The best time to camp around Australia is between October and April when the weather is just perfect and the beauty of nature can be thoroughly enjoyed. Pookipoiga recommends a list of practical and earth-conscious items that you should carry for a green camping experience and a sustainable connection with nature.
CUTLERY & FOOD STORAGE
Reusable Cups – For those cold days or nights in the wild, warm up by having hot coffee in Earth Bottle’s Reusable Coffee Cup which is made of 18/8 stainless steel and capable of keeping your hot beverage warmer for a long time. Whearas, if you want to retain your sense of style whilst being socially responsible and environmentally friendly, sip your drink in KeepCup’s Changemakers that is designed to facilitate reuse with a press-on lid - a result of precise engineering and manufacturing. On the other hand for those who want to warm up around the campfire, simply pour your drink in Gentlemen’s Hardware’s tough and lightweight Enamel Mug.
Multifunctional Non-Disposable Bottles– With the design of a deep forest, that camouflages with your out in the wild involvement, Earth Bottle Forest Green is a sustainable double insulated stainless steel bottle that keeps water cold for up to 24 hours and liquids warm for up to 12 hours. Another option is the Plunge Filter Water Bottle from 321 Water in case you run out of the water and only have other non-filtered water sources to rely on. Absorbing impurities from potable tap water such as odors, tastes, organic compounds, and residual chlorine, this multifunctional bottle is has a filter tablet that lasts around 125 refills.
Flasks- When heading out on an adventure, pour your favorite warm drink into the sleek stainless steel Gentlemen’s Hardware’s Hip Flask. For beautiful hot tea on the go, Place your loose leaf tea inside the Earth Bottle Tea Bottle, fill it with hot water and place the strainer on!
Accompany the Hydro Flask if you feel like cooling yourself now and then. This standard mouth bottle uses TempShield™ insulation eliminates condensation and keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours. Cold drinks stay icy cold and hot drinks stay piping hot so you can stay refreshed for any adventure. Similarly, the Insulated Drink Flask from Seed and Sprout Co. with minimal design and lightweight is another option to have hot or cold drinks while you’re on the hike.
Cutlery - Mieco Cutlery Set from Aroha Earth is the ideal choice for outdoor camping and adventures. This reusable bamboo cutlery which includes knife, fork, spoon, and straw plus a HEMP SISAL cleaning brush for the straws set in a great cotton wrap case takes up minimum space and the best alternative to plastic.
Food Wraps and Jars – It’s always a good idea to carry some food while camping to keep yourself energized now and then. Instead of storing your food in plastic try taking eco-friendly alternatives such as the Leak Proof Eco Food Jars from Seed and Sprout Co. Stainless steel, these three versatile jars can store wet, dry, cold or hot food. To carry fruits or vegetables, use the Reusable Produce Bags from Ever Eco or Green Sacks which are made from premium, unbleached GOTS certified organic cotton. Wrap up your favorite sandwich in Beeswax Wraps which are washable and reusable or stuff your bites in the vegan-friendly and 100% cotton Snack Pocket from 4 My Earth. For the babies on board comfort them with the cute Reusable Squeeze Pouch from Little Mashies.
BAGS & TOOLS
Function and practicality are key when it comes to the choice of bags to carry while you’re on an adventure. Go hassle-free with The Wren Design Backpack which made from recycled paper and coated to be water-resistant is classic, stylish and practical allowing you to keep everything in order. If you are looking for something more contemporary, carry the Foldaway Backpack from Gentlemen’s Hardware. Made of durable, water-resistant, ripstop polyester, this compact and lightweight backpack are ideal for hikes and short escapades.
Just like bags, tools are also a fundamental part of your exciting outdoor activity. Designed for camping trips and forays into outdoor survival, Gentlemen’s Hardware’s Wilderness Multi Tool is an essential bit of kit for explorers and wanderers. The stainless steel tools held within the compact handle include a knife blade, a saw, a tin/bottle opener, a corkscrew, a flat head screwdriver, a Philips screwdriver, and a removable flint rod. For something even more compact that can be attached to your bag or belt, the Backpack Multi-Tool comes handy with four-piece multi-tool including an LED flashlight. For the on-the-go enthusiast, the Survival Kit which includes multi-tool with flashlight, 9-in 1 credit card tool and carabiner is the perfect accessory for immediate needs.
Cook outside while connecting with nature. The New Camp Cookbook from Hardie Grant Books gives tips on organization and cooking techniques with recipes from camping favorites to feasts. Likewise, The Campout Cookbook from Harper Collins compliments the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. A mix of dishes to make ahead and meals to cook on-site, this book includes more than 75 recipes ranging from fire-skillet pizzas to cocktails. On the other hand, if you are looking for an all-vegetarian treat during your endeavor with nature then the Vegetarian Heartland from United Book Distributors should be your go-getter. Celebrating a fresh perspective on food, this cookbook showcases creative heartland dishes made vegetarian.
To keep the campground clear of harmful chemicals that are usually found in regular toiletries, start using biodegradable ones that leave the spot as you found it!
A pioneer in natural herbal products supporting the environment, Thurlby Herb Farm’s products are must-haves. With Go Wild Moisturising Soap, Go Wild Clothing Protector and Laundry Bar, these are the perfect inclusion for bathing and laundry on the go while traveling. Likewise, if you want relaxation after your action-packed day, then the Mini Salt Scrubs from Summer Salt Body is the one. Protect your self from the sun by applying the SPF50 + Facial Sunscreen from Hunter Lab which is a travel-friendly, lightweight non-greasy facial sunscreen crafted with naturally derived zinc oxide for UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection, and Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe and nourish. For those long and sweaty hikes, go odor-free with Valor Pit Stop Deodorant. Lasting for the whole day, this deodorant paste that is non-toxic with no traces of aluminum just requires you to massage a pea-sized amount into your armpit for a soft and sweet smell.
A campfire without games is just plain dull. Laugh, have fun, relax and reconnect with people under the stars with interactive games such as Campfire Games, Campfire Poker Set is Campfire Survival Cards from Gentlemen’s Hardware. Comprising of all weatherproof cards and Stowed in a compact, transportable tin with full instructions these three sets make a great addition to any camping or outdoor adventure. Other interesting games you could carry along include, Ridley’s General Knowledge Quiz, Brain Teasers Quiz which is known to expand the mind and test your wisdom.
So enjoy your camping experience while considering the planet’s health because the small changes you make can eventually make a big difference for future generations!