Getting the Most from Your Camping Gear
Going on a camping trip shouldn’t be a chore; it should be as simple as possible, and when properly prepared for, it can be one of the most enjoyable activities to take part in. Choosing the right camping gear for your trip is one thing, but knowing how to use them is something else entirely. Here’s a look at the most effective ways to use your equipment.
Tents and sleeping facilities
If there’s one thing that all campers should aim to do as soon as they set up camp – it’s to construct their sleeping facilities. If that’s a tent, then set it up on a flat, dry spot of land with good weather coverage (but not at risk of falling branches). Bivy sacks will need to be set up in the same way as tents, with pegs fastened into the ground to minimise the risk of the wind blowing the sack away.
Before the trip, it’s a good idea to clean all cooking utensils and store them in a dry, damp proof pack. There’s no need to get them out and put them on display – after all you will only need them when you’re cooking. Instead, keep them close to your cooking facilities (barbeque, gas stove, or other device). Once used, be sure to put them straight into a pot of water, or the scent of food will attract wild animals well into the night.
No one will want to book a camping trip, only to find their experience ruined by invasive animals hoping to run away with a tasty snack. That’s where food bags come in handy – and whether the ingredients have yet to be cooked or if they are simply the waste left over, always seal and dispose of things properly. The outback of Australia plays host to an incredible variety of animals, from small critters to the largest snakes and mammals – so a little extra care when around food can go a long way.