Thursday, 16 May 2013

My Camping Tips

  I think most of my readers know that we love to go camping as a family.
Here's some of my hot tips for camping ...

Random Camping Tip #1: Containerise! 
It keeps sand, bugs and animals out.
I keep our cutlery and small utensils in a Tupperware Oyster box.

Random Camping Tip #2: Vacuum Pack
 I seal all our meals using a Sunbeam food vacuum seal system. These are great for making sure no meat juices leak out and they food stay fresh for longer. Meats when vacuum sealed last a lot longer than they would in a glad bag. Before we had our Engels we had a tropical box to keep our food in so vacuum sealing food would mean it could easily float around in half melted ice and not be ruined.

Random Camping Tip #3: Make a list or two or lots!! 
When camping I always make a list! Our needs are constantly changing due to the girls growing up so list making is a must. Molly is so used to this she started her own what to take camping list.

Random Camping Tip #4: Save on Space
 I'm always looking at space saving ideas. I store our coffee and sugar in little decor containers I used to use for freezing baby food. I also buy the smallest size of spreads and condiments and refill when needed.

Salt and Pepper is stored in a Tupperware container that is a freebie at most demonstrations.

Random Camping Tip #5: Make the most of free sample packs
Sample sizes of products are fantastic for camping although I find them a lot harder to come by these days. I keep our dishwashing liquid in an old Dawn sample I got in the mail years ago. 

I don't do washing if we are bush or beach camping but I like to keep a sample sachet handy in case of any accidents or sickness. 

Random Camping Tip #6: Pack child friendly
At Christmas when we went camping I packed normal plastic plates for the kiss but never again! These IKEA plates are much better as the lip on the side prevents most accidental spills. No-one likes sand on their toast!

I'm still safety aware when we are camping with the kids so I take sharp knives that have covers. The yop one is an old Wiltshire stay sharp knife I've had for an extremely long time and the green one is a fairly recent Tupperware purchase. 


Random Camping Tip #7: Look out for bargain camping supplies
Camping is a really cheap holiday option but can be expensive to set up if you buy everything straight away and brand new. It has taken us about 8 years to accumulate what we have. I look out for specials all the time and garage sales are fabulous. There are people who buy everything thinkning they will love camping only to find they hate it so lots of bargains can be found by people selling their stuff on gumtree too.

These are the sorts of bargains you can find on random camping supllies:

I bought these collapsible Tupperware bowls (go-flex) from a friend that had a kitchen clear oput and found she had too many.

I spotted this two pack of chopping boards on special at Woolworths.

Random Camping Tip #8: Have a back-up meal
Let's face it you are camping and in some camping places you can't exactly pop to the local take-away place if you accidentlyu burn or drop dinner!

Our back-up meal consists of two tins of canned spaghetti.

Random Camping Tip #9: Pack quiet stuff for the kids
Don't take a stack load of toys for kids but pack a few quiet activities to whip out when they are tired from all that outdoor adventure. Last time we went camping the only 'toys' I took for the kids were buckets and spades.

Random Camping Tip #10: Pack some family games or cards for the adults.
Night time can get too peaceful sometimes so play a game of cards together. Sometimes you eally can run out of things to talk about!

 Random Camping Tip #11: Make everything easily accessible

I kept all the kids and my toilets in this old Avon hanging toiletry bag. I hang in the tent and if we are staying in a caravan park it's easy to carry to the toilet/shower block and hangs on the back of the shower door. Space to put your stuff is so limited in those shower cubicles and hanging it up high means there is less chance it gets wet.


 Random Camping Tip #12: Invest in cheap black bedding
 We used to take our bedding from home and it always got stained from dirty feet. I like that black sheets don't show the dirt but shows the beach sand so I know when the bed needs a good shake out.

Random Camping Tip #13: Pack car air fresheners trees
If you camping on a site with long drop toilets take a couple of trees or similiar with you. Just hang them up and they do a great job at masking the not so nice smell.

Random Camping Tip #14: Baby wipes
Do I need to explain? Fantastic for clean-ups (not just the kids), great for wiping down the table, stove etc. When you are camping with limited water you don't want to needing to rinse out a dish cloth all the time.

Random Camping Tip #15: Do not under any circumstance forget the coffee cups. 
Well okay maybe it's just me that wouldn't cope with that! I love my non-spill Tupperware ones.

 So I'm at the end but trust me I'm sure I have lots more random camping tips to share in the future.

Happy Camping People!


  1. Great List!!! We camp alot (though in a camper trailer). My tip, we have a bag each for clothes (3 of us) and one for shoes. Then, have a separate hanging bag (or any bag) for dirty clothes. Then when you pack to leave, empty one bag of clean clothes into another one, and pack the dirty clothes into the empty bag. When home, there is no sorting, just dirty clothes bag for the washing. Hope this makes sense!

    1. What a fabulous system for your clothes Aly! I long for a camper trailer. We have one of those collapsible laundry hampers for all our dirty washing.

    2. we do the same, combining leftover clean clothes at the end, and keeping dirty clothes separate. Works wonders when you get back home!

