12 Must-have items for your next camping trip

Author: Carasel  Date Posted:20 February 2024 


Heading out for a camping trip is your invitation to kick back, soak in the Aussie outdoors, and make memories that'll stick. To make sure your camping trip goes off without a hitch, you’ve got to pack the right gear. Read on to see the 12 things you need to chuck on your camping essentials list and to learn what must-have camping items folks usually forget to bring.


What are the essentials for a camping trip?

Quality tent or swag

When you're gearing up for a camping gig, a good tent is your mainstay. Grab one that suits the season and weather to keep the crew comfy. And if it's a smaller squad, a swag might be the no-fuss, efficient go-to.

Sleeping bag and sleeping pad

Don’t skimp on your sleeping bags and mattresses for a quality night's sleep. Keep an eye on the temperature rating so it matches with the weather you're expecting.

Water and water filtration system

Chuck in heaps of water, and don't forget a portable water filter to keep your hydration up. It's a must-have for any camping trip, especially if you're in spots where the water is questionable or full of crocs!

Multi-tool or knife

You can't go without a trusty multi-tool or camping knife. They're gold for everything from prepping dinner to handling any emergencies that might pop up.

Portable camping stove

A portable stove makes cooking at the campsite a breeze. Find one that's small, light and fits your cooking style. Explore camping refrigeration options to keep your food fresh.

First aid kit

Accidents can sneak up on you, so make sure you've got a fully loaded first aid kit with all the basics: bandages, antiseptic wipes and some pain relief gear.

Navigation tools

In some camping spots, you'll need a map and compass or a GPS to stay on the right path. While GPS is all the rage, don't forget the old-school gear just in case your tech decides to play up.

Weather-appropriate clothing

When you're chucking gear in the bag, make sure you've got the right outdoor clothing for the weather. Layer up with jackets, hoodies and beanies for warmth if it’s chilly, grab some waterproof gear just in case it buckets down and don't forget your togs for a dip if the water's calling.

Backpacks and bags

You can never have too many outdoor bags to keep your camping items safe and organised while you lug them from A to B. Get a comfy and roomy backpack for carting around your camping essentials on hikes or day trips away from the camp. While you’re at it, look into camp gear bags that slot right onto your roof rack.

Fire starters

Make sure you can spark up a fire for cooking and keeping warm. Waterproof matches, lighters or fire starter cubes are essential.

Camping chairs or portable seating

Don’t forget to grab camping furniture like fold-up chairs or portable stools. And bring extra, so no one steals your spot by the fire!

Headlamp or lantern

Navigating the campsite in the dark is made easy with a reliable headlamp or lantern. Go for the LED ones that you can tweak to the right brightness.


What do you always forget camping?

We’ve all had camping blunders, so here’s what camping items everyone always forgets which are essential in Australia:

  • Bug repellent: Mosquitoes and other bugs can quickly turn a camping trip into an itchy experience.
  • Chargers and extra batteries: Whether for flashlights, headlamps or other electronic devices, it's always a good idea to pack spare batteries to avoid being left in the dark. Chargers are a must to keep your phone juiced up.
  • Rubbish bags: Bring along extra trash bags to keep the campsite trash-free.
  • Corkscrew or bottle opener: If you're keen on cracking open a cold one with caps or corked bottles, make sure you've got a corkscrew or bottle opener on hand. Keys and teeth break; bottle openers do not.
  • Cooking utensils: Sometimes campers remember the portable stove but forget the necessary cooking utensils like spatulas, tongs or pots and pans.
  • Cooking oils and spices: Don’t forget to bring cooking oil, salt, pepper or other spices to amp up the flavour of your campfire-cooked meals.
  • Cleaning supplies: Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry staples like detergent, paper towels, tea towels, dishcloths, a deep washing bucket, a dustpan, and a broom should be on everyone’s camping checklist.
  • Sunscreen: Whether you're hiking, fishing, or just chilling at the campsite, sunscreen is the key to keeping the sunburn at bay.
  • Repair kit: A mini repair kit with patches, glue, duct tape, or sewing supplies is gold for sorting out busted gear or torn threads.
  • Toiletries: It’s easy to forget basic toiletries like toothpaste, a toothbrush, toilet paper and soap in the rush to pack.

Whether you’re camping as you take on one of Australia’s best road trips or during a quick weekend getaway, you can never be too prepared.

Be sure to pack these 12 must-have items and take note of the camping essentials both novices and pros often forget.

Need to buy camping gear for your next trip or want advice on towing trailers and campers for the journey? Contact the experts at Carasel, visit us in-store in Sydney or shop online today.



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