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
Some good quality thongs are easy to repair in the bush – March 2016
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.
BITE AWAY - INSECT BITE HEALER
Neutralises insect bites
We've been using a Bite Away Insect Bite Healer for over a year and now we wouldn't leave home without it.
BUSHRANGER PORTABLE HOT WATER SHOWER
Connects to a standard gas bottle - August 2014
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.
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.
CAMPING GEAR - OUR TOP 10 CHECK LIST
What has worked best for us in the bush - updated November 2017.
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.
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.
DRONE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN CHANGED
Changes were made to drone use regulations in October 2016
The laws regulating the use of drones have just been changed. Here's the low-down.
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.
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.
We've tested an easy-pack extendable hose - August 2016.
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.
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!
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?
HOW TO PACK - March 2015
Packing what you really need takes practice.
What and how you pack may determine how happy your bush travel experience will be.
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.
INSTANTANEOUS WATER HEATER FROM DOMETIC
Hot water without storage volume saves space and weight.- December 2016
Truma has developed new-generation instant propane-fuelled water heaters that do not need a storage tank.
JET TENT'S PILOT CHAIR XL
All camp chairs are not alike - this one's tough.
Over the years we've tried dozens of camp chairs and this one is the most comfortable and flexible we've tested.
LG PHONE WITH WIDE-ANGLE CAMERA
This device literally widens your photo opportunities - September 2016
Lugging a heavy camera isn't much fun when you're hiking away from your 4WD. Also, it's often quicker and easier to use a smartphone's camera to capture unexpected wildlife movement.
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.
Mi LITE PORTABLE FIREBOX
A quality Firebox that folds flat.
Mi Lite Camping Accessories is a new player in the camping gear market and its first offering is a heavy duty, fold flat, portable fire box. It doesn't require tools to assemble.
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.
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.
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.
SCRUBBA WASH BAG
Easy washing on the run - October 2016
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.
SWISS ARMY KNIFE IN THE BLACK
A new look for an old Victorinox standard - January 2018
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 is a white or black finish Spartan series, fitted with specially-coated blades and tools.