1. Pack for a weekend rather than a whole week
You’ll have a more memorable camping break if you pack less rather than more. Aim to pack just enough to enjoy the weekend. Overloading the car with bits and pieces only makes for a mission setting up camp — and again when it comes time to pack up.
Hot tip: Packing cells are an excellent addition to your camping trip. They can help you organise your most necessary items into small spaces.
2. Bring a smaller tent
Do you really need to take that three bedroom, five door house in a bag? Surely not for just a few nights. A smaller two or three person hiking tent will do the trick — and you’ll enjoy the time-saving luxury of having your tent up in minutes rather than hours. Winning!
Keep things simple when time is limited.
3. Invest in time-saving camping essentials
It can be tempting to take the ‘just in case’ approach where you travel with absolutely everything you might possibly need. Cooking equipment is a great example. Instead, aim to pack light and bring easy-to-set-up gear.
- For two to three people, bring cooking gear that would suit a multi-day hike. One to two smaller pots and pans with a gas burner is probably all you’ll need. Less gear to pack, clean, and repack on the way out.
- Similarly, pack your clothing into a smaller pack to help you bring less.
- Invest in easy-to-set-up camping furniture for when you arrive and switch into relaxation mode.
Less time setting up, more time for memories.
4. Be well prepared
A little planning will help you get the most out of your long weekend. Make a list of camp gear you’ll need and gather it together a few days before your trip to help your adventure run smoother.
Logistics are also a key consideration – ask yourself:
- Can you book your campsite in advance?
- Can you have your car packed to hit the road straight after work?
- Can you avoid peak traffic by timing your trip out of the city?
Keep your stress levels low (or non-existent) and you’ll spend more time doing what you love.
5. Camp a little closer to home
Avoid travelling in the car for half a day if you can. Instead, maximise your time in the outdoors by choosing a camping spot that’s only a few hours away.
With so many magic camping spots around the country, the opportunities are there to make the most of the great outdoors.