Camping Tips and Hints
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This page is reserved for all those tips and tricks that help to make a camping trip more enjoyable. We’ve kicked it off with 5 of our favourites and the rest have been contributed by readers. If you have something to add please send us an email with the details.

  1. Take one pair of rubber thongs (flip-flops, plakkies etc.) for everyone to share as essential showering equipment. There is nothing worse than trying to get clean while standing in a mud bath.
  2. Set-up a ground sheet in front of your tent and make it a ‘no footwear zone’- Japanese style. You have just removed 90% of the dirt that finds its way inside the tent
  3. Carry hand wipes with you. Invaluable for cleaning hands, faces and bums especially when water is scarce.
  4. In extreme cold, tie a tarp down over your tent. The added layer acts as an insulator and helps keep the warmth in and the cold out.
  5. Carry a few extra ropes and rope runners. 5mm diameter rope in 3 metre lengths is ideal. Rope runners are the ‘locks’ that quickly secure and ‘tie’ off the rope. Extra ropes can be used for a million things, from washing lines to holding tarps down.
  6. Take a rubber doormat and leave it in a prominent place.Use it and it minimizes dirt from entering your camp area. Ian - Monday, April 21, 2010
  7. Get to the campsite in plenty of time to set up. It's surprising how much time is needed to get everything in place and organized. Collect your firewood before you do anything else. If the sun goes down you won't be stranded in the dark trying to find some. Scoota - Monday, May 4, 2010
  8. Look around really well for ant's nests and insect holes before pitching the tent. Don't make your home on top of theirs!! CL - Monday, June 21, 2010
  9. Get into the tend Head First. Kick your feet clean before bringing them into the tent. If you constantly get in feet first you will sleep in dirt all night. Selina - Monday, May 20, 2010
  10. Take a 9 litre pump-up garden spray bottle. Add a thicker hose and bigger nozzle and fill it with warm water for a pressurized hot shower. 9 litres is a good amount for a decent shower. Phil - Monday, May 28, 2010
  11. Solar lights from the garden make fantastic night lights and don't need batteries or gas. We take 8 away with us and use them as path lights around the camp at night. Brooke - Monday, June 2, 2010
  12. Use empty plastic drink bottles as ice bricks. Freeze them with water before you leave and drink them as they thaw. Fill them with hot water at night for a simple hot water bottle. Ann - Monday, June 16, 2010
  13. Take a shelf from an old oven. They make great grills by laying them over the fire and can be used as food warmers by setting them up to the side of some coals on some rocks. Scott - Monday, June 24, 2010
  14. Use a slice of capsicum as an egg ring for frying eggs on the BBQ. Just eat it along with the egg when it's cooked. Josh - Monday, July 7, 2010
  15. Tie high-visibility tape to tent ropes and guy lines. It makes them easy to see at night and stops you tripping over them. Ash - Monday, July 29, 2010
  16. Use squeeze tubes for everything you can. We buy tomato paste, vegemite, honey anything we can. Also keep and save the jam and sauce single serve packs you get at cafes. They are great to take when you just want a small amount. Joan - Monday, August 2, 2010
  17. Leave the vents open on your roll up camping mattress. If it gets hot the mattress can expand and split. Des - Monday, June 21, 2010
  18. Spray gas mantles with hair spray to make them stiff and long lasting. Sammo - Monday, August 19, 2010
  19. Try mess-free eggs on an open fire — cut an orange in half and eat the pulp. Then crack an egg into the orange skin and place it in the embers until the egg turns white. B - Monday, September 4, 2010
  20. Use shade cloth as a ground sheet. It's easy to sweep, some of the dirt falls through and the grass doesn't die underneath. Phil B - Monday, October 17, 2010
  21. Turn off gas appliances at the bottle before turning them off anywhere else. Any gas left in the line will burn off first and leave the line unpressurized. Much safer. Atsuko - Monday, October 24, 2010
  22. Freeze soups and sauces in zip-lock bags. They make great ice bricks and save on washing up. AB - Monday, November 27, 2010
  23. Add a couple of drops of detergent and a small amount of water to the bottom of badly burnt pans and give them a quick boil on the fire. Makes them much easier to clean. Bi carb soda and vinegar make great home made stain removers and cleaners as well. Karen - Monday, December 21, 2010
  24. A second tent, just a cheapie, can be used as a play room or a pantry or a store room. Pross - Monday, June 21, 2010
  25. Take a block of Solvol soap - the type with the grit inbedded in it. Great for cleaning up filthy hands and packs away small. Dave - Monday, June 1, 2011
  26. Oh some great tips here!__Here are a few more:__1. Make a Camping Checklist_2. Freeze any juice before putting it in the cooler as it will also help keep food contents colder for longer._3. Set up tent at home before trip. Lets you check condition, and learn how to set it up without the pressure of darkness or rain at camp._4. Use Orange Peel to help repel mosquitoes_5. Rub liquid dish soap on the outside of your pots for easy clean up after use._6. If camping with family, prepare by getting some camping books for kids to get them all excited.__Happy camping :) Camping Trip - Thursday, June 9, 2011

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