15 Camping Tips

My Camping Tips

I think most of my readers know that we love to go camping as a family.
Here’s some of my hot tips for camping …

Tip #1: Containerise!

It keeps sand, bugs and animals out.
I keep our cutlery and small utensils in a Tupperware Oyster box.

utensils in a Tupperware Oyster box

Tip #2: Vacuum Pack

I seal all our meals using a Sunbeam food vacuum seal system. These are great for making sure no meat juices leak out and they food stay fresh for longer. Meats when vacuum sealed last a lot longer than they would in a glad bag.

Before we had our Engels we had a tropical box to keep our food in so vacuum sealing food would mean it could easily float around in half melted ice and not be ruined.

Vacuum Pack

Tip #3: Make a list or two or lots!!

When camping I always make a list! Our needs are constantly changing due to the girls growing up so list making is a must. Molly is so used to this she started her own what to take camping list.

make a list

Tip #4: Save on Space

I’m always looking at space saving ideas. I store our coffee and sugar in little decor containers I used to use for freezing baby food. I also buy the smallest size of spreads and condiments and refill when needed.

store our coffee and sugar in little decor containers

smallest size of spreads and condiments

Salt and Pepper is stored in a Tupperware container that is a freebie at most demonstrations.

Tupperware container

Tip #5: Make the most of free sample packs

Sample sizes of products are fantastic for camping although I find them a lot harder to come by these days. I keep our dish-washing liquid in an old Dawn sample I got in the mail years ago.

dish-washing liquid

I don’t do washing if we are bush or beach camping but I like to keep a sample sachet handy in case of any accidents or sickness.

sample sachet handy

Tip #6: Pack Child Friendly

At Christmas when we went camping I packed normal plastic plates for the kiss but never again! These IKEA plates are much better as the lip on the side prevents most accidental spills. No-one likes sand on their toast!

normal plastic plates

I’m still safety aware when we are camping with the kids so I take sharp knives that have covers. The yop one is an old Wiltshire stay sharp knife I’ve had for an extremely long time and the green one is a fairly recent Tupperware purchase.

sharp knives that have covers

Tip #7: Look Out for Bargain Camping Supplies

Camping is a really cheap holiday option but can be expensive to set up if you buy everything straight away and brand new. It has taken us about 8 years to accumulate what we have. I look out for specials all the time and garage sales are fabulous. There are people who buy everything thinkning they will love camping only to find they hate it so lots of bargains can be found by people selling their stuff on gumtree too.

These are the sorts of bargains you can find on random camping supplies:

collapsible Tupperware bowls

I bought these collapsible Tupperware bowls (go-flex) from a friend that had a kitchen clear oput and found she had too many.

chopping boards

I spotted this two pack of chopping boards on special at Woolworths.

Tip #8: Have a Back-up Meal

Let’s face it you are camping and in some camping places you can’t exactly pop to the local take-away place if you accidentlyu burn or drop dinner!

canned spaghetti

Our back-up meal consists of two tins of canned spaghetti.

Tip #9: Pack Quiet Stuff for the Kids

Don’t take a stack load of toys for kids but pack a few quiet activities to whip out when they are tired from all that outdoor adventure. Last time we went camping the only ‘toys’ I took for the kids were buckets and spades.

toys' I took for the kids

Tip #10: Pack Some Family Games or Cards for the Adults.

Night time can get too peaceful sometimes so play a game of cards together. Sometimes you eally can run out of things to talk about!

game of cards together

Tip #11: Make Everything Easily Accessible

I kept all the kids and my toilets in this old Avon hanging toiletry bag. I hang in the tent and if we are staying in a caravan park it’s easy to carry to the toilet/shower block and hangs on the back of the shower door. Space to put your stuff is so limited in those shower cubicles and hanging it up high means there is less chance it gets wet.

Avon hanging toiletry bag

Tip #12: Invest in Cheap Black Bedding

We used to take our bedding from home and it always got stained from dirty feet. I like that black sheets don’t show the dirt but shows the beach sand so I know when the bed needs a good shake out.

Cheap Black Bedding

Tip #13: Pack Car Air Fresheners Trees

If you camping on a site with long drop toilets take a couple of trees or similiar with you. Just hang them up and they do a great job at masking the not so nice smell.

car air fresheners trees

Tip #14: Baby Wipes

Do I need to explain? Fantastic for clean-ups (not just the kids), great for wiping down the table, stove etc. When you are camping with limited water you don’t want to needing to rinse out a dish cloth all the time.

Baby wipes

Tip #15: Do Not Under Any Circumstance Forget the Coffee Cups.

Well okay maybe it’s just me that wouldn’t cope with that! I love my non-spill Tupperware ones.

non-spill Tupperware

So I’m at the end but trust me I’m sure I have lots more random camping tips to share in the future.

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