- Always pitch your camp in an empty open space far from jutting rocks or steep sandy inclines.
- Pick a spot clear of plants to avoid any hazardous fire outbreaks.
- Do not camp in places that are prohibited, the warning signs are there for a reason!
- Before you hit the road make sure you give the car a really good check up for any mechanical problems; tyres, headlights and battery are the most important.
- Always travel in a convoy incase of a breakdown.
- If you’re heading out to the desert a 4×4 and an experienced off-road driver at the helm is a must!
- Never pass a petrol station without filling up, you don’t know when the next one will appear.
- Don’t go over board with the menu, just take options that are easy and simple to make. Sausages and smores are always a great idea!
- Canned food is always an easy meal and won’t take up too much space in the car.
- Healthy snacks like cereal bars or quinoa crisps are good for when you just want something to nibble on.
- Water is essential for anyone hitting the desert so make sure to stock up on H20 but don’t foolishly waste it; water will be your best friend out there.
- Remember you’ll need to bring water for both drinking and washing up.
- GPS systems have become a camper’s essential tool but it’s always a safe bet to take a map along just in case the navigation system stops working or doesn’t have the latest routes.
- A compass, shovel, torch, rope, air pump, and Swiss- knife are fundamental to any camping trip.
- A first aid kit should be prepared in advance with all the basic necessities like band aids, burn cream, painkillers, insect repellent and medicines just in case someone gets hurt or sick.
- If you bring along antibiotics, make sure to store them somewhere cool.
- When pitching your tent make sure to clear the ground of any unwanted objects.
- Before leaving and heading back home, clean your camping site and put out your fire.
- If you’re in an area that may be close to residential areas, be sure to keep the noise to a minimum so as not to disturb the community. ✤