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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
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!
Go Camping Australia
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 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.”
Harshit Jain aka Jainty
Camping for Women is a website and organisation created and contributed to by women campers for women campers.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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:
Please note this list is indicative only – to get you started!
Cooking & Eating
Food & Water Storage
and things to leave at home
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
Protect the wildlife
Protect the waterways and lakes
Choosing a place to camp
Disposing of waste
Fires and fuel stoves
Be considerate to others
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
25 Camping Hacks for Kids
A few of tips scoured from the internet
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:
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!)
Take care around your campfire!
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
Without a Hitch
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.
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
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).
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