Camping Gear

Whether your swagging, tenting or towing a camper trailer, chances are you'll also need to include some of these items in your camping kit. Camp lighting, cookers and barbeques, storage, camp oven, saucepan kit, fridge, table, camping chairs, bedding, sleeping bags, portable hot water showers and toilets.

A BLOWN THONG CAN SPOIL YOUR TRIP
A BLOWN THONG CAN SPOIL YOUR TRIP
Some good quality thongs are easy to repair in the bush

​We've busted thongs on bush trips and some types can’t be fixed. However, Crocs can and this is how you can do it.

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BITE AWAY - INSECT BITE HEALER
BITE AWAY - INSECT BITE HEALER
Neutralises insect bites

We've been using a Bite Away Insect Bite Healer for years. It really works and we wouldn't leave home without it.

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BLACK WOLF COMPACT DIRECTORS CHAIR
BLACK WOLF COMPACT DIRECTORS CHAIR
Sturdy, easy fold seating for around the fire.

We prefer upright director-style camping chairs and we’ve finally found replacements for our aged OzTrail chairs. Black Wolf compact chairs are strong, fold up easily and have a lifetime warranty.

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BUSHRANGER PORTABLE HOT WATER SHOWER
BUSHRANGER PORTABLE HOT WATER SHOWER
Connects to a standard gas bottle

The Bushranger portable hot water shower provides instant hot water from any water source and is said to take only a few minutes to set up. The heating chamber connects to a standard gas bottle and is said to consume only six litres of water per minute.

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CAMPING GEAR - CHECK LIST
CAMPING GEAR - CHECK LIST
Print this list and check off as you pack

So much to be packed, it's easy to forget things! Sure, you can usually buy again somewhere along the way but why waste the money. Use this handy list and you'll be sure to have everything.

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CAMPING GEAR - OUR TOP 10 CHECK LIST
CAMPING GEAR - OUR TOP 10 CHECK LIST
What has worked best for us in the bush

The secrets of happy tent or swag camping are being in the right spot, at the right time of the year, with the right people and the right gear.

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COMBINATION TORCH AND SOLAR CHARGER
COMBINATION TORCH AND SOLAR CHARGER
This is no ordinary camping torch.

This Goal Zero product combines a solar-powered flashlight, hand-crank flashlight and a solar charger in the one compact unit.

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DRONE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN CHANGED
DRONE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN CHANGED
Changes were made to drone use regulations in October 2016

The laws regulating the use of drones have been changed. Here's the low-down.

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DUVALAY - MATTRESS-TOP SLEEPING BAG
DUVALAY - MATTRESS-TOP SLEEPING BAG
A simple, yet extremely comfortable camp-bed solution.

Once we'd slept for a few nights on two Duvalays in our Tray-Tek camper we were sold on the idea. A bonus was the easiest bed-making we've ever had.

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ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE CAMPING
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE CAMPING
Leave only footprints, not your rubbish and loo paper

There’s nothing more uplifting than camping under stars after a day’s scenic drive through some remote part of the Australian Outback, but it’s depressing to come across an idyllic spot that has been marred by irresponsible driving and lack of camp hygiene.

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EXPANDING HOSE
EXPANDING HOSE
We've tested an easy-pack extendable hose

Filling the water tank on our Tray Tek camper is easy enough at home, using a hose on a reel, but filling from the widely differing water outlets around Australia is another matter.

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GO ANYWHERE PORTABLE TOILET
GO ANYWHERE PORTABLE TOILET
We don't go camping or boating without it

GO Anywhere toilet kits eliminate chemicals and storage tanks, and the need for dump stations. No more digging holes either!

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HIDE AWAY SAFE SYSTEM
HIDE AWAY SAFE SYSTEM
Slide-out safes to secure your valuables when you travel.

We've inspected two Hide Away travel safes and found them to be well made and easily portable. They're not cheap, but what price security?

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HOW TO PACK
HOW TO PACK
Packing what you really need takes practice.

What and how you pack may determine how happy your bush travel experience will be.

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ICE MULE COOLER BAG - January 2016
ICE MULE COOLER BAG - January 2016
This is the best soft cooler bag we've tested.

The Ice Mule range of soft cooler bags and back packs rewrites the soft-cooler concept, we reckon.

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IN LINE WATER FILTER
IN LINE WATER FILTER
Bad water can taste horrible and even make you sick.

There’s nothing worse than getting a load of crook water, so we’re always very fussy about the source of any water that we put into our camper tank - and we always filter as we fill.

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INSTANTANEOUS WATER HEATER FROM DOMETIC
INSTANTANEOUS WATER HEATER FROM DOMETIC
Hot water without storage volume saves space and weight.

Truma has developed new-generation instant propane-fuelled water heaters that do not need a storage tank.

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LIGHTWEIGHT CAMPING
LIGHTWEIGHT CAMPING
You don't need a big vehicle and a tonne of gear to get out into the bush.

It's easy to get carried away with the camping kit you come across in shops and at camping and outdoors shows, but it's possible to have a successful camping experience without carting the kitchen sink with you.

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SCREW-IN TENT PEGS
SCREW-IN TENT PEGS
Taking the hard work out of pegging things down.

Mi Lite screw-in tent pegs make setting and retrieving tent and awning pegs a piece of cake.

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MOULDED-SOLE BOOTS - WHY WE DON'T BUY THEM ANYMORE
MOULDED-SOLE BOOTS - WHY WE DON'T BUY THEM ANYMORE
We used to be Blundstone fans, but they're no longer our choice.

Over the past year the soles on three pairs of our Blundstone boots fell to pieces. We've since heard that Redbacks and Oliver boots have the same problem.

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HARMAN KARDON - MUSIC TO CAMP BY
HARMAN KARDON - MUSIC TO CAMP BY
Bluetooth speaker simplifes our camp entertainment kit - January 2016

Keeping up with the latest technology is, seemingly, a full-time job these days. Our latest purchase is a harman/kardon Esquire Bluetooth remote speaker that normally sells for around $300.

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AFFORDABLE OUTBACK TV
AFFORDABLE OUTBACK TV
Keep up with your favourites without breaking the bank - November 2017

Satellite TV has traditionally been a very expensive luxury for outback travellers, but the Outback Pop Up 85 TV system is a much more affordable choice.

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SCRUBBA WASH BAG
SCRUBBA WASH BAG
Easy washing on the run

We've been testing this novel portable 'washing machine' for the past few months and it's certainly worth considering by those who have packing space limitations.

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SWISS ARMY KNIFE IN THE BLACK AND TAN
SWISS ARMY KNIFE IN THE BLACK AND TAN
New looks for an old Victorinox standard

Everyone is familiar with the long-serving red and silver Swiss Army Knife, and in recent years the Victorinox company has developed new derivatives. The latest are white or black finish Spartan series, fitted with specially-coated blades and tools, and wood-finish models.

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