It hasn’t been our first camping trip, certainly not. Some say we even blogged about one of our first major trips.
It has been our first OZ camping trip, it certainly has. And when you do something you haven´t done before, you try – you (may/partially) fail – you learn – and you improve based on your failures.
Doing that for us is a good thing for us, but hey maybe YOU would like to avoid our lessons and rather do the “right” thing without learning the, in the worst case, hard way? wouldn’t´t you? So lets do that blog thing, make a list; No even better make a “top X tips” list! Here we go:
No stop, one second – All experiences reported here, strictly apply to a family of five that travels without a trailer. All are strictly based on our experiences but hey who knows, they may even apply for other travel constructs ..
Top 5 things done right on our 1 week camping trip:
1. Head Lamps
It gets dark early and very fast so close to the equator, that´s something special when you spent years close to the arctic circle. Having lamps is crucial to set up camp, do the cocking, find your things and check for unwelcome critters. Having head lamps is especially handy. The key handiness factor is to have them at the same spot at all times and ideally at an easily accessible spot.
2. Wet wipes
Parents know the benefits of wet wipes to keep the little fellows at least a little clean. On camping wet wipes are gold, they work for so many things besides of keeping yourself and the kids cleanish. Doing the dishes, cleaning your sunnies form sunscreen, wiping of the sunscreen / sand crust from your feet before creeping in our sleeping bag, and so many things more.
3. Zip Lock bags
Leaking things are the most annoying issue when you have limited access to proper cleaning gear and limited to no space to carefully store half open food containers. Everything can be packed in ziplock bags! And then it´s safe and out of the way with very little risk for a mess. Besides of the obvious food items, we stored sunscreen, shells found on the beach, fishing bait, fresh and cut fruits as daytime snacks, … all in ziplock bags.
It is a very much not trivial task to arrange camping gear for 2 adults, one teenager a, primary school and a pre-primary school aged kid in one vehicle, a standard wagon and without a trailer. The combination of our Oztent RV´5 with two queen sized 4WD camping mattresses next to each other and one hiking-style camping mattress on the foot-end of the others worked really well. With some routine we had the whole camp set up in not much more than 10 minutes, including all bedding and chairs and table. That´s not to bad, is it?
5. You tell me
I must have something forgotten, what may it be?
I see that this post is getting all to long, so part two follows tomorrow…