With limited travel options as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, more and more people are travelling within our state. This, of course, means that lots of regular holiday spots such as Dunsborough, Margaret River, Exmouth and Broome are all busy with Western Australian holidaymakers.
Because of this, we’re seeing many more people opting to go bush.
If you’re a total camping beginner (like me) – or you just haven’t done it for a while, it can seem daunting to pack and prepare for.
We’ve rounded up some tips and tricks for going camping in WA:
- Book your campsite online – many sites in Western Australia now require a booking and it will ensure you don’t arrive at a site on a busy weekend to find out there are no camp sites left.
- Research camping fees – National Park camping sites may charge fees for camping and vehicle access. If you’re planning on camping more regularly, look at buying an Annual Park Pass.
- Travel strategically – You don’t want to be setting up camping gear in the dark, so plan your travel times appropriately.
- Make a checklist in advance for packing – This means you can continue to add to your checklist when things pop in to your mind and that you’re not rushing. There are also some great checklists available online, check out this list.
- Lighting hack – If it’s very dark in your campsite once the sun goes down, try putting a torch against a clear water container. This will help disperse the light and increase the ambient light.
- Lighting fires – If you’re able to have a fire, but you don’t have any fire starters you can use Doritos (or other chips) as a substitute. Also, adding bunches of sage to your campfire or firepit will keep mosquitoes and bugs away.
Don’t forget to pack plenty of insect spray and sunscreen!
If you have any ultimate camping hacks that have helped you, please feel free to share them with us.