near the beach it’s still a good idea to have a  sunhat and a beach umbrella handy for shade and shelter.

In any case if you do encounter a severe storm and things start to get out of hand, you should have a quick exit strategy for safety. Never make the mistake of underestimating dangerous weather, just pack up and move on.

So Much More Room For Activities!

If you’re camping with the kids, or if your friends simply have short attention spans there are many ways to keep them entertained in the great outdoors!

  • Hiking is great for fitness and endurance. So many people visit our country’s beautiful parks and bushland and hardly get past the confines of their tents and cars, when the best views and sights are rarely located along roads accessible by vehicles. So make sure you research the day hikes and trails around your camping sight. Make sure you have supportive shoes or hiking boots with you for extended trails.
  • Fishing goes with camping like bread and butter (or rice cakes and a cholesterol- free-butter-substitute for our health conscious readers) it can be fun and challenging for the entire family.
  • And don’t forget the classics if all else fails a good old fashioned cricket set can be an easy crowd pleaser and a lifesaver.

When all is said and done, there’s no better way to end the day than sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows and shooting the breeze with your traveling companions.

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