Monday, 1 August 2011

Our number one camping tip!

Over the years we've developed a multitude of camping tips, which we will list over time. Many of them are very useful. Today however, I'm going to focus on what I consider the most important and relevant tip for every camper. It doesn’t matter if you're a hiker, four wheel driver, caravanner, car camper or festival camper this tip applies to you.
This tip, once you're told seems obvious, but so often we see it ignored. It also should be applied in many other aspects of our lives, but so often isn’t.

Imagine this, you've just spent six months planning and saving for your first camping trip. You've researched what gear you want, you've booked a place to stay and you've paid your hard earned cash to get the gear you need.

You drive six hours to that perfect camp ground, with a wonderful view of the ocean and not a person in sight. You start to set up camp, and you discover that you didn't in fact return the pegs that you borrowed from the tent bag. They're still at home on the work bench!

Setting all your gear up for a trial run a few weeks before you head away lets you identify these human errors, it also means that you can look out for any damage that may have occurred during storage – ie: Rodents deciding your tent could be used to make their perfect home.

So next time you're going away, do the right thing. Do a trial set-up with all your gear a week before you head away. You may identify something you need that you simply hadn’t thought of. Don’t take a chance, this is something you can control! You've spent so much time preparing and researching for that perfect camping trip don’t let it be ruined by being unprepared.

So here it is the number one camping tip:

Number 1 Camping Tip – Be prepared: Do a trial set-up a week before with all your gear.

Happy Camping,


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  1. If anyone has a tip they would like to share, send it through to me on a email!


  2. This is a good tip. I seem to always forget something small for a trip ;)

  3. Isnt it always the way! Generally you'll realise when you're about 30 minutes from home too! Close enough to be tempting to turn around, but too far to actually turn back!

    Thankyou for the feedback Brooke, much appreciated.

  4. Thanks for the reminder. We will be going on a caravan adventure next weekend and I will definitely follow your advice.

  5. My tip ... Keep a camping Checklist in yr Document file
    And print it a few weeks before you leave .. Incl food
    Then check everything off before you pack the car ..
    Our tent pegs used to live in 'The Gadget Box' with the mallet
    And ropes etc .. We take so much , to be prepared for
    Everything !

  6. @Jag Treks - That is a great trip. That included with replace or buy anything that you realised you needed immediately after your trip. Rather than before. That way your kit is ready to go whenever you are.

  7. what are the best ways to
    repair a rip in a tent or tarp
    free zippers that have rusted

  8. Hi Bas,
    The best way to repair a rip in a tent is to sew it back together. Many of your local camping stores (forget your shareholder stores) will keep scraps from different tents so that you can patch it up yourself.

    Some will do repairs too (we do) however in many cases the cost of labour may negate the savings in repairing the tent. So it's often best to do it yourself. After stitching the tent, go over the stitching with some seam sealer to keep it all waterproof!

    Use WD40 or similar to free up rusted zippers.

    Hope this helps!




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