We can almost smell the sweet salt air and the feeling of sand on our mattress. Wait, what?
That's right, it's almost time for our annual beachside camping trip. Every year, for the past 15 years, We have taken time off to enjoy a camping trip up north. Usually we stay somewhere along The Lakes Way, a little slice of heaven. Filled with palms and quiet beachside getaways, we opt for the relaxed approach of camping (I know some of you just laughed but once you are there, and set up, it's totally relaxing).
So how does one prepare for this said camping trip?
Shay's Top Tips:
- Write a list of everything you think you need to take and tick it off. If nothing else, it gives you a sense of achievement.
- Take multiple sets of swimmers, yes regardless of Dean's pack light tip (I know he will have one), it gives you a fun sense of summer, while also being practical. No one likes to put on damp swimmers.
- Sunscreen is a must - I prefer the free from nasty chemical kind, like this one from The Natural Supply Co.
- Apply natural fake tan before you go, nothing gives you more confidence to tackle the beach in your bikinis than bronzed skin. I have two favourites in this department, the gradual tan from Eco Tan and my go to from Bare Tan.
- On top of ensuring you have all the healthy food needed for those awesome summer BBQs and roasts in the camp oven, make sure you pack some herbal tea and cookies. I'm not sure what it is, but it doesn't feel like camping unless you have a late night cuppa and a cookie.
- This is the time to pull out all those awesome kaftans and wicked op shop finds that you thought you would wear to the beach, get them out and rock them on your camping trip.
- Super practical - pack some coins for ice, and the morning soy chai latte run to the local coffee shop.
- A good book is a must, it is one of the only moments I feel like I can be still and escape into another world.
- Don't forget your runners! There are plenty of adventures to be had, like exploring the local bush walks or climbing mountains.
- If you like to keep your blood this one is a must. Take some mozzie spray, not the nasty kind, keep it natural with one from Archer Naturals.
- Take your friends. Our annual trips are an open invite and we usually end up with a commune of tents, lots of kids running around, the competitive card games, and of course the late night sing alongs.
Dean's Top Tips:
- Only take what you need. Yes ladies I’m talking to you, Shay likes to try and claim 'you don’t if you will need it until you get there', it’s likely these kind of items will never get used and are best left at home.
- Try and pack things that have multiple uses. Thing like a billy can be used as a saucepan and a kettle. Nothing like a late night cuppa when camping.
- Quality is key with camping gear. It’s important to do your research. You usually get what you pay for and so it’s best to spend that little bit more on quality items that will last. Our top buys for quality were our tent and camping fridge.
- Use plastic tubs to store all of food and equipment, this not only keeps things tidy but also keeps your things dry if it happens to rain. These have also doubled as a bath for our daughter Everly when we didn’t have amenities.
- Once you are on the road that’s it for work, it’s time to do all the things you have been looking forward to, long walks/hikes, catching waves, or even riding bikes. So pack the fun things, surfboards, boats, bikes, and anything that helps build the sense of adventure.
Shay and Dean