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Camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Australia. There are tons of camping spots, beaches, national parks, and off-grid camping sites all over the country for every outdoor junkie as well as camping stores to keep you well-equipped. You can plan your camping trips ahead of time and prepare all the camping gear you'll need.

Speaking of camping gear, it's important to make sure that you don't just have them completed. Each item you have should be of quality to avoid inconveniences and trouble when you're out and about. Nobody wants to camp out without their personal essentials and basic camping gear-that's a surefire way of taking out the fun of the entire trip!

We have compiled a little camping checklist that you can refer to for your next outdoor adventure. Read on and get the best tips in buying, organising, and storing your camping gear after use!

What Are the Basic Camping Gear You Should Bring?

Tents: Tents serve as your temporary shelter during camping. Choose one that wins in durability, since you don't want it collapsing at the slightest wind or being vulnerable to wear and tear. It should also be the right size for the number of people that will be staying in it.

Lights: Bring a lantern, a couple of flashlights with extra batteries, or anything to light up your campsite in the evening. This is both an essential and camping gear for convenience as it allows you to see everything clearly even in low-light settings.

First aid: This one's a given when it comes to any outdoor trip. It's good to be prepared for emergencies so make sure to pack basic first aid items as well as required medications.

Basic tools: Packing tools on a camping trip is great for quick fixes in tents, camp chairs, etc. It's better to be ready than look for someone to borrow from or worse, leave the campsite just to buy a single tool.

Utensils & cookware: Do we need to say more? Being able to enjoy great meals is one of the highlights of a good camping trip so pack those portable cookware and BBQ grills for an outdoor feast!

Personal care: This includes your hygiene kits, blankies, and clothes. Pack them neatly in a bag or pouch for easy access and to keep them from mixing with other camping gear.

Camping mattress: A good night’s rest is crucial after a day of enjoying the outdoors. Get a quality sleeping bag air mattress to sleep on, preferably something with a built-in pump for easy inflating.

Power source: You have a lot of options for a portable power source. If you like using solar energy, go for solar panels. Don’t mind a bit of installation? Perhaps a lithium battery like a LiFePO4 would work better for you. You can also go for inverter generators if you’re not a fan of too many electrical setups. Outbax offers all of these at a budget-friendly price, so make sure to check them out!

How Do You Organise Your Camping Gear?

The best organisation technique for camping gear is to group the items. Essentials should go in one container, personal care items in another, food & snacks in a separate place, and leisure items in another bag. This way, you know where exactly to get what you need and where to put them back after use.

Also, having a carry bag or another storage item ready for dirty items and trash after camping is a must. It keeps your camping essentials from getting misplaced plus, cleaning as you go is the only proper way to leave a campground.

When it comes to your portable power sources, make sure you know the safest and most efficient setup for each of them too. Batteries should be placed in an area away from sources of heat & should be protected from getting wet. Inverter generators need to be at least 20 feet away from you or your RV. Solar panels should be angled properly for maximum output and can also be paired with a solar battery for effective energy storage that can be used later.

How to Store Your Power Sources Camping Gear?

Storing your portable power sources is just as important as storing all your other camping gear. In fact, they require more specific storage requirements since they tend to decline when unused for a prolonged period. Below are some of the best tips for putting away your generators, solar panels, and camping batteries.

Generators: Make sure to empty your generator before storing or add a fuel preservative if you want to keep a full tank of fuel. Cover it nicely to avoid dust build-up and oil the spark plug to help prevent corrosion. Make it a habit to constantly check your generator after storage in case of leaks and if possible, try to run it monthly.

Batteries: Place your battery in a box or cabinet and keep it in a cool, dry area. It's extremely important to ensure that your battery terminals are not in contact with any metal and other batteries too, so if you have multiple power packs, they should ideally be kept separately.

Solar panels: Portable solar panels are probably the easiest to store. Place them on a shelf or cabinet away from anything that might fall especially if you have glass panels. You can also cover them to avoid scratches and limit the accumulation of dirt/dust.

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