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Camping Tips and Things to Take with you


can as easy as you like or as difficult as you make it. But there are essential items you will most likely need where ever you camp or pitch a tent. And your list of items you carry with you will be determined by your mode of transport and length of time you want to camp. Believe me when I say I have seen cyclists carrying more than you would expect to see on a camel!


Driving to your camp site and being able to park right next to where you pitch your tent is the most convenient and easiest way to camp. You can take virtually anything you want with you. If you intend to hike for three days to get to where you want to be is a completely different story of course.

Because this site only deals with caravan parks and camping areas close to Sydney we will concentrate on what you need to take with you if you can park close to your tent site.

Essential items for camping.

A hammer. Required for ensuring those tent pegs are firmly in the ground. With any dry spell in the weather the ground can quickly become very hard.

The most common problem for first time campers I come across is that they borrow a tent and they have no idea how to erect it.
Imagine this: you open up the bag of poles and think: where do I start!?!? The same thing can apply if you have a brand new tent. For anything bigger than a two man hiking tent you will need the help of a least one other person.
Before you visit us it is always a good idea to at least open up the bags and get some idea of how things go together. But if you haven't done that then the following will still apply.
And if you are buying a tent don't get one that is too small. A two man tent is just big enough for two people to sleep in but nothing else.  

Putting the tent up

Common sense and order are the secrets. But forget the blurb in the advertising that says it will be completed in five minutes. Your first attempt may take a little longer that that but each subsequent time it just becomes easier and easier.

Empty all the bags of bits and pieces but keep everything together. Identify each item.
Put all the poles together (modern tents have the pole segments already attached and ready to slide into each other).
Lay the tent out on the ground and work out which way you want the front to face. The vast majority of our tent sites are very level but if the tent site has any sort of slope it's worth considering sleeping positions as well. Best to have your head on the higher side and not be positioned so you will feel like you are rolling down a hill.
Peg the corners of the tent.
Work out where the poles go and slide them into place.
Lift each corner and temporarily peg the guy rope in place (this is where the second person becomes essential).
Once all your poles are in place you can tighten all your guy ropes and re-position the pegs as required. Also, put the rest of the pegs in to secure the floor.
If your tent has a separate 'fly' this is the time to position it. A 'fly' covers the main tent and is designed to have a space between the main tent and the fly so that any dew or rain will be caught by the fly and not penetrate the main structure of the tent.

Okay, now you should be ready to move your kit in and start really enjoying yourself!

Things to bring with you.

  • Number one. A good hammer to put the pegs in the ground! Our sites generally have reasonable earth but they can become compacted at times.
  • Many tents have flimsy tent pegs. A good set of steel pegs are a worthwhile investment. Hardware stores usually carry them.
  • Something soft to lie on. Air beds are an option as are light foam mattresses.
  • Foot pump for those air beds.
  • Sleeping bag or a blanket or two. Personally I find sleeping bags very restrictive but they are very compact.
  • Pillows.
  • A good size esky (Ice is available from reception).
  • Plates, cutlery, sharp knife, cups, saucepan, frying pan, spatula, tongs, small amount of dishwashing liquid, tea towel.

Other general tips.

Keep any food in your esky or in your car (Remember, your car will be right next to your site). Our possums are very good at finding anything that is left in the open overnight and the brush turkeys will find it during the day.
Also, dispose of any rubbish or food scraps properly.
Oh, if you're cooking on one of the many BBQs located throughout the Lane Cove River Tourist Park don't leave it unattended. Our Kookaburras have been known to take a steak right off the hotplate!
Please don't deliberately feed the wildlife and birds but if you must feed them only let them have fruit.

I will add more to this page but hopefully the above tips will give you a head start to having a wonderful day or so of quality time camping with your family.
And if you have forgotten to bring something essential with you? Don't worry, you can always pop home and get it.
Relax and enjoy!

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