Rick O'Brien's Top Tips
Check out Rick's tips to make your next camping trip, the best it can be.
1. INVEST IN THE BEST
If you intend on camping more than once in your life, take a tip from me and invest in the best gear you can afford. If all you can afford is a $25 tent from K-Mart, that’s great, at least you’re out there and getting away from it all. But quality gear will keep you warm, dry, it’ll be quicker and easier to setup and pack down, and it’ll last you a lifetime if you look after it properly. But above all, don’t let anything stop you from getting out there, camping is an essential part of my life, and I reckon it’ll soon be a part of yours too.
2. CAMPING ETIQUETTE IS A THING
For me, getting away and camping is all about relaxation, and having a bit of space between you and your fellow campers is a great way to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of relaxing. Having a good time with a few drinks and some great music is my idea of heaven, but always respect others in the area and keep the noise down, especially after dark. If everyone does this, camping will be exactly what it should be for everyone – relaxing and stress free.
3. HAVE A PLAN B
Let’s face it, the weather is not always going to cooperate on your camping adventures, so the best thing you can do is be prepared for the worst. Have enough gear to waterproof your campsite, with special attention to your sleeping quarters. A simple tarp can be a godsend at times! Perhaps even have an alternate destination in mind in case the weather really plays havoc with your plans. Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying your camping.
4. LEAVE THE TECH AT HOME
One of the best things about getting away from it all is exactly that – getting away from it all, including iPads, iPhones and any other screens that the kids would normally be glued to. Believe me, it won’t take them long to find their own fun after the shock of no screen time wears off. You’ll get more enjoyment from watching them climb a tree or catching a tadpole than you ever thought possible!
5. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
I reckon it’s a great idea to practice setting up your camping equipment as many times as you can before you head bush. That way when you do get to your camping site, setting up will be quick, easy and almost second nature. There is no better way to start off a great camping trip than a stress-free setup!