With some of the world’s best beaches, stunning landscapes and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder camping in this beautiful country of ours is one of our most favourite past times.
So to ensure your trip is a breeze, we’ve teamed up with the experts at Anaconda to curate all the best accessories to add to your camping packing list.
Comfort Is Key
You might be surprised to discover that camping doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. In this day and age you can buy just about anything to help make your trip a leisurely one. So with that in mind, it’s important to prioritise comfort whenever you’re camping.
Nothing ruins your start to the day faster than not having had enough sleep, so your first priority is to nail your sleeping essentials. Small things like a quality inflatable pillow, an eye mask and an insect net will help to give you a heavenly 8 hours of sleep. If camping for you is all about leisurely afternoon naps, and reading books by the beach, a sturdy hammock is also a must-buy to take your camping trip from 0 to 100. Lastly, you don’t want to be ‘that’ person jumping from chair to chair because you forgot one or yours broke, so it’s important to invest in a quality camping chair to see you through the trip (drink holder essential).
Up Your Kitchen Cuisine
Depending on where you’re camping and what’s around, your camp cooking facilities can make or break your trip. If you don’t have access to communal kitchens or barbeques, it’s important to ensure you invest in the right cooking facilities so you can treat yourself to more than just Mi Goreng for a week straight.
First things first, you’re going to need to make sure you’ve got your camping stove sorted. Depending on how many of you there are (and how elite you want to cook) you can get double and triple burners along with boiler systems for your morning coffees and afternoon tea, now that’s boujee. If you’re going full primal and cooking over an open flame, you’ll need to make sure to invest in some cast iron cookware, with ovens, fry pans, burner plates and even jaffle irons helping to make your trip even more delicious.
Nail The Communal Hang Out
If there’s one thing to make sure to do properly when camping, it’s the communal hang out area. There’s nothing worse than being with your nearest and dearest and not having a comfortable space to share a drink, tuck into a meal, or play some cards.
Australian weather can be unpredictable and harsh, so a gazebo is mandatory to protect you and your fellow campers from whatever elements may come your way. Whether it’s an open gazebo, one with walls or a car awning, make sure there’s going to be plenty of space for your kitchen set up as well as a table and a camping chair for each person. Just make sure you’ve got a good set of (charged) speakers and you’re set.
Pack Smarter, Not Heavier
While your setup is key, it’s also just as important to ensure that you’re packing appropriately for the trip. Depending on the time of year, the temperature, and what you’re doing, activities like hiking, fishing, surfing and getting out and about amongst nature will all require the appropriate clothing.
For cold weather, ensure to invest in some quality thermals to keep you toasty warm while you’re out and about during the day and in the evenings. If wet weather is on the cards, ensure to pack at least one weatherproof jacket to keep you dry and protected. And lastly, if you’re planning on being active, make sure to pack appropriate sweat-wicking sportswear that will allow you to move and explore with ease. Ensure to select your clothing with purpose and intent and avoid packing extra items out of choice paralysis.
It’s The Little Things
A good camping trip requires comfortable bedding, a well-prepped kitchen and a practical communal area in order to tick the boxes. But what really takes a camping trip from good to great are all the little details that help to make the whole experience seamless.
If it’s going to be chilly, a heater or fire pit can work absolute wonders at keeping people warm, comfortable and happy, while bringing everyone together and out of their sleeping bags. Cold drinks on any camping trip are always a must, so make sure you’ve got one or two top-notch coolers to avoid a lukewarm beverage. And last but not least, you’d be surprised how often campers forget to pack an adequate amount of lighting, so make sure to pack a few spare lanterns, because we all know camping in the dark isn’t much fun.
Whether you’re beachside glamping, setting up shop in the country or nestled amongst rainforest, you’ll be set for all your camping needs with Anaconda.
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