Camping in Aus – The Gear You Need to Be Prepared for Anything
Camping in Australia is an exciting, unforgettable experience. Hitting the road and getting out into the bush can give you a feeling you are connecting with nature. Saying that, the Outback can be a dangerous place. If you’re looking to kit yourself out with the essential camping equipment, read on.
Camping in the Jungle – Surviving the Night
The primordial tropical rainforests of Darwin are akin to something out of Jurassic Park, with all sorts of dangerous and aggressive animals ready to ruin your trip.
The desert interior doesn’t offer much relief – the spiders, scorpions, killer snakes, dingos and treacherous terrain mean that buying decent camping gear in Australia could be the difference between life and death. Pieces of equipment which you should give some serious thought to include:
- Tent – an essential part of any campsite, buying a decent tent can save you a lot of trouble. Modern tents are made from super-tough fabrics that are breathable and lightweight. Breathable material is essential for keeping you fresh during the stifling evenings.
- Sleeping bags – The local climate will determine the quality of the sleeping bag you need. The further north you travel in Australia, the warmer it is. Use this as a basis of how much you want to spend on your sleeping bag. In the far north, a simple 1 season sleeping bag will suffice, but in the Blue Mountains in the dead of winter, you’ll need more protection, so think about a 3-4 season bag. If you plan to sleep under the stars, then make sure your bag can serve as a makeshift mosquito net, covering your whole body comfortably.
- Headlamps, Torches & Flashlights – Something that many people overlook on a camping trip and a piece of equipment that can save your life. Consider several different light-providing devices that you keep in various parts of your kit. A headlamp is excellent as you have your hands free when using it. A small keychain light is handy in emergencies, and a waterproof flashlight is useful for cave exploration or river crossings.
Knives – There truly is a different type of knife or every possible camping job. A machete is the first knife you should buy. Light, durable and versatile, a well-made machete and a decent skill set are all you need to survive in the jungle. A small-bladed pocket knife is a must-have tool for every camper. Keep it outside your trousers in a sheath by your side for easy access. Never lend your pocket knife to anyone unless you have to. A broken blade can lead to a broken friendship.