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QUICK GUIDE TO CAMPING SHORTCUTS

If you can get ready for your camping trip easier and faster, you will probably go more often. The first few times can be a bit daunting. These tips are designed to get you in the swing of things and avoid the most common beginner mistakes that make camping hard work – especially if you want to get away at the last minute.

HAVE DUPLICATE KIT

Have what you need for cooking without having to raid your kitchen every time you go camping. The best camping kitchenware is better designed for use outdoors than what you have at home. Break what you need for home and you will end up buying it again. It’s best to invest in what you need bit by bit as you get more into camping. Camping dinnerware and utensils can also always be used at home for outdoor dining.

PLAN YOUR MEALS

Planning meals is extremely important or you will find yourself stuck without what you need and how to make it. You can’t always rely on catching fish. When planning your meals think about how you will transport and store it. This has a lot to do with simplifying the way you cook and changing the way you cook.

PACK IN PLASTIC

From carrying eggs pre-scrambled in bags to packing everything in plastic containers with lids, packing in plastic is the way to go when camping. Always take all plastic home with you. There is nothing cool about leaving plastic bags behind.

KNOW WHEN YOU ARE PACKING TOO MUCH

The less you pack, the less you have to carry. The less you pack, the faster you can do it. It takes a little practice for knowing exactly what you need and no more. Remember you don’t need to take the kitchen sink.

STORE YOUR CAMPING GEAR WELL

If you have to spend hours getting your camping gear out to get ready to go camping, you might find you don’t get out as much as you should. Camping gear left stored away is a waste of money. The easier it is to access, the more likely you are using it.

START CAMPING CLOSE

As you start camping you will find out what you really need to prepare and what you need to do well. You will also find out what you really need to take with you. Make your first camping trips closer to home.

EASY TO PUT UP AND POP-OUT

You will appreciate the ease of modern camping tents and other devices that are easily set-up.

CLEAN AS YOU GO

Cleaning your camping gear as you use it and before you even take it home will break up the job of looking after your camping gear. Cleaning is a big part of maintaining your camping gear. Make the task easier by cleaning your camping gear after you use it.

 


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Bill Matthews
bill.matthews@dinga.com.au

Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.