Camping is the new black. It’s the new hipster activity when we’re not out drinking beetroot lattes, eating smashed avocados and boutique beer brewed by teeny bees. It seems that every bearded man, handbag designer bred dog and faux retro lady are off on a camping trip to experience the wilderness.

Personally, I blame people like myself for this influx of newbies. For years I’ve been spruiking about the wonders of camping and hiking. Even science is now advising us to get out and explore the wonders of nature. Even going as far as to tell you all to get your glamp on. For those old school campers like myself, I do apologise. For those of you who are new to the camping world or perhaps want to take a dip into this world let me tell you that you don’t need to break open the piggy bank and destroy your savings to have a great camping experience. It really is the little things that make our camping adventures so much more enjoyable. The following items are things that we use and abuse on our camping trips. Most of these are less than $30 AU.

A Big and Beautiful Water Bottle

Water is life. There’s no worse feeling than being slightly dehydrated and not having a clean bottle of clean water.

Grab a big and beautiful water bottle here

For those mornings that you have woken up after overindulging don’t be afraid to pop in a little SOS to your water. I personally lived off the mango flavored SOS when we were hiking in South America.  Hydrate me right now

Water bottle Traveling Honeybird

Light My Fire

Campfire coffee is pretty spectacular if I do say so myself. Though it does take a bit of time to get the fire up and going, boil the water. Making your quick coffee into a good 30min ritual. You know the coffee making drill. By carrying a small stove top you can easily whip up a latte in no time. It’s also super convenient for quickly boiling water for washing dishes or really anything that needs to be heated up.

Treat yourself to glorious coffee every camp day.

GSI Insulated Mug

Coffee. Tea. Coffee. It really doesn’t matter what you’re drinking. These insulated mugs are simply marvellous. They are on the larger side of life, meaning that they do quite easily double up as a bowel for breakfast.

Buy your GSI insulated mug today

Safety First

No adventure is complete without a few cuts and bruises. But even the little cuts can turn into nasty wounds. Such a common first aid mistake can cause you huge issues down the track which you don’t really want to be wasting time on. Nor do you want to find out that those painkillers and disinfectant cream expired in the early 1990s.

Safety first. Grab yourself a small first aid kit here.

Slip-On Shoes

It may seem silly but having a pair of flip flops to wander around in is a wonderfully delightful and nearly subconscious pleasure. It’s no secret that either myself or the dogs, usually both, need a bathroom break during the night. It’s such a hassle trying to find boots to put on, lace up and still get out of the tent before the dogs lose their little minds. A pair of flipflops makes this menial life task so much easier.

Check out some fantastic flipflop options over here.

Camping really doesn’t need to break your budget. Nor does it need to be cheap, nasty supermarket sausages in white bread. There are so many more fun gadgets, toys and general things that you’ll probably never need for a good camp lifestyle.

If you want to know the worst camping gifts we’ve received or have a cracker of a crap camping gift let us know in the comments below.



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Coffee Lover | Travel Blogger | Horse Rider | Adventure Racer | Donut Dame. Generally nice lady-enjoys wine, indie movies & random dance parties in my tent.


  1. Francesca

    OMG your opening paragraph is hilarious! I’ve been camping for decades though I do regularly enjoy smashed avocados. In which camp does that put me? 😉

    • Jean

      The fun camp. I love avo too!

  2. Carol Colborn

    We fulltime RVed for 8 years but sold our RV last March 2017. Your post gave me happy memories!

    • Jean

      Happy to help bring back the good memories!

  3. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    I will have to pass this post link onto my husband. 😉 He is more of a camper than I am. I am more of a cabin gal, lol.

  4. Doreen Pendgracs

    Hi Jeanette. Great post. You are so right, that camping options now take us from the truly simplistic, to the truly glamorous! You might be able to talk me into Glamping, but I fear my traditional camping days are over. But there definitely is no better way to connect with nature.

  5. Molly Sears-Piccavey

    I do love the simplicity of camping but wouldnt be without a hot drink so the insulated mug is a must for me on any travels


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