Happy campers part 2: at the campsite

ACTIVITY

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When you finally make it to the great outdoors you have the joy of finding the perfect campsite and setting yourself up for your stay.

Here are some pointers for making your holiday go smoothly: 

 

Read more safety tips on outdoor safety in Australia and New Zealand.

  • 1. Before the darkness comes

    Always have your campsite set up and your tent (or whatever your shelter of choice may be) ready to go before it gets dark.

  • 2. Reach the highest ground

    Make sure you set up camp on high, dry ground. Avoid creek and riverbeds – not only do snakes love sunning themselves in dry creek beds, there is always the chance of flash floods. Even if it’s not raining where you are, it could be raining elsewhere.

  • 3. Beware of creepy crawlies

    Don’t pitch your tent on an ant nest – check your potential sleeping area first or you may be in for a nasty surprise.

  • 4. Keep your distance

    When you set up your campsite, work out where your fireplace will be, and keep a wide margin between that and your tent.

  • 5. When in doubt, put it out

    Make sure you put the fire out properly before going to sleep. Don’t just leave it to die out on its own – you don’t want to be responsible for starting a bushfire.

  • 6. Got wood?

    If fires are permitted (depending on seasonal restrictions and park guidelines) bring your own wood. Do not collect it from the campsite as this damages animal habitats and destroys the natural environment.

  • 7. When it's warm, pack a sanga

    Be aware of fire restrictions and fire danger during the summer months. If there are severe fire warnings in place, consider leaving early.

  • 8. Don’t feed the animals

    Don’t feed the animals - on purpose or by accident. While the threat of a possum in your food is not quite as scary as say, a grizzly bear popping it’s head in, it’s still extremely frustrating to wake up and find what was to be your breakfast, strewn across the campsite. Store food in solid, well-sealed containers and keep it out of your tent, preferably in a car if possible. You don’t want a wallaby sticking its claws through your tent in the middle of the night.

  • 9. Pick it up!

    Dispose of rubbish properly. Don’t litter, keep the campsite clean and don’t leave rubbish out at night either – the local animal population will enjoy this just as much as your breakfast.

  • 10. And poof! Like that, they were gone

    Leave no trace – be a responsible camper and leave the campsite as you found it. Clean up after yourself, take your rubbish with you and minimise your impact on the environment.

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