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Two steps you should take prepare for an upcoming camping trip

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Camping is a fun and budget-friendly way to explore a new place and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. However, it does require a little more preparation than a typical hotel resort holiday. Here are two steps you should take to prepare yourself for a camping trip.

Give your 'accommodation' some TLC

Before you head away on a camping trip, it's a good idea to give your 'accommodation' (that is, your tent or camper trailer) some TLC, to ensure that it is ready for your holiday.

If you'll be staying in a tent, you should pitch it in your garden. This serves two purposes; firstly, it will allow you to air out the interior of the tent and thus eliminate any musty odour that may have accumulated whilst the item was in storage. Secondly, it will give you a chance to check for holes.

You can identify the location of holes after the tent has been pitched by directing a low-pressure spray of water from your garden hose onto the exterior. After doing this for a few seconds, turn off the water and take a look inside for leakages. If you spot a small tear or hole, patch it up with some fabric repair tape.

If you're using a camper trailer, like one from Austrack Campers, it will also need to be thoroughly aired out before you go on your trip. Because camper trailers are made from thick canvas, they tend to absorb musty odours more than tents, which are made from thinner fabrics. As such, in addition to airing it out, you might want to spritz the camper interior with a mixture of water and scented oil (an insect-repelling scent like citronella is a good option) and allow it to air dry before you dismantle it.

Additionally, make sure to check that the camper trailer's lights are fully functional and that its tyres are inflated to the correct levels. It's also sensible to add a few drops of lubricant to the wheel bearings.

Pack with care

If you'll be camping in a relatively rural, isolated location, it's important to make sure that you pack everything that you anticipate you will need during your trip.

First and foremost, you'll need appropriate clothing. A mixture of light garments that can be layered on top of one another for warmth, or removed if the temperatures rise, is best. Additionally, if rain is forecasted, pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket and a pair of waterproof boots.

Additionally, bring along plenty of shatter-resistant cutlery, plates and cooking utensils, as well as bottled water and non-perishable foods.

A first aid kit should also be included in your luggage; in addition to the usual items, like plasters and antiseptic cream, you should also pop some hand sanitiser, topical antihistamines, insect repellent, as well as any prescription medications you take regularly, into the kit.

Lastly, don't forget to pack a map and a compass, in case your portable GPS gets broken or its battery runs out.