Holiday Here This Year – we’ve all seen the Tourism Australia campaign pop up in our social media feeds, TV screens, and even on billboards and bus shelters. We’re all eager to support local businesses and explore our own backyards, and this Easter long weekend there are record numbers expected in camping grounds and caravan parks all over Australia!
Wafts of hot cross buns are beginning to hang in the air and you can’t pass an aisle in the supermarket without being tempted by chocolate eggs. The four-day break is just around the corner folks, and every year we always promise ourselves that we’re going to be super organised. 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 you leave.
Whether you’re heading off on your first camping trip or you’re a veteran, we’re here to help you get sorted and have come up with some ideas to make your adventure run smoothly so you can have even more fun.
A whole 4 days is just what you need this Easter break. Image: Coleman
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 – damage or missing parts – so that you can source anything needed – you don’t want to drive for hours only to discover a broken tent pole when you’re trying to set up camp!
If your shelter is brand new to you, pitching it before your trip provides an opportunity to understand how everything fits together and check out a how-to video if you get stuck. Then, 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 repair kit
An Easter camping trip is a great time to go through your repair kit and toolkit and give it a spring clean. While you’re at it, 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. Remember to check your first aid kit too!
If your repair kit has been through the wars, update it before your trip. Image: Ben Trewren
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 try making some hot cross buns in your camp oven. Don’t forget to stock up your fridge or esky with some fresh or pre-cooked seafood as well, or if you’re camping by the coast, support local and buy it there – or try catching the fish of the day yourself.
Take your time buying new gear & head instore 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. We’ve updated a few of our Best-Of blogs in time for Easter too, so check out Best Family Camping Tents or Best Hiking Tents if you’re curious to know which ones others are buying. We don’t want you to end up with a tent that doesn’t suit your lifestyle, so feel free to pick our brains.
Also, if ordering online, be aware of delivery delays. 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, buy your essentials instore so you can be guaranteed to have it in your hot-hands by Easter.
Delivery times on family tents are longer because of their size and weight. Image: Oztent
Get your sleeping mat ready
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. Check your mat for any leaks and repair the damaged area ahead of time. This guide will show you how to do the job!
The best way to store your self-inflating mat is to keep it inflated with the valves open, then deflate and roll up when you’re ready to hit the road. If you’re shopping around for a new mat, check out our best-sellers here.
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. It will ensure that your gear stays in good condition for many more uses and makes preparation for your next trip easier.
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
If the forecast is windy then extra guy ropes and pegs are always an excellent idea. If you’re not sure what pegs you’ll need, then here’s a helpful article but remember, if the breeze picks up it is key to add extra stability to your poles by adding guy ropes on either side to counteract any movement.
It’s always wise to bring some extra pegs and guy ropes along. Image: Explore Planet Earth
Have an Easter egg hunt! …but leave no trace
With the increased volume of campers over the past 12-months, there’s been a bit of concern over people’s environmental impact when not doing the right thing out in the bush, or at the beach. With your Easter camping trip this year, please remember the key principals of Leave No Trace.
If you still can’t find all the choccy 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 egg hunts are something kids look forward to, but there’s always a couple that go 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 long-term habits 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 from getting to them before the kids. It could even be that you only hide them around your tent, and camp kitchen area to limit the amount that can go astray.
Once the hunt is over, the chocolate eggs have all been gobbled, and the very last hot cross bun has been toasted, pack up your camp and leave the site better than you found it. The next camper will thank you and there’ll be times when you’re that next camper, so leave it as you’d want it left for you.
Think about the native flora and fauna when you have your Easter egg hunt. Image: Coleman
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 in the bush – 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?