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Pack for the outback

Pack for the outback

Bush camping is the perfect opportunity to get away from the stresses of the city. In this day and age, you don’t need to leave behind your creature comforts. Make sure that the trip runs smoothly by packing the right selection of gadgets and gear. Here are some of Caravanning Australia’s suggestions for camping accessories to put your mind at ease.

A shower to go

No need to rough it with a portable shower, especially when you’re going on an extended camping trip and are going off the grid. All you have to do is connect it to a water supply and let it rip. Most models are adjustable so you can set the shower to your preferred water pressure. Choose one with a built-in filtration system, that’s easy to pack away and one that’s easy to handle. Most portable showers also come with battery packs or are rechargeable by solar power, so you can have warm water even out in the bush.

No more bugs

One of the worst things about the outdoors is the potential of insect and mosquito bites. Pack long sleeves and pants (best worn at dusk and dawn) and treat all your clothing with repellent. The best mosquito control is a combination of repellents (applied to skin or clothing) and physical barriers. There are also plug-in electronic bug killers that can kill mosquitoes and other bugs by drawing them into an electrified grid. If targeting mosquitoes, make sure that you use the octenol lure (specifically for attracting mosquitoes).

Never get lost

A GPS and satellite communicator are a must-have if you are heading off the beaten path. The useful thing about these devices is that you don’t need a cell signal, which can help locate your position or send/receive messages. This is especially useful if you need to let anyone know where you are, receive medical advice or even download an updated weather report. You can also call search and rescue to come get you if you’re in a pickle. When making your selection, take into consideration its portability, ease of use, battery life and any functional features.

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