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.