Tent Camping Tips For Buying, Using And Enjoying Your Holiday

Need help with your tent? These tent camping tips will give you are few ideas and suggestions for when you purchase your first tent.

These tips may also help you next time you go travelling and camping and are putting up your tent and setting up your campsite so it user friendly.

Visiting tent displays will help you decide what size and style may suit you. There is a huge variety but generally they are made of canvas or polyester nylon.

Camping Shows are great to walk around and see the amazing range of camping equipment available - from the smallest to the 5th Wheelers.

Tent Camping Tips – Setting Up

When you get a new tent, the first time you put it up use coloured tape to code the tent poles to make it easier next time if you need too.

Put tent pegs into the ground at a 45 degree angle away from the tent.

Always peg out the corners first, pulling the sides firmly, then fill add the pegs down each side.

Then erect tent as per the instructions as their are many styles and sizes of tents.

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Tent Camping Tips – Using The Tent

If you are camping and it is raining, move everything away from the walls inside the tent. If the tent gets wet and something is touching the inside wall, the moisture comes in and you will a wet pillow etc.

If you have a dome tent take a few spare fibreglass poles as they can break or at least take some strong tape for repairs.

Replace and thin tent pegs with stronger heavy duty ones so they don't bend easily in hard ground.

You have dome tents and canvas tents to choose from, the canvas tents are cooler, breath better, are less noisy but usually are large when packed up. Dome tents are much more compact and maybe quicker to put up depending on the style of tent.

More Tent Camping Tips

  • PREPARE BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME - Be prepared and safe, make sure you have everything you need, if you have not been to the campsite before find out as much as you can. eg. does it have toilets, can you swim, can you have a campfire etc.

  • TENT CAMPING TIPS - SETTING UP - Before erecting your tent clear the area with a rake if you have one or remove sticks and rocks by hand, then position the tent for afternoon shade if it suits you. Try to avoid tree branches hanging over the tent, they occasionally fall.

    Use a mat at the front door to help prevent dirt or sand etc getting into the tent. If possible have everything set up before it gets dark, it is no fun stumbling around in the dark setting up camp.

  • TENT CAMPING TIPS - TENT STORAGE - If your tent or other camping equipment gets wet, always dry them out before storing. Sometimes they may need a wash first if they have got muddy.

    Take extra care with canvas tents, make sure they are dry before storing as the canvas is prone to mildew if stored when damp. If necessary put up your nylon or canvas tent to dry it out properly or air it out in a shed until dry.

  • CAMPING FOOD - Always keep food covered and stored away when it is not being used. Insects, birds and animals will soon be investigating your camp if any scraps are available.

    When you can use reusable and resealable plastic containers where possible to prevent breakage, pack them in tightly so there will no movement in transit.

    Always have some packaged food for quick and emergency meals. Fresh meat like chicken, fish, beef, sausages can be vaccuum sealed at the butchers, if you don't have a vaccuum sealer at home. Having the meat vaccuum sealed or kryovaced is very convenient as it keeps for about a month in the fridge and the meat does not ooze everywhere.

  • FUEL SUPPLY - You won't get far without fuel which is of couse readily available in all cities and towns. In remote areas you will need to plan ahead where you can get fuel, generally all outback towns do have fuel supplies, occasionally you may have to wait a day or two for the next delivery if they have run out. Using a Fuel and distance chart will help you work out much fuel your car will use.

  • PORTABLE GENERATORS - Generators are excellent and make camping more pleasurable if it suits you. Keep in mind not eveyone likes the noise they create, but they are really great for when you are camping away from others.

  • AUSTRALIA TIME ZONES - There will be 2 to 3 hours difference between east and west Australia. You may need to adjust your watch occasionally when you cross state borders.

  • USING DETERGENT AND SOAPS - Do not pour your dishwater or other soapy water near or into rivers and creeks. Dispose of it at least 100 metres away from any water course to prevent contamination.

  • NOISE AT NIGHT - Generally 10 o'clock is the time to be quieter in campgrounds so respect other campers and hopefully they will do they same.

  • WEATHER CONDITIONS - Do some research and check weather forecasts for where you are going to travel, different regions can vary considerably in weather conditions.

  • TO WASH THE DISHES - If you don't have access to hotwater easily, use a kettle to heat the water (on the campfire or gas stove)and use a large bowl. Add cold water to the hot water and add detergent.

  • CAMPING MEALS - Can be basic and simple or you can make them as interesting as you like. Prepare before you leave home and write down the menu for the first few days and get the ingredients required. Take spare packet and tin food for quick meals. etc.

  • WATER & FACILITIES - Most campsites will have toilets and showers but not always if it is a more remote location. National Park campgounds may provide flushable toilets or 'long drops' and showers. Take your own toilet paper as it can be on short supply at some parks.

  • TENT CAMPING TIPS - FEES, FIRES & PERMITS - Most National Parks charge a small fee for a camping permit per night. Some National Parks require you to pay on arrival or the Ranger will come around once a day and collect the fees.

    If you have any questions about the National Park ask the ranger while he or she is visiting. Check if campfires are permitted and do not have a campfire on a Total Fire Ban day.

  • TRAVEL MAPS & GUIDE BOOKS - Make sure you have a travel guide and map to find your campground, if necessary have maps and other information posted, emailed or faxed to you before you leave home.

    If you are going on nature walks have a map with you, usually these walks are well marked by signs. Always wear a hat and take water and a snack, for longer walks take a mobile or satellite phone, compass etc. Tell a responsible person like a park ranger, police, family member, park owner when you expect to return.
Using these tent camping tips will help you set up your campsite or campground and enjoy your camping holiday or road trip even more, remember to respect other travellers and say G'day most likely they will have some great travel stories or info.

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