A good camping checklist is the secret to successful camping adventures. We provide a handy checklist for campers who want to get up and go with limited notice.
Unexpected camping adventures can be the most exciting. If you find yourself with just 24 hours to pack for a camping trip, or you’re just too flat out to put extra the time into planning your back-to-nature getaway, here’s what you’ll need for fun on the run.
Make sure you take a tent that is reliable. Check your tent before you leave for leaks or holes. Make sure it is constructed for the type of terrain and weather conditions of your camping destination (of course you’ve looked at the long range weather forecast – www.bom.gov.au), and that the relevant pegs, stakes and ropes are in your kit.
Camping sleeping gear
A sleeping bag to suit the season is a given. A thermal blanket (one of those inexpensive silver things) under your sleeping bag and sleeping mat will help stop the cold rising from the ground.
Pack things that don’t require refrigeration unless you’re taking an esky or portable fridge. Cans are ideal, and even simple foods like baked beans warmed over an open fire taste incredible after a long day outdoors. Food in pouches (like curries) that can be heated in a billy of water are an easy option. Fruit, healthy trail mixes, bread, crackers, coffee, tea, sugar, long life milk and chocolate are the basics. Some bottled water is also a good idea, in case there’s no decent drinking water in the camping area. If you have to carry your food a long way from a vehicle, try to keep it light (cans will be out, dried food will be in).
To cook the things you bring and/or catch when camping, pack a couple of lighters and plenty of matches, a can opener, a gas camping stove and extra gas, pots and pans and a set of plates and utensils for each person. Some newspaper and a bag of charcoal will help you get the camp fire going. Check local fire restrictions before you light up!
Camping First aid kit
Hopefully you won’t need it, but you shouldn’t leave home without a first aid kit. Camping stores will sell you a kit or you can pack one yourself. Include all your regular medications, aspirin, antiseptic cream, burn ointment, sun block, hydrogen peroxide, a snake bite kit, eye drops, bandaids, medical tape, gauze, scissors, and tweezers.
Camping essential extras
A torch (with extra batteries), map and compass, your mobile phone (charged), utility knife, pen and paper, whistle and a basic tool kit, plus your toothbrush and toothpaste, insect repellant, loo paper, face washer and towel, cossies and a camera!
Camping Must do
Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back from your camping trip – and make sure you let them know you’ve safely returned.