For The City Kids: 5 Pieces of Equipment You May Forget to Take Camping With You

Car packed, you head out to tackle the roads less travelled. You are going real camping; no shower, no toilet, no running water, no electricity and no phone reception (gasp!). Free from the strangleholds of demanding work emails, soul sucking social media and obligatory family commitments, you are on your way to filling your lungs with clean air and getting in touch with the earth. Guaranteed, you will always forget one item. Make sure it is your corkscrew and not one of these items that slip your mind.

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Don’t let your camping adventure
turn into a holiday disaster.

Hygiene Kit

Camping is dirty business. You will share many things with your fellow travellers, food, beds and happy memories. One thing you want to minimise sharing is your stench. Shower access is limited at best and there is only so much your $10 bottle of supermarket deodorant can do after a full day (or week) of gallivanting around the wilderness. Make sure to pack a hand sanitiser, baby wipes and travel size soap (dry shampoo could be handy for those with oily hair). Bathe in running water where possible; stagnant bodies of water are a breeding ground for bacteria. A small shovel will also make things in the bathroom department much more civilised.

Miscellaneous Pack

Take a leaf out of Mary Poppins’ book and pack those just-in-case items. Duct tape, extra rope, a water bucket, spare batteries, cable ties and a spare drink bottle are all potential lifesaving items you will be thankful for. There is nothing worse than going to sleep on a soft bed of air and waking up with a tree root in your back. Make sure to include a mattress repair kit to repair those pesky punctures. Don’t let itching and scratching prevent you from sleeping; pack insect repellent and citronella coils to keep mosquitos and other nasties away. Add first aid kit to your checklist. Camping adventures come with an exciting element of risk, but it won’t seem so exciting if a tree branch flicks up, scrapes a chunk out of your shin and you have no equipment to sterilise and bandage it up.

Fuel Bladder

Luck favours the prepared. Hollywood has engrained this life lesson into your brain for years; the moment the damsel is home alone, the torch battery stops working, fuel runs out, these are the moments when poor protagonists are subject to unfortunate dangers. Not to mention, running out of fuel on a deserted road is going to kill the fun road trip mood. Make sure your pre-trip preparation includes acquiring a vessel for storing extra liquid supplies, whether it’s drinking water or car fuel. The size of the vessel will depend on how long you are planning on being away from civilisation. Tanks or cans can take up valuable space in your vehicle. Fuel bladders, such as those at Fabric Solutions Australia, are a more flexible alternative. You can have them made to suit the size of your storage space or fill them only as much as you need (no wasted air space).

Don’t let your camping adventure turn into a holiday disaster. A little bit of preparation goes a long way. Add these items to your checklist and the tales of your holiday will be told around the campfire for years to come!

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Simon Howden – FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

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One Spoiled Girl

RJ is looking forward to their investiture and camping this 2012. It is her first time to be away from home for a day that is why. But if there is one person who is more excited for her, it is hubby. He came home one day with a tent that he ordered online. It is just an overnight camping in school so RJ can just share a tent with her classmate but hubby prefers to have RJ’s own tent.

Green Tent

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RJ's TentRJ trying and enjoying her new tent

It is a nice big tent, enough to accommodate the three of us.

Hubby and I grew up with poor parents who can’t provide us everyting we need. Now that hubby has a good job, he makes sure to give RJ everything she needs. I am sure if we have snow here, he will buy RJ MSR Snowshoes too. One spoiled girl. But hubby said, he is not spoiling RJ (he’s so defensive, don’t you think?)…he just loves her so much.

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Careful Parenting

The Girl Scout uniform we bought for RJ last year doesn’t fit her anymore so we had to buy a new one. I can’t believe how big she has grown in less than a year. Not only that, she is now more active and more adventurous. She was so happy when she heard they are going to have a tree planting activity and camping before the year ends.

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Last year when she asked me if she can join the Girl Scout I was hesitant to allow her. She hasn’t been away from us for more than a day and just thinking of her sleeping overnight on a campsite without us makes me worried. But then I realized she will grow as a person from her would be outdoor experiences and her bond with other kids outside their school wall. Besides, spending time outdoors is one of the best things a young person can do. Oh hell yeah, I know because I was once a Girl Scout. So why would I deprive my daughter from the same experience I did enjoy a lot?

So now after the new uniform, it seems like we need to buy a tent so I am browsing at Big Agnes tents. I would be more at peace if I know she is safe and away from mosquito bites even she is out there somewhere. No, I am not being overly protective. I’d rather call it careful parenting and I think all Moms feel this way.

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