If you will be towing a trailer or
caravan check the tyre pressures and tyre condition; check the brake
and tail lights.
Check out the camp site before
hand – depending on wind conditions and whether the ground is sand
or hard soil you will need to take appropriate tent pegs and
possibly extra guy ropes and poles.
Check road conditions so you know
what to expect and whether your vehicle is suitable for the trip.
Check the camp ground rules in
advance so you know what is allowed, when you can check-in and
check-out; whether pets are allowed etc.
Check whether ice is available
nearby if you don't have a portable fridge.
Check out where the nearest
medical facilities are – hopefully you won't need to use them but
at least if you know where they are that is on
Check your camping gear. If it
hasn't been used for a long time it is a good idea to set it up and
check it is all there, that there are no holes, tears, etc. Ideally
this should be done a few weeks before the trip so you have time to
get repairs done if necessary.
Check your air mattresses to
ensure there are no leaks.
Check the expected weather
conditions and day and night temperatures so you know what clothing
to pack. This is especially important if you have young children or
Check that your sleeping bags will
be warm enough.
Check your cooking equipment.
Check the seals and hoses on gas stoves and replace if required.
Fill gas bottles.
Check your lighting equipment.
These days there is a range of portable LED lighting which requires
little power and provides a safe, cool light. If you are using gas
lights, ensure you have an adequate supply of mantles as these break
Check your First aid kit and
ensure you have bandages, antiseptic cream, creams or other lotions
for the treatment of insect bites and itches.
Check your torch and ensure you
have spare batteries for it.
If you have a portable fridge turn
it on and let it run for at least a few hours. The day before you
leave you can turn it on and leave it run for a day so that it is
nice and cold when you pack food in it.
Plan your meals in advance and
choose things which are easy to prepare, don't require lots of
cooking time or utensils and use ingredients that can be easily
stored and used.
Prepare a checklist and tick it
off as you pack.
If you are on medication ensure
you have an adequte supply for your trip or that there is a suitable
place to obtain more should it be required.
If you have pets at home, arrange
for someone to look after them. If you are away for long period and
you have potplants or a garden you may need to get someone to water
Brush up on your First Aid
treatment for snake bite and spider bite.