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And for many of us, that means figuring out what to take camping, getting all your gear ready, strapping the kids in the car, and joining the traffic to head off to your favourite camp-site!
It's that time of year when the days grow shorter, the air is a little crisper and you're starting to think about and plan your camping getaway over the upcoming Easter holidays.
With so much happening in the lead up to Easter, just the thought of trying to keep the kids (especially the big kids) occupied and exploring/discovering the great outdoors can be a major undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. One of the best stress relievers we've found is to make sure you're organised before you leave so you don't have to worry about leaving anything behind.
So...with that in mind, we’ve created the ultimate Easter camping checklist along with our favourite camping tips and tricks!
It's best to pull the tent out a few weeks before you leave to make sure it's in working order and identify if any repairs need to be made (you know, the ones you forgot to do last time?). It’s better to fix them before you head out than once you've set up camp.
We like to set up our “soon-to-be campsite” in the back yard to inspect it and run through a quick checklist; tent – check, chairs – check, table – check,...etc. One of the best packing tips we can give you is to use the Easter Camping Checklist to make sure you have everything covered. Nobody likes to start cooking dinner in the camp kitchen only to realise you forgot the cooking utensils (yes it has been done before, and it's not that easy to flip eggs with a couple of sticks!).
Going exploring in the great outdoors doesn’t have to be stressful either. The right gear can save you time and sanity, and the camp envy will be obvious from those around you who haven’t planned and prepared. A few things that are essential to pack – THE FUN STUFF!!! Throw in the footy, a cricket set, Frisbee, bocce set, badminton, totem tennis, slackline and even your bike! This will keep everyone in your camp having fun and, if you're lucky, encourage your camping neighbours to come out of the woodwork for the world’s biggest game of touch footy.
Taking the right equipment for the location and season is a must and will allow you all to be completely present on your camping holiday, as opposed to worrying about being too cold or too hot. Bring extra layers so you can layer up or down depending on the temperature and a rain jacket just in case.
Around Easter, the air is usually cooler so having a fire at night will help keep the cold at bay when the temperature starts to plummet. Plus, campsites always look way more inviting at night with a raging campfire. The humble campfire will inevitably become the hub of your campsite, it will help keep the bugs away, it's great for cooking with a grill or a cast iron camp oven, great for roasting marshmallows, and you can gaze at it for hours, making it the perfect substitute for screen time. In fact, we think that one of the best parts of camping is being able to sit and watch the campfire for hours every night and share stories of the day's adventures. It beats a Hollywood blockbuster any day!
We've pulled together a collection of some of the things you're going to need for your long weekend away in our Easter Gear Guide.
Not sure what gear you need for your Easter Camping adventure? Chat to our friendly team of Outdoor Gear Specialists in-store or online today and don’t forget to share your adventures with us on Instagram by tagging @wildearthaustralia and #mywildearth in your next post.