5 Tips for First-Time Campers

With the summer season fast approaching, family holidays are on the brain! Follow these top camping tips to make sure your outdoor adventure runs smoothly.

Camping is a great way to explore Australia on a budget. With over 45% of Coleman customers saying that they began their camping as a family tradition, it’s also a perfect opportunity to spend some quality family time together in the great outdoors.

If you’re looking for destination inspiration, Coleman customers’ top pick of Australian campsites is the picturesque Murray River, running along the New South Wales/Victorian border. Fraser Island and Barrington Tops came in a close second in third in the destination stakes.

Follow these top camping tips to make sure your outdoor adventure runs smoothly!

1. Borrow over budget
While most first time campers will go buy budget equipment – a leaky tent and not-warm-enough sleeping bag will ensure your dream adventure is ruined. Wherever possible, borrow good quality equipment from friends and neighbours. Once you and the family have fallen in love with camping, then spend on the key items like a sturdy tent, comfortable air mattress and cosy sleeping bag.

2. Don’t be afraid to over pack
One of the most useful things you could use is a vacuum sealed bag. They not only help you fit more clothes, but also help keep your meat and produce fresh! Take care when packing your car – putting the least used items in first so the things you’ll need will be right there at your fingertips.

3. Make a list, check it twice
The last thing you want once you get to your peaceful and remote campsite, miles from the nearest store, is to have forgotten a hammer for your tent. There are plenty of sites which provide pre-made list camping essentials. Once you’ve become a regular, start a camping only tool box of all the essentials, sticking the list to the lid so nothing ever gets left behind.

4. Camping with pets
If man’s best friend has to come along too, check with the camp site first, as not all are pet-friendly. Tie glow sticks around your pooch’s collar to help keep track of them at night.

5. Have fun!
That is of course the whole point of a holiday! Get out and enjoy the outdoors with activities like Stand Up Paddle Boarding, kayaking and bushwalking. If you’d rather kick back and relax, set up a hammock and settle in with your favourite book while the kids go exploring.

For more information, please visit www.colemanaustralia.com.au

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