Saturday, March 11, 2017

12 Things To Bring When Camping for Absolute Beginners

As you may already know, I, an absolute beginner, went camping at Innes National Park, in Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. I can now proudly say that I survived camping in the Australian outback! Okay, I'm not sure if a national park really counts but in my book, it does. So glad I did my research though and got smart tips from Go Camping Australia. And now I've come up with my own list of 12 Things To Bring When Camping for Absolute Beginners:
Innes National Park

  1. A Tent - We purchased our first tent for only $75 - it was a pop-up tent that fits up to 4 people for an easy set-up for lazy beginners like us. Perhaps in the future if camping becomes a hobby, we'll invest in a better quality tent. But for now, this was useful for sleeping, for hanging out, for shelter, and for convenience when changing. 
  2. A Mattress -  whether it's a sleeping bag, foam mattress, or air bed, you'll want to keep your back comfortable when you sleep. Our friends managed to sleep in their car with an air bed set up at the back. Not the most comfortable though.
  3. A First Aid Kit - Because you never know when you will need it.
  4. Portable Gas Stove - During fire season, only gas fires are allowed. For beginners like us, a single burner stove that functions on butane was perfect. We bought ours for only $29.99 at www.catchoftheday.com.au.
  5. Basic Kitchen Items - including 1 frying pan, 1 cooking pot, a knife, oil, and easy to cook food. We then chose to bring disposable plates and cutlery to save us from washing more items.
  6. A Plastic Wash Basin - doubles for storage and for washing.
  7. Foldable table and chairs - because where else are you going to put your stove and your food? Of course you can opt for a picnic mat and sit on the floor instead but boy were our foldable chairs from Kathmandu and OzTrail comfortable.  
    Foldable Chairs (Left: OzTrail, Right: Kathmandu)
  8. Plastic bag/bin liner - Leave the camp just as you found it. Take all your trash with you. At night, store it in your car or else the wild animals would be attracted to it.
  9. Weather Appropriate Clothing - my hat was my bff that shielded my face from the sun's harsh rays and somehow kept me warmer when it started to cool down. We were also armed with comfortable clothing or sportswear for all that walking. We also brought hiking shoes, a jacket, and a fleece layer for the night time.
    Hiking Shoes from Kathmandu
  10.  Plenty of Water - this includes drinking water and water for washing up.
  11.  LED lights - bring a good quality torch/flashlight, bring a mini lantern or whatever- make sure you have good lighting to keep your campsite bright and your things visible. Those pretty stars won't keep you from stumbling in the absolute darkness. In the photo below, we put the LED light on top of water containers and it somehow gave us even better lighting.
  12. Phone/Camera - now there's a good chance you won't have phone service at all in a camping area, we certainly didn't but our friends did (I guess you can blame the phone service provider here). But it was just lovely to disconnect from stress, and connect with nature. But still, you have to capture all those memories!


What else would you suggest that a beginner bring for camping?

Always,
Jeanne
 
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86 comments:

  1. Great post dear! Love these pics. :)

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  2. wow love this blog post :)

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  3. gorgeous!

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  4. I haven't camped in my life but thank you for these wonderful tips! Looks like you guys enjoyed the great outdoors!

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  5. Never camped, so thank you so much for the tips ☺☺🙋🏾

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  6. We went on camping two years ago and even though I was not a huge fan of camping, I loved it. These are great tips!! x

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  8. Wonderful post!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  9. I love this! I've been camping a handful of times but the last time I went was quite a few years ago. I would love to do it again soon though, especially since I have kids now. I know it would be fun for them and they would leave with great memories like I did growing up. Your list is definitely on point! I would also suggest to bring lots of hand sanitizer since (depending on where you go) you may not be able to actually wash your hands. :) I followed you on Google+ (GFC) and would love if you'd follow me back when you get a chance! <3

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  10. This looks like such a lovely camping trip! :) (had a glimpse in the video too :), your laughter is just awesome. :D )) Unfortunately, I don't have any camping tips because I've never been really camping. :O But maybe someday. ;)
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  11. looks so fun! definitely need these tips as I"m such a camping rookie
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  12. Super lovely blog!

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  13. It seems a really nice place to visit!! And you might have a wonderful day there!!

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  14. Cool post! I've yet to try camping, so I love the tips. It's looks like fun.
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  15. Very beautiful post and great photos... kisses

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  16. Warm clothes and a cameraö . You will be able to take amazing pictures outdoors.

