Top tips to help you survive summer camping trips

Posted by: Cal on 20/11/2013

Category: General

Let's face it - not everyone loves camping. While outdoorsy types might consider it a highlight of their summer holiday, others simply grit their teeth and get through it

If you're in the latter camp, there are ways to improve your experience. Follow these tips to turn your trip from one to endure to one to remember!

Prepare your vehicle

One obvious tip that literally helps you survive your trip is to ensureyour car meets all the relevant safety standards. Since camping often takes you on gravel, dirt or uneven roads, consider taking a four wheel drive with all terrain tyres to get you safely to your destination.

If neither you nor your friends have this type of vehicle, or you're not travelling on these types of surfaces, a thorough check of your regular car tyres is a good idea to ensure your vehicle is as safe as possible.

While you're at it, check the oil and water levels in your vehicle and check you've got a full tank of petrol. Nothing ruins a holiday quite like being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a car that won't move!

Pack well

What you pack depends on the level of comfort you require during your trip. The recent trend of glamping has seen a rise in all sorts of "luxury" products such as espresso makers, hair straighteners and lushing bedding around campsites.

If you require your creature comforts you may want to go all out and pack a mattress, cotton sheets, gas cooker and portable generator for all your electronic needs. Initially your fellow campers may laugh at your excess, but you can bet that by the end of the trip they'll come crawling to you for a charge of their phone or use of a hair dryer.

If you decide to go down a more rustic route, don't forget to pack traditional camping essentials like a waterproof tent, sunscreen, enough food and water supplies to last the duration of your stay, plus plenty of equipment for activities. You'd be surprised at how a game of beach cricket with your nearest and dearest or a heated game of cards with fellow campers can lift your spirits and make you forget about your slew of mosquito bites and crick in your neck from sleeping on the ground.

Remember, if all else fails, you can always sleep in the car!