Heading off on a family or group holiday can be challenging with work and school commitments and expensive airfares, making it difficult to get away.
But its the perfect time for camping.
All it takes to experience the natural locations near you is a few inexpensive essentials and a bit of planning.
1. Where to go
Choosing a destination is the first step, as campsites have different levels of amenities and this determines what you’ll need to bring.
Booking is always recommended during peak periods.
Holiday parks are ideal for first timers, as they normally have hot showers, gas barbecues and the option of powered or unpowered sites.
National parks offer beautiful natural attractions and fun activities, but usually have fewer facilities.
Bush campsites normally don’t have any amenities, so you’ll need to bring everything with you.
2. Tent vs RV
For occasional campers, a dome tent is ideal.
They’re affordable, easy to set up and pack away, and don’t take up much car space.
If you’re a keen camper with a big family, consider a camper trailer.
They feature a large tent, cooking facilities and storage, but you’ll need to tow it and they may be too big for some campsites.
A campervan or caravan is ideal for taking the luxuries of home with you.
Well equipped with proper beds, they’re the most expensive option, but you can rent one to try the lifestyle.
3. Fire safety
Sitting around the campfire is a quintessential camping experience, but fires have risks and shouldn’t be treated lightly.
Pay attention to fire danger signs and don’t light up on hot, windy days.
Never light a fire if a ban is in place.
Keep campfires well clear of tents and equipment, and have a bucket of water nearby in case the fire accidentally spreads.
Before you leave the campsite, ensure your campfire is completely extinguished by thoroughly dousing any hot coals with water.