6 things you must have for your next camping trip
A lot of people don’t realise how much of the best beach gear they have in their cupboard is useful when camping.
In fact, now that it’s summer, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of the opportunity to go camping near the beach, anyway?
First time camper? Seasoned vet looking to upgrade some of your long-standing essentials?
No matter what category you fall into, make sure you get everything you need with our guide to the top camping essentials!
How do you prepare for beach camping?
What are the essentials for camping?
1. Beach cooler bag
Whether you’re camping for a few days, or you’re just headed to the beach for the day, you will need a durable and effective beach cooler bag to keep drinks and food cool.
Our range of Business & Pleasure cooler bags have been very popular due to their style and convenience.
Alternatively, an esky is a great upgrade if you’re looking for something a little more heavy duty that will store more food and drink.
2. Beach chair
A beach chair makes an excellent addition to your must have camping gear. Whether you prefer a gentle recline or like to be propped up, beach chairs add that extra layer of comfort to your camping trip.
Not sure what to look for when it comes to buying the best beach chair? Luckily for you, we’ve created this comprehensive guide that looks at all factors, including adjustability and material, to ensure you get the best chair to suit your needs. Check out our blog post here.
3. Beach umbrella
One thing that a lot of people don’t think about when they go camping is shade.
Of course you always have your tent, but you don’t exactly want to be stuck inside your tent, grasping for shade, during your adventure.
That’s when a beach umbrella and french umbrella becomes a really great idea. You can pitch the umbrella, enjoy being outside in the fresh breeze, and still get shade from the hot Aussie sun.
4. Large beach towel
Now, everyone knows that when you go camping you need to take a towel with you.
However, a lot of people underestimate the importance of having large beach towels.
If you’re going to buy a beach towel, we suggest paying close attention to measurements, and choosing a bigger towel. You can stretch out on it comfortably, or even use it as a makeshift picnic rug.
And if you’re planning an extended trip, it might even be worth getting each member of the crew a second beach towel and a matador droplet wet bag - when one towel is drying off, you’ve got a spare one ready to go!
Can I bring a tent to the beach?
The answer to this question isn’t actually a simple yes or no. It depends on the state or territory that you live in.
By that, we mean that there are certain beaches across Australia that do allow beach camping. It’s up to you to do your due diligence and ensure the beach you’re headed to welcomes campers.
Even then, the rules can change according to the specific beach, and the time of year.
Use the helpful links below to find out more about camping on the beach in your home state.
- Beach camping Victoria
- Beach camping Tasmania
- Beach camping New South Wales
- Beach camping South Australia
- Beach camping Queensland
- Beach camping Northern Territory
- Beach camping Western Australia
Remember that many beaches that accept campers will be connected to caravan parks, so if on-site showers and toilets are something you need, look out for a spot that offers these facilities.
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You’ve chosen a camp-friendly beach and you’re getting ready to head off. So naturally, you’ll need a tent.
When looking for a tent, there are a few critical things you must take into consideration.
First of all, how much use are you going to get out of your tent? Are you a big camper or are you just tagging along with your friends for more of a one-time thing?
Where are you going camping? What kind of terrain does your tent need to be pitched in?
What is the weather going to be like? Is it going to be super hot? Are there likely to be lots of insects buzzing around? Or is it likely to be cold and rainy? Are the days hot, but do the evenings cool down?
Other considerations you’ll need to make:
- How many people are you sharing the tent with?
- What about kids?
- How heavy is the tent? Is it easy to transport?
- What is the flooring material?
- Is there adequate ventilation?
How do I make my camping tent more comfortable?
6. Camping mat
The last thing you want is to be sleeping on the rocky ground with a stick poking into your back!
While many quality tents have a cushioned mat, some people opt for a stand-alone mat to add an extra layer of comfort.
A camping mattress or pad will create a soft cushion between yourself and the ground, and is the key to making your tent comfier.
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