CAMPING ADVENTURE LEVELS
Camping is a great way to get outdoors and back to basics. It’s a refreshing reminder of the importance of fresh air, natural surroundings, and quality time with friends and family. Like most outdoor activities, there are various levels at which you can engage in camping. It’s up to you to choose your own adventure.
From the uninitiated weekend camper to the extreme adventurer, here are some camping options to help you plan your escapades or provide insight into camping trips that you can aspire to!
HOLIDAY PARK CAMPING
The holiday park camping trip is a minimal fuss and relatively civilised camping experience. You’ll have access to toilet and shower facilities, kiosks, barbeques, and playground equipment for the kids. This provides a safe, secure and social environment where onsite managers and other campers can provide friendly advice. All you need is a great camping tent or caravan, or RV for a great time.
Experience: Entry level
Suitability: New campers, families, weekend and holiday getaways
NATIONAL PARK CAMPING
A National Park camping trip is a step up from a holiday park and provides a more intimate nature experience. There are typically fewer facilities available and the locations are likely to be more isolated. These camping trips require more planning and extra equipment. There may or may not be access to toilets or drinking water, so ensure to check these essential considerations during the planning stage. A park ranger can usually be contacted for information, but they are rarely on site to offer direct assistance.
Experience: Intermediate level
Suitability: Campers with some experience, families, holiday getaways
Bivouac camping refers to an improvised shelter that is constructed from a tarpaulin, canvas sheet, or natural materials. The experience level required for bivouac camping varies by location. Obviously, a backyard bivouac demands less experience than a remote jungle construction. However, this camping style usually requires some degree of knowledge and understanding of bush survival and is not ideal for beginners. An affinity for bugs and creepy crawlies is also necessary when the securities of a sealed tent are absent.
Experience: Variable intermediate (location dependent)
Suitability: Campers with some experience, scouts, adventurous campers
BACK COUNTRY CAMPING
Once you start heading off the beaten track, you need to know what you are doing. Backcountry exploration on hiking trails or in remote areas requires meticulous planning. Food, water, shelter, navigation, first aid, and emergency communications all become critical considerations. The potential for getting lost, running out of supplies, or becoming stranded is real.
The advantage of heading off into the wilderness is that you’ll see and experience natural surroundings that few people get to encounter. It is an exciting, mesmerising and breathtaking experience and you’ll never feel more alive.
Experience: Advanced level
Suitability: Very competent campers, navigational skills, careful planning, communications essential
If climbing Mount Everest or hiking through the Amazon jungle tickles your fancy, it’s likely that your camping adventures will fall into the expedition category. These camping trips are not for the faint hearted and will require an elite level of fitness as well as expert knowledge on how to survive in challenging conditions. Expedition camping usually requires highly specialised equipment, compact tents, camping swags, and some very intense hiking. These adventures are exclusively reserved for those individuals who love to push their bodies and minds to the extreme.
Experience: Expert Level
Suitability: Dedicated adventurers with expert survival skills and a high level of fitness
Whichever camping category best suits your intentions, ensure that you tailor your camping equipment and preparation to the surroundings and facilities. If you are starting out camping with the family, commence with baby steps within the confines of a relatively civilised holiday park. As you become more familiar with camping, you can progress up the ladder as much, or as little, as you like. Camping is a healthy outdoor pursuit for all walks of life. Get out there and enjoy it.
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