Couple Camping

HOW TO TELL YOU ARE ADDICTED TO CAMPING

Can’t get enough of camping and roughing in in the Australian backcountry? You might have an addition. Here are the giveaway signs that you have a problem.

• Going on a date means bringing someone into your tent or motorhome.
Dating for you means cooking over an open flame and eating out of mess tins instead of fancy restaurants and movies. If it goes well then you’ll be thankful you spent a bit more on the bed which can be folded out in 5 seconds flat.

• You do all your cooking over a self-made fire.
Your mate’s idea of eating outside is firing up a gas barbeque, yours is building a fire from scratch without matches and slow roasting your food over it.

• Your idea of sitting outside involves a hammock.
When the sun comes out and your neighbours are getting their lawn chairs out, you are finding 2 trees to tie a hammock between. It is the most comfortable place for lounging after-all.

• Your garage is overflowing with camping equipment.
When your friends come over and you open your garage they think they have wandered into a hidden camping store. You have shelves overflowing with tents, sleeping bags, lights and camp stoves and you are the go-to person for any friends looking to borrow gear.

• You tidy up the garage to make room for more stuff instead of throwing old things away.
You never know when that 3-person dome tent from 1995 might come in handy. Don’t throw it away, just rearrange the shelf, we can fit it all in.

• You are an expert at roasting marshmallows.
You’ve done this so many times you could do it in your sleep. You don’t even need to look, you know when it’s hard and crisp on the outside, yet completely melted and soft on the inside.

• You own more sleeping bags than there are members of your extended family.
You have winter sleeping bags, light summer ones, sleeping bags for the children, the grandparents, and if the dog ever comes I’m sure he can fit in one of the kid’s old ones. You have more sleeping bags than you have bedsheets and use them as often as possible.

• You book your favourite campsite 6 months in advance.
You don’t want it to fill up, and it never hurt anyone to be prepared. You’ve got the reminder set on your phone to make sure you don’t miss the best spots.

• A family holiday always means going camping.
Who needs Mickey Mouse and Disney World when they can experience real mice in the great outdoors! It’s cheaper and far more interesting than fake plastic castles and roller coasters.

• City smoke makes you want to heave, but campfire smoke soothes you.
The smell of burning wood takes you back to those campfire evenings surrounded by your friends and family playing games, roasting marshmallows and singing songs to a guitar.

If this sounds like you, you may have an addiction. But let’s face it, a camping addiction is the best kind of addiction. It can be easily solved by embracing it and heading out to the Australian backcountry for a few days.

 


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Oli Ward
oli@dinga.com.au

Oli has camped and hiked his way around Australia and most of Europe. He also loves writing about his experiences and sharing his knowledge.