When’s the last time you slept under the stars and cooked dinner over an open fire and had no phone reception? You never know—you may just fall back in love with the great outdoors and turn it into an annual vacation!
As opposed to overnight hiking and having to carry all of your supplies with you worrying about the weight of your pack, driving to a campsite OFF The Grid allows you to take a few extra luxury items to make life a little more comfortable.
Some of the items we always take camping are:
Solar Panel (portable charger)
Butane Stove and Pot for cooking
Camping is a great way to be adventurous, make good memories, and spend time with some high quality people.
Top 3 Camping Tips For Beginners:
1. Carve out time to do some work and planning up front. Start a camp bin to store all of your car camping gear in. Personally, we like to use two plastic bins. One is for general camp gear: tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, axe, U-Dig-It, extra tarps, first aid kit, etc. The other is for the kitchen: stove, fuel, tablecloth, Ziploc bags, garbage bags, lighter, all-purpose soap, cutting boards, eating utensils, etc. Then, before a camping trip, we double check the bins to make sure we have everything we need and off we go! Doing the upfront work of setting up the bins makes it easier to go, which translates to you doing it more often.
2. Allow yourself to be indulgent, but don’t bring your whole life with you. Bring pillows and doonas to make the inside of your tent or swag more cosy, heavier food items and even a nice bottle of wine but just because your car can fit a lot of stuff, does not mean you need to pack it to the brim. Remember, everything you pack into the car has to be unloaded and reloaded upon arrival and departure. Do you want to spend the better part of your trip unpacking and packing? Probably not.
3. Explore with the intention to find places without people. Camping is a great first step to getting into the outdoors, but sometimes it can feel like you’re not really Off The Grid amongst nature. A busy campsite can be filled with people, parties, and generators. Not exactly “getting away from it all.” Make sure to explore other parts of the campsite where there may be less people, like nearby rivers or forgotten nature trails. Take daily excursions to places where you won’t see other people for a few hours (or for the entire day, if possible).
Go on...book in that camping trip and give it a go.
Laugh at the mistakes (and learn from them), and don’t get disillusioned if your early camping experience is not perfection.