Beginners Guide To Camping


Great Tips Start With Great Camping Advice

Camping is a fun, low cost way to see Australia. Best of all, camping is a great way for family and friends to spend time together.  If you haven’t been camping before, you’re probably wondering where to get started. So here’s a guide for the novice camper that makes it a whole bunch easier!

Always set your tent up before leaving on your trip to make sure that you have all the necessary parts. It is ideal to place a ground sheet down before erecting your tent as this will ensure longevity of your tent floor. A poly tarp is ideal for this. Make sure your tent is dry before packing it away and store in a dry place in order to prevent possible mildew damage and odour. Never set up your tent or swag close to a camp fire area or where sparks from a camp fire may blow onto your tent or swag. Be aware of the weather conditions and make sure not to set up a tent underneath trees in windy conditions. Click here to view our full range of Tents

Our staff can guide you through our range in-store to help find the perfect tent for your next outdoor adventure.We bring the right range, great value and expert advice together to make Aussie Disposals your one-stop camping shop. To find your nearest Aussie Disposals store, click here!

What To Take

First you’ll want something to sleep in, and on – like a sleeping bag and a mat. Make sure you get one that’s rated for the temperature it will be where you stay. A reasonable sleeping bag will give you years of service and a good nights sleep too! A sleeping mat will make your sleep a lot more comfortable and warmer. They come in rigid foam or inflatable. For a really great night’s sleep try a camp stretcher or a Self Inflate Mat.

Next you’ll need a tent. There’s a huge range of tent sizes and shapes. There’s two major types: Canvas and Domes. Canvas tents are more traditional styles and domes are igloo shaped or a variation on that theme. With a Dome tent you get a lot for your money. Canvas tents are very durable and great for a longer term camping. Just make sure you pick a tent that is big enough for the number of people and have a practice at putting it up at home before you begin your adventure.

At Aussie Disposals we have a tent that’s ideal for you. Ask our staff, click here to view a full range of tents, or visit these tent superstores: DandenongToowoombaCheltenhamFrankstonBendigoBallarat & Melbourne.

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You might also want to take some folding chairs to sit on while you soak up the serenity. It’s a lot more comfortable than sitting on the ground. A table to eat off is also handy, and Aussies has a range to suit any camper. Click here to see a wide range of chairs & tables.

Save sitting in the dark with a light to keep your campsite lit and easy to maneuver around. Nothing is worse then coat-hanging yourself on a guy rope, or cooking in the dark. Click here to see a wide range of lights.

Eat like a king in the bush with a Stove to cook up your daily catches and hidden away snags and steaks. Who said camping included eating raw fish and cold tinned food? With a portable Stove to suit your camping needs you could have the most popular site in minutes.

What to wear
Aussie sells a wide range of clothing to tackle any camping adventure and climate. From ski jackets to shield out the winter cold, to tough military gear to protect against the roughest of trips, Aussies can have you geared up to embark upon any journey with comfort. A good weatherproof jacket, some appropriate shoes or boots, a fleece jumper or similar and a hat are a good starting point.

Layering is a really great way to deal with changes in temperature, so a t-shirt or thermals, an overshirt , a pullover or fleece, then a jacket will give you enough layers to deal with everything from heat to a blizzard. A hat will protect you from the sun and keep your head warm in the cold. Don’t forget, most of your body heat escapes via your head, and sunstroke can be a real downer on a camping trip, so keeping your head warm and protected is very important.

What to eat 
First, make yourself up a “tuckerbox” with basic staples and condiments like salt, pepper, cooking oil, vegemite, tea, coffee, sugar, sauce and whatever you like to have on hand. If you put this in a sealed plastic container it can be re-used for later camping trips. Don’t forget essentials such as cutlery, dishwashing detergent and paper towels as well as these make a camping trip a whole lot easier!

Now you just add the meals. Bread, milk, butter, meat and other bits can be bought along the way usually, but you might want to bring things like cereal, pasta, flour, biscuits and snacks to get you started. An Cooler is a great way to store all your fridge type items. Try freezing water in milk cartons and line the bottom of the Cooler or Icebox with them to keep all your goods cold.

Don’t forget that you’ll need a container for your water. It needs to be big enough to hold all your water but small enough to pour from. Many campsites have drinking water available, so check before you go.

