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Top Tips for the Best Camping Trip

  • Written by Chris Northcolt

With most of the country’s areas being in lockdown due to the current virus outbreak and the entire camping and holiday season compromised, there is little else to do in these times of social distancing, self-isolating and quarantine but to dream of brighter, better days.

That being said, you can still make plans for your next camping trip once the social measures will be relaxed and you’ll be able to travel again, at least in other parts of our beautiful Australia.

So, if you plan on going for a camping weekend with your family or friends, here are some easy tips that will enhance your experience.

Choose wisely your sleeping facilities

Camping is all about spending time in nature, breathing fresh air, and enjoying the good weather. However, with Australia being the home of over 70% of the most dangerous species of animals and insects on the planet, chances are you won’t want to sleep on the ground, at least not without taking all necessary precautions to prevent invaders.

The best alternative would be to choose a truck tent and camp out as high above the ground as possible. To make sleeping more comfortable for both you and your children, read this review and pick the best truck tent mattresses.

Don’t forget to also opt for a tent with an integrated floor, preferably a thicker one that will protect you from bugs, insects, and water leaks in case of rain.

Bring only the essentials

Any parent traveling with their kids on vacations will tell you that packing a small bag is impossible. However, try to limit the number of bags and backpacks to a minimum so that you won’t spend hours looking for your toddler’s missing toy or favorite invisible cap.

If you’re only staying for the weekend, there is no need to pack more than an additional set of clothes, and preferably some bad-weather items such as a waterproof light jacket, a pair of rubber boots, and a sleeping bag.

Pick a few essential pots and dishes to bring with you so you can grill, cook or barbecue without having to carry half of your kitchen in the back of your trunk. You can opt for paper or plastic cups and plates that you can reuse to reduce waste and prevent your bags from becoming too heavy.

Pack snacks and enough water to fill all your needs

One of the downsides of camping in the woods is that you’ll have limited access to bathroom facilities. Alas, personal hygiene shouldn’t be dismissed so you can improvise by bringing two types of water with you.

First, have enough tap water to last your family through the weekend and some additional supplies in case of need. That means at least 2 liters of water per day per person.

Secondly, fill up some tins or small canisters with water that you will need for cooking food, washing ingredients, and washing your hands, eyes, and teeth every morning. If showering on site is not an option, bring an extra bin of water to cater to your personal hygiene needs.

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