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Family camping guide and checklist

Don’t overlook the easy things – baked beans, bacon and egg rolls, sandwiches; cereal for breakfast; a piece of fruit for morning tea. Don’t forget plenty of water for drinking plus hot chocolate, tea, and coffee to warm yourself up morning and night.

And treat yourself! You don’t have to stay bound to your tent for eating. It’s almost compulsorily to visit the local fish and chip joint, so grab yourself some seafood and have a picnic at the local beach or park.

Check your campsite to determine what cooking system you’ll be using. We recommend taking a small two-burner gas stove; it’s easy to operate, large enough to accommodate family feasts, but small enough to boil water for your cup of coffee in the morning. Don’t depend on being able to light an open wood fire: these days it’s an exception rather than a rule to find campsites where open fires are allowed. More and more insist on gas cookers


Remember to plan for your rubbish disposal. Take plenty of garbage bags and dispose of them regularly to keep the campsite clean and to deter animal visitors.


The must-have food storage item is the esky. Pack it with ice, icepacks or frozen goods to keep it cool and replenish as needed at the convenience store. Other food should be stored in plastic containers or safely in the tent or car to avoid animals nibbling away at it during the night.

Camping Checklist

  1. Sleeping bags
  2. Sleeping mats and pillows
  3. Tent (with all its pegs and poles)
  4. Water containers
  5. Stove and fuel
  6. Food
  7. Matches
  8. Plastic plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery
  9. Pot with lid, frying pan, billy, tongs, knife, cutting board, stirring spoon, metal spatula
  10. Serviettes, tea towel, wet wipes, garbage bags
  11. First aid kit
  12. Torch and batteries
  13. Lantern (battery powered are safest)
  14. Mosquito repellent
  15. Sunscreen
  16. Clothes, towels and essential toiletries
  17. Bucket, sponge and detergent for washing up
  18. Dustpan/brush for sweeping tent
  19. Shovel
  20. Hammer

For fun:

  1. Camera
  2. Playing cards
  3. Balls/ frisbee
  4. Books and magazines
  5. Notebook and pencil


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