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Camping Tips & Resources

Resources and links to help make your camping experience safe, fun, and rewarding

“Life, I reckon, is like camping. (I may or may not recently have been camping and be a little scarred.) Camping is a lot of hard work. Everything is a chore. The set-up is enormous. It takes so much work to make it enjoyable – you set up the shower, set up the toilet, set up the swags and tent, set up the campsite.

Camping has moments of joy.

When you wake at dawn and what seems to be a New York City of birds are singing in the new day all around you and everything is mist-cool and beautiful. And for the three hours from sundown to sleep, those drinking-red-wine-around-the-fire hours under the biggest skyful of the Milky Way you’ve ever seen. Camping, in those moments, is glorious.

The rest, people is bloody hard work. But, if it wasn’t for the work, the glorious would not feel glorious. Just like life.”

Kathleen Noonan, Courier Mail Qweekend Magazine, 29-30 October 2016
(reproduced with permission)

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“The man or woman who has never lived in camp has missed one of the greatest pleasures on earth.

It is a clean life and a healthy one, for the soul as well as the body”

 

 

From an early Scout manual published in 1909 with a introduction by Lord Baden-Powell

31 Portable Camping Toilets for Every Camper

31 Portable Camping Toilets for Every Camper

Did you know that if you live to 78.6 years old you will  spend a total of 92 days on the toilet (and men spend 4 more minutes on the toilet than women daily). No wonder some people really worry about going to the toilet when camping – it’s a big part of our daily lives as the fact above attests!

Source
Go Camping Australia

9 Tips to Finding the Perfect Campsite

9 Tips to Finding the Perfect Campsite

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What is a perfect campsite? This is a difficult question to answer since you can’t always just find a flat piece of ground and take that as your space. Use area restrictions, terrain, water sources, and crowds, just to name a few, play a big part in selecting THE spot. But to make that selection just a tad easier, here are some tips … (US article)

See also: Leave No Trace (Australia)

 

The All In One Definitive Guide To Camping

The All In One Definitive Guide To Camping

“The best part of camping is that there is no particular season in which this outdoor recreational activity can be enjoyed. Camping is an all season recreational activity and can be carried out in whatever season deemed fit by a camper. It provides a person a way to get attached to nature and fulfill the inner need of exploration.”

Source
Harshit Jain aka Jainty
Hobbiesphere (Camping)

Camping for Women

Camping for Women

Camping for Women is a website and organisation created and contributed to by women campers for women campers.

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The Camping for Women tagline is ‘The Global Resource for Women Campers’ which is the vision to continually build a comprehensive resource catering to the wants and needs of women campers irrespective of their location.

How to Pack Your Car for Camping

How to Pack Your Car for Camping

Packing the car for a camping trip. What could be difficult about that?

Well, if you have stumbled across this page, chances are you might be needing a little bit of help.    Or maybe a few ideas on what you should do;   or find out what you could be doing wrong.

Now the beginners among you, might be the sort of campers who want to start off the right way!  If so, this story is going to help you get that start in the right direction.

See more tips at: http://www.gocampingaustralia.com

 

Caution Advised when Carry Boats on your Camper

Caution Advised when Carry Boats on your Camper

Renowned Aussie bush mechanic, adventurer and CTA columnist John ‘Roothy’ Rooth has urged campers to use caution when carrying or loading boats on their trailers.

Travelling around an island with so much glorious coastline, and so many spectacular inland waterways, it’s no surprise many campers want to take a boat on the road with them.

When properly loaded and carried, a boat can add heaps of enjoyment to your RV lifestyle, however, it adds significant weight to your rig and should be carefully considered before hitting the road.

John ‘Roothy‘ Rooth, well-known 4WD identity and CW columnist, said a boat is one of the best things to add to your travelling rig, but great care needs to be taken

Tips for Tent Camping

Like any endeavour, camping is more enjoyable with a little preparation, so assembling and packing the equipment you need is your first order of business. If you’re tent camping, it pays to heed certain rules — you don’t want to share your snacks with the wildlife, do you? And sometimes you can camp with a campfire. Knowing how to get a campfire started is a welcome skill to have.

