It’s that time of the year again where the air is thick with the smell of hot cross buns, you can’t pass an aisle in the supermarket without being tempted by chocolate eggs, and you’ve got a long weekend break to look forward to.
That’s right, Easter is just around the corner!
Every time it rolls around, we always promise ourselves that we’re going to be super prepared. But more often than not it ends up being a bit of a mad rush to stock up on groceries, and grab those few extra bits and bobs before your trip.
This year though, we’ve planned it out in advance and come up with some ideas to make your expedition more fun and hopefully a bit smoother as well.
A whole 4 days of blissful camping is just what you need this Easter break. Image: Oztent
Have an Easter egg hunt! …but leave no trace
If you still can’t find all the Easter eggs you planted in your own backyard last year, then what chance do you have of finding them all when you’re at the campsite?
Easter eggs hunts are something the kids always look forward to, but the problem is that a couple always end up missing. This isn’t such a big deal when you’re at home, but the foil (and the chocolate) can be hazardous to native wildlife if consumed. Not to mention it can create some bad habits in the long term for them as well.
If you’re going to have an Easter egg hunt, try to be as careful as possible. Write down the number of eggs you hide, and snap a picture on your phone of where you’ve hidden them all. There’s also the option to place them inside other smaller plastic containers to help prevent animals getting inside.
It could even be that you only hide them around your tent, and camp kitchen area to limit the amount that can go astray.
Think about the native flora and fauna when you have your Easter egg hunt. Image: Laine Wescombe
Switch up your camping menu
Instead of eating your standard menu, try and come up with some fun Easter themed recipes. Damper is always a classic camping treat, but in the spirit of the season you could add cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or if you’re overflowing with easter eggs – break them up and throw them in for fun.
If you really want to take it to the next level, then you might want to try making some hot cross buns in your camp oven instead. Don’t forget to stock up your fridge or esky with some fresh or pre-cooked seafood as well for dinner.
Does it get any better than homemade hot cross buns in a camp oven? Check out the recipe here. Image: Mick the Camp Oven Cook
Set up your tent at home before you go
It doesn’t matter whether your tent is old or new. What’s important is that you clear some space at home, and set it up the week before your trip. This will give you time to look for any issues with damage, or missing parts so that you can source anything if you need to.
If your shelter is brand new to you, pitching it before your trip is really important. This will give you plenty of time to understand how everything fits together and check out a how-to video if you get stuck. So, by the time your trip rolls around, you’ll be good to go!
Just make sure you pack everything back into the bag and that nothing gets lost under the couch or stolen by the dog…
Pitching your tent at home gives you the chance to see if there is any damage or bits missing. Image: The O’Hara Family
Spring clean your spare & repair kit
An Easter camping trip is a great time to go through your repair kit and toolkit and give it a spring clean. It’ll give you the chance to check if you used the last of your cable ties, or if your spare poles are the wrong size for your new tent.
This way if you are missing something crucial, you’ve got plenty of time to source spares or replacements in advance to take the pressure off the day before your trip.
If your repair kit has been through the wars, update it before your trip. Image: Ben Trewren
Take your time buying new gear & head in store for any last minute essentials
Buying a big-ticket item such as a tent or swag at the last minute can often make you rush through your normal methodical decision-making process. If it’s time for an upgrade, then do lots of research beforehand. If you’re unsure of anything, you can always give us a call or email us for advice. That way you don’t end up with a tent that doesn’t suit your lifestyle.
Also be aware of delivery times if picking up new gear. Easter is the busiest camping weekend of the year so you might find that you need to allow extra time. If it’s down to the wire, it might be best to buy any essentials in-store just to be on the safe side.
Get your sleeping mat out of storage early
If you forgot to store your self-inflating mat unrolled last time, or you just don’t normally have space – don’t forget to grab it and open it up at least a couple of days before your trip depending on how long it’s been rolled up.
But in general, it’s best to store your self-inflating foam mat inflated all the time with the valves open if you can so that it’s always ready to go when you are.
Your self-inflating mat should come out of hibernation so that it’s ready to go for your trip. Image: Sea to Summit
Make sure your gear is clean!
You don’t want to crawl into your sleeping bag after a long day only to find it smells a little funky, and is filled with mysterious crunchy bits.
This is why it’s important to clean everything both before and after a trip. This saves you trouble when your next trip rolls around. It will also ensure that your gear stays in good condition for many more uses.
Dirty gear is not a great way to start a trip, so give it a wipe down before you go. Image: Erin Wescombe
Pack extra pegs and guy ropes
It’s always wise to bring some extra pegs and guy ropes along. Image: Explore Planet Earth
Happy camping everyone!
Your trip is going to be far more fun and relaxing if you take care of everything before you leave.
Whether you’re chilling out at home in your own backyard, heading to the river, or going camping – we hope you have a fun and safe trip over Easter.
Do you have a trip planned for this Easter, or are you just going to relax at home?
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