    3. I put a squirt of Dawn in everyone's hair before we leave for the showers. The Dawn shampoos their hair and soaps up their body. Everyone uses their socks for wash cloths. YOU can make hot water by filling a five gallon bucket with water...and setting it in the sun. Coil a hose in the bucket. Leave them in the sun all day. Turn the water on let it get to a steady temperature. GREAT for a quick rinse AT your campsite. DON'T forget the OLD electric skillet.

  2. The only thing I would add is to consider cutting the handle of your bag in #11 and adding heavy-duty Velcro or a snap for when there's no hook; it would allow you to hang the bag over the shower rod. I made my own organizer and made this modification after my very first trip! :-)

    1. Carry a small plastic hook in your bag so you can always hang your bag in the campground bathroom. One that has a hook on one end for your bag and a rounded hook that fits over the shower rod on the other.

    2. I take a clothes hanger to the shower. I hang my towel on it & my shower bag I hook the handle over the hook b4 I hang it. The hangers with the clips work great too. Many uses for these hangers. Clip chip bags closed & hang so kids & animals can't sneak a treat. Lol.

  3. I have a clothes tip that maybe everyone already uses, but it was new to me a few years ago. For each person I assemble outfits including undies, socks, and hair ties and put in a ziploc bag. At night when the kids go to bed, the get their bag to take to the shower in the morning. After their shower the get dressed and put their dirty clothes and the ziploc straight into the laundry bag. If we are traveling long enough to do laundry on the road, the ziploc bags are right there in the laundry bag so when I fold the clothes, the outfits go right back into a ziploc for the next use. You just have to remember not to dump the laundry bag's contents into the washer unless you want to wash the ziploc bags!

  4. Oh Kaz, Thank you SO much for sharing these posts with me on FB today!! It's all such helpful info, truly - Thank you! Stay tuned for questions :)

  5. Helpful tips! I always pack a few extra ziplock baggies to corral things in the cooler too.

  6. These are great! I really like the pre packaged clothes idea from the comments.

  7. You can now purchase coffee, Folgers, in tea bag containers. This is not instant coffee it is the real stuff. You don't need a coffee pot or percolator just hot water. This way if the kids want hot cocoa, you have hot water for both.

    1. In fact, such coffee bags mostly have instant coffee plus a little ground coffee to add aroma.

  8. I purchased 8 inch flying disks at a dollar store...2 for $1. They contain food well, clean up nicely and if they get ruined, it's no big deal.

  9. Love your tips. I've been camping with my family for quite a few years but they are all gone now so it's just me and my sis. We use a plastic shoe box for flatware, that way we have room for cooking utensils ( turners, ladles,and such). I miss Woolworths, haven't seen one since I was still in school. God Bless and happy camping.

  10. Really Impressive Tips !! "Random Camping Tip #7: " Yes ,People changes their mind in that condition

  11. This is a great list! Thank you - I'm going to pin this! :)

  12. Wonderful post! I've been reading you with such pleasure for quite a while now, and the fact that we were camping at Backwoods, enjoying a fantastic vacation at the same time you did pushed me to finally comment. With a trailer-tent, we no longer go to Seawall, but I sure miss those wonderful walk-in tent sites. Summer vacations are made for camping, definitely!

  13. Space saving tip i thought might help some with limited travel space for clothing blankets sleeping bags pillows and other things that contain more air then material. Grab yourself a 12volt inflator/deflator blower used mainly for blow up beds. Grab yourself a heap of those zip lock vacuum plastic bag clothes savers which can be found in cheapo shops or Kmart, you can get them in many sizes. You would be surprised how much room can be saved doing this its a little time consuming. But when you don't have alot of room spare its a lifesaver. I use a household vacuum before leaving home and 12volt returning home. Laying them flat on the floor of the boot. When at the campsite unzip and place them into those cheap folding hanging wardrobes/organisers some have zip plastic covers to help prevent bugs and such.

  14. I find eating utensils fit well in a plastic pencil holder found in most dollar store. They also make good shower kits. B4 I leave for the fun,I make single use shampoo, body wash & hand soap staws. I cut straw about 2 inch long.melt one side closed, fill then seal the other side.

  15. For the clothing issue, I pack 1 suitcase for my husband and I and 1 suitcase for our 2 girls. When it's time to pack up and go home, I pack everyone's clean clothes in 1 suitcase and fill the other with the dirty! It works wonders when we get home, ditch the dirty suitcase in the laundry room and take the clean one upstairs to put away!

  16. Replies
    1. Great List!!! We camp alot (though in a camper trailer). My tip, we have a bag each for clothes (3 of us) and one for shoes. Then, have a separate hanging bag (or any bag) for dirty clothes. Then when you pack to leave, empty one bag of clean clothes into another one, and pack the dirty clothes into the empty bag. When home, there is no sorting, just dirty clothes bag for the washing. Hope this makes sense!

  17. Tent outdoors tips for new and experienced campers that will guarantee your next outdoors excursion is a significant enterprise, - not a disillusioning mis-experience. On the off chance that you take after these fundamental outdoors tips you will be set up for what ever Mother Nature needs to toss at you.

  18. Keeping them all together in a container is helpful to keep from having clothes all sprawled out throughout the tent. So for each camping trip, I always roll all the clothes and put them in a container. Sock and undies are put into a large zip lock bag to keep from getting lost.


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