How to cook it
Cooking over an open fire is terrific but for most camping a portable gas stove is quick, convenient and less messy. There’s a huge variety of gas stoves, bottles, pots, pans and cutlery all available for camping. Ask an Aussie Disposals staff member for help in choosing what you need. Just don’t forget the matches! Try cooking in a camp oven; its easy and you can create some amazing dishes! Click here to view a wide range of cooking gear.

When to go
In the southern states you’ll want to avoid winter camping. Save it for warmer nights and sunny days. Up North it’s the reverse – you’ll probably have the best weather in the middle of the year. There’s always somewhere nice to camp in Australia! If you’re travelling during peak periods, especially school holidays, you might need to book a campsite in advance so make sure your ring ahead or check the web.

Things to do
There are so many things to do when camping – just setting up camp and cooking and enjoying the open air can be enough. But if you’re adventurous, here’s a few options:

Go for a walk. Don’t try mountain hiking on your first try, just take a relaxed walk. A forest trail, along the beach – even through a town. There’s plenty to see and enjoy as you relax and kids love it. Take some binoculars and turn it on to a fauna event – see what wildlife you can spot. Don’t forget a backpack to carry all your daily necessities. Aussie Disposals has an array of backpack styles and models to satisfy every camper; from mountain hiking packs to small day carry bags.

Fishing. Whether you’re inland or by the sea, there’s almost certain to be some fishing available. It’s a great way to enjoy your sled, kids love it and there’s nothing nicer than fresh camp cooked fish! Check with the locals to see what’s best and whether you need a license.

Cooking. Practice your camp cooking either on the gas or an open fire and perfect your camp side meals. There’s lots of easy camping recipes and for a spectacular meal try cooking in a camp oven.

Things to think about
No-one likes to plan for an accident but they do happen. A small first-aid kit is great to have on hand for everything from small scratches to bigger problems. Likewise, some fly-repellent and sun screen should be on the “must-have” list.

We’ve made it easy
To help you get started, we’ve made a checklist of the things you might need for camping. You can download it and even print it out. Don’t forget Aussie Disposals have experienced staff in every store ready to help you, so don’t be frightened to ask for their help.

Canvas Tent Care Tips

  • Keep your tent clean by using a very mild soap and sponge (never use detergent)
  • Do not machine wash
  • Cotton and canvas tents should be hosed down prior to first use.
  • Make sure your tent is dry before packing it away and store in a dry place in order to prevent possible mildew damage and odour.

Gazebo Care Tips

  • Always ensure your Gazebo is securely fastened at all times.
  • If wind is strong, it is recomended that the Gazebo is dropped to ensure safety.

Swag Care Tips

  • Always set up your Swag prior to a trip, to ensure all parts (poles and pegs if included) are properly packed with your Swag.
  • Make sure the Swag is dry before rolling up, and stored in dry place to prevent mildew damage and odour.
  • To keep your Swag clean by using a soft brush or sponge. Never used detergent.

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Browse the list so you don't forget any essentials

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Dome Tent
Canvas Tourer/Cabin Tent
Gazebo/Screen Dome
Tent Pegs
Guy Ropes
Extension Poles
Ground Sheet
Poly Tarp
LED Lantern
Gas Lantern
Spare Mantles
12V Light/Spotlight
Rechargeable Lantern
Torch & Batteries
Gas Stove
Stove Stand
Gas Cylinder
Portable Gas Cooker
Waterproof Matches
Fuel - Metho/Shellite/Gas
Camp Oven
Jaffl e Iron
Hotplate Grill/Tripod
Kettle/Tea Pot Billy
Toaster Gauze w/ replacement
Tongs, BBQ Tools, cutting board

Pliers/Lid Lifter and Bag
Bucket/Basin, detergent
Esky/Ice Box/Ice
Cooking Utensils
Water Bottle
Plates, Mugs, Cutlery
Sauce, Oil, Butter etc
Water Container
AirBed Pump
Sleeping Bag
Inner Sheet
Blanket/Space Blanket
Mosquito Netting
Fire Extinguisher
Pocket Knife/Multi Tool
Repair Tape
Jerry Cans and Pourer
Towing Strap/Rope
Rated Shackles
Small Tarp
Picnic Rug

Canvas/Solar Shower
Portable Toilet
Toilet/Shower Tent
Pegless Clothesline
First Aid Kit
Water Purifi cation Tabs
Insect Repellent
Fishing Rods/Tackle/Licence
Backpack/Day Pack
Camera/Video Camera
Playing Cards
Waterproof Jacket
Pulley Block
Water Bag
Resort Chairs
Camp Cupboard