The Ultimate Camping Checklist – Everything you need for the Perfect Camping Trip

Its time to make the most of exploring our own backyard! After a crazy 2020, International travel could still be off the table in 2021, luckily we live in Australia, and there are so many bucket list places to be explored! Road trips and camping are the perfect ways to see Australia and all the wonderful places it has one offer!

After all, it is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at pitching a tent and getting out in nature!  Before you get to do that, you need to plan things out! First, try to come up with a good route and some activities that you and your family would enjoy doing.

Next, think about how you want to eat on the road as this will determine what gear you will need to pack. Lastly, get your hands on some camping gear! There are quite a few must-haves that you will totally end up needing. To make it easier for you, we came up with a list of the absolute essentials. Check it out!

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Sleeping Bags

If you don’t want to end up sleeping in a deck chair or on the ground, then a comfortable sleeping bag is a must! However, there are so many shapes and sizes you can choose from that it might feel a little bit overwhelming if you are new to camping. So, take it one step at a time.

First, you need to decide whether you want to buy a camping sleeping bag or a backpacking sleeping bag. If you are only planning on camping close to your home, then this choice will not matter much. On the other hand, a backpacking bag is pretty light and easy to carry around. As a result, if you ever feel like going hiking and spending the night out in the wilderness, you will already have the necessary equipment.

Next, choose the shape of your bag! They come in three basic ones – rectangular, semi-rectangular, and mummy. On top of that, there are double bags designed for couples who want to sleep together! While the mummy type is quite snug, the rest should give you enough room to stretch and roll over.

The ‘Right’ Tent

Even if you prefer slumbering under the stars, you should always have a tent or some kind of emergency shelter on hand just in case. Or you might even opt for sleeping in your campervan the majority of the times!

A tent can shield you and your gear from high winds as well. Considering if you need a two person tent or a larger cabin-style tent, make sure you bring along all of its necessary accessories: rope, tent poles, stakes and a rain fly to make it super easy to assemble and for it to stay sturdy!

Camp Table

You can take your backyard camping to the next level by buying a nice camp table! It will provide you with an even surface on which you can prepare and eat your meals or play games like chess or checkers. Such a table is a great investment thanks to how affordable and convenient it is. It is designed to be light and compact, so you will be able to move it around with relative ease.

Additionally, camp tables are made out of a variety of different materials. Those made out of PVC and plastic are probably the cheapest, but if you want to go for a more nature-inspired classy look, you can always buy a wooden table instead!

Flash Light

Are you in the mood for telling your children some really scary stories? Or maybe you simply want to see what you are doing after it gets dark? Either way, you should probably invest in a good flashlight! If the price is your main concern, you can get one for less than $20 at most supermarkets.

There are three things that you need to take into consideration while making a purchase though. The first one is light output. Measured in lumens, it will help you determine the intensity of the light coming out of the flashlight. The second one is the battery type and its run time. It’s quite important if you want to buy a few spare batteries ahead of time. Lastly, there is the size and weight of your new flashlight. If you are only planning on backyard camping, it’d be best if you went for a smaller one. A headlamp or lantern are also good options.

A Tent Stake Mallet

A tent is probably one of the most important parts of the whole camping experience. But before you get to use it, you have to set it up first! In order to do it properly, you will have to stake the tent to the ground with a tent stake mallet so that it stays put.

When shopping for such a mallet, look for one made from a solid and durable material, such as stainless steel or aluminum. Moreover, make sure that you get one that comfortably fits in the palm of your hand for the most secure grip.

All in all, there are many tools that can make your camping experience a whole lot better! Most of them are really cheap, so spending your summer holidays in such a way is a pretty viable option if you are on a tight budget.

Aside from being incredibly useful for camping, all of the aforementioned tools might come in handy in a variety of different situations. For instance, a flashlight is often needed during home renovations, while a camp table can be pretty convenient during a barbecue.

So, if you are a newbie when it comes to camping, don’t be afraid of giving it a try while self-isolating! Staying close to your home will make it feel much less overwhelming and might serve as an excellent opportunity to practice all of the essential skills needed for camping.

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