Camping is a wonderful way to spend time in the great outdoors. But if you’re tent camping, you don’t want to welcome too much of the great outdoors into your tent.

Happy campers observe simple rules, such as those in the following list, to keep tenting tidy and safe:

  • To keep the inside clean (or at least cleaner), park your boots and shoes outside the tent. You can herd those wet and dirty items into a big plastic bag to protect them from weather.
  • Don’t bring food into the tent. Animals can smell it a mile away, and you don’t want a bear — or any smaller critter, for that matter — sharing your tent.
  • Safety first: Don’t light matches or use any flame-powered device inside the tent. That includes flame-powered heaters of any kind. Tent fires are extremely serious, possibly deadly.
  • Resist the impulse to use the tent as a springboard. Kids of all ages are tempted to fling themselves against the side of the tent for the bounce-back effect. Sometimes the tent breaks. That’s b-a-a-a-d!
  • Walk, don’t run, close to tents. Stakes and guylines are easy to trip over, and no camper enjoys a face-plant.

Breaking Camp

When breaking camp, be sure to restore the site as close to its natural appearance as possible. Taking down camp should be done according to the following guidelines to ensure everything goes smoothly:

  • Begin by stuffing your sleeping bag and stowing your sleeping gear. If you really want to speed things up, open the valve on your air mattress or self-inflating sleeping pad while you are still lying on it, just before you get up.
  • Top off your water bottles for the day’s journey, if needed.
  • Put items you will need quickly during the day in an accessible area of your backpack (if backpacking), front handlebar bag (if biking), or nearby small waterproof bag (if paddling). These include snacks, maps, compass, binoculars, sunscreen, sunglasses, and so on.
  • If it is raining, take down your tent and the tarp last. If it’s not raining, take tent and tarp down first. Shake off any excess moisture by holding the rain fly vertically and then shaking it wildly from side to side. Stuff your tent into its stuff sack. Wipe off the poles and stakes and place them carefully inside their stuff sacks if they’re separate pieces, or inside the main stuff sack if not.
  • If you cleared sticks and twigs from an area under your tent, return them.
  • After your stove is cool to the touch, pack it away along with your pots and pans.
  • Completely douse any fire with water and stir the mixture so that the coals become cold to the touch. If there was an established fire ring before you got to the campsite, leave it. If not, bury the coals, scatter the rocks, blackened side down, and smooth over the area.
  • Walk through the camp with every member of the camping party to be sure that all signs of your presence are removed and all litter, yours or not, is carried out.

Have fun!!

Source: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/camping-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html

Basic Gear List

Please note this list is indicative only – to get you started!

Shelter

  • Tent, tarpaulin or swag
  • Poles, pegs, guy ropes as required

Sleeping

  • Groundsheet
  • Sleeping mat, stretcher or airbed (pump)
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Pillow
  • Torch

Cooking & Eating

  • Portable stove, BBQ or fireplace (gas bottle)
  • Matches
  • Billies, pots or pans
  • Jaffle iron
  • Can opener, cooking utensils
  • Cutting board, knife
  • Bowls, plates, cups and utensils 

Food & Water Storage

  • Water container
  • Eski , icepacks
  • Containers (think minimal rubbish)

Washing up

  • Bowl, biodegradable dishwashing liquid
  • Dish cloth, tea towel

Rubbish

  • Food scraps container
  • Rubbish bags

Lighting

  • Gas light, lantern or torches

Other

  • Insect Repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Games and activities – Frisbee, koosh balls, football, playing cards, travel games
  • Camera
  • Musical instruments

Safety

  • First Aid Kit
  • Mobile phone (safety back up only)

Personal

  • Toiletries, towel
  • Rain jacket, warm clothes
  • Sun hat

Don’t Forget

  • Friends and family!
  • Fire regulations
  • Rubbish collection
  • Leave your site better then you found it!
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back!
  • Special treats (for kids of all ages!)

and things to leave at home 

  • TV, iPods and cellphones
  • Care and woes!
  • Hair dryer
Sustainable Camping

Caring for the Outdoors: A Minimum Impact Code
The places we all choose to go outdoors to camp, to walk, to ride, to climb,
to paddle, to fly and to sail, are very special. The uniqueness of the place adds
to the outdoor activity experience. As more people discover the pleasures of recreating in the outdoors, it becomes more apparent that our bush, beaches and waterways need care and protection to ensure that they are around for many more generations to enjoy.

