Setting up camp

  • Set up in daylight – an obvious remark you say, but how often do we not allow ourselves the time.
  • Look over the ground for bull ants nests. There is nothing worse than finding out after you’ve set up that they are there. Be mindful if you find a nice clear spot, clear of ground vegetation (grass etc) as this is often an ants domain.
  • Beware of tree fall and dropping branches. A nice shady spot is wonderful, but the good old Aussie gum will drop branches of considerable size very easily. Better to make your own shade than wake up in an ambulance.
  • Consider where the sun is in the morning – if you’re breaking camp early you will want the site in full sun asap, to dry out the tents.

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7 thoughts on “Setting up camp

  1. How about these too:
    always consider fire – research the local fire dangers and obey the restrictions
    carry firewood – many camp sites will be limited and wildlife depend on a scattering of dead wood for their homes.
    Have a camping check list – nothing worse than setting up and finding the tent poles and food are at home.
    When you get home review what you took, update the list.

  2. Hi, I’m not a 4WD vehicle yet but I love the idea the one go around Australia. I’m looking some Holden Jakaroos and comper them with other 4WDs.
    I was reading how to set up a camp the tips are very informative and commom sence and respect the nature.
    Thank you

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