Western Australians are known to love packing up their bags and escaping to the outback. With so many great camping locations throughout the whole of Western Australia, you can't really blame them. Exploring the outback with a group of friend and family can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Making the most out of your camping adventure all starts with taking the time to prepare. You don't want to end up out in the bush missing some of your essential equipment. This article covers some of the essential steps you should take to assure your next camping holiday is the best one yet.
1. Make A Checklist
Making a checklist is a great way to assure you have everything packed before heading out onto the open road. If you spend the time to make sure all your essential equipment is written down on a list, packing time will be quick and painless which allows for more time camping. Checklists also work great if you're moving from location to location, or packing up to leave as it assures you don't leave anything behind. Make sure you take the list with you to reuse throughout your trip.
Here is a quick checklist of a few essential items you will need to remember for your camping trip:
Ample toilet paper and toiletries (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap etc.)
An excess amount of fresh drinking water
Duct tape and rope can come in very handy
Maps or a GPS
Multiple torches and lighting, and tools to start a fire (Lighter/Matches)
Extra food to last longer than your intended trip in case you get stranded
This is only a short list and will need to have more items added to it depending on your situation. If your camping destination is far away, you may need to assure you have extra jerry cans of fuel as fuel stations become more scarce the further away you drive from the city. Make sure to talk amongst your camping group about some of the other items you might need.
2. Install Dual Batteries
One of the most helpful resources you can have when you go camping is access to electricity. Unfortunately, if you enjoy the more luxurious form of camping involving fridges, laptops and other electronic accessories and run them off the car battery, it will likely go flat. This is where dual batteries come in.
Dual batteries help to reduce the chance of your car battery running out of juice. A flat battery means you'll unlikely be able to start your car and could end up stranded in the bush. With dual batteries, one battery works as the 'primary battery' and the second works as an 'auxiliary battery' allowing for a longer battery life.
3. Bring A Full First-aid Kit
Being in the outback often means you are secluded from access to emergency services and hospitals. If a medical emergency was to occur, it is often very difficult to navigate your way out of the camping site and to a medical centre often located far away. Because of this, it is important to always make sure you have a first-aid kit that has been checked to include all necessary items.
A few items your basic first-aid kit should include:
Scissors, tweezers, sticky tape and safety pins
Small, medium and large sterile dressings and sterile eye dressings
Band-aids in a variety of shapes and sizes
Antiseptic cream and skin rash cream
Painkillers, antihistamine tablets and cough medicine
Alcohol-free cleansing wipes and distilled water for cleaning wounds
Please Note: This is only your basic first-aid kid, it will not include medicine for your own allergies or condition. Please make sure to pack any medicine you may need in with your first-aid kit.
4. Store All Food in Sealed Containers
Food storage is vitally important to assure not only that it stays fresh, but also so wild animals don't get access to it. Make sure all your food is kept in air tight storage containers. If you need to keep food refrigerated in an insulated container, try to keep it separate from the ice. Try to bring food that is already in sealed containers such as canned food.
5. Inform Family and Friends of Your Camping Location
In the unfortunate situation that something goes wrong, your best bet at being found is if your friends and family know roughly where you are. Give your close ones a list of where you are planning on staying and the time you are planning on staying there. Venturing into the outback can often lower your chance of getting a phone signal, be aware of this when planning your trip.
6. Get a Tent or Swag
A great way to experience the stars and out back noises while staying safe from bugs and insects is to get a tent or swag. If you're an avid camper, a cheap tent from a big chain retailer may not do. They often only last a short period before tearing apart and becoming unusable.
What you can do is buy a high-quality custom made swag from a custom fabricator like Morley Canvas. Premium quality camping equipment will assure you get the most out of your camping trip. Make sure you have the right equipment before you go or you may come back upset with your underperforming products.
7. Hire A Camper
If you're not interested in tents or swags, then you should consider hiring a camper trailer. Camper trailers offer a great spot to sleep and eat away from all the bugs and wild animals.
Camper trailers are easy to set up when you arrive at your location and disassemble once you leave. They are great for carrying extra luggage and equipment and offer a comfortable mattress to sleep on. If you want to camp in style, hiring a camper is the way to go.
8. Test Your Gear and Vehicles
Before setting out on your adventure it is crucial to go over all your equipment and vehicles to assure it's all in a complete and working order. For example, look through your tent to make sure all the poles are there and assure your gear is packed securely. Check your vehicles type pressure, coolant, wiper water etc. It may be good to add these tasks to your checklist so they aren't forgotten.
9. Learn Some Camping Games
A great way to have fun while camping is to play some camping games. The Broken Head holiday park has put together some great camping games for teens. It's a great idea to familiarise yourself with some popular camping games especially if you're with children as they will have limited access to electronic devices and usually need to stay entertained.
10. Find A Camping Spot Near Water
The main reason to find a camping spot near water is due to safety in the situation something goes wrong. By camping near water, you will be able to recognise your location much easier. Following your map will become easier and looking for waterways can help find your way to the main road. Camping next to water also makes for a great fishing opportunity. Take a fishing rod along and you can spend hours at the beach looking for that big catch.
Preparation and planning is the best way to have an ultimate camping holiday. Make sure you take your time working out all aspects of your trip to assure you have the best time possible.