It is the responsibility of everyone participating in outdoor recreation, to follow a minimal impact code of practice. By observing a few simple rules, we can all make a difference and the special places we go will remain special.

Plan your trip

  • Know the regulations that apply to the area you’ll visit
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use
  • Repackage food to minimize waste

Group size

  • Some areas have limits on the number of people that can visit or be accommodated there at any one time.
  • Find out before you go and comply with the management protocols.
  • Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into smaller groups. Recommended group sizes may be 8 or less.

Protect the wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not touch, follow or approach native animals
  • Never feed wild animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and rubbish securely.
  • Avoid disturbing wildlife during sensitive times such as mating, nesting, or when they are raising their
  • young.

Protect habitat

  • Prevent plant and trail destruction and erosion by walking, riding and driving single file and staying on formed tracks even if it’s muddy.
  • Protect our past – examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artefacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species into the natural bush
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Protect the waterways and lakes

  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 50 metres from lakes and streams.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of
  • biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater over the grass well away from waterways.
  • Toileting should be done at least 100 metres away from lakes and waterways.
  • Avoid polluting waterways with any sort of chemicals such as soaps, detergents, petrol, oils, insect
  • repellents and sunscreens.

Pets

  • Domestic pets disturb and displace native animals.
  • Before you travel to an area, check that pets are allowed and what rules apply.
  • Control pets at all times.

Choosing a place to camp

  • Check the camping regulations and conditions for the area you are visiting. You may need to book ahead and obtain a camping permit. Some areas have limits placed on group sizes. Some campsites may be closed at certain times of year or for regeneration.
  • Plan to camp at an existing designated campsite, rather than having to create a new site. Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
  • Choose a durable surface at an established campsite to pitch your tent. Avoid placing your tent on
  • sensitive grasses or habitat that will take a long time to recover.

Disposing of waste

  • Pack it in, pack it out
  • Before you leave, inspect your campsite and activity areas for rubbish or spilled foods. Take out all
  • rubbish, leftover food, and litter, even if it isn’t yours. Leave your site better than you found it.
  • If toilets are not provided, bury human waste 15 centimetres deep and at least 100 metres away from
  • lakes and waterways.
  • Take out hygiene products.

Fires and fuel stoves

  • Check the fire regulations and conditions for the area you are visiting before your trip.
  • Use a lightweight fuel or gas stove for cooking as an alternative to using an open fire.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings or fire pits if provided. As campfires scar the earth, avoid creating a new scar.
  • Keep fires small and clear of surrounding vegetation and tents.
  • Avoid collecting dead wood around campsites as this removes vital habitat.
  • Escaped campfires can become devastating bushfires. Put out campfires completely before you leave.
  • Do not light fires in times of severe fire danger.

Be considerate to others

  • Respect the rights of other visitors to enjoy the outdoors as much as you and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous to other users of the outdoors.
  • Camp away from tracks and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

Finally
Travel discreetly and leave no trace of your passing. Stay as quiet as possible and enjoy the peace and beauty of the bush. Learn to enjoy the Australian bush for what it is, not what you bring into it. Treat the wilderness and nature with the utmost dignity and respect.

The Importance of Clean Camping

The Importance of Clean Camping

Trips to national parks, campgrounds and the outback are an enjoyable activity for many people. The clean air and beauty of nature are often an undeniable draw for people who want to escape the noise, traffic, and overall hectic environment that is associated with living and working in cities and towns. To keep this experience enjoyable for everyone who seeks it, people must understand the right and the wrong way to behave during their trip. Ethical camping ensures that the environment stays healthy for current and future generations.

