Camping Items to Consider
Below is a list of camping items that you may want to consider taking on your camping trip. This is a general outline of most of the camping supplies we take. Some things can obviously be added to the list, depending on factors such as: location and terrain of campsite, forecasted weather conditions and the number of adults and children.
• Tent or swag and associated bedding
• 1 or 2 gas bottles (9L and 2L is handy)
• Gas lantern (and mantles) and battery lantern (and batteries or recharger)
• Washing up bucket, washing liquid, sponges, scrubs, brush, tea towels etc
• Portable shower system
• Camp chairs
• Folding camp table
• Dust pan and brush
• Ground sheet for under tent.
• Rubber mats ($5 from supermarket - many uses other than door mat into tent, van etc).
• 3 tarps of different sizes (and extra long poles and pegs with springs)
• Gas cooker (2 burner is ideal)
• 2 x camp ovens (large and small) with lipped lids for holding coals
• Round cake rack (to lift meat off the hot base and allow air to circulate beneath food)
• Wok or large cast iron frypan (can be used on either gas burner or on open flame campfire)
• Stainless steel billys and kettle
• Jaffle iron - purely indulgent!
• Metal fire grate
• Cast iron or steel barbeque hotplate with handle/legs
• Long-handled bbq tongs, short tongs, 8 long metal skewers
• Leather gloves for handling fire tools
• Long handled pot holder for lifting lid off camp oven (9 gauge wire bent into shape will do)
• Natural fibre brush to brush off coals
• Tripod holder for hanging billys, camp oven over flame (not necessary but useful)
• Stainless steel cutlery and assorted utensils
• Plastic (melamine) plates, bowls
• Storage bowls with lids for leftovers
• Thermo, lidded coffee mugs
Some Extra Tips
When it comes to bedding - look for self-inflating mattresses (they look slim, but insulate from the cold and pack up small into a narrow rolled tube). Alternatively, you can pack them flat and fold them in half.
Most caravan parks have a rule about using a ground sheet under your tent. This sheet should be made of shade cloth to allow the grass to breathe.
A dust pan and brush is good for sweeping the tent floor before packing up and for sweeping the dirt off a rolled up tent before packing away.