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aspects many hate about camping


  • many people just hate camping - usually from fears of the unknown or from bad past experiences
  • the following outlines some of these and what you can do to make them better
  • personally when I camp I want to feel comfortable at all times - perhaps even more comfortable than if I were in my house (which can be quite cold in winter and much harder to warm up than a small tent)
  • If you fail to plan to be comfortable and to be able to manage the conditions, you probably will not enjoy the experience as much!

Its cold at night

  • not many enjoy getting cold - but you CAN AVOID GETTING COLD!
  • whilst it is true that sleeping in a large tent or caravan without heating will likely be much colder than in your house, it doesn't have to be this way
  • a small 2P tent is relatively easy to get warm and lovely but you will need some help to achieve this such as a 12V electric blanket or use 2 sleeping bags, one inside the other for optimum temperature control
  • on cold nights to sleep, you will need a beanie or at least a hoodie and warm socks
  • a larger tent can be made warm with a variety of heaters as long as you take precautions not to burn your tent down and not to give yourself carbon monoxide poisoning
  • or you can just camp near the coast in summer and nights are likely to be reasonably warm
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I can never sleep well when camping

  • the first night sleep in a strange place will nearly always be sub-optimal but there are many things you can do to give yourself a better chance of having a lovely sleep, just don't have high expectations

I hate getting wet

  • a good tent or van and some rain gear clothing will keep you relatively dry
  • nevertheless prolonged rains when you are in a small tent can make your trip less than ideal - check the weather forecast before you go and perhaps postpone your trip if a Low pressure system is forecast
  • a nice large waterproof tent or shelter to protect your warm 2P tent or swag will give you nice amenity options in the event you are stuck in prolonged rain - add in a wood stove and it can be bliss!

It's boring

  • whilst some camping destinations are fascinating exploring opportunities, many are indeed more about chilling out, taking time out from the rat race, embracing what nature has to offer and restoring your fuel tank and for many, a way to connect with others without time constraints
  • Lao Tzu: “Doing nothing is better than busy doing nothing”

I'm scared of spiders, insects and snakes

  • if you have a modern tent with insect proofed windows and doors (No-See-Um mesh if sandflies are also an issue) and you keep these closed and don't have food in your tent, you should not have any issues inside your tent
  • you may still have problems outside your tent, but keeping the campsite clean and tidy with no food scraps around as well as being vigilant will go a long way to avoiding any nasty surprises
  • camping in Winter will largely eradicate these issues in the southern states of Australia

Tents are too hard to set up

  • buy a tent which is easy and quick to set up and yet will survive most storms
  • before you buy a tent watch videos on how to set it up to see how easy this will be without having to resort to instructions
  • many modern tents are EASY to set up but beware cheap and nasty ones which will break in the wind
  • avoid heavy canvas tents as these will be harder especially in the rain

There is too much packing and unpacking

  • learn to be a minimalist and have a check list so you don't forget
  • only take gear that you really will use or is important for emergencies
  • keep it simple, compact and light
  • where possible have your gear stored appropriately so it is easy to pack

I don't like going to the toilet in the bush

  • this one is understandable especially for the ladies
  • you can choose a campground with nice flush toilets or at least well maintained drop toilets, or, you can BYO toilet and shower

I'm worried about my car getting stuck in a remote place

  • easy, don't go to remote places or if you do, go in a convoy and take recovery gear

I'm scared of being out in the bush

  • yes, there are lots of strange noises at night - perhaps wear ear plugs - especially when you are with a group - perhaps not when solo as you may need to stay partly aware of surroundings
  • fortunately in Australia, there are no land animals that are likely or able to attack you (except crocodiles in the tropics, the others will generally only attack when threatened), but there are the rare bad humans to watch out for
  • go with someone else and avoid camp grounds where you don't feel comfortable
  • attacks by humans on hikers or campers in Australia are fortunately very rare - you are far more likely to be attacked in urban settings
australia/camping_hates.txt · Last modified: 2023/05/17 23:55 by gary1

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