(Big thanks to the girls at  Creative Girls Adventure Book Club for this link – working hard to keep Mother Earth clean and beautiful)

The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist

The Ultimate Family Camping Check List

If you have ever made the mistake of arriving at a camping area only to discover you left items behind that you are going to need, you know how important it is to make a check list before leaving home.

Recommended by Mark Jonson (www.whatcampingtent.com)

Camping with Children

Camping with children is an outstanding way to share a love for the outdoors without breaking the budget. While family backpacking or camping does take a great deal of planning and loads of patience, it is a rewarding activity for both you and your children.

If you have gone camping before, you will quickly realize that to go camping with children requires added responsibility and alertness on a parent’s part. Common sense and good judgment are the rule. Not surprisingly, the crucial point to a successful camping trip with parents and children is often rooted in their first experiences outdoors together.

A question commonly posed is, “When is my child old enough to begin hiking and camping?” The answer depends on your child. No two personalities are the same; no two children the same. What may work for one family may not work for another.

The following guidelines can help you decide when and where to introduce your child to the great outdoors, but please remember that the only firm guide is each child’s particular personality and physical condition. Whatever the activity, you must let her pace herself.

  • Infant: Paediatricians recommend that parents wait until the child is 5 months old before venturing into the wilderness. This is when a child can easily sit up and support his own weight and has fallen into a fairly regular sleep pattern. Use a sturdy child carrier that is safe and secure for the child and comfortable for you.
  • Toddler: Between the ages of 2 and 4, children are still getting used to the idea of being on two points of balance and not four. Short hikes up to 3km are ideal as long as the terrain is flat and secure to walk on. Take regular walks in a neighbourhood park to get a feel for your child’s attention span. Expect a focused attention span of around 10 minutes for younger children and up to 30 minutes for older children.
  • Ages 5-9: Longer hikes at an easy pace over easy terrain are now possible. Children are beginning to develop more physical and mental durability. This is an ideal age to begin allowing your child to become involved in most aspects of the trip, from planning and packing to helping lead. The older your child is in this age group, the more likely moderate goal setting will be effective. Just make sure that the goals are shared and not an unrealistic attempt on the parent’s part to “motivate” the child up an impossible hill or over a 15km endurance test.
  • Ages 10-13: Children are becoming increasingly conditioned physically. Emotionally, they are more likely to be able to handle moderately challenging situations, but they are also more likely to question the worth of anything extremely difficult. Hikes up to 15km are possible as long as the terrain is not too hilly or mountainous. Children in this age group thrive on being the leader — diplomatic and judicious support from parents is key. Menu planning, route finding, cooking, and camp setup are reasonable tasks to assign to kids at this age, but be careful that they do not take on too much and begin to feel like all they are doing is working.
  • Ages 14-18: Distances up to 19km become reasonable in this age group. Terrain choices and goal setting can become more challenging, but the axiom remains the same: Any choice must be a group choice, or the parent risks making the children feel dragged along.

Hot Tips

Children are encountering growth spurts during this period and are definitely vulnerable to stress and overuse injuries. Use caution and listen to your children — they may need to back off a hike
Be prepared to get down and dirty with your children. Experience the outdoors with them — don’t just watch them. Parents shouldn’t scold their children for getting up close and personal with a mud puddle, dirt, a bug, or more. Become childlike in your pursuit of the outdoors and your children will appreciate even more the time you spend together in the wilds.

Source: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/camping-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html

25 Camping Hacks for Kids

25 Camping Hacks for Kids

A few of tips scoured from the internet

 

Camping Safety

Camping Safety

Camping is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors. But in the excitement of a trip, and because of the unfamiliar surroundings and ways of doing things, it can lead to life-changing accidents.

Life-changing injuries result most often from burns or fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Following some simple safety advice means your camping trip should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons.

