The gear you need for a successful camping trip.
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or you’re looking to make the most of the great outdoors following our entirely-indoor 2020, then you’re in the right place.
If you’re new to camping, then there are a few essentials that you need to keep in mind to make your experience a great one. However, there are some often forgotten little ‘luxuries’ that you might want to consider too.
There’s a pretty good chance you’re not heading into the wilderness to live like our forefathers once did, and with that in mind, we have some camping essentials that will make sure you have the best time in your tent this summer.
Take a look at all our must-have camping essentials below.
A Reliable Tent for Four or Six
Off the top, the first thing you’ll want to have packed is your tent.
Whether you’re going it alone, with your partner or as a family, you’re going to want to invest in a tent that’s quite large, and we always suggest going bigger than you need. A bit of extra space is always welcomed, and with a solid comforter or camping mattress, you’ll have a good amount of ‘sprawl space’ too — just like at home!
A second thing to keep in mind is making sure that your tent is designed for the environment you’re heading off to. This means that it should be waterproof, wind-proof and offer a good barrier to insects in case you find yourself camping by a mozzie-infested lake or river.
All those points in mind, we’re sure you’ll know what to look for in a good tent!
A Camping Kitchen
If there is one thing that almost all of us forget, it’s making sure you have somewhere safe and actually fun to cook.
We suggest that you invest in a portable oven or stovetop of some sort to make this process as fun and stress-free as possible. Of course, the campfire does offer up a great place to cook, though for a lot of people, it is a little tricky to get the heat just right and not to burn your food.
Brands like Botanex make the process of camp cooking a tonne easier with camping equipment like ovens and campfire-friendly griddle pans. With these in your arsenal of items, you’ll be able to cook just as well as you did at home, if not better!
To end, always make sure to place safety at the forefront and that might mean getting your hands on some camping kitchen essentials that you’re most confident in using. We know not everyone feels right at home with a fire pit as their heat source, and so a gas-powered stovetop might be the best option for you.
Camping Chairs and Leisure Items
Another camping essential which far too many of us forget are our relaxation furniture pieces.
Of course, you’re not going to be out at camp setting up a tonne of chairs, sofas or bean bags — though a reserved, paired back and comfortable camping chair works wonders after you’ve spent all day either hiking or setting up camp.
A Cooler or Esky
There’s nothing worse than getting to camp only to realise there’s nowhere to store your perishables — and so getting some ice and an esky on the way out is imperative.
Our biggest tip here is to have an esky big enough for all of your food items, as well as some extra space if you choose to go fishing or hunting. You’ll want somewhere to store your fish!
On the drive to your campsite, make a pit stop for ice at a service station and you’ll be all set with ice that’s going to stay frozen for longer than if you packed it from home. Always do your best to get your ice towards the end of your road trip unless you need to chill your perishables right away.
A Mattress Topper or Air Mattress
In line with our tent suggestions, you will certainly want to consider a sleep surface that’s as comfortable as possible.
That in mind, getting your hands on either a comfortable mattress topper or air mattress is the way to go here. You’ll be able to sleep soundly on anything from memory foam to a responsive air bed and not have to worry about old-school aches and pains you’d find when sleeping on a traditional swag.
Our top tip here is to invest in a mattress topper prior to heading out and leaving it in its packaging. This way it will be compressed and save space on the way to camp, and you’ll find it easier to slide into your tent.
Lighting and Camp Safety Items
Not to be confused with decorative items, our final must-have items are some camping essentials which make your campsite safer.
You will want to make sure your campsite remains as well-lit as possible, so some lanterns or string lights should make an appearance across tents, pathways and in gazebos. In line with this, it is also a good idea to consider investing in some straps, tie downs as well as storage.
No one wants to be trapped in a campsite that’s cluttered, dark and unsafe, and so making sure your site is well-lit and tidy is essential.