Consider these tips and make your adventure enjoyable.
- Check the weather report for the area where you will be travelling and be prepared.
- Consider the likely temperatures, especially at night.
- Understand the area you will be staying and its conditions.
- Leave your itinerary and mobile phone number with a friend or relative.
- Learn the basics of first aid.
- Ensure your First Aid Kit is well stocked.
- Set your tent up at home before heading out.
- Before departing, check your tent’s condition including rips, tears, poles, pegs, rope etc.
- Ensure you have appropriate bedding and clothing for the likely temperatures. Store your clothes in a waterproof container.
- Remove all sticks and rocks before setting up your tent and do not pitch your tent on the top of an anthill. A level spot is most appropriate.
- Consider wind direction and how this will affect the layout of your tent.
- When setting up your tent ensure that you are not located in an area where water will be directed in heavy rain, or a natural waterway. If in a beach location consider tides.
- If possible, and is allowed, dig a trench on the ‘up’ side of the camping spot to divert any water away from your tent.
- Trees are good for shade but avoid setting up under trees, in particular Gum trees that could potentially fall.
- If you relay in solar power ensure your panels are able to reach direct sunlight.
- Sleep with your feet down the hill.
- Consider putting a ground tarp/sheet under your tent. Ensure it does not extend out from under your tent as this will cause water to be captured under your tent.
- Always insulate yourself from the ground using foam, or a self-inflating mattress.
- Always keep the zipper to your tent closed.
- Check for fire restrictions or regulations in the area.
- Always respect the power and danger of campfires. Keep fires within a contained area with a ring of rocks and an outer ring of gravel or dirt to protect against the fire spreading. Keep children away from the fire and never leave your fire unattended.
- If you dry your used tea bags overnight, they can be used as fire starters later.
- Wear shoes or sandals at all times. There are many things you don’t want to step on or in. Recommend wearing thongs in the shower blocks.
- Take your shoes off before getting into the tent.
- Shake your shoes before putting them on.
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