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  17. I used to stay in camping when I was young. I love to sleep in a tent actually. Wish I'll do again one day.
    Such great tips.
    xx,
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  18. I haven't been camping in ages, lovely tips!

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  19. Great post dear!

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  20. Omg if only I'd read this post before... my first camping experience was terrible, basically we left with the tent and that's it!!
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  21. Thank you for sharing Jeanne! I will definitely remember that foldable table and chairs. I would think about the rest but not the chairs. :-))
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  22. Haven't camped before but these are really good tips.

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  23. It was fun going on this little adventure with you! Have a great week ahead! =)
    Love,
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  24. What a post! thanks for sharing
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  25. I've never been camping but it sounds like fun! :) xx

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  26. That's a great list..thanks for sharing..will keep in mind!!

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  27. I love this list. I'm a nurse so I'm usually in charge of the first aid kit xD

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  28. Looks great. I hiope you have a lot of fun.
    have a nice day.
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  29. I am so not a camper! If i ever venture out, I'll have to keep your tips in mind! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  30. I will keep these tips in mind if I ever decide to go camping.

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  32. Thanks for the tips! Great post!

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  33. Wow your tripped looked fun and great tips. I have not camped in I don't how long. I took a trip to Florida and stayed with friends had my own room with a TV in it and my own bathroom, does that count? I am guessing not.

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  34. Great tips! Looks like youre having a great time!
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  35. wow great post thanks for sharing these tips with us
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  36. Great tips, babe! Looks fun there ;)

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  37. Good list! I think taking your phone was a good one even though you didn't have any service as you wouldn't have these fun photos otherwise to remember your trip! :)

    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  38. Oh, I wish could camp with my friends as well, it has been years since last time I went to camp. Anyway, nice tips Jeanne! :)

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  39. I never camped! But I finally have to do this!
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  40. wow it look so so cool - I am sure you had a great time :-)

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  41. This was written for me. I wouldn't know the first thing about what to bring camping, but this made it sounds o much easier
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  42. I've never gone camping. It looks like so much fun
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  43. This looks like so much fun! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  44. Thanks for the tips! I have never tried camping. I think I'll try to conquer hiking before I do that.

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  45. great post looks so funny!!

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  46. I've never been camping before - love this post all your tips, your photos are really lovely too! :)

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  48. Great list! I used to camp a lot in middle and high school, and I think you're on point!

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  49. superb fun...lovely pictures dear..
    great tips

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  50. Would definitely like to go camping one day although not sure I'd survive very well haha ;) This is such a great list for beginners! <3

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  51. I've never gone camping so this post is really useful to me! :)
    Thank you for sharing!
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  52. Fun post!

    Have a great day!

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  53. wonderful :)
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  57. That was such a cute vlog Jeanne! I have never gone camping, but it was always a dream of mine to go (especially with my father, though unfortunately he passed away before we could). but its legit like number three on my life bucket list. These are such good tips too! B/c I would totally count myself as a beginner and wouldn't know where to start. Excellent post dude!

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  58. I always forget LED lights while camping!!!

    Great suggestions, super useful as I do love me a good camp sesh :)

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  59. Such a cool adventure, but so much to pack. I'm sure it's worth it once you're surrounded by nature and its beauty.

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  60. I'm not a camping person, but these sounds like a great tips.


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  61. I never went camping but I want to do it soon! This post will be incredibly useful when it happens :D
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  62. What a cute vlog! I haven't been camping in yearsssssss but this makes me want to try it out again hehe.

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  64. It really looks like you had a great time! I'm not a camper, I'd definitely be a huge beginner haha.

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  65. This is so helpful, I'm doing a summer programme and I might have to go camping!
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  67. I've never gone camping before, sounds like such an adventure. Glad you had a great time! xx

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  68. great post :)
    have a nice week :)

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  69. My favorite tip would be number 8. I hope more people would abide by the leave no trace policy. Anyway, sounds like you had a lot of fun on your camping trip, Jeannie! I think you've managed to mention all the essentials already. ;)

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  70. Great list! My boyfriend is obsessed with camping and he always brings the stuff from above. Also portable speakers so you can play music :)

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  71. Wow what an amazing tips!! I can't wait to go on my next camping trip! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  72. Ah I love this.. your pictures are so cute! You have a really lovely blog here, I would love to keep in touch.. it is always nice to make new blog friends! x

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  73. To be honest, my first thought when I heard the word 'camping' is extra phone batteries and power bank. Lol. I wouldn't have thought that there are actually a lot of stuffs needed!Great tips!

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