Winter camping essentials
Camping isn’t just reserved for spring and summer. It may be an Aussie institution to pack a trailer and spend a holiday or three by the beach, but there’s more to see in this vast country than a sprawling, salty coastline.
Heading inland and camping in the cooler months can be a great way to make family memories to last a lifetime, a great getaway with friends or just the perfect excuse to get out of the city for a weekend.
You will need to be prepared to ensure that you have the best trip possible. Here are our top tips.
Winter camping gear
The best way to enjoy winter camping is to be prepared for the weather. Brings some thermals to wear under your clothes and for sleeping, winter and rain jackets, a bennie and possibly some gloves too.
Being prepared will ensure you don’t get too cold in the wild weather.
Pick some hearty meals you can make before you go that will keep everyone’s bellies full and warm you from the inside. Think stews, soups, risottos and lots of hot teas and coffee to enjoy by the fireside.
A good quality camping tent
Having the right camping tent will ensure the difference between a good night’s sleep and a night of restless sleep.
The best tent for winter camping should be 4-season, designed to stand strong in any weather (including snow), and be made of durable polyester or nylon.
You will want to invest in a good quality weatherproof sleeping bag that will keep you snug as a bug in a rug.
Camping in winter doesn’t need to mean you freeze; with the right sleeping bag, some thermal clothes and an air mattress, you will sleep like a baby.
Hopefully, where you are camping, you can utilise a caravan parks fire pit or fireplace or build your own campfire.
If you have access to a campfire, it can be a great way to stay warm. Make sure you stock up on marshmallows for the kids and big kids alike for some fireside fun.
You could also do jacket potatoes or damper around a campfire if your camping setup permits.
Enjoy getting out and about in the cooler months.