Tis the season for camping

Mt Tennent

Sunshine, nature, fresh air and peace. These are the sounds of a camping summer and what better way to fully embrace the sunshine moments by already being prepared for your ultimate camping chill time. As stated by Laura Paterson in her article ‘The Ultimate Camping Gear Checklist for 2017’, a successful camping trip comes down to preparation and planning’ and we couldn’t agree more.

Follow this guide accompanied with Laura’s post to maximise your knowledge and time with nature from the moment the warmth kicks in.

Buy a tub

I am all about tubs and organisation. Purchase a large enough durable camping tub that can fit all of your camping needs. The time spent setting this up will save your hours of pre-adventure organisational anguish and will mean those spontaneous trips are more obtainable.

In my camping tub you will find the following;

Shelter Needs


  • Tent: Pick your tent according to your needs and space requirements. I have a hiking tent which is lightweight with enough space for two for overnight trekking.
  • Tent Pegs
  • Tent &/or Tarp Poles
  • Tarp: consider if you need additional protection both under and above your tent. If your tent comes with a footer then this would eliminate the necessity to use a tarp.
  • Hammer or alternative apparatus for pegs
  • Camping mattress – Check out Sea to summit for light weight and comfortable sleeping mats.
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillow

Let there be light

  • Matches
  • Torches and batteries
  • Head torch
  • Larger Solar light or rechargeable light

Check with your Local National Park guidelines for fire information before your trip.This will assist you with your packing as you may require the following for fire building;

  • Fire starters
  • Newspaper
  • Kindling
  • Fire wood

We are loving lightweight cooking gear from Sea to Summit.

Human needs

  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo & conditioner: If you are staying for substantial amount of time and/or are not keen on getting gritty with nature.
  • Soap: also see above as wet wipes are also an alternative to bathing in the wild.
  • Tooth brush & Tooth paste
  • Chairs or picnic blankets for seating
  • A deck of Cards- an absolute travel must

A successful camping trip comes down to preparation and planning. 


  • Gas stove with gas cylinders
  • Camping Pan and/or pot set: Again I use the lightweight hiking set which is perfect for trekking needs.
  • Cutlery (knives, forks, spoon, plates, utensils, cups and bowls as required)
  • Paper towel
  • Spray oil: Ensure you are utilising healthy oils.
  • Kettle for water boiling
  • Rubbish bags for waste: please ensure no matter where ever you are in the world you leave no trace. Enjoy what you and many others before you came for by cleaning up after yourself.

For further information on clothing, camping accessories, tent selection etc., check out The Ultimate Camping Gear Checklist for 2017.

Let us know what do you have in your Camping Tub – Is there anything you would add to the list?

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