So what do you take when you go camping? This is the eternal question for many camping novices. There are so many variables to consider so I have pulled together a Five Point Plan for How To Pack For Camping, including what to take when you go camping. This will ensure you have everything you need and won’t be left in the dark, literally. HOW TO PACK FOR CAMPING

1. CHECK YOUR LOCATION Where you decide to camp is obviously very, very important. Do you camp along the coast or do you camp in the hinterland? I personally like camping on the coast as it means I can swim at the beach during the day and fall asleep to the sound of waves at night. There are numerous camping sites in Australia and all around the world or you can choose to camp off piste. The choice is yours!

2. KNOW YOUR FACILITIES For a novice, I suggest choosing a location that has the basic facilities required to camp comfortably, such as electricity, hot showers, fresh water and flushable toilets. For the experienced, none of these facilities really matter! I recently went camping in Jervis Bay (NSW Australia) and stayed at Green Patch. We had a beautiful site surrounded by eucalyptus trees, which was privately tucked away from other campers. We had access to fresh water, hot showers and flushable toilets making the overall experience very comfortable. There was no electricity but we didn’t need or require it.

3. KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER Universally, weather plays a huge factor when camping. Following my experience over the years, it is best to go camping in spring and autumn when the weather is balmy and pleasant. However, don’t let this discourage you from camping in summer and winter – it’s the best! In summer you will need to pack less clothing and bedding, and in winter you will need to take more, lots more.

4. UNDERSTAND ACCESSIBILITY Accessibility is of the upmost important. For those camping at sites, you need to find out whether you can park your car next to your site or if it needs to be parked somewhere else. Parking at your site has huge advantages as it means you won’t be lugging your equipment for ages. So make sure to check this! For those camping off piste, you'll need to make sure your equipment is light and functional. Carrying heavy tents and excess equipment will do you no favours.

5. TAKE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT I cannot stress how important it is to take the right camping equipment. It can make a great camping trip an incredible camping trip. If you can park a car reasonably close to the camping site, then it will be easier to take heavier items, such a larger tents. When I go camping, I like to take a spacious tent to maximise the experience and to be able to live in the tent. I guess you could call this glamping! So when I go camping, I like to take the following essentials:

Instant tent by Coleman Double air mattress by Coleman Air mattress pump by Coleman Sleeping bag from Coleman Bedding and pillows from home Blanket throw from Sunny Jim Lantern by Coleman Portable gas stove from Bunnings Spare gas cartridges from Bunnings Two camping chairs by Coleman Camping table from Kmart Cutlery from Coleman Plates and bowls form home Frying pan and saucepan from home Dish cloth, bucket and washing detergent from home Bath towel from Sunny Jim


This post was in collaboration with Coleman. All thoughts are my own.