On this page you will find advice for:

  • Open fires and barbeques
  • Cooking stoves
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) risks
  • Signs of CO poisoning
  • Fire and learning about risk
  • Resources for campsite managers, and school trip organisers
Outdoor Camping Safety Tips + Checklist

Outdoor Camping Safety Tips + Checklist

We could talk your ear off about camping safety tips, but there’s no bigger safety measure than preparing the right way first. Hopefully you have heard of the Five Ps:  proper preparation prevents poor performance. Let the Five Ps be your guide! A safe camping trip is one where you have checked off all of the boxes to ensure everyone is safe and happy

(Note: Although this is a US based article it has a lot of useful tips – just don’t woirry too much about the bear spray in QLD!)

Campfire Safety

Camp fires, fuel stoves and barbecues – important and useful information from National Parks, and watch this important Campfire Safety message

Take care around your campfire!

Search for Campsites

Looking for a campsite, try the following:

True Camping

Youcamp

Campsites (Go See Oz)

Go Camping Australia

Go Camping Australia

Sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, we discussed that
we had visited this particular campsite without knowing much about it – there was very little information available online – and once there, we discovered that there was nowhere to get water, the toilets were disgusting and that shade and privacy was minimal!

Determined that other campers know this key information so they too could be more prepared, the website was started, and has grown and grown, to now include gear reviews (from an Australian perspective), handy tips and guides.

BlogsQPWS Park Alerts

Before you leave home check the park alerts on the NPSR website for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Go to Park Alerts

Camp Cooking, Recipes and more

The Picky Eaters Guide to Camp Grub

The Picky Eaters Guide to Camp Grub

Amy Molloy knows a thing or two about camping and camp grub. Here she lets us in on some tips she’s learnt along the way.


Gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan or just plain picky. Outdoorsy types are meant to be easy going but that doesn’t always translate to our eating requirements.

In fact, my hiking crew are fast becoming more dietarily difficult than a group of Bondi hipsters and I’m no better. So, if you can’t serve up sausages in a can, what are the quick and easy alternatives that are still light to carry? No-one wants to go to their sleeping bag hungry, so trying adding these tasty tricks to your menu…

 

The Outdoor Ed Cookbook

The Outdoor Ed Cookbook

by Laura Collins, Hannah Sanders & Enya Schaefer

The three of us got together to create an outdoor cookbook that can be used by both outdoor
professionals and outdoor education students alike. We wanted to make it an easy to use
resource for whenever inspiration or information is needed for both outdoor expeditions and base-camping trips. We also wanted to give options for people who have a variety of dietary requirements.

3 Favourite Camp Oven Recipes

3 Favourite Camp Oven Recipes

Every Australian who goes bush ought to have a camp oven as part of their kit. They are simple and to use, and they produce some of the most mouth-watering meals you’ll ever eat, enhanced by the great environment in which you consume the results.

Source
Without a Hitch

How to Make a Solar Oven

How to Make a Solar Oven

There are numerous reasons why one should learn how to make a solar oven, whether they are going to be using one for camping/outdoor living, or conducting a science experiment, learning the dynamics of a solar oven are greatly beneficial.

Solar ovens afford many the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint, minimize greenhouse gases, and learn about Newton’s Laws of Physics all in one creation.

15 Delicious Camping Breakfast Recipes

15 Delicious Camping Breakfast Recipes

Having a leisurely breakfast when camping is a very civilised way to start the day.

If you have the time (and desire) to have something apart from Weet-Bix or bacon and eggs on the barbie,  then camping can be a great place to try something a little different.

See more at www.gocampingaustraliablog.com

Easy Camping Breakfasts

Easy Camping Breakfasts

EasyCampingBreakfasts

Downloadable ebook from Go Camping Australia

When camping, sometimes breakfast ideas are not always easy to come up with, apart from the classic bacon & eggs or pancakes. Both are delicious options, which will be included in this guide (but with a twist).

Subscribe for this great ebook and more great resources, tips and camping info

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