The idea of camping to some of you conjures up images that may make you cringe, especially those of you who have never camped as a child or have heard horror stories from friends and relatives… but for mostly of us camping is pretty much cool and seasoned novices and beginners alike all over the world every weekend enjoy the simplicity of camping.

And how much effort you put into adequately planning your camping trip will determine how successful (and enjoyable) your trip will be. Though some of these tasks may seem tedious and tiresome, the more often you put these tasks into practice the more fun you will have doing them.

Here are 13 great tips: 

  1. Gather all your camping equipment in a corner of a room and keep adding to it as you think of it. Use basket shelves in your car for easy storage. Store your clothes in sports bags. Make sure all heavy items are secure and are packed at the bottom of your car boot with lighter items on top.
  1. Take one prepared meal in a freezer meal that can be easily reheated on arrival at your destination.

Make sure you have everything you need for a drink stop like tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, condensed milk, cordial, powder,  biscuits, bottle of water, matches, kettle, wet wipes and tea cloth.

  1. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables at every chance. And remember the long life milk specially if you have children.
  1. List everything you will eat on the number of days you are away.
  1. If you are going away for a short trip prepare your hot dishes so that you have more time to relax at your camp site and enjoy yourself.
  1. Remember the basic rule related camping gear. It does not have to be expensive. It is more important that it is durable and keeps you protected from all weather conditions.
  1. Take plastic cutlery or old and definitely won’t be missed. Fork, knife, teaspoon and dessert spoon should be enough for each person.
  1. Have a serrated edge knife that can also be used as a bread knife, a vegetable peeler, a sharp knife and sharpener, a larger serving spoon, a can opener.
  1. Make sure you have an enamel cup, bowl and plate for every person.
  1. Use an enamel plate next to the fire to warm food, and use it also as a base for food in your camp oven.
  1. Bring paper plates in case you are in an area where water is scarce, and be sure to take your rubbish with you, egg rings and a small meat mallet.
  1. A large aluminum coffee pot, the larger the better.
  1. Barbeque tongs…the meat and the rock salt for a Brazilian style BBQ!

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