Camping Tips and Hints

Camping out can be as simple or as complicated as you make it.

Camping out can be as simple or as complicated as you make it.

• Keep it simple, avoid extra work.

• Do a trial pack before the trip, pack everything you think you’ll need, this will help establish a ‘home’ for all items and maybe identify the things you can do without.
• If possible, do a dry run before the trip to test everything, to do this pack your vehicle as you would for the trip.
• On the mornings you are to leave your campsite, pack your bedding and tent before having breakfast. This allows you to have an enjoyable and relaxing breakfast without having to worry about packing your camp afterwards.
Example :- the 678 rule.
Up at 6:00 am
Breakfast at 7:00 am
On the road at 8:00 am
• Fresh milk may be difficult to buy at times, pack ‘long life’ or powered milk as an alternative. Condensed milk can also be used as a substitute for milk and sugar, and can be purchased in either cans or tubes.
• Carry an alternative fuel source for cooking meals etc, do not rely on butane stoves alone as cans of butane may be unavailable at times.
• Wear ‘reef shoes’ when walking the river and creek crossings, some of the crossing bottoms are rocky and can be uncomfortable on bare feet.
• A ‘dirt bag’ fitted to your rear mounted spare tyre will prove useful for carrying garbage between dump points, as well as allowing you to carry wet or muddy equipment outside your vehicle.

A comfortable camp chair will come in handy for obvious reasons

A comfortable camp chair will come in handy for obvious reasons!

• Rubber bands around aluminium cans will help stop them rubbing together and rupturing, duct tape will also work.
• Anti-slip foam matting placed in the bottom of your fridge and storage boxes or draws will help to absorb road vibration and reduce the incidence of ruptured cans and breakages.
• Use the basket provided with your fridge, this will protect the cooling coil from damage.
• If using an esky, make sure you keep the water well drained. Cans floating in the ice water can rub against another and may rupture.
• Plastic money in the form of credit/debit cards are accepted in most places, however, it’s recommended that you carry a suitable amount of cash in case of power failure at your point of purchase, or in the event they do not have the facility to accept credit/debit cards.
• If your vehicle is a station wagon, a cargo barrier will keep the people at the front separated from the equipment at the back.
• Try to avoid carrying all your drinking water in one container, should the container spring a leak you’ll end up with no water.
• You may visit areas where obtaining drinking water will be unreliable or not available. A general rule of thumb is to carry 4 litres of drinking water per person per day, it may seem excessive, but it’s better to have it then not.
• Glass containers and bottles are easily broken, try to avoid these as much as possible. If you do carry glass make sure you wrap them to avoid breakage, bubble wrap, old socks and stubbie holders are good for this.
• Try and separate packet dry food stuffs from liquids, leaks and spills of sauces etc can spoil the other.
• Cans packed together will tend to rub against each other and make labels difficult to read, write on the top of the can what’s inside, also helps to identify contents without having to remove the can from the crate.