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Camping Beginner

You’re interested in camping but might not quite know where to start. The great news is that you’ve taken the first step to researching what is set to be a fun filled activity for yourself, your mates and your family. 

Getting outdoors and seeing the beautiful surrounds available in our own backyard is nothing short of amazing. We’re lucky and privileged to live in such a gorgeous country which means there are ample opportunities for fun and adventure within an hour or so from home in Central QLD. 

Sleeping under the stars whether that be under canvas or open is a blissful feeling and with the right preparations, is comfortable, relaxing, and addictive. 

As you begin your adventure preparations and initial explorations, you’ll find out what works for you and your family. Every set up is different and unique and you’ll find some really innovative inventions along the way which may or may not serve you. As experienced campers and having travelled all over QLD with family, friends and with the Mount Archer Scout Group, it’s our pleasure to put together a ‘get started’ list for our customers. 

Food Storage

To cater for our immediate family of five, our camp food storage consists of 2 x 60L plastic containers, a 75L camp fridge / freezer and a 40L camp fridge. Camping is not meant to have the full kitchen pantry and fridge on board, and it is essential to meal plan, including snacks, to ensure you take exactly what you need and have minimal wastage. 

One 60L container is used to store snack food, coffee, tea, sugar, cereal, sandwich spreads etc. and the other is used for meal preparation ingredients such as dinner bases, sauces, salt, pepper etc. 

The larger fridge is of course self-explanatory. Milk, butter, fruit, sandwich meats, other meats, eggs etc.

The second smaller fridge is for storing beverages. 

In the absence of a fridge, eskies work a treat as well however you’ll need to monitor the ice and have a plan in place to replenish if planning a longer trip. 

Food Preparation, Cooking & Eating

This list will depend heavily on what your meal plan is however a basic kit with a little bit of everything could include:

  • Cast iron camp oven and gloves (brilliant for campfire cooking) 
  • Gas burner stove
  • Fry pan or wok
  • Saucepan (for boiling water as well as cooking) 
  • Tongs
  • Ladle 
  • Spatula 
  • Cutting boards
  • Sharp knives 
  • Cutlery, plates and cups 
  • Washing up tub or bucket 
  • Fold out table to prepare food, cook and wash up

 Hygiene & Health

  • Hand wash or sanitizer
  • Baby wipes 
  • Chux cloth
  • Dishwashing liquid 
  • Body soap (if showers are available, do not use soap in waterways)
  • Towels (if showers are available) 
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Camp toilet and pop up en-suite (if there are no bathrooms where you are going and you are not prepared to toilet in the bush)*

*Ensure your bush toilet is away from the campsite and waterways (100m). Ensure the hole dug is 15-30cm deep and covered once complete. 


It is essential to do your research prior to arriving at a camp site to ensure campfires are permitted, especially if your meal plan is reliant on this cooking method. Sometimes there are fire restrictions or bans. 


The season you are camping in will determine the amount of water you need to take. For example, in summer, you may drink 3-4L a day however in winter it could be 1-2L. However, if you’re winter camping and planning an extensive hike, this needs to be accounted for as well. A simple formula to work out how much drinking water to take is: 

(Number of people x average litres per day per person) x number of days camping

Example: if our family of five is camping in winter for 2 days, this is what we’d take: 

(5 people x 2L each per day) x 2 days = 20L

Once your drinking water is taken into consideration, if where you’re going has no water for dishwashing or cleaning, it’s essential to take additional non-drinking water. 

Sleeping Arrangements 

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag (weather appropriate for the season you are in) 
  • Swag or tent 


It is handy to have a 3 x 3m or 3 x 6m gazebo to ensure shade during the day and shelter from rain, especially if you are in swags and there is no awning off a tent for you to seek cover under. 


Camp chairs are ideal as they’re compact to pack up and they take up minimal room

Other Items

  • Torch
  • Rubbish bags 
  • Personal clothing, shoes, and toiletries 
  • First aid kit 
  • Camp shovel 
  • Matches 
  • UHF 


It is critical that you leave the campsite with all rubbish removed and if possible, in better condition that what you found it. Avoid glass as well because when it breaks, it can be difficult to locate all the broken pieces in the dirt and grass. This may result in injury to an animal or another person which is not worth the risk. 

Everyone’s camping experiences are different, and we hope that with a little help and advice, you can have exciting adventures camping with your friends and family. 

With COVID having grounded us temporarily, now is the time to prepare for adventure. 

To see our range of tried and tested camping gear available instore or online, check out our online store or call to discuss your individual needs. 

Always remember the 5 P’s

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

Plan out your camp trip, do your research regarding the amenities, time of year, weather etc. and have enough resources to make your first camp trip and every one after it, memorable for a lifetime.