Less than 10% of domestic Australian travellers are drawn to camping in a tent, compared to 28% that stay in hotels, and over 30% that stay with relatives or friends.
However, the small portion of travellers that do choose to camp are lucky enough to experience Australia's natural beauty first-hand.
Camping is unlike any other type of holiday. It takes us back to the way our ancestors lived, and helps us disconnect from the increasingly "busy" world we live in.
A great camping experience is peaceful, remote, and can be life changing for those that are willing to give up their TV and iPhone for a few days.
But if you're new to camping, it can be tough to know exactly what you need to take with you. And even some of the smallest items on this list can be critical to a safe and enjoyable camping trip.
Let's take a look at these camping list essentials that should all make it onto your packing list:
Health & Survival
Camping can be a great adventure, but it also exposes you to the raw elements of nature and eliminates many of the day-to-day luxuries you are used to.
Pack these camping list essentials to stay safe and healthy:
- First-Aid Kit
- Insect Repellant
- Pocket Knife
- Sun Protection (Hat and Cream)
- Toilet Paper
- Toiletries (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap and Lip Balm)
Just because you are out in the wilderness with no electricity, internet or running water doesn't mean you can't be comfortable.
Pack these essentials to stay comfortable while camping:
- Tent and Poles (This one's obvious!)
- Sleeping Bags
- Sleeping Mats
- Folding Chairs
The clothes you take camping will be significantly different to any other vacation, after all you most likely won't get a chance to wash the clothes you take, and will inevitably wear the same outfit several times.
It's important to pack versatile clothes that you can wear more than once, and make sure that they are durable so that they can sustain the natural elements.
Consider packing these items of clothing when you go camping:
- Thick Socks
- Easy-Dry Clothes
Once you arrive at your camping spot everything you need will have to be with you. There won't be a convenient store or supermarket just around the corner for you to pick up essentials, and there certainly won't be a local restaurant where you can grab some dinner.
There is certain cooking equipment that we recommend you pack for your next camping trip, to make sure you have everything you need:
- Water Filter
- Storage Containers
- Utensils (Knives, Forks and Spoons)
- Cutting Board
- Camping Sink
It's no good taking all of that great cooking equipment if you have nothing to cook. Packing appropriate food for a camping trip is all about knowing what will last the longest without being refrigerated.
Try to pack preserved snacks and canned food as much as possible, and for the fresh ingredients you want to take pack them in a cooler and eat them in the first few days.
Here are some essential food items to take camping:
- Preserved Snacks
- Canned Food
- Fresh Food & Drink (Stored in a cooler)
- Tea & Coffee
- Salt & Pepper
- Energy Bars
- Cooking Oil
Be prepared to enjoy your camping trip by organising some activities that you and your group can do while away.
Typically camping brings you closer to nature, which also means there is an opportunity to partner your camping trip with activities such as fishing, hiking and kayaking.
Here are some suggested camping essentials for activities:
- Fishing Gear
- Lightweight Backpack for Hiking
- Playing Cards
If you are planning a camping trip, use this list to make sure you don't forget any of the essentials and enjoy your time with nature.