When you go on any sort of holiday, you need to take the right stuff with you. This is even more essential if you are going on a camping trip. Most camping, even if you are staying in a chalet, a motorhome, or a caravan, involves doing almost everything for yourself. This article will give you some quick tips on how to decide what to bring and what not to bring.
First of all, you need to be aware of where you are going and what time of year you are going. Taking a journey deep into the bush during the summer months is going to require a totally different kit than you will need for the Gold Coast in the winter. Also, where are you going to be spending your time? Will you be going alone, taking your tent into the outback or are you booking into a camping or caravan site?
A couple of months before you embark on your journey, make a list of everything that you are going to need. Then take a look at what you already have. Check that your equipment is in good working order, that nothing is worn or damaged. Put suspect items to one side, then decide whether you need to replace them closer to your trip. You now have a couple of months to purchase new items or get the old ones repaired.
What are you going to carry your equipment in? If you’re going by car or motorhome, your list of gear can be a lot larger. However, if you’re going on foot or taking bikes, you need to only take the essentials first, then add the luxuries as space allows.
Will you be cooking your own food or will you be eating out most of the time? On a recent camping trip, my wife and I ate out most of the time. We didn’t just visit restaurants all the time, although we did take in some nice places when we had the opportunity. We visited local grocery shops and bought food that didn’t need any cooking, or the minimum at least. We only brought a small stove and a couple of lightweight pots. That was enough for our needs. It was fun to live for a couple of weeks that way.
What you bring and what you don’t bring is always going to depend on your needs and wants, plus what you can carry. Being smart about this doesn’t come easy. You might need to make a couple of trips before you get it right. Understanding what you need on a camping trip can often be very clear in hindsight. Above all, make sure you don’t forget your wallet. You can always buy what you forgot or didn’t think you’d need.