So, you’re thinking about hitting the road for a camping trip but not sure where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this guide we’ll cover all the basics a beginner camper needs to know for a stress-free trip in the great outdoors. You’ll learn what to bring and what to wear so you can easily turn your back on the concrete jungle and embrace the raw beauty of Mother Nature.
We guarantee you’ll soon be hooked.
What to bring camping
First things first, let’s chat about what you need to bring to make your camping trip as comfortable and effortless as possible.
- Tent: This will be your home away from home so choose wisely. You want something sturdy and reliable that won’t collapse on you in the middle of the night
- Sleeping Bag: You’re going to need something to snuggle up in to keep you toasty when the temp drops. Up the ante with a Merino Sleeping Bag liner. It offer extra warmth on those chilly nights for minimal bulk
- Esky: Forget this and you’ll be sipping on lukewarm beer while munching on soggy sandwiches
- Lighting: That midnight bathroom stop is going to be a heck of a lot easier with light. Don’t forget to pack a headlamp or torch to find your way around the campsite when it’s dark
Must-haves for camping
Next up are our must-haves for camping. These are the important things you want to throw in with your camping basics. Think of them like the Swiss Army Knife of camping gear - versatile and essential.
- First Aid Kit: Trust us, you don’t want to be caught in the bush without one. A good first aid kit is a must-have for when you venture into wild places
- Insect Repellent: Let’s be honest, bugs are a fact of life when you’re camping. Keep them at bay by investing in a good repellent. Your future itch-free self can thank us later
- Sunscreen: Like bringing along your own personal shade tree, sunscreen is going to help protect you from harsh UV rays
- Maps and compass: Unless you're a seasoned outdoorsman, you’re going to need a little help finding your way around. Phones can die or experience lost reception so it’s best to always have a back-up navigation tool. Just in case.
What to wear camping
Let’s talk fashion. When it comes to choosing what to wear on your next camping trip, it’s best to focus on comfort and practicality.
First things first, choose clothes for versatility. Layers are your friend, my friend. Puffer jackets are great for their warmth to weight ratio while Merino shirts benefit from being breathable, odour-resistant and moisture wicking. A rain jacket is another must-have since it will save you from those surprise rain showers and block wind on gusty days.
When it comes to pants, leave the jeans at home. Choose something durable and comfy, like cargo or hiking pants. And don’t forget about your feet. Invest in a good pair of hiking socks and make sure to bring extras in case they get wet.
One more thing to consider is sun protection. As we know, the Aussie sun can be brutal, even in the cooler months, so make sure to pack a hat and long-sleeve shirt to protect you from the sun’s harsh rays.
Can you camp on beaches?
Ah the beach. The sound of waves crashing, the smell of saltwater in the air and the feeling of sand between your toes. It’s hard to beat. The simple answer is yes, you can camp on beaches (but not always). Make sure to check the rules and regulations of your destination before you pitch a tent.
Can you camp in National Parks?
Wondering whether you can camp in a National Park? Well the good news is, yes you can. National Parks are some of the best places to camp in Australia, with stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and an endless amount of outdoor activities to try.
Before you run off, tent in tow, it’s important to check each Park’s website for camping rules, regulations and costs (if any).
And always remember to respect the environment, follow the rules, and leave no trace.
Learn more in our Guides
So now you know what to bring camping, what to wear and some must-haves for a successful trip, you’re ready to hit the road and giddyup into the great outdoors.
If you’re looking to take on a hike during your trip, our Hiking 101 Guide has everything you need to know to successfully unplug and unwind out on the trails.