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The Ultimate Winter Camping Checklist

  • Published July 22, 2021
  • Category News

Winter in Australia can be a glorious opportunity for campers. In many parts of the country, winter remains as hospitable as spring or summer, and can even be more enjoyable thanks to lowered humidity and bright, sunshiny days.

In parts of Queensland and New South Wales, the winter season is renowned for offering mild, dry conditions that are irresistible to locals and tourists alike. To help you and your family make the most of the cooler weather, we’ve put together the ultimate winter camping checklist! 

Check out our suggestions below, where we answer common questions such as ‘what to wear camping in winter’ and ‘how to keep warm while camping’.

Shelter and sleeping equipment

Although Australian winters are relatively moderate, every camper knows it pays to be prepared! After all, the most fundamental need of any outdoor adventurer is adequate shelter and comfortable sleeping equipment. If you’re wondering how to keep warm while camping, we recommend paying extra attention to ensure your sleeping arrangements are sufficiently snug. 

Set Up Camp is the exclusive dealer of OPUS camper trailers and accessories in Queensland and New South Wales. Our campers are durable and made to withstand Australia’s changing weather conditions, but comfortable enough to keep you sheltered from the four seasons, thanks to some luxe interior inclusions. 

In addition to your preferred camper trailer, it’s worthwhile considering other shelter and sleeping gear that will help make your outdoor expeditions more comfortable during wintertime.

We suggest your choice of the following:

  • Camping pillows
  • 4-season sleeping bags 
  • 4-season swag
  • Camping stretchers
  • Foam camping mattresses for added plushness
  • Thermal reflective blanket

Depending on how off-grid you camp and your choice of camper trailer or shelter, you may also need some bathroom essentials, such as a portable toilet, toilet tent, shovel, toilet paper and hand sanitiser. However, most camping facilities in Australia will provide you with toilets and showers.

Tip: It’s always a good idea to bring an extra roll or 2 of toilet paper every time you camp!

Clothing and accessories

We’re often asked what to wear camping in winter within Australia. The answer is that packing fit-for-purpose apparel enables you to add or remove layers of clothing in-line with temperature conditions, ensuring you’re prepared for anything. 

Wintery weather can involve cooler temperatures, higher wind speeds, increased levels of fog, rain, frost, or even snow. We recommend ensuring that you have the following clothing options readily available: 

  • Waterproof jacket (outer layer)
  • Waterproof pants (outer layer)
  • Warm jumpers (mid layers)
  • Insulated vest (mid layers)
  • Thermal underwear (base layer)
  • Waterproof gloves 
  • Thick, warm socks
  • Sturdy shoes and/ or boots
  • Beanie and/ or hat
  • Scarf and/ or gaiter
  • Sunnies
  • Lip Balm
  • Toiletries + Shower Accessories
  • Feminine products

You may also wish to pack other accessories that are specific to your chosen destination. For example, you may need sunglasses, snow goggles, binoculars, lip balm, a headlamp and other items that ensure you stay safe when venturing into the elements.

Cooking and fire-starting

OPUS campers are fitted with some pretty impressive cooking equipment as standard. That said, it’s always worthwhile being prepared and ensuring that you have everything on hand to cook a hot, nourishing meal. Depending on your individual circumstances, the following cooking and fire-starting items could come in handy:

  • Camping stove
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery and carving knives 
  • Plates and bowls 
  • Mugs and/ or Thermos
  • Barbeque utensils 
  • Campfire cast iron jaffle press 
  • Fridge and/ or esky 
  • Fresh groceries for meal preparation
  • Packaged foods for easy snacks 
  • An extra day’s ration of food 
  • Water bottles
  • Water purification tablets and/ or device
  • Firelighters
  • Kindling 
  • Firewood (locally sourced)
  • Matches (in a waterproof, sealed container)

Navigation and recovery

As a camper, it’s important to maintain an awareness of your surroundings in case of emergency. Having sufficient resources for navigation and recovery can also be critical in unexpected situations, particularly if you’re exposed to the cold winter elements and need to return to shelter quickly. We recommend having the following at hand:

  • GPS 
  • Compass
  • Map
  • Vehicle repair gear
  • Radio and/ or satellite
  • Lantern and/ or torch
  • Knife and/ or multi-tool
  • First aid kit (and basic first aid training) 
  • Whistle 
  • Duct tape
  • Charged power banks & phone cord
  • Battery charger/s (be mindful that solar powered batteries may not always work in overcast weather conditions) 

What’s on your list of must-have winter camping gear?

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