Tips for happy campers: part three

Going camping? Don’t forget all the extras like light, furniture and clothing.

South Australia has some wonderful bush camping, with campgrounds in more than 40 of our national parks and reserves.

You can camp at whatever level suits you, from the most basic to an ultra-comfy set up, but there’s a few things to consider when organising your site.

Here’s some ideas for packing including light, furniture and clothing:


Lanterns that can be recharged using the car’s cigarette lighter are great because they save on batteries, and you can use them both in and outside of the tent.

Always bring a couple of elastic-mounted headlights. There’s nothing worse than having to balance a torch on a late-night toilet trip.


Camp chairs that fold up with a bag are easy to transport and save space. Some even come with a drink holder.

A folding table is great for food preparation and eating, and a smaller table is handy for holding your gas cooker.

A small plastic stool can be useful for removing things from the roof rack and can be used to sit on, or keep things like water containers off the ground.


It’s easy to over-pack but basics including sturdy shoes or boots, a shady hat, something warm and something waterproof are all essential.

Other important items

  • Always bring toilet paper. You will usually find toilet paper in camp toilets, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitiser are terrific for a quick clean-up if you don’t have any water on hand, and you can freshen up with a wet wipe ‘bath’ if you’re at a site without showers.
  • A small shovel is handy for putting out campfires where they’re allowed.
  • Don’t forget to take a camera. SA's national parks are gorgeous and you’ll want lots of photos to remember your trip.

Read on, in the last instalment of this series – Tips for happy campers: part 4 – we look at how to book your site.

This story was originally posted in